Chelsea (TV series)

Genre Talk show
Directed by Rik Reinholdtsen
Blake Webster[1]
Presented by Chelsea Handler
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 84 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Location(s) Culver City, California
Running time 27–40 minutes
Original network Netflix
Picture format 1080p HDTV
Audio format Stereo surround
Original release May 11, 2016 (2016-05-11) – present
External links
Official website

Chelsea is an American web television late-night talk show hosted by comedian Chelsea Handler.[3] The show debuted on May 11, 2016 and streams Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday each week worldwide.[4] There will be 90 episodes of the talk show per year and each episode will be 30 minutes.[5] The show tapes Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of each week that it airs.[6] It is Netflix's first talk show.[7] The show covers "real topics" with a sense of humor like Chelsea Does.[7] She will have celebrities on the show.[7] Her comedic partner Chuy will not be a part of the series.[7] The show will have a global outlook as Handler said, "Netflix makes me able to do stories that are global, and it makes me able to pay attention to the stuff that does interest me in a way that will be able to be disseminated into all these different countries."[7]

In July 2016, it was announced that the show has been renewed for a 90-episode second season.[8]


Chelsea is part of Handler's deal with Netflix that she made in July[9] which included a stand-up special titled Uganda Be Kidding Me Live[9][10][11] and a four-part docu-comedy special called Chelsea Does. The theme song was written by electro pop artist Memoryy[12]

On March 16, 2016, Handler announced on Twitter that each episode would be released at 12:01 a.m. U.S. Pacific Time (3:01 a.m. U.S. Eastern and 8:01 a.m. UTC) on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, three times a week, including holiday periods where episodes would be "banked" for release or reduced to airing two per week.[9] On that same day, Handler submitted a hand-written memo to herself concerning the new show and the memo said "PREMIERES MAY 11TH".[7][9][11] She announced that she and Netflix would unveil the name of the show on her Twitter chat.[9]

Regarding the title of the show, Handler said that[7] "We thought long and hard about the title for my ....Netflix show, and there was a whole team at Netflix who worked on it; we hired a digital department and some small children who work in various countries to help roll this show out, and after two to three long hours, we came up with the name ‘Chelsea. It is named after herself.[7][11]

The show will not be live but will be filmed in front of a live audience.[7] Handler explained why:[7] "It has to be fed into 190 countries, which prohibits us from going live on Netflix, so we’re going to tape and then they will stream and feed it into every other country and territory that they’re in and then it will come on about probably 12 hours after we tape it."

She expressed that she wants this show to be different from the typical late-night format saying, "I don’t want it to be like a talk show every night where I come out singing and dancing every night.[7]"


