The Bottom Line
In a landscape dominated by male talk show hosts, The View has consistently offered an alternative. Funny and lively, the show pulls together four women of varied talents and age groups to discuss the day’s issues and interview celebrity guests.
- Offers a female perspective in a male-dominated field
- A lot of inside humor
- Airs Monday through Friday, usually at 11 a.m. on ABC (check local listings as this varies)
- Co-hosts have changed over the years, and have included Debbie Matenopoulos and Lisa Ling.
- Tom Selleck was the first guest on the first program in 1997.
Guide Review - Overview: The View
If you are a man and have never watched The View, you might be under the mistaken impression that it’s just a show with four women gabbing about “girl stuff.” But nothing could be further from the truth. Granted, the show’s premise lends itself to such discussion, but it is rare. Talk is brisk, funny and even ribald (which is great fun when Barbara Walters joins the group).
The show’s format is relatively standard for daytime talk shows, with a somewhat rotating group of hosts (Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy, Sherri Shepherd, Barbra Walters) discussing “Hot Topics” during the opening, chatting about their individual lives, and then interviewing a range of guests for the remainder of the show.