The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The WORST episodes of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Every episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert!

Improv actor and comic Stephen Colbert leaves his "The Colbert Report" character behind as he makes his long-awaited return to television. As the host of The Late Show franchise redux -- taped at the historic Ed Sullivan Theatre at New York -- Colbert talks to actors, athletes, politicians, comics, artists and musicians as himself for the first time. Loyal fans, however, will also be treated to consistency as Colbert remains backed by many members of his writing and digital team from his former venture. Julliard-trained Jon Batiste serves as the bandleader.

Last Updated: 1/1/1970Network: CBS
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DNC Highlights
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6.55
33 votes

#1 - DNC Highlights

Season 1 - Episode 187 - Aired 7/29/2016

Democratic National Convention.

Will Arnett, Charles Barkley, Max Greenfield
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6.74
35 votes

#2 - Will Arnett, Charles Barkley, Max Greenfield

Season 1 - Episode 105 - Aired 3/7/2016

Stephen welcomes Will Arnett, Charles Barkley, and actor Max Greenfield.

Dr. Phil McGraw, Mark & Jay Duplass, Michael Eric Dyson, Anderson Paak and the Free Nationals
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6.79
34 votes

#3 - Dr. Phil McGraw, Mark & Jay Duplass, Michael Eric Dyson, Anderson Paak and the Free Nationals

Season 1 - Episode 84 - Aired 2/3/2016

Stephen welcomes Dr. Phil, creators of "Togetherness" Mark and Jay Duplass, author Michael Eric Dyson, and a musical performance by Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals.

William H. Macy, Melissa Rauch, Isaac Mizrahi
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6.83
40 votes

#4 - William H. Macy, Melissa Rauch, Isaac Mizrahi

Season 1 - Episode 113 - Aired 3/17/2016

Stephen welcomes William H. Macy, Melissa Rauch, and Isaac Mizrahi.

Chelsea Handler, Zosia Mamet, The Lumineers
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6.84
43 votes

#5 - Chelsea Handler, Zosia Mamet, The Lumineers

Season 1 - Episode 96 - Aired 2/19/2016

Stephen welcomes Chelsea Handler, Zosia Mamet, and a musical performance by The Lumineers.

Kaley Cuoco, Dan Savage, The National
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6.85
39 votes

#6 - Kaley Cuoco, Dan Savage, The National

Season 1 - Episode 138 - Aired 5/9/2016

Stephen welcomes Kaley Cuoco from the CBS comedy series "The Big Bang Theory," author and podcast host Dan Savage, and a musical performance by The National.

Eva Longoria, Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer, Lucinda Williams
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6.86
35 votes

#7 - Eva Longoria, Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer, Lucinda Williams

Season 1 - Episode 93 - Aired 2/16/2016

Stephen welcomes Eva Longoria, Abbi Jacobson & ilana Glazer, and a musical performance by Lucinda Williams.

John Travolta, Courtney B. Vance, Amy Cuddy, John Moreland
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6.86
36 votes

#8 - John Travolta, Courtney B. Vance, Amy Cuddy, John Moreland

Season 1 - Episode 82 - Aired 2/1/2016

Stephen welcomes John Travolta and Courtney B. Vance, author Amy Cuddy, and a musical performance John Moreland.

Miles Teller, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
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6.87
68 votes

#9 - Miles Teller, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog

Season 2 - Episode 41 - Aired 11/9/2016

Stephen welcomes Miles Teller, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog.

Steve Buscemi, Benjamin Walker, Broadway Cast of 'American Psycho'
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6.90
42 votes

#10 - Steve Buscemi, Benjamin Walker, Broadway Cast of 'American Psycho'

Season 1 - Episode 118 - Aired 4/1/2016

Stephen welcomes Steve Buscemi, actor Benjamin Walker, and a performance by the cast of Broadway's "American Psycho."

Kelsey Grammer, Fred Armisen, Sarah McDaniel, Ty Segall and the Muggers
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6.90
42 votes

#11 - Kelsey Grammer, Fred Armisen, Sarah McDaniel, Ty Segall and the Muggers

Season 1 - Episode 91 - Aired 2/11/2016

Stephen welcomes Kelsey Grammer, Fred Armisen, “Playboy” cover girl Sarah McDaniel, and a musical performance by Ty Segall and the Muggers.

Scott Kelly, Abby Wambach, Maria Bamford
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6.91
33 votes

#12 - Scott Kelly, Abby Wambach, Maria Bamford

Season 1 - Episode 72 - Aired 1/15/2016

Stephen welcomes astronaut Scott Kelly, U.S. Women's Soccer star Abby Wambach, and comedian Maria Bamford.