No.TitleGuestsOriginal air date
1"Appetite for Instruction"Chris Martin, John King, Jr., Drew Barrymore, and PitbullMay 11, 2016 (2016-05-11)
Chelsea kicks off a whole new journey of discovery and delinquency with guests Drew Barrymore, Chris Martin and the U.S. secretary of education, John King, Jr.
2"Gwyneth & Tony & Chelsea & TED"Gwyneth Paltrow, Tony Hale, and Chris AndersonMay 12, 2016 (2016-05-12)
Chelsea talks lube with Gwyneth Paltrow and lobbying with Tony Hale, tests her acting chops in a telenova, and learns the secret to an ace TED talk.
3"Dinner Party: Captain America & Friends"Chris Evans, Frank Grillo, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, and Chadwick BosemanMay 13, 2016 (2016-05-13)
Chris Evans and the Captain America: Civil War cast dish on superhero culture and Hollywood's blind spots, and Chadwick Boseman schools Chelsea on Black Panther.
4"Gwen Stefani, Tokyo Style & the Night Sun"Gwen Stefani and Bobak FerdowsiMay 18, 2016 (2016-05-18)
Chelsea talks tour life with Gwen Stefani, steps out with a colourful Harajuku squad, and studies the moon with NASA's "Mohawk Guy", Bobak Ferdowsi.
5"Wanda Sykes and the 2016 Political Scene"Wanda Sykes and Jon FavreauMay 19, 2016 (2016-05-19)
Chelsea delves into the U.S. presidential race with comedian Wanda Sykes, former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau and a posse of senior Florida voters.
6"Christina Aguilera & Chelsea on Ice"Christina Aguilera, Tony Hale, Bill Hader, Robbie Rogers, Bill Plaschke, Oleg Vasiliev, Vera Bazarova, and Andrei DeputatMay 20, 2016 (2016-05-20)
Chelsea reaches for a big note with the Grammy-winning The Voice coach and steps into the rink with a pair of Russian figure skaters.
7"Barbara Boxer & Souls to the Polls"Barbara Boxer and DJ KhaledMay 25, 2016 (2016-05-25)
Senator Boxer and African-American churchgoers break down what's at stake in the 2016 election. Snapchat guru DJ Khaled preaches the keys to success.
8"Perils of Porn & Rachel Bloom's Big Year"Noah Church, Gabe Deem, Mike Lee, and Rachel BloomMay 26, 2016 (2016-05-26)
Recovering addicts warn of porn's troubling side effect, and the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star charts her journey from despair to a Golden Globe.
9"Ashton Kutcher & the App Economy"Ashton Kutcher, Cindy McCain, and Jonathan AbramsMay 27, 2016 (2016-05-27)
The actor-turned-mogul shares investing tips and joins Cindy McCain to shed light on human trafficking. Chelsea steps out as a dog walker for hire.
10"Dinner Party: Adventures in Parenting"Malin Akerman, Mayim Bialik, Jason Biggs, Melvin Handler, Kate Hudson, Jenny Mollen, and Randall ParkJune 1, 2016 (2016-06-01)
Avowed non-parent Chelsea grills Kate Hudson and others about the appeal of raising kids and has her nails done by a gender-nonconforming 9-year-old.
11"Magic & GMOs with Lizzy Caplan, Bill Nye"Lizzy Caplan and Bill NyeJune 2, 2016 (2016-06-02)
The Science Guy weighs in on Chelsea's cryotherapy experiment and his new thinking on GMOs. Masters of Sex star Lizzy Caplan performs a magic trick.
12"Election Math & Megan Fox"Jacob Soboroff and Megan FoxJune 3, 2016 (2016-06-03)
MSNBC's Jacob Soboroff explains the fuss over superdelegates, and astrology maven Megan Fox tries to make sense of mixed signals in Chelsea's chart.
13"Warrior Dash & Will Arnett"Martha Stewart, Will Arnett, and Hasan MinhajJune 8, 2016 (2016-06-08)
Chelsea dives into a grueling mud race, Will Arnett puts a new spin on Trump's tweets, and The Daily Show Hasan Minhaj talks Indian toilets.
