100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

From time-capsule sitcoms to cutting-edge Peak-TV dramas — the definitive ranking of the game-changing small-screen classics

52. 'The Colbert Report'

2005-14
"Anyone can read the news to you. I promise to feel the news at you." With that mission statement, Daily Show correspondent Stephen Colbert set off on a whole new approach to fake news, playing a character named "Stephen Colbert" who happened to be a conservative twit, dedicated to the principle of "truthiness" and pushing the slogan "Blame America Last." "We want people to be in pain and confused," he told Rolling Stone in 2006. "I have no problem making things up, because I have no credibility to lose." The Colbert Report remains sorely missed, especially in an election year like this one. 

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