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The Best Episodes of The Colbert Report

Every episode of The Colbert Report ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of The Colbert Report!

The Colbert Report is an American satirical late night television program that airs Monday through Thursday on Comedy Central. It stars political humorist Stephen Colbert, a former correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The Colbert Report is a spin-off from and counterpart to The Daily Show that comments on politics and the media in a similar way. It satirizes conservative personality-driven political pundit programs, particularly Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor. The show focuses on a fictional anchorman character named Stephen Colbert, played by his real-life namesake. The character, described by Colbert as a "well-intentioned, poorly informed, high-status idiot", is a caricature of televised political pundits. The Colbert Report has been nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards each in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, two Television Critics Association Awards Awards, and two Satellite Awards. In 2013, it won two Emmys. It has been presented as non-satirical journalism in several instances, including by the Tom DeLay Legal Defense Trust and by Robert Wexler following his interview on the program. The Report received considerable media coverage following its debut on October 17, 2005, for Colbert's coining of the term "truthiness", which dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster named its 2006 Word of the Year.

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Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "The Colbert Report" is "Grimmy", rated 8.7/10 from 81 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by N/A. "Grimmy" aired on 12/18/2014 and is rated 0.2 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Robin Thicke".

  • Grimmy
    8.7/10 81 votes

    #1 - Grimmy

    Season 11 Episode 40 - Aired 2014-12-18

    Stephen weighs in on his impressive legacy, Grimmy resorts to violence, friends of the show join a massive sing-along, and The Report draws to a spectacular close.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Robin Thicke
    8.5/10 2 votes

    #2 - Robin Thicke

    Season 9 Episode 135 - Aired 2013-08-06

    Daft Punk abandons StePhest Colbchella '013, Stephen angers his Hyundai sponsors, and "Blurred Lines" singer Robin Thicke saves Stephen's career.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Steve Martin
    8.4/10 22 votes

    #3 - Steve Martin

    Season 5 Episode 19 - Aired 2009-02-04

    Actor, "The Pink Panther 2"

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Stone Phillips / Truthiness
    8.3/10 42 votes

    #4 - Stone Phillips / Truthiness

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2005-10-17

    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.

    Director: Jim Hoskinson

    Writer: Jay Katsir, Laura Krafft, Peter Gwinn, Eric Drysdale, Stephen Colbert, Michael Brumm, Frank Lesser, Rob Dubbin

  • Benicio Del Toro
    8.3/10 24 votes

    #5 - Benicio Del Toro

    Season 5 Episode 3 - Aired 2009-01-07

    Benicio Del Toro talks about meeting Castro to prepare for "Che."

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Vince Gilligan
    8.3/10 28 votes

    #6 - Vince Gilligan

    Season 10 Episode 1 - Aired 2013-09-30

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

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • John Feinstein, Leonard Nimoy
    8.2/10 40 votes

    #7 - John Feinstein, Leonard Nimoy

    Season 4 Episode 24 - Aired 2008-02-14

    Stephen begins with "Who's Riding my Coattails now?", putting German comedian Oliver Pocher on notice for stealing his pose that he used on the front cover of GQ magazine. He then talks about the Roger Clemens hearing, defending Brian McNamee collecting used medical waste by claiming that he does it also. He then interviews John Feinstein about the use of steroids in sport. In "People Destroying America", Stephen talks about Susan Pagan, who refused to give his daughter a free Happy Meal for getting good grades. He then interviews Leonard Nimoy about a book featuring nude photos of overweight women.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • David Gregory, Shepard Fairey
    8.2/10 21 votes

    #8 - David Gregory, Shepard Fairey

    Season 5 Episode 8 - Aired 2009-01-15

    A look back on President Bush's relationship with the media -- Stephen wonders if tonight's the night they finally do it and Shepard Fairey's "Hope" poster belongs to everyone.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • James Surowiecki, Jonah Lehrer
    8.2/10 19 votes

    #9 - James Surowiecki, Jonah Lehrer

    Season 5 Episode 20 - Aired 2009-02-05

    Stephen salutes the Boy Scouts, and Jonah Lehrer discusses the neuroscience of decision-making.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Neil MacGregor
    8.2/10 22 votes

    #10 - Neil MacGregor

    Season 8 Episode 13 - Aired 2011-10-31

    Stephen joins Occupy Wall Street, Wisconsin allows concealed weapons in its Capitol, and Neil MacGregor tells the history of the world with 100 objects.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Stephen Sondheim
    8.2/10 18 votes