14"Summits, Thruples & David Spade"David Spade, Melissa Arnot, and Kiki SanfordJune 9, 2016 (2016-06-09)
Chelsea talks threesomes with the The Do-Over star, waits tables with her niece, and gets the inside scoop on Melissa Arnot's historic Everest feat.
15"The Case for Cannabis with Wiz Khalifa"Gavin Newsom, Wiz Khalifa, and Robert HerjavecJune 10, 2016 (2016-06-10)
The rapper joins California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom to push for game-changing action on pot. Chelsea tries working out stoned with an MMA fighter.
16"Cocaine Kingpins & the Science of Sleep"Wagner Moura, Arianna Huffington, and Javier PeñaJune 15, 2016 (2016-06-15)
Chelsea delves into the world of Narcos with star Wagner Moura and real-life DEA agent Javier Peña. Arianna Huffington warns of sleeping pill risks.
17"Ellen Page & Inspiring Role Models"Ellen Page, Florence Henderson, and Von MillerJune 16, 2016 (2016-06-16)
The actress opens up about her LGBT travel show and the devastating toll of the Orlando shooting. Also featuring Florence Henderson, Von Miller.
18"Trump Mania & Kegel Exercises"Keith Olbermann, Anna Faris, and Allison JanneyJune 17, 2016 (2016-06-17)
Chelsea gives Mexican teens a whack at Donald Trump, while Keith Olbermann sizes up the candidate's psyche. Anna Faris and Allison Janney talk Kegels.
19"Paulson, Pelosi & Ayahuasca"Sarah Paulson, Nancy Pelosi, Jason Biggs, and Jenny MollenJune 23, 2016 (2016-06-23)
People v. O.J. star Sarah Paulson praises Marcia Clark. Nancy Pelosi calls for action on guns. Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen share wild travel tales.
20"Biker Life & Michael Strahan"Norman Reedus, Michael Strahan, Shiri Appleby and Constance ZimmerJune 24, 2016 (2016-06-24)
Walking Dead star Norman Reedus gives Chelsea a taste of motorcycle culture. Strahan talks flirting, good fortune and his new underwear line.
21"Devine, Bamford & Adult Coloring"Adam DeVine, Maria Bamford, Metta World Peace, and Austan GoolsbeeJune 30, 2016 (2016-06-30)
Comedians Adam DeVine and Maria Bamford talk stand-ups, psych wards and success. Chelsea tries a mindful coloring session with Metta World Peace.
22"Anna Kendrick & Social Media Snafus"Anna Kendrick and Jim GaffiganJuly 1, 2016 (2016-07-01)
The actress details a hair-raising outing in Hawaii. Comedian Jim Gaffigan responds to the backlash over his manicure tweet. Plus, modern dating tips.
23"Blake Shelton & Hillary's VP Options"Blake Shelton and Barney FrankJuly 7, 2016 (2016-07-07)
The country star reveals how girlfriend Gwen Stefani upstaged him on his birthday. Former congressman Barney Frank shares his ideal Democratic ticket.
24"Tarzan, Mars & Aubrey Plaza"Alexander Skarsgård and Aubrey PlazaJuly 8, 2016 (2016-07-08)
Alexander Skarsgård reveals his punishing Legend of Tarzan diet, Aubrey Plaza fantasizes about freeing dolphins, and Chelsea studies the red planet.
25"Vincente Fox & All Things Mexico"Diego Luna, Eva Longoria, and Vincente FoxJuly 13, 2016 (2016-07-13)
Chelsea sips mezcal with actor Diego Luna, gets a history lesson from Eva Longoria and grills former Mexican president Fox on bullfighting and Trump.
26"Charlize Theron & Convention Fever"Charlize Theron, Jacob Soboroff and Bassem YoussefJuly 14, 2016 (2016-07-14)
The Mad Max star opens up about her nontraditional family and dream of stamping out HIV. Jacob Soboroff sizes up VP rumors ahead of the RNC and DNC.
27"Bill Maher & Dirty Water Polo Tricks"Bill Maher, Bill Plaschke, David Spade, Norm Stamper, and Tony AzevedoJuly 15, 2016 (2016-07-15)
