The BEST Episodes of The Colbert Report
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Feb 21, 2021
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 - Tim Robbins
Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Nov 17, 2005
Stephen Colbert welcomes star of "Zathura", Tim Robbins!
#6 - Anderson Cooper
Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired Dec 6, 2005
Stephen Colbert welcomes the Host of "Anderson Cooper 360", Anderson Cooper!
#7 - Indecision 2008: America's Choice
Season 4 - Episode 143 - Aired Nov 4, 2008
Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart report live from Indecision World Headquarters where Comedy Central has rounded up the best researchers and consultants (that it can afford) to provide shallow analysis, obscure factoids, random guesses and pointless sound.
#8 - Stephen Bosworth
Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 19, 2010
Stephen attempts to make an Olympic team, and Stephen Bosworth talks about North Korea.
#9 - 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.
#10 - Jeffrey Katzenberg
Season 6 - Episode 54 - Aired Apr 20, 2010
Tonight Stephen welcomes the chief executive of Dreamworks animation, Jeffrey Katzenberg.
#11 - 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.
#12 - Conn Iggulden
Season 6 - Episode 58 - Aired Apr 27, 2010
Tonight Stephen welcomes the co-author of The Dangerous Book of Heroes, Conn Iggulden.
#13 - Dr George Church
Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 4, 2012
Mitt Romney pledges to defund PBS, Chris Matthews berates Barack Obama, Pennsylvania rules against voter ID laws, and Harvard geneticist George Church explores DNA.
#14 - Lisa Miller
Season 6 - Episode 70 - Aired Jun 2, 2010
Stephen shows shocking footage from Spain, and Lisa Miller spends seven minutes in Heaven.
#15 - Deepak Chopra
Season 6 - Episode 67 - Aired May 12, 2010
Tonight Stephen welcomes self help guru and author of The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self, Deepak Chopra.
#16 - Robert Reich
Season 6 - Episode 130 - Aired Oct 11, 2010
Muslims might take over the food supply, and Robert Reich talks about the future of the U.S. economy.
#17 - Bob Costas
Season 1 - Episode 30 - Aired Dec 13, 2005
Stephen Colbert welcomes the host of "Costas Now" and sports commentator, Bob Costas!
#18 - Steve Carell
Season 6 - Episode 90 - Aired Jul 7, 2010
Actor and old friend Steve Carell faces off against Stephen Colbert
#19 - The Roots
Season 4 - Episode 49 - Aired Apr 15, 2008
Tonight Stephen welcomes Grammy Award winning musical group The Roots.
#20 - Robert Baer
Season 6 - Episode 37 - Aired Mar 15, 2010
Stephen questions the media's focus and asks Robert Baer if the squirrel is in the basket.
#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 - John Sexton
Season 9 - Episode 73 - Aired Mar 7, 2013
Rand Paul talks for 13 hours, North Korea creates an ominous music video, "The Bachelor" incites emotionally-charged staring, and John Sexton compares baseball and religion.
#23 - Jane Goodall
Season 10 - Episode 88 - Aired Apr 8, 2014
A Senate report reveals that the CIA made false claims about enhanced interrogation, Common Core math tests create mass confusion, and Jane Goodall talks "Seeds of Hope.
#24 - Wade Graham
Season 7 - Episode 56 - Aired Apr 28, 2011
Stephen travels to England for the royal wedding, and asks Wade Graham about Covent Garden.
#25 - Elizabeth Warren
Season 6 - Episode 61 - Aired May 3, 2010
Tonight Stephen welcomes Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren. Also, Stephen talks with the president of the Salt Institute Lori Roman and the executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest Michael Jacobson about salt intake regulation.