The BEST Episodes of The Colbert Report
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Feb 25, 2020
Network: Comedy Central
Tune in to The Colbert Report, as Stephen Colbert gives his own take on the issues of the day, and more importantly, to tell you why everyone else's take is just plain wrong. The series is a variety/news show revolving around Colbert's TV persona, a parody of opinionated cable news personalities like Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Joe Scarborough.
#1 - Rep. Patrick Murphy
Season 4 - Episode 51 - Aired Apr 17, 2008
Tonight Stephen welcomes Pennsylvania Congressman Rep. Patrick Murphy.
#2 - Barbara Ehrenriech
Season 4 - Episode 83 - Aired Jun 23, 2008
Tonight Stephen welcomes political satirist and author of This Land Is Their Land: Reports from a Divided Nation, Barbara Ehrenriech.
#3 - Rebecca Skloot
Season 6 - Episode 38 - Aired Mar 16, 2010
Stephen examines the way Americans eat and talks to Rebecca Skloot about the ethics of science.
#4 - Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Season 4 - Episode 85 - Aired Jun 25, 2008
Tonight Stephen welcomes astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium, Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Also, Stephen talks with architecture critic and author of Up from Zero: Politics, Architecture, and the Rebuilding of New York, Paul Goldberger.
#5 - Anne-Marie Slaughter
Season 8 - Episode 121 - Aired Jul 16, 2012
Katie Holmes divorces Tom Cruise, Mitt Romney retroactively retires from Bain Capital, Starbucks hits funeral homes, and Anne-Marie Slaughter talks career choice and family.
#6 - Arianna Huffington
Season 8 - Episode 88 - Aired Apr 18, 2012
Mitt Romney seeks a bland running mate, Tennessee outlaws "gateway sexual activity" education, survivalists plan for the unthinkable, and Arianna Huffington talks journalism.
#7 - Lena Dunham
Season 8 - Episode 97 - Aired May 3, 2012
Newt Gingrich suspends his campaign and backs Mitt Romney, Stephen tracks a Super PAC rival, Buzz Aldrin presents a space award, and writer Lena Dunham talks "Girls."
#8 - David Page
Season 8 - Episode 74 - Aired Mar 26, 2012
Geraldo Rivera blames the Trayvon Martin shooting on hoodies, Mitt Romney boosts Etch a Sketch sales, and biomedical researcher Dr. David Page defends the Y chromosome.
#9 - Mark McKinnon
Season 8 - Episode 72 - Aired Mar 14, 2012
Greg Smith is a "Banker-dict Arnold," Rick Santorum condemns teleprompters, Kermit the Frog weighs in on the GOP primary race, and Mark McKinnon talks about reforming Congress.
#10 - Nas
Season 8 - Episode 122 - Aired Jul 17, 2012
Nevada's presidential ballot threatens Mitt Romney, Texas Republicans reject critical thinking education, the Rosenbach Museum honors Stephen, and Nas talks hip-hop.
#11 - Richard Hersh
Season 8 - Episode 83 - Aired Apr 10, 2012
Rick Santorum drops his presidential campaign, the EPA sets coal industry regulations, Stephen honors male "Lady Heroes," and Richard Hersh examines higher education.
#12 - Magnus Carlsen
Season 8 - Episode 91 - Aired Apr 24, 2012
Super Tuesday II goes live, Stephen plugs his children's book, Julie Andrews discusses fairy tales, Canada creates a bioluminescent coin, and Magnus Carlsen talks chess.
#13 - Steve Coll
Season 8 - Episode 112 - Aired Jun 14, 2012
Marijuana legalization can win elections, Super PACs raise more money than ad space, Xiaflex treatment corrects curved penises, and Steve Coll examines ExxonMobil.
#14 - Jonathan Haidt
Season 8 - Episode 96 - Aired May 2, 2012
Designers craft a Richard Branson ice mold, debt collectors infiltrate hospitals, Germany censures Kermit the Frog, and Jonathan Haidt discusses conflict and politics.
#15 - Tim Robbins
Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Nov 17, 2005
Stephen Colbert welcomes star of "Zathura", Tim Robbins!
#16 - Anderson Cooper
Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired Dec 6, 2005
Stephen Colbert welcomes the Host of "Anderson Cooper 360", Anderson Cooper!
#17 - Stephen Bosworth
Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 19, 2010
Stephen attempts to make an Olympic team, and Stephen Bosworth talks about North Korea.
#18 - Claire McCaskill
Season 6 - Episode 41 - Aired Mar 29, 2010
Stephen breeds the elderly in captivity, and Claire McCaskill sends a message to Rush Limbaugh.
#19 - Jeffrey Katzenberg
Season 6 - Episode 54 - Aired Apr 20, 2010
Tonight Stephen welcomes the chief executive of Dreamworks animation, Jeffrey Katzenberg.
#20 - Gary Johnson
Season 6 - Episode 65 - Aired May 10, 2010
Tonight Stephen welcomes the former Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson, Also, Stephen talks with George Washington University's Scheherazade Rehman about the Greek bailout.
#21 - Dr Michio Kaku
Season 6 - Episode 88 - Aired Jul 5, 2010
Stephen joins Cindy Cohn on the Internet and talks to Michio Kaku about invisibility cloaks.
#22 - Gov. Tim Pawlenty
Season 7 - Episode 111 - Aired Sep 6, 2011
People enjoy a story more when they know how it ends, Prescott Group unveils its toning shoes, and Tim Pawlenty explains why he pulled out of the presidential race.
#23 - Al Gore
Season 7 - Episode 115 - Aired Sep 13, 2011
Barack Obama unveils his jobs plan, Paul Krugman discusses the Lesser Depression, and Al Gore focuses on climate reality.
#24 - Seth Meyers
Season 8 - Episode 18 - Aired Nov 8, 2011
Herman Cain holds a press conference to address sexual harassment charges, Stephen saves Christmas, and Seth Meyers talks "Saturday Night Live."
#25 - Will Allen
Season 8 - Episode 110 - Aired Jun 12, 2012
Mitt Romney owns a competition horse, the U.S. leaks anti-terror info, Barack Obama blunders, Stephen seeks Sweden's Twitter, and Will Allen talks urban farms.