Today in History: Oprah Winfrey Show makes its national debut

Our Favorite Oprah Winfrey Show Highlights
Our Favorite Oprah Winfrey Show Highlights

29 years ago today, on September 8, 1986, The Oprah Winfrey Show is broadcast nationally for the first time.

Her daytime talk show became an instant success, and Winfrey has since become one of the most influential people in the entire world.

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Oprah Winfrey began her TV career as a local news anchor in Nashville, before moving to Chicago in 1984 to host a morning talkshow. She instantly turned the low-rated show into a success, even outscoring popular talk program hosted by Phil Donahue.

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​According to, "at the urging of the Chicago-based movie critic Roger Ebert, Winfrey signed a syndication deal with King World and The Oprah Winfrey Show was broadcast nationally for the first time on September 8, 1986. It went on to become the highest-rated talk show in TV history."

To commemorate Oprah's beginnings, lets take a look back at some of her best throwback moments:

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