The show is highly influential, especially with women. While early episodes of show followed an exploration of sensationalistic social issues, Oprah eventually transformed her series into a more positive, spiritually uplifting experience marked by book clubs, celebrity interviews, self-improvement segments, and philanthropic forays into world events.
Series Fun Facts
- Terrence Howard's father, Tyrone, was invited to appear on the show to discuss the infamous "Santa Line Slaying" but declined.
- This show marked Liberace's final public appearance before his death almost 6 weeks later.
- This was the first Oprah show broadcast live in five years. Anita Baker was also scheduled to appear but she had to cancel due to illness.