8.7
5,267 votes
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

HBO 2014

A half-hour satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - S2E8

#1 - Government Surveillance

8.65

Season 2 - Episode 8

There are very few government checks on what America’s sweeping surveillance programs are capable of doing. John Oliver sits down with Edward Snowden to discuss the NSA, the balance between privacy and security, and dick-pics.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver from 617 votes.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - S1E5

#2 - Net Neutrality

8.51

Season 1 - Episode 5

John talks about the rise of the far-right political parties in Europe, the Ukrainian election, Afghanistan, Net Neutrality, Australia's hard-line right-wing Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver from 371 votes.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - S2E2

#3 - Tobacco

8.49

Season 2 - Episode 2

Thanks to tobacco industry regulations and marketing restrictions in the US, smoking rates have dropped dramatically. John Oliver explains how tobacco companies are keeping their business strong overseas. We've noticed that the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue still exists but can’t quite figure out why.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver from 376 votes.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - S1E18

#4 - Miss America

8.48

Season 1 - Episode 18

The Miss America Pageant…how is this still a thing? They claim to give more scholarships to women than any other organization, and, unfortunately, they’re right. To illustrate these problems, John Oliver stages his own pageant with the help of Kathy Griffin.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver from 395 votes.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - S1E24

#5 - The Lottery

8.45

Season 1 - Episode 24

The Lottery: State lotteries claim to be good for education and the general wellbeing of citizens. But are they? (Spoiler alert: No.) Salmon Canon: There is a cannon that shoots salmon over dams. It’s awesome. Check it out.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver from 401 votes.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - S6E29

#6 - SLAPP Suits

8.43

Season 6 - Episode 29

After winning a legal battle involving a coal executive and a giant squirrel, John Oliver explains how SLAPP suits are designed to stifle public dissent.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver from 610 votes.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - S1E6

#7 - FIFA and the World Cup

8.42

Season 1 - Episode 6

John talks about California Chrome and the Belmont Stakes, FIFA and the 2014 World Cup, and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver from 436 votes.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - S1E21

#8 - Miltary Translators

8.42

Season 1 - Episode 21

Translators who have aided the U.S. Military in Afghanistan and Iraq are in great danger in their home countries, but red tape is making it impossible for many of them to leave. John Oliver interviews Mohammad, one translator who made it out. Cameras aren’t allowed in the Supreme Court, so most coverage of our most important cases looks like garbage. We fixed that problem with real animals and fake paws.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver from 411 votes.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - S1E20

#9 - Civil Forfeiture

8.42

Season 1 - Episode 20

Did you know police can just take your stuff if they suspect it's involved in a crime? They can! It’s a shady process called “civil asset forfeiture,” and it would make for a weird episode of Law and Order.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver from 398 votes.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - S1E16

#10 - Student Debt

8.40

Season 1 - Episode 16

John talks about ISIS and student loan debt. Musical group A Great Big World make a special appearance.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver from 387 votes.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - S3E3
#11 - Donald Trump
8.40
Season 3 - Episode 3

Our main story was about Donald Trump. We can't believe we're saying that either.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver from 832 votes.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - S1E7
#12 - Immigration Reform
8.40
Season 1 - Episode 7

John talks about US Immigration and interviews Professor Stephen Hawking.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver from 418 votes.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - S4E1
#13 - Trump vs. Truth
8.40
Season 4 - Episode 1

Donald Trump spreads a lot of false information thanks to his daily consumption of morning cable news. If only we could sneak some facts into the president’s media diet.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver from 1915 votes.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - S2E17
#14 - Torture
8.39
Season 2 - Episode 17

The US Senate Torture Report revealed horrifying details of America's interrogation program. Helen Mirren will fill you in.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver from 506 votes.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - S1E17
#15 - Scottish Independence Referendum
8.39
Season 1 - Episode 17

John talks about the NFL's decision on Ray Rice's contract, the international response to ISIS, Scotland's separation from the United Kingdom and Twitter hashtags that are being misused by corporations.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver from 404 votes.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - S2E24
#16 - Sex Education
8.38
Season 2 - Episode 24

Sex education varies widely between school districts, leaving many teens without comprehensive information. We made a video that covers what some schools are too embarrassed to teach.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver from 593 votes.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - S2E25
#17 - Televangelists
8.37
Season 2 - Episode 25

U.S. tax law allows television preachers to get away with almost anything. We know this from personal experience.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver from 635 votes.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - S7E14
#18 - Police
8.34
Season 7 - Episode 14

This episode tackles the hard truth about the history of Police in the United States and the many problems that are faced in fixing those problems.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver from 559 votes.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - S1E15
#19 - Shooting of Michael Brown and Police Militarization
8.34
Season 1 - Episode 15

Focuses on the shooting of Michael Brown and police militarization in Ferguson, MO. John also discusses the topic of equal pay for equal work.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver from 376 votes.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - S1E12
#20 - Nuclear Weapons and the United States
8.34
Season 1 - Episode 12

John talks about human rights violations in the Middle East, nuclear disarmament and Russia's science satellite that lost communication.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver from 341 votes.

Last updated: feb 25, 2021

Comments

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This just keeps on getting better and better.

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Absolutely love this show. Oliver does a great job at really making you think at the very important issues that just constantly get swept under the rug. Highly recommend this show.

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For the most part, this is a wonderful show. There have been a couple segments over these initial 2 seasons where he made some questionable statements, but I'll write those off as well-intentioned mistakes.

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Now Complete Rubbih this show

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Just keeps getting better, in my opinion. John Oliver more often than not gives a very complete 360 view of the topics he discusses, and with rare exceptions I have learned something that I didn't know much about after watching. Well worth a watch.

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One of the best shows on TV. Well researched and gives a realistic look at a sad country.

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Best f'ing show ever!

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This show is awesome. You get the news, but you also get some laughs out of it!! How can you go wrong?

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As always remarkable clear and truthful.

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After John Stewart left the Daily Show, there was a bit of a hole left in comedic news shows. Trevor Noah is good, but the approach that HBO took with Last Week Tonight lends itself well to this being the successor to what John Stewart started. Weekly shows allow John to dive deeper into a specific topic, and he covers each one of them well, managing to find a slew of relevant topics and uncovering the issues that lie therein. The only issue is that despite the comedy, the inequality, injustice, and frankly the stupidity he uncovers sometimes can leave you frustrated and feeling hopeless that there is little you can do to change things.

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