The Daily Show/2008

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2008
The Daily Show
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Season Premiere January 7, 2008
Season Finale December 11, 2008
Episode Count 160
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2008 is the thirteenth year of The Daily Show and began on January 7, 2008.

The first episode of the year was also the first episode since the beginning of the Writers Guild strike. Because The Daily Show's writing staff is made up of union members, the show was produced without written material for the duration of the strike. In order to fill time, Stewart would ad-lib about the news of the day, correspondent pieces were improvised and old or shelved pieces were aired. The guests were largely political or pundits because Screen Actors Guild members refused to cross picket lines.

In the first writerless episode, Stewart explained that viewers were not seeing The Daily Show, but A Daily Show and would remain as such until the dispute is ended. The title was formally changed in the intro on the January 9th episode. It was changed back when the writers returned on February 13, 2008.

The presidential election will make this season, like those in 2000 and 2004, a pivotal one for both The Daily Show and popular culture. It is expected that the show will cover both Democratic and Republican conventions, as well as the presidential debates and other political events on location.

Episodes

# # Title/Guest Airdate
1836 1 Ronald Seeber January 7, 2008
1837 2 David Frum January 8, 2008
1838 3 John Zogby January 9, 2008
1839 4 Lou Dobbs January 10, 2008
1840 5 Fareed Zakaria January 14, 2008
1841 6 John Bolton January 15, 2008
1842 7 Jonah Goldberg January 16, 2008
1843 8 Allen Raymond January 17, 2008
1844 9 Jon Meacham January 21, 2008
1845 10 Jim Wallis January 22, 2008
1846 11 P. J. O'Rourke January 23, 2008
1847 12 Gerri Willis January 24, 2008
1848 13 Phil Simms January 28, 2008
1849 14 Doris Kearns Goodwin January 29, 2008
1850 15 Peggy Noonan January 30, 2008
1851 16 Karen Tumulty January 31, 2008
1852 17 Tim Gunn February 4, 2008
1853 18 Chris Wallace February 5, 2008
1854 19 Tom Brokaw February 6, 2008
1855 20 Laton McCartney February 7, 2008
1856 21 Philip Shenon February 11, 2008
1857 22 Bill Kristol February 12, 2008
1858 23 Mark Siegel February 13, 2008
1859 24 Lee Siegel February 14, 2008
1860 25 Madeleine Albright February 26, 2008
1861 26 Allen Guelzo February 27, 2008
1862 27 Brian Williams February 28, 2008
1863 28 Hillary Clinton March 3, 2008
1864 29 Ralph Nader March 4, 2008
1865 30 Martin Fletcher March 5, 2008
1866 31 Tom Daschle March 6, 2008
1867 32 William B. Caldwell March 10, 2008
1868 33 Grover G. Norquist March 11, 2008
1869 34 Ronald Kessler March 12, 2008
1870 35 Dana Perino March 13, 2008
1871 36 Brian Fagan March 17, 2008
1872 37 Jeffrey Sachs March 18, 2008
1873 38 Arlen Specter March 19, 2008
1874 39 Alex Kingsbury March 20, 2008
1875 40 Chuck Hagel March 31, 2008
1876 41 Simon LeVay April 1, 2008
1877 42 William Safire April 2, 2008
1878 43 George Clooney April 3, 2008
1879 44 Nathan Lane April 7, 2008
1880 45 Cokie Roberts April 8, 2008
1881 46 Steve Coll April 9, 2008
1882 47 Aram Roston April 10, 2008
1883 48 Judd Apatow April 14, 2008
1884 49 Jack Goldsmith April 15, 2008
1885 50 Peter Steinfels April 16, 2008
1886 51 Uma Thurman April 17, 2008
1887 52 Barack Obama April 21, 2008
1888 53 John Waters April 22, 2008
1889 54 Howard Fineman April 23, 2008
1890 55 Colin Firth April 24, 2008
1891 56 Jimmy Carter April 28, 2008
1892 57 Newt Gingrich April 29, 2008
1893 58 Robert Schlesinger April 30, 2008
1894 59 Howard Dean May 1, 2008
1895 60 Harry Reid May 5, 2008
1896 61 Fareed Zakaria May 6, 2008
1897 62 John McCain May 7, 2008
1898 63 David D. Perlmutter May 8, 2008
