Colbert Report: Season 1 (2005)


Season 1
Colbert Report

Critics Consensus

Stephen Colbert's preternatural commitment to his comedic alter ego unlocks fertile opportunities for unique satire in this faux-news program, although some viewers may find the right-wing blowhard to be a one-note joke.



Critic Ratings: 13

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Air date: Oct 17, 2005
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Critic Reviews for Colbert Report Season 1

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (11)

After this week's promising premiere, let's hope Colbert makes it work over the long run. He's a clever creation, and a necessary one, and he deserves an opportunity to offend as many people as possible...

Sep 24, 2018 | Full Review…

A few kinks are painfully apparent. Foremost among them is the blowhard persona Colbert forces on us for half an hour. It feels like a weaker extension of "The Daily Show."

Sep 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Colbert's late-night shenanigans, while fun, feel a lot more traditional by comparison, courting a slightly older audience.

Sep 20, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It was politically astute but not didactic, thought-provoking but light on its feet, hilarious but also deeply felt.

Sep 24, 2018 | Full Review…

In his first night in the chair, 17 October 2005, Colbert had one of the biggest hits of his run, debuting the word "truthiness."

Sep 24, 2018 | Full Review…
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Colbert's first night as host of his own show was pitched at a fairly manic level of energy; over time, he'll likely dial down a little and ease into his role as cable's most self-absorbed host/pundit.

Sep 20, 2018 | Full Review…

The new show dovetails nicely with its lead-in to present a solid hour of skewered news and punctured pomposity.

Sep 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Colbert is such a natural at his smarmy-news-guy persona that he should be able to keep the show watchable if the writing holds up. Thus far it's been extremely sharp

Sep 20, 2018 | Full Review…
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In the run-up to the show it all sounded a bit hard to get your head around, but in the flesh the show zinged, at least this first week.

Sep 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Mr. Colbert's on-camera persona may not wear well over the long term, but for now at least The Colbert Report is a worthy spinoff, an icy-cold beer chaser to the shot of whiskey that is The Daily Show.

Sep 20, 2018 | Full Review…

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