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.

Rep. Patrick Murphy

#1 - Rep. Patrick Murphy

Season 4 - Episode 51 - Aired Apr 17, 2008

Tonight Stephen welcomes Pennsylvania Congressman Rep. Patrick Murphy.

star 10.00
29 votes
Barbara Ehrenriech

#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.

star 10.00
29 votes
Rebecca Skloot

#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.

star 10.00
29 votes
Neil DeGrasse Tyson

#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.

star 9.87
31 votes
Anne-Marie Slaughter

#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.

star 9.47
15 votes
Arianna Huffington

#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.

star 9.42
12 votes
Lena Dunham

#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."

star 9.29
17 votes
David Page

#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.

star 9.27
11 votes
Mark McKinnon

#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.

star 9.22
9 votes
Nas

#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.

star 9.22
9 votes
Richard Hersh

#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.

star 9.18
11 votes
Magnus Carlsen

#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.

star 9.18
11 votes
Steve Coll

#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.

star 9.15
13 votes
Jonathan Haidt

#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.

star 9.08
13 votes
Tim Robbins

#15 - Tim Robbins

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Nov 17, 2005

Stephen Colbert welcomes star of "Zathura", Tim Robbins!

star 9.00
29 votes
Directors: Jim Hoskinson
Writers: Eric Drysdale, Jay Katsir, Laura Krafft, Peter Gwinn, Stephen Colbert
Anderson Cooper

#16 - Anderson Cooper

Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired Dec 6, 2005

Stephen Colbert welcomes the Host of "Anderson Cooper 360", Anderson Cooper!

star 9.00
29 votes
Stephen Bosworth

#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.

star 9.00
28 votes
Claire McCaskill

#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.

star 9.00
58 votes
Jeffrey Katzenberg

#19 - Jeffrey Katzenberg

Season 6 - Episode 54 - Aired Apr 20, 2010

Tonight Stephen welcomes the chief executive of Dreamworks animation, Jeffrey Katzenberg.

star 9.00
29 votes
Gary Johnson

#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.

star 9.00
29 votes
Dr Michio Kaku

#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.

star 9.00
29 votes
Gov. Tim Pawlenty

#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.

star 9.00
6 votes
Al Gore

#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.

star 9.00
8 votes
Seth Meyers

#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."

star 9.00
10 votes
Will Allen

#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.

star 9.00
12 votes