The Real Time host rips into Donald Trump, a former top cop talks police militarization, and Olympian Tony Azevedo reveals racy water polo secrets.
28"LGBTQ Life with Jane Lynch and E.J. Johnson"Jane Lynch, Carmen Carrera, Fortune Feimster, and E.J. JohnsonJuly 20, 2016 (2016-07-20)
The Glee and '#RichKids' stars talk coming out, gay bars and evolving labels. A transgender woman and her partner share their transitioning story.
29"Bucking the Rules with Melissa McCarthy"Melissa McCarthy, Zachary Quinto and Nate EbnerJuly 21, 2016 (2016-07-21)
The actress responds to Ghostbusters skeptics and flouts fashion norms with her new clothing line. Zachary Quinto celebrates a 'Star Trek' first.
30"Brexit's Aftermath & Competitive Tickling"Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Paul Feig, David Farrier, and Gordon RamsayJuly 22, 2016 (2016-07-22)
Suicide Squad star Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and chef Gordon Ramsay break down Britain's predicament. Tickled lifts the lid on a surreal world.
31"Trump's Other Reality Show"NeNe Leakes, Clay Aiken, Lisa Lampanelli, Khloé Kardashian, and Jim JefferiesJuly 27, 2016 (2016-07-27)
NeNe Leakes, Clay Aiken and fellow Celebrity Apprentice alums dissect the GOP nominee's appeal. Comedian Jim Jefferies poses with male strippers.
32"This Is My Home"Jay Leno and Gillian JacobsJuly 28, 2016 (2016-07-28)
Chelsea rents her house out to a Filipino family on Airbnb, Jay Leno relives a hairy crash, and actress Gillian Jacobs shares a terror of improv.
33"Tatiana Maslany Takes All the Good Parts"Tatiana Maslany and The Go-Go'sJuly 29, 2016 (2016-07-29)
The Orphan Black star shares the secret to playing clones. The Go-Go's reflect on 38 years of fun, fame and fistfights, ahead of their farewell tour.
34"Dinner Party: The God Question"Reese Witherspoon and CommonAugust 3, 2016 (2016-08-03)
Reese Witherspoon, Common and friends of different faiths open up about their spiritual journeys. Chelsea gets a crash course in religious history.
35"Chelsea Does the DNC"Jacob Soboroff and David AxelrodAugust 4, 2016 (2016-08-04)
Emotions run high as Chelsea crashes her first political convention and learns about a civil rights hero. With Jacob Soboroff and David Axelrod.
36"You Have a Speedo For Me?"Jason Biggs and Denis LearyAugust 5, 2016 (2016-08-05)
Jason Biggs hops into the pool with the U.S. men's Olympic water polo team. The irrepressible Denis Leary riffs on his wild past and 27-year marriage.
37"A Prodigy in Our Midst"Bryce Dallas Howard and James CarvilleAugust 10, 2016 (2016-08-10)
Chelsea's niece steps in as co-host, and Bryce Dallas Howard offers tips on growing up in a famous family. James Carville marvels at Trump's behavior.
38"Putting Compton Back on the Map"Aja Brown, James Carville, and Michael KellyAugust 11, 2016 (2016-08-11)
Mayor Aja Brown fights to rebuild a city plagued by turmoil. David Axelrod offers insights on Obama. Michael Kelly talks eerie House of Cards plots.
39"Mission to Moscow"Maria SharapovaAugust 12, 2016 (2016-08-12)
In the land of vodka, Chelsea braves a bracing spa ritual, tries rhythmic gymnastics with Maria Sharapova and probes the mystery of Russian men.
40"The Porn King of Japan"Ken Shimizu and Jack HustonAugust 17, 2016 (2016-08-17)
Chelsea gets sex tips from an adult film icon, talks history with Ben-Hur star Jack Huston and urges the American Ninja Warrior hosts to man up.
41"Zelda Williams Defies the Trolls"Zelda Williams and Jon FavreauAugust 18, 2016 (2016-08-18)
