The program started was launched in September 2011 after Chris Hayes made regular appearances on "The Rachel Maddow Show" and "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell."

The format also sometimes includes a panel of guests who discuss a certain political issue. The show airs on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 8 a.m. on MSNBC. The Saturday program looks at issues from the previous week and the Sunday program focuses on examining items in the upcoming week.