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  • Starring: Stephen Colbert
  • Summary: This Daily Show spinoff elevates bear-phobic Stephen Colbert to the anchor seat, where he takes on cable news hosts such as Bill O'Reilly.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Talk & Interview, News
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. 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.
  2. 90
    Not only does Colbert maintain his persona without skipping a beat throughout the entire show, but he's got great comic timing, the show's writers are brilliant, and the whole thing is pure foolish, bizarre, idiotic fun at Bill O'Reilly's expense.
  3. 80
    The biggest question hanging over "The Colbert Report" is whether the show’s sendup of the pomposity and fear-mongering of cable news blowhards will be as appealing in the long term as "The Daily Show’s" satire of public figures and the news media as a whole.
  4. The new show dovetails nicely with its lead-in to present a solid hour of skewered news and punctured pomposity.
  5. 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."
  6. It's more an intellectual, in your head, "hey, that's clever," than a laugh-out-loud funny.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephen Kiehl
    30
    What worked so well in short Daily Show-sized bites wears thin over a half-hour program.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 85 out of 95
  2. Negative: 7 out of 95
  1. Sep 15, 2010
    10
    Stephen Colbert is awesome! I actually like him more than Jon Stewart. I love how he mocks the guys at Fox News indirectly, calling them allies, but continually making them look like fools. Expand
  2. RalphD
    Apr 7, 2006
    10
    Excellent satire, skewering Left and Right, Up and Down. Much better than the Daily Show, which we all know is a half-hour propanda diatribe disguised as a comedy show. Stewart's attempts at humor often come off as just nasty remarks. Expand
  3. salomee
    Jan 18, 2007
    10
    Colbert is so funny!! ! He's a comic genuis and watching his is a pleasure. I laugh thoughout this magnificant show. I love it and I think that he's one of the funniest people on TV. Expand
  4. TomO
    Dec 23, 2005
    9
    The Word is always good, and the other recurring bits are excellent. The only part I routinely skip is the interview. Otherwise: Top Notch.
  5. Jan 5, 2012
    9
    Colbert's satirical sense of humor as well as his off-the-wall style not only breaks through the usual style of political comedy show, but becomes the ultimate part of his comedic genius. Expand
  6. Gnarles
    Jan 12, 2006
    8
    I didn't care for it much at first, but it's really grown on me. Once you fully adjust to what Colbert is doing, it's often hilarious. There's a little bit of dead air on just about every episode, but I expect this to fade with time, as the writing - and Colbert's acid delivery of it - continue to improve. "The Word" is alone enough of a reason to tune in to this O'Reilly-baiting hoedown. Expand
  7. NickM
    Apr 1, 2007
    0
    By far the worst show I have ever seen. I don't understand how people can think this crap is clever!! Anyone can act like an asshole, that doesn't mean they're funny!!! Colbert is an overrated fad that any educated person will turn off. Expand

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