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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

CBS 2015

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.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert - S6E42

#1 - President Barack Obama, Brittany Howard

8.63

Season 6 - Episode 42

Stephen welcomes President Barack Obama and a musical performance by Brittany Howard.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert from 24 votes.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert - S6E61

#2 - Amy Klobuchar, Adam Kinzinger, Jamila Woods

8.55

Season 6 - Episode 61

Stephen welcomes Senator Amy Klobuchar, Representative Adam Kinzinger, and a musical performance by Jamila Woods.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert from 22 votes.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert - S2E145

#3 - Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Ed Helms, Rob Corddry

8.53

Season 2 - Episode 145

Comic Jon Stewart; TV host Samantha Bee; TV host John Oliver; actor Ed Helms; actor Rob Corddry.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert from 129 votes.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert - S6E57

#4 - Joseph R. Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, Jon Batiste

8.50

Season 6 - Episode 57

Stephen welcomes president-elect Joseph R. Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, plus a musical performance by Jon Batiste.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert from 20 votes.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert - S6E70

#5 - Jason Segel, Black Pumas

8.38

Season 6 - Episode 70

Stephen welcomes actor Jason Segel and a musical performance by Black Pumas.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert from 13 votes.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert - S6E33

#6 - Stacey Abrams, Thomas Middleditch

8.27

Season 6 - Episode 33

Stephen welcomes politician Stacey Abrams and actor Thomas Middleditch.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert from 22 votes.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert - S6E68

#7 - John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon & Alex Wagner, The War On Drugs

8.25

Season 6 - Episode 68

Stephen welcomes the hosts of “The Circus”: John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon & Alex Wagner, plus a musical performance by The War On Drugs.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert from 12 votes.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert - S2E192

#8 - Matthew McConaughey, Vanessa Bayer

8.23

Season 2 - Episode 192

Actor Matthew McConaughey; actress Vanessa Bayer.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert from 48 votes.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert - S6E62

#9 - Rachel Brosnahan, Julien Baker

8.22

Season 6 - Episode 62

Stephen welcomes actress Rachel Brosnahan and a musical performance by Julien Baker.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert from 18 votes.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert - S2E186

#10 - Kenneth Branagh, Cara Delevingne

8.20

Season 2 - Episode 186

Russia week concludes; actor Kenneth Branagh; actress Cara Delevingne.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert from 46 votes.

#11 - Jon Lovett, Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor
8.19
Season 6 - Episode 71

Stephen welcomes comedian Jon Lovett, director Jon Favreau, political commentator Tommy Vietor, and and a musical performance featuring several artists.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert from 16 votes.

#12 - Bernie Sanders, Jon Batiste, Nathaniel Rateliff
8.14
Season 5 - Episode 168

Stephen welcomes Senator Bernie Sanders and a musical performance by Jon Batiste & Nathaniel Rateliff.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert from 21 votes.

#13 - Jon Stewart
8.13
Season 5 - Episode 152

Stephen welcomes comedian Jon Stewart.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert from 23 votes.

#14 - George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, The Mountain Goats
8.11
Season 6 - Episode 63

Stephen welcomes actor George Clooney, actor Tom Hanks, actress Meryl Streep, and a musical performance by The Mountain Goats.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert from 18 votes.

#15 - Chance The Rapper, Christopher Walken, Laura Benanti
8.11
Season 6 - Episode 54

Stephen welcomes Chance The Rapper, actor Christopher Walken, and a special appearance by actress Laura Benanti.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert from 19 votes.

#16 - Samantha Bee, Paul Mescal
8.07
Season 6 - Episode 66

Stephen welcomes TV host Samantha Bee and actor Paul Mescal.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert from 15 votes.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert - S6E24
#17 - Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeff Tweedy
8.05
Season 6 - Episode 24

Stephen welcomes actor Sacha Baron Cohen and musician Jeff Tweedy.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert from 21 votes.

#18 - Jennifer Lawrence, Patton Oswalt, MGMT
8.02
Season 3 - Episode 93

Stephen welcomes actress Jennifer Lawrence, actor Patton Oswalt, with musical guest MGMT.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert from 50 votes.

#19 - Tommy Vietor, Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Constance Wu
8.00
Season 3 - Episode 194

Stephen welcomes podcast hosts Tommy Vietor, Jon Favreau and Jon Lovett, actress Constance Wu, and a tribute to Aretha Franklin.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert from 25 votes.

#20 - Bob Woodward, The Knocks, Foster the People
8.00
Season 4 - Episode 5

Stephen welcomes journalist Bob Woodward with musical guests The Knocks and Foster the People.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert from 29 votes.

Last updated: apr 11, 2021

Comments

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Monologue is ok and side stuff is similar to what he did with his old show which was great, solid interviews which are normally lacking in other late night shows like The Tonight Show where they just pander to the guest and don't add anything to the conversation other than prescript-ed answers. All in all good show and here's hoping Colbert can keep this going for many years.

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Not only does this provide the most laughs out of any other show for my wife and I, but it covers current events and politics so succinctly that its the only TV news we watch (all else is read on Apple News). It's our favorite show, and one we look forward to watching together even more than 24: Legacy, Sense8, Seinfeld, or Designated Survivor! It's even better than SNL's Trump/Political Skits. It's easiest just to catch it on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMtFAi84ehTSYSE9XoHefig) on weekdays around 8:30pm PST (or more often, anytime the next day), which makes it easy to skip over most of the interviews and musical performances and just get the comedic news, animations, and political satire. Colbert is the only positive thing to come out of having Trump for president and the only thing that makes it just this side of bearable.

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watched the pilot, but colbert just isnt funny (he has never been), felt i wasted my time, will skip this version of the late show.

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Unimpressed, worst monologue, doesn't have a funny bone in his entire life. It is so repetitive it's sickening. Even Johnny Carson dead could make better jokes.

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