The actress reflects on her complex relationship with social media after the death of her father, Robin. Plus, Jon Favreau on Obama's writing habits.
42"Let's Go on My Tinder"Sean Rad, Eric André, Joel KinnamanAugust 19, 2016 (2016-08-19)
Chelsea asks Tinder CEO Sean Rad for help with her profile and heads into the wilderness for survival school. With Eric André and Joel Kinnaman.
43"For You to Get This Hostile Is Weird"Natasha Lyonne, Marc Maron, and Nathan AdrianAugust 24, 2016 (2016-08-24)
Sparks fly as Chelsea talks cats, fame and Obama with comedian Marc Maron and actress Natasha Lyonne. Plus, Olympic swimming champ Nathan Adrian.
44"We Have Influencers Here"Kate Upton and Sophia AmorusoAugust 25, 2016 (2016-08-25)
Kate Upton and a crew of YouTube stars discuss the life-changing power of social media. Nasty Gal's Sophia Amoruso shares her wild success story.
45"How Could People Go Off on You?"Ashley Graham, Jana Kramer, and Jimmy CarrAugust 26, 2016 (2016-08-26)
Model Ashley Graham and country singer Jana Kramer bond over their brushes with public shaming. Plus, beauty pageant boot camp and comic Jimmy Carr.
46"It Felt Like Racist WrestleMania"Hasan Minhaj, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday, and Stephanie CorneliussenAugust 31, 2016 (2016-08-31)
Hasan Minhaj of The Daily Show recounts his hair-raising trip to the RNC, and the women of Mr. Robot celebrate their stereotype-defying roles.
47"That's MY Tight End"Noah Galloway, Jeff Ross, and Max GreenfieldSeptember 1, 2016 (2016-09-01)
New Girl star Max Greenfield hails the joys of fantasy football, Noah Galloway discusses his post-DWTS breakup, and Jeff Ross roasts Ann Coulter.
48"Oh, This Isn't Funny Anymore"David Cross and Aaron EckhartSeptember 2, 2016 (2016-09-02)
Comedian David Cross mourns the 'quaint' early stages of Trump's campaign. Chelsea and Sully actor Aaron Eckhart talk phobias and hypnosis.
49"Dinner Party: The State of Politics"W. Kamau Bell and S. E. CuppSeptember 7, 2016 (2016-09-07)
Chelsea invites a politically diverse group including W. Kamau Bell and S.E. Cupp to dissect the rise of Trump and the issues that divide Americans.
50"Flashbacks to the Good Old '80s"Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Shannon Purser Abigail Breslin, and Bob SagetSeptember 8, 2016 (2016-09-08)
The kids from Stranger Things talk sudden fame and welcome a surprise visitor. Abigail Breslin slams an offensive tweet. Plus, comedian Bob Saget.
51"The Right, Fair Thing to Do"Patricia Arquette and Aisha TylerSeptember 9, 2016 (2016-09-09)
Oscar winner Patricia Arquette makes an urgent plea for equal pay, and Aisha Tyler rejects the toxic female relationships depicted on TV.
52"Sex in Space"Neil deGrasse Tyson and Michael SheenSeptember 14, 2016 (2016-09-14)
Neil deGrasse Tyson explains the hazards of zero gravity intimacy. Michael Sheen talks Masters of Sex.
53"I Was a Ticking Time Bomb"Sarah Silverman and Gloria SteinemSeptember 15, 2016 (2016-09-15)
Sarah Silverman opens up about a recent health scare and her fiery DNC remarks. Gloria Steinem talks politics and her Emmy nominated Vice show.
54"My Story is an American Story"Diane Guerrero, Mike Colter, and Craig FergusonSeptember 16, 2016 (2016-09-16)
55"Fame Is Just Weird to Me"Renée Zellweger, Chris Geere, and Alex TrebekSeptember 21, 2016 (2016-09-21)
56"Would You Buy Your Dad a Hooker?"Amy Schumer and Mark CubanSeptember 22, 2016 (2016-09-22)
57"Bareback Riding Skills"Chris PrattSeptember 23, 2016 (2016-09-23)
