The Best Episodes of The Colbert Report

Ben Folds Five

#1 - Ben Folds Five

Season 9 - Episode 1

Paul Ryan tiptoes around tax plan costs, U.S. prison labor threatens small business, Iran's presidential aides visit Costco, and Ben Folds Five explains their album title.

David Stockman

#2 - David Stockman

Season 6 - Episode 153

Jamie Oliver

#3 - Jamie Oliver

Season 11 - Episode 1

Pundits imply that Obama is mimicking George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton becomes a grandmother, Kim Jong-un battles a cheese addiction, and Jamie Oliver talks "Comfort Food."

Vince Gilligan

#4 - Vince Gilligan

Season 10 - Episode 1

Congress shuts down the government, Butterball appeases male cooks, and "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan discusses the final season.

Stone Phillips

#5 - Stone Phillips

Season 1 - Episode 1

In the premiere episode of The Colbert Report, Stephen starts off the show with a segment called The Word coining the term "Truthiness". Other segments include: The Threat Down rating avian flu, basketball, babies, hurricanes and James Brady. Stephen interviews Stone Phillips, an Emmy award winning journalist and host of Dateline NBC. At the end of the interview, Stephen and Stone Phillips have a competition of gravitas.

Directors: Jim Hoskinson
Geoffrey Canada

#6 - Geoffrey Canada

Season 7 - Episode 2

Some want the dollar to be converted back to gold, and Geoffrey Canada advocates for education reform.

John Lithgow

#7 - John Lithgow

Season 8 - Episode 2

Rick Davis weighs in on Chris Christie fever, ESPN pulls Hank Williams Jr.'s song, and John Lithgow talks drama.

Daniel Radcliffe

#8 - Daniel Radcliffe

Season 10 - Episode 2

The government shuts down, Americans flood the Affordable Care Act website, anti-Obamacare groups target youth, and Daniel Radcliffe describes his film, "Kill Your Darlings".

Jorge Ramos

#9 - Jorge Ramos

Season 9 - Episode 2

Stephen releases "America Again," pastors endorse politicians on Pulpit Freedom Sunday, the Romney camp praises Obama's rhetoric, and Jorge Ramos talks immigration policy.

Fareed Zakaria

#10 - Fareed Zakaria

Season 1 - Episode 3

Stephen Colbert welcomes journalist, Fareed Zakaria!

Directors: Jim Hoskinson
Atul Gawande

#11 - Atul Gawande

Season 7 - Episode 3

America's fruit supply is in danger, and Atul Gawande wants to reduce health risks in hospitals.

Kenny Rogers

#12 - Kenny Rogers

Season 9 - Episode 3

America meets Mitt Romney for the first time, George Will points out Obama's racial advantage, doctors treat low testosterone, and Kenny Rogers recounts his music career.

Black Star

#13 - Black Star

Season 8 - Episode 3

Herman Cain gives his take on homosexuality, Mexico City proposes two-year marriage licenses, and Black Star performs.

Chris Matthews

#14 - Chris Matthews

Season 10 - Episode 3

Barack Obama meets with congressional leaders about the government "slim down", Bill O'Reilly talks divine inspiration, and Chris Matthews compares Obama and Reagan.

Mike Mullen

#15 - Mike Mullen

Season 11 - Episode 3

Author Louisa Lim discusses civil unrest in Hong Kong, Stephen offends Bill O'Reilly, and retired Navy Admiral Mike Mullen discusses ISIS and the Middle East.

Jim Cramer

#16 - Jim Cramer

Season 1 - Episode 4

Stephen Colbert welcomes host of "Mad Money", Jim Cramer!

Directors: Jim Hoskinson
Jerome Groopman

#17 - Jerome Groopman

Season 8 - Episode 1

Rick Perry's hunting camp once bore a racially charged name, Obamacare heads to the Supreme Court, and Jerome Groopman discusses medical decision-making.

Jeffrey Tambor

#18 - Jeffrey Tambor

Season 11 - Episode 2

A Muslim NFL player gets punished for praying, Bobby Jindal rethinks his pro-knowledge agenda, Hans Beinholtz accentuates the negative, and Jeffrey Tambor talks "Transparent."

Lesley Stahl

#19 - Lesley Stahl

Season 1 - Episode 2

Stephen Colbert welcomes "60 Minutes" correspondent, Lesley Stahl!

Directors: Jim Hoskinson
Ronald DePinho

#20 - Ronald DePinho

Season 7 - Episode 4

Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how tides work, and Robert DePinho wants to reverse the aging process.

David Finkel

#21 - David Finkel

Season 10 - Episode 4

Congressional leaders fail to compromise on the government shutdown, Stephen officiates a wedding, and David Finkel examines post-war trauma in "Thank You for Your Service".

Lou Dobbs

#22 - Lou Dobbs

Season 1 - Episode 5

Stephen Colbert welcomes host of "Lou Dobbs Tonight", Lou Dobbs!

Directors: Jim Hoskinson
Fen Montaigne

#23 - Fen Montaigne

Season 7 - Episode 5

Stephen violates the Constitution, and Fen Montaigne talks about Antarctic penguins.

Jason Amerine

#24 - Jason Amerine

Season 8 - Episode 4

Sarah Palin bows out of the presidential race, Stephen apologizes to Karl Rove, and Lieutenant Colonel Jason Amerine discusses the early days of the Afghanistan War.

Dr George Church

#25 - Dr George Church

Season 9 - Episode 4

Mitt Romney pledges to defund PBS, Chris Matthews berates Barack Obama, Pennsylvania rules against voter ID laws, and Harvard geneticist George Church explores DNA.