Best: 'The Colbert Report'
"That was fun." Those words, spoken during the last Colbert Report, synthesized what was fantastic about the faux-news show starring the fictional conservative blowhard. Sure, ex-Daily Show correspondent Stephen Colbert's program was a trenchant political satire, but at its core, the Report was just so much fun: a wacky, witty mixture of high and low. The real Colbert embraced that truthiness till the end, bringing back his favorite recurring guests (everyone from Cory Booker to Cookie Monster, George Saunders to George Lucas) to sing "We'll Meet Again" while his fictional doppelganger rides off with Alex Trebek in Santa’s sleigh. Like so many great episodes of this late-night gem, you had to be there to really get it — which, because his show was a must-see, wasn’t an issue.