    #11 - Stephen Sondheim

    Season 8 Episode 27 - Aired 2011-11-30

    Newt Gingrich denies lobbying, conservatives bid Barney Frank farewell, and Stephen Sondheim ponders the artist life.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Mike Allen
    8.2/10 20 votes

    #12 - Mike Allen

    Season 8 Episode 43 - Aired 2012-01-12

    Jon Stewart adopts the Colbert Super PAC, Stephen makes a monumental announcement, and Mike Allen anticipates Stephen's possible South Carolina results.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Ian McKellen
    8.2/10 26 votes

    #13 - Ian McKellen

    Season 9 Episode 31 - Aired 2012-12-03

    The Report hosts Hobbit Week, safer streets weaken a Republican wedge issue, medical grade sheds replace nursing homes, and Sir Ian McKellen prefers Gandalf the Grey.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Martin Freeman
    8.2/10 25 votes

    #14 - Martin Freeman

    Season 9 Episode 32 - Aired 2012-12-04

    Hobbit Week continues with Bilbo Baggins, testosterone gels trigger family hair growth, morning sickness socks Kate Middleton, and Martin Freeman talks TV roles and Tolkien.

    Director: N/A

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  • Simone Campbell
    8.2/10 25 votes

    #15 - Simone Campbell

    Season 9 Episode 38 - Aired 2012-12-13

    Rockers raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims, Vince Gilligan leaks "Breaking Bad" footage, Colbert Super PAC money finds a home, and Simone Campbell talks social justice.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Stephen Fry
    8.2/10 55 votes

    #16 - Stephen Fry

    Season 10 Episode 12 - Aired 2013-10-24

    Girly hats could emasculate the Marines, and Stephen Fry discusses his role in "Twelfth Night".

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Lake Street Dive
    8.2/10 20 votes

    #17 - Lake Street Dive

    Season 10 Episode 59 - Aired 2014-02-05

    Critics argue that Obamacare will destroy jobs, Mort Zuckerman weighs in on Tom Perkins' Nazi analogy, and Lake Street Dive performs a song from "Bad Self Portraits."

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Alexander Payne
    8.2/10 18 votes

    #18 - Alexander Payne

    Season 10 Episode 65 - Aired 2014-02-19

    U.S. ice dancers nab a gold medal, Buddy Cole investigates gay propaganda in Sochi, Al Qaeda members accidentally kill themselves, and Alexander Payne talks "Nebraska."

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Lesley Stahl / Bacchanalia
    8.1/10 26 votes

    #19 - Lesley Stahl / Bacchanalia

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2005-10-18

    TONIGHT: Stephen Colbert welcomes 60 Minutes correspondent, Lesley Stahl!

    Director: Jim Hoskinson

    Writer: N/A

  • Fareed Zakaria / Disappointed
    8.1/10 27 votes

    #20 - Fareed Zakaria / Disappointed

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2005-10-19

    TONIGHT: Stephen Colbert welcomes journalist, Fareed Zakaria!

    Director: Jim Hoskinson

    Writer: Jay Katsir, Laura Krafft, Peter Gwinn, Eric Drysdale, Rich Dahm, Allison Silverman

  • Paul McCartney, Denis Dutton
    8.1/10 18 votes

    #21 - Paul McCartney, Denis Dutton

    Season 5 Episode 15 - Aired 2009-01-28

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    Director: N/A

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  • Michael Pollan
    8.1/10 15 votes

    #22 - Michael Pollan

    Season 8 Episode 15 - Aired 2011-11-02

    Herman Cain discusses the Chinese nuclear threat, the government releases information on Muffingate, and Michael Pollan talks food.

    Director: N/A

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  • Terry Gross
    8.1/10 20 votes

    #23 - Terry Gross

    Season 8 Episode 50 - Aired 2012-01-25

    Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address, Maurice Sendak gives Stephen a storybook ending, and Terry Gross provides a fresh perspective on Bill O'Reilly.

    Director: N/A

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  • Steve McQueen
    8.1/10 22 votes

    #24 - Steve McQueen

    Season 10 Episode 25 - Aired 2013-11-18

    The Colbert Nation helps the Philippines, conservatives gloat over Obamacare, Chip Wilson defends his yoga pants, and Steve McQueen talks "12 Years a Slave".

    Director: N/A

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  • J.J. Abrams
    8.1/10 20 votes

    #25 - J.J. Abrams

    Season 10 Episode 28 - Aired 2013-11-21

    Senate Democrats go nuclear, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin blocks same-sex benefits, Stephen invites himself to Thanksgiving dinner, and J.J. Abrams discusses his novel, "S".

    Director: N/A

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