Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

10 Best Episodes of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Season 8

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is a popular half-hour satirical show broadcasted on HBO since 2014. It takes a humorous look at the week's news, politics and current events. After 11 seasons, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver has amassed countless episodes, leaving viewers wondering which ones are the best. We've compiled a list of the top-ranked episodes of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, according to viewers. From the Emmy-winning monologue on the greed of pharmaceutical companies to the hilarious segment on the FCC's net neutrality repeal, these are the best episodes of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver rated by viewers.

Written by Sophie and last updated on jun 24, 2024.

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#15 - Episode 211: Meatpacking (Season 8 - Episode 2)

Main story: Working conditions in the meatpacking industry; plus, the Texas power crisis in the wake of severe winter weather.

The episode was rated 7.61 from 466 votes.

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#14 - Episode 233: Voting Rights (Season 8 - Episode 24)

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John Oliver discusses the current attacks on voting rights, who's behind them, and what we can do about it. Plus, John enters several paintings in the annual Duck Stamp contest.

The episode was rated 7.63 from 352 votes.

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#13 - Episode 219: Vaccine (Season 8 - Episode 10)

John Oliver explains why some people don't want to get the Covid-19 vaccine and how they might be reassured.

The episode was rated 7.64 from 397 votes.

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#12 - Episode 210: The Next Pandemic (Season 8 - Episode 1)

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Main story: What could cause the next pandemic, what we can do to avoid it, and why you shouldn’t kiss pigs; plus, Impeachment Part 2.

The episode was rated 7.64 from 511 votes.

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#11 - Episode 229: Opioids III – The Sacklers (Season 8 - Episode 20)

John Oliver explains how the Sackler family has been handling lawsuits related to the opioid crisis, how hard they've been fighting to defend their name, and why you should judge the situation for yourself.

The episode was rated 7.65 from 366 votes.

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#10 - Episode 221: Stand Your Ground (Season 8 - Episode 12)

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Main Story: John Oliver takes a look at why “stand your ground” laws were created, who they protect, and, crucially, who they don’t. Plus, a look at the past week’s events in Israel.

The episode was rated 7.67 from 396 votes.

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#9 - Episode 214: Tucker Carlson (Season 8 - Episode 5)

Main story: Where Tucker Carlson came from and why he's admired by white nationalists; plus, reaction to the Biden COVID-19 relief bill.

The episode was rated 7.68 from 444 votes.

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#8 - Episode 232: Lukashenko (Season 8 - Episode 23)

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John Oliver discusses the longtime leader of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, and the many reasons his country's citizens have not to like him.

The episode was rated 7.70 from 369 votes.

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#7 - Episode 238 (Season 8 - Episode 29)

John Oliver discusses the current state of the nation's power grid, why it needs fixing, and, of course, how fun the balloons are.

The episode was rated 7.70 from 367 votes.

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#6 - Episode 234: PFAS (Season 8 - Episode 25)

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John Oliver discusses PFAS - a class of chemicals linked to an array of health issues - and why their widespread use isn't as magical as it may seem.

The episode was rated 7.71 from 364 votes.

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#5 - Episode 230: Ransomware (Season 8 - Episode 21)

John Oliver discusses ransomware attacks, why they’re on the rise, and what can be done about them.

The episode was rated 7.72 from 351 votes.

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#4 - Episode 235 (Season 8 - Episode 26)

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John Oliver discusses how misinformation spreads among immigrant diaspora communities, how little some platforms have done to stop it, and, most importantly, how to have a very good morning.

The episode was rated 7.72 from 367 votes.

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#3 - Episode 239 (Season 8 - Episode 30)

John Oliver discusses the mechanics of union busting, why the companies who do it face so few consequences, and what it really means when your manager wants to talk to you about "your attendance."

The episode was rated 7.73 from 383 votes.

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#2 - Episode 212: Raids (Season 8 - Episode 3)

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Main story: How few guardrails there are on the use of police raids; plus, New York governor Andrew Cuomo faces multiple scandals.

The episode was rated 7.76 from 446 votes.

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#1 - Episode 222: Sponcon (Season 8 - Episode 13)

John Oliver explains why the integrity of local news is so important, how sponsored content could damage that integrity, and why the Venus Veil is so much more than a blanket. (It's not.)

The episode was rated 7.80 from 402 votes.

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