58"I Was Naked on Broadway"Lea Michele, Reggie Miller, and T.J. MillerSeptember 28, 2016 (2016-09-28)
59"Boys Are Told Not to Cry"Edgar Ramirez, Jessica Alba, and Gavin NewsomSeptember 29, 2016 (2016-09-29)
60"When Ann Coulter Calls in Sick"Kristen Bell and Jacob SoboroffSeptember 30, 2016 (2016-09-30)
61"Climate Change Is Here and It's Real"Don Cheadle, Joshua Jackson, and Ed Begley Jr.October 5, 2016 (2016-10-05)
62"I Love a Good Mean Joke"Rob Lowe, John Mulaney, Nick Kroll, and Russell PetersOctober 6, 2016 (2016-10-06)
63"It's Girl Empowerment"Krysten Ritter and Rumer WillisOctober 7, 2016 (2016-10-07)
64"Do You Know How to Use the Car?"Taylor Lautner and the Property BrothersOctober 12, 2016 (2016-10-12)
65"So Let's Take a Test"John King Jr., Glennon Doyle Melton, and Jennifer ConnellyOctober 13, 2016 (2016-10-13)
66"I Don't Want to Mess Up Again"Kevin Hart, Jesse Ventura, and Larry KingOctober 14, 2016 (2016-10-14)
67"Dinner Party: These Strong Women"Hilary Swank, Ava DuVernay, Connie Britton, and the reigning Miss USAOctober 19, 2016 (2016-10-19)
68"That's When Madea Was Born"Tyler Perry, Cobie Smulders, and Alyssa MastromonacoOctober 20, 2016 (2016-10-20)
69"I'm Here to Volunteer"Jason Biggs, Jenny Mollen, Jorge Ramos, Isla Fisher, and Thomas LennonOctober 21, 2016 (2016-10-21)
70"Whoa, I'm a Pop Star"Meghan Trainor, Priyanka Chopra, and Misty SnowOctober 26, 2016 (2016-10-26)
71"I Feel Like I'm in a Fellini Film"Felicity Jones, Ron Howard, and Norah JonesOctober 27, 2016 (2016-10-27)
72"It Tears You Down, and Builds You"Shannen DohertyOctober 28, 2016 (2016-10-28)
73"How Dark My Life Once Was"Nicole Richie and Trevante RhodesNovember 2, 2016 (2016-11-02)
74"So Fiercely Proud of My Mom"Chelsea Clinton and Rose McGowanNovember 3, 2016 (2016-11-03)
75"Please Take My Knickers Off"Stella McCartney, Mary McCartney, Colleen Ballinger, and Kimbal MuskNovember 4, 2016 (2016-11-04)
76"They Said It's a Man's Game"Carol Burnett, Rob Corddry, and Jessica MendozaNovember 9, 2016 (2016-11-09)
Comedy legend Carol Burnett shares the joys and hazards of hosting her own variety show in the 1960s. With Rob Corddry and ESPN's Jessica Mendoza.
77"Do Not Despair About Our Country"Barbara Boxer, Mary McCormack, and Nikki GlaserNovember 11, 2016 (2016-11-11)
Chelsea sifts through the dizzying emotional and political fallout of the election with help from Sen. Barbara Boxer, Mary McCormack and Nikki Glaser.
78"Dinner Party: The Best Relationships"Sarah Jessica Parker, Morgan Spurlock, Trevor Noah, and Julianna MarguliesNovember 17, 2016 (2016-11-17)
Sarah Jessica Parker, Morgan Spurlock, Trevor Noah, and Julianna Margulies talk friends, parenting, work and the bonds that have shaped their lives.
79"Inside the Trump Tower Bubble"Jake Tapper, Maria Shriver, and Matt LeBlancNovember 18, 2016 (2016-11-18)
Jake Tapper weighs in on Donald Trump's shifting positions, Maria Shriver critiques Chelsea's interviewing style, and Matt LeBlanc talks "Top Gear."


Chelsea has received generally negative reviews from critics at launch. The first series holds a 27% approval ratings from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.[13] The site's critic consensus claims: "Chelsea comes up short in its attempts to innovate the conventional talk show format -- and even worse, it frequently fails to be smart or funny."[13] The first season has a score of 50 out of 100 on Metacritic, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[14]

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