The View vs. The Talk: Which show better distracts from the inevitability of death?

The View vs. The Talk: Which show better distracts from the inevitability of death?

Daytime TV talk shows are designed to distract.

Airing during the precarious slice of time that exists between the last cup of coffee and the first evening cocktail, these programs serve a vital function by drowning out our boredom, anxiety, and/or existential dread with their cheerful, cacophonous chatter about the day’s fleeting headlines and trending topics.

With that in mind, I embarked on a week-long journey with the two daytime chat shows currently vying for network TV supremacy: ABC’s The View, and CBS’s The Talk.

They appear quite similar on the surface — both feature a group of women, ranging from famous to quasi-famous, sitting around a table discussing the news (or “news”) and interviewing celebrities — but they’re both fundamentally different viewing experiences: The View is like a family dinner that’s uncomfortable because nobody bothers to mask their contempt anymore, while The Talk is a family dinner that’s uncomfortable because everyone’s so damn polite.

Launched in 1997 by TV news matriarch Barbara Walters, The View pioneered the women’s roundtable format in the US; when CBS announced The Talk thirteen years later, the network sought to set it apart from ABC’s daytime mainstay by noting that their “panel of well-known news and entertainment personalities” would “examine topical events and contemporary issues through the eyes of mothers.” While that may have initially been the case, the Talk of 2018 does not seem particularly focused on viewing life through the mommy lens, though parenting comes up from time to time, as it does on

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