John Krasinski, Adam Brody, St. Paul and the Broken Bones
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6.92
37 votes

#13 - John Krasinski, Adam Brody, St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Season 1 - Episode 199 - Aired 8/30/2016

Stephen welcomes John Krasinski, Adam Brody, and a musical performance by St. Paul and the Broken Bones.

Kevin Love, Jenny Slate, Dierks Bentley
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6.93
41 votes

#14 - Kevin Love, Jenny Slate, Dierks Bentley

Season 1 - Episode 168 - Aired 6/27/2016

Stephen welcomes NBA Champion Kevin Love, Jenny Slate, and a musical performance by Dierks Bentley.

Chrissy Teigen, Mike Birbiglia, Adam Savage
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6.93
42 votes

#15 - Chrissy Teigen, Mike Birbiglia, Adam Savage

Season 1 - Episode 102 - Aired 3/1/2016

Stephen welcomes Chrissy Teigen, comedian Mike Birbiglia, and Adam Savage of “MythBusters."

Liam Hemsworth, Ana Gasteyer, Paul Mecurio
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6.94
47 votes

#16 - Liam Hemsworth, Ana Gasteyer, Paul Mecurio

Season 1 - Episode 160 - Aired 6/15/2016

Stephen welcomes Liam Hemsworth, Ana Gasteyer, and a stand-up comedy performance by Paul Mecurio.

Chris Pine, Danielle Brooks, Jonah Reider, Baauer
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6.94
35 votes

#17 - Chris Pine, Danielle Brooks, Jonah Reider, Baauer

Season 1 - Episode 80 - Aired 1/27/2016

Stephen welcomes Chris Pine, actress Danielle Brooks, Columbia University student Jonah Reider, and a musical performance by Baauer.

Tim Daly, Graham Nash, Jason Isbell
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6.96
45 votes

#18 - Tim Daly, Graham Nash, Jason Isbell

Season 1 - Episode 100 - Aired 2/25/2016

Stephen welcomes Tim Daly from the CBS drama series “Madam Secretary," Singer-songwriter Graham Nash, and a musical performance by Jason Isbell .

Michael Strahan, Samantha Bee, Wilco
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6.97
34 votes

#19 - Michael Strahan, Samantha Bee, Wilco

Season 1 - Episode 85 - Aired 2/4/2016

Stephen welcomes Michael Strahan, Samantha Bee, and a musical performance by Wilco.

Ethan Hawke, Tim Meadows, Wilco, Nile Rodgers
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6.97
36 votes

#20 - Ethan Hawke, Tim Meadows, Wilco, Nile Rodgers

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 9/21/2016

Stephen welcomes Ethan Hawke, Tim Meadows, a musical performance by Wilco, and Nile Rodgers sitting in with Jon Batiste and Stay Human.

David Schwimmer, Joel Osteen, M. Ward
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6.97
40 votes

#21 - David Schwimmer, Joel Osteen, M. Ward

Season 1 - Episode 83 - Aired 2/2/2016

Stephen welcomes David Schwimmer, Pastor Joel Osteen, and a musical performance by M. Ward.

Ruth Wilson, JB Smoove, Ghost Brothers
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7.00
25 votes

#22 - Ruth Wilson, JB Smoove, Ghost Brothers

Season 2 - Episode 35 - Aired 10/31/2016

Stephen welcomes Ruth Wilson, JB Smoove, and the Ghost Brothers.

Olivia Munn, T.J. Miller, Father John Misty
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7.00
43 votes

#23 - Olivia Munn, T.J. Miller, Father John Misty

Season 1 - Episode 71 - Aired 1/14/2016

Stephen welcomes actress Olivia Munn, T.J Miller, and a musical performance by Father John Misty.

Debra Messing, Zachary Quinto, Violent Femmes
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7.00
39 votes

#24 - Debra Messing, Zachary Quinto, Violent Femmes

Season 1 - Episode 98 - Aired 2/23/2016

Stephen welcomes Debra Messing, Zachary Quinto, and a musical performance by Violent Femmes.

Spike Lee, Andy Cohen, Carly Simon
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7.00
43 votes

#25 - Spike Lee, Andy Cohen, Carly Simon

Season 1 - Episode 51 - Aired 11/24/2015

Stephen welcomes director Spike Lee, Bravo's Andy Cohen, plus a musical performance by Carly Simon.

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