The Chat Room is a South African television talk show directed and produced by Thokozani Nkosi that debates everyday ethical and moral issues that face people from all walks of life.
The series premiered on SABC1 in 2000. Episodes are 30 minutes in length.
The first four seasons were hosted by Sarah Ngubeni. Mbali Ntuli took over as host of the 5th season, but left the show after the 7th season citing dissatisfaction with "certain things". Ngubeni returned as host of the show for the start of the 8th season.
The Chat Room 8 premiered on SABC1 on Sunday 10 August 2008, at 10h30. There are 34 episodes in the eighth season.
The Chat Room is a morality, values and ethics talk show that poses a weekly dilemma for viewer consideration. Each week two teams of two debate a particular issue from the perspective of one in favour of the argument and one against.
They debate for a live studio audience that consists of experts on the topics, regular people and celebrities who give their opinions on the issues too.
A live SMS feed runs through the show featuring viewers' opinions, and viewers phone in their experiences to a Hotline which both the studio audience and debating panel respond to.