1899 64 Douglas J. Feith May 12, 2008
1900 65 Bill Moyers May 13, 2008
1901 66 John Harwood May 14, 2008
1902 67 Denis Leary May 15, 2008
1903 68 Matt Taibbi May 27, 2008
1904 69 Fred Burton May 28, 2008
1905 70 Richard A. Clarke May 29, 2008
1906 71 Scott McClellan June 2, 2008
1907 72 David Sedaris June 3, 2008
1908 73 Barbara Walters June 4, 2008
1909 74 Adam Sandler June 5, 2008
1910 75 Jim Webb June 9, 2008
1911 76 Ralph Reed June 10, 2008
1912 77 Rick Shenkman June 11, 2008
1913 78 Richard Engel June 12, 2008
1914 79 David Iglesias June 16, 2008
1915 80 Lara Logan June 17, 2008
1916 81 Steve Carell June 18, 2008
1917 82 Mike Myers June 19, 2008
1918 83 James McAvoy June 23, 2008
1919 84 James Harding June 24, 2008
1920 85 Coldplay June 25, 2008
1921 86 Ted Koppel June 26, 2008
1922 87 Andrew Ward July 14, 2008
1923 88 Pierce Brosnan July 15, 2008
1924 89 Kenneth Pollack July 16, 2008
1925 90 Maggie Gyllenhaal July 17, 2008
1926 91 Richard Bitner July 21, 2008
1927 92 Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly July 22, 2008
1928 93 T.J. English July 23, 2008
1929 94 Geo Beach July 24, 2008
1930 95 Nancy Pelosi July 28, 2008
1931 96 Bill Bishop July 29, 2008
1932 97 Ben Wattenberg July 30, 2008
1933 98 Brian Williams July 31, 2008
1934 99 Dennis Hopper August 4, 2008
1935 100 Seth Rogen August 5, 2008
1936 101 Chuck Schumer August 6, 2008
1937 102 David Gregory August 7, 2008
1938 103 Ron Suskind August 11, 2008
1939 104 Mel Martinez August 12, 2008
1940 105 Philip P. Pan August 13, 2008
1941 106 Ben Stiller August 14, 2008
DNC Convention Special
1942 107 Tim Kaine August 26, 2008
1943 108 Howard Dean August 27, 2008
1944 109 Evan Bayh August 28, 2008
1945 110 no guest August 29, 2008
RNC Convention Special
1946 111 Brian Williams September 2, 2008
1947 112 Newt Gingrich September 3, 2008
1948 113 Mike Huckabee September 4, 2008
1949 114 no guest September 5, 2008
1950 115 Barton Gellman September 15, 2008
1951 116 Ricky Gervais September 16, 2008
1952 117 Charlize Theron September 17, 2008
1953 118 Tony Blair September 18, 2008
1954 119 Bill Clinton September 23, 2008
1955 120 Aaron Eckhart September 24, 2008
1956 121 Bob Schieffer September 25, 2008
1957 122 Hooman Majd September 29, 2008
1958 123 Bill Maher September 30, 2008
1959 124 Gideon Rose, Peggy Noonan October 1, 2008
1960 125 Clint Eastwood October 2, 2008
1961 126 Tim Robbins October 6, 2008
1962 127 Sarah Vowell October 7, 2008
1963 128 Michelle Obama October 8, 2008
1964 129 Robert De Niro October 9, 2008
1965 130 Amity Shlaes October 13, 2008
1966 131 Ari Fleischer October 14, 2008
1967 132 Richard Lewis October 15, 2008
1968 133 Robert Reich October 16, 2008
1969 134 Eugene Jarecki October 20, 2008
1970 135 Christopher Buckley October 21, 2008
1971 136 Tom Brokaw October 22, 2008
1972 137 John Corzine October 23, 2008
1973 138 Campbell Brown October 27, 2008
1974 139 Steve Martin October 28, 2008
1975 140 Barack Obama October 29, 2008
1976 141 Bill Kristol October 30, 2008
1977 142 Doris Kearns Goodwin November 3, 2008
1978 143 Indecision 2008: America's Choice November 4, 2008
1979 144 Chris Wallace November 5, 2008
1980 145 Paul Rudd November 6, 2008
1981 146 Thomas L. Friedman November 11, 2008
1982 147 T. Boone Pickens November 12, 2008
1983 148 Bill O'Reilly November 13, 2008
1984 149 David Frost November 17, 2008
1985 150 Denis Leary November 18, 2008
1986 151 Jon Meacham November 19, 2008
1987 152 Richard Belzer November 20, 2008
1988 153 Anne Hathaway December 1, 2008
1989 154 Calvin Trillin December 2, 2008
1990 155 Arianna Huffington December 3, 2008
1991 156 Ron Howard December 4, 2008
1992 157 Matthew Alexander December 8, 2008
1993 158 Mike Huckabee December 9, 2008
1994 159 Don Rickles December 10, 2008
1995 160 Philip Seymour Hoffman December 11, 2008