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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
    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. Jun 3, 2013
    Genius! ...there you go Colbert, the Donnelly bump. Oops, need 150 characters, so blah, blah, blah, blah ...hope to bump into you in Jersey sometime. Expand
  2. Sep 15, 2010
    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
  3. Dec 26, 2013
    It feels weird to say The Colbert Report is an immensely intelligent and witty since the title character is made with the purpose of being a complete idiot, but that is exactly what this show is. I have been watching for years, and it seems like it is only getting better every week. Now I think it might be even better than The Daily Show, and that is impressive. Expand
  4. Jul 7, 2014
    Much better than John Stewart. The main difference between the two is that Stewart will insult Republicans directly by calling them stupid or dysfunctional or retarded, while Colbert just impersonates what a Republican would say. This makes Colbert much easier to watch especially if you lean right. Colbert is also great with puns and wordplay that will make you laugh no matter who you are. Great show. One of my favorites. Expand
  5. Jan 5, 2012
    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

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