The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Season 1 (2015 - 2016)

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Smart, energetic, and a little bit silly, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert succeeds largely due to the charisma of its host, whose confident debut promises a bright future for the revamped show.

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Air date: Sep 8, 2015

Stephen Colbert succeeds David Letterman as "Late Show" host. Colbert's first guests are George Clooney and Jeb Bush. Also: Jon Batiste and Stay Human perform.

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Air date: Sep 9, 2015

Actress Scarlett Johansson; SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk. Also: Kendrick Lamar performs and is interviewed.

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Air date: Sep 10, 2015

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. Also: Toby Keith performs.

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Air date: Sep 11, 2015

Comedian Amy Schumer; author Stephen King. Also: Troubled Waters perform and are interviewed.

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Air date: Sep 14, 2015

Emily Blunt; Supreme Court justice Stephen Breyer. Also: The Dead Weather perform.

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Air date: Sep 15, 2015

Jake Gyllenhaal. Also: Run the Jewels performs with TV on the Radio.

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Air date: Sep 16, 2015

Kevin Spacey; Carol Burnett with comedians Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. Also: Willie Nelson performs and is interviewed.

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Air date: Sep 17, 2015

Naomi Watts; United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon.

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Air date: Sep 18, 2015

Actress Lupita Nyong'o; Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Also: dancers Christopher Wheeldon, Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope of Broadway's "An American in Paris" perform and are interviewed.

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Air date: Sep 21, 2015

The NBA's Steph Curry; Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Also: Don Henley performs.

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Stephen Colbert hosts a late-night talk show.

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Critic Reviews for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Season 1

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (35)

The inaugural Late Show with Stephen Colbert was so packed with comedy bits, special guests and music, it went several minutes overtime - but it didn't feel long. It felt good.

Sep 9, 2015 | Full Review…
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The fact that Colbert can't help himself lets the rest of us not feel so bad about not being able to help ourselves. So we laugh together.

Sep 9, 2015 | Full Review…

His evolution is just beginning. The DVR is set for the next however many years.

Sep 9, 2015 | Full Review…

Colbert made a strong case that viewers should get to know him -- the real him.

Sep 9, 2015 | Full Review…

The late Stephen Colbert did better than this; the newly born Stephen Colbert can too.

Sep 9, 2015 | Full Review…
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That said, the first Colbert Late Show... was promising if not perfect, ranging from sharp meta-late-night humor and funny politically tinged bits to the kind of bland chitchat that makes the network late-night talk show an often frustrating genre.

Sep 9, 2015 | Full Review…

Plenty to confirm there are encouraging signs in the new Late Show.

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Stephen, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Sep 9, 2015 | Full Review…

There are hints of the wackiness and pointed commentary Colbert displayed while hosting The Colbert Report, but it's been slightly mellowed, better to conform to a wider, more mainstream audience.

Sep 9, 2015 | Full Review…

While the comedian's network TV humor is definitely broader than his Colbert Report satire, it still works thanks to his natural screen presence.

Sep 9, 2015 | Rating: 8.8/10 | Full Review…

This was one of the most confident debuts in years. Not everything was perfect, but everything felt thought through. That's not nothing, and it bodes well for what's to come.

Sep 9, 2015 | Full Review…

The show was every bit as sharp and consistent as a Colbert fan would expect and a Letterman fan would hope, alternately meticulous and freewheeling.

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Audience Reviews for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Season 1

  • Jan 23, 2020
    He is overly angry, constantly interrupts his guests, seems to think it's all about him and is no longer funny. The Colbert Report is surely missed.
  • Oct 30, 2019
    I used to enjoy his monologue but is has been getting boring as the season wears on. The last straw was on Oct. 29, 2019 when he thought it was funny to insult a decorated Lt. Colonel who testified before Congress in the Impeachment Inquiry. It was disgusting and disrespectful to an American hero. Despite your political persuasions, no one can impugn this man's integrity. Making fun of him was out of line. I never watch the rest of the show since it's boring. Johnny Carson was the only host who could interview a guest and make it entertaining. The only guests these days are those who are promoting a book or movie.
  • Sep 12, 2019
    It's so bad. It really is.
  • May 02, 2017
    I am so tired of this communist! Keep your political views to yourself.
  • Jan 10, 2017
    Despite huge promise, the show has become a tired, repetitive Trump bash, night after night. You don't need to like Trump to dislike this show. With the usual celebrity guests, there's really nothing original or inventive here. What limited, narrow minds created this bore? What have you done with Stephen Colbert? What a wasted opportunity!
  • Dec 31, 2016
    Was better, became stale and now just tired.
  • Mar 15, 2016
    The incredibly smart and silly host makes the show as he is and we love it !
  • Dec 19, 2015
    Okay, but incredibly disappointing after The Colbert Report. I was skeptical when Stephen Colbert got offered the role of hosting The Late Show. The Colbert Report was one of the funniest, if not THE funniest, shows on TV. It was clever, edgy and didn't mind taking pot shots at politicians, esp right-wing ones and Fox News. Surely moving to a mainsteam show would mean Colbert would have to dumb it down and appeal to a wider audience? Well, I gave it a fair chance but I fear I was right. The edginess has gone ("Oh, no, kids might be watching!") and his shtick has been dumbed down quite a lot. Even worse, and something I did not see coming as I figured its is well beneath him, he is having to play all those stupid clickbait games that Jimmy Fallon does (and which makes Fallon's show such a waste of time). You know, get some major star in and instead of asking them intelligent questions, get them to do something stupid. Just so that there'll be dozens of clickbait posts the next day with "See Stephen Colbert get Victoria's Secret models to eat buffalo wings!", say. There are occasional glimpses of the old Colbert. Some clever skits, biting satire and the pokes at right-wing politicians, but they are few and far between. Best thing to do: watch the clever stuff, fast forward through the rest.
  • Oct 17, 2015
    Quality host, quality guests. Not rehashed celeb shit.
  • Oct 12, 2015
    Colbert and Batiste are trying to smile their way through this. Somehow, it doesn't compare with Colbert's old show. Maybe it was his fictional character that made it work! They have had some good guest interviews though.

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