Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

10 Best Episodes of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - Season 9

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.

PS: The following content contains spoilers!

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - S9E29

#15 - November 13, 2022: The Monarchy (Season 9 - Episode 29)

John Oliver discusses the future of the British monarchy, what they have and have not acknowledged about their past, and how Winston Churchill preferred to go down waterslides. Plus, Steve Kornacki and his big board.

The episode was rated 7.74 from 329 votes.

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#14 - March 6, 2022: Wrongful Convictions (Season 9 - Episode 3)

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John Oliver talks about the current practices of overturning wrongful convictions and how it is quite unsupportive of even apparently innocent people. He advocates for urgent reforms in the flawed system which is clearly not working in favor of the innocents. Plus, the heroic resistance of Ukrainians against the invasion of Russia.

The episode was rated 7.74 from 366 votes.

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#13 - October 30, 2022: Bail Reform (Season 9 - Episode 27)

With the U.S. midterm elections approaching, John Oliver discusses the issue at the core of many republican attack ads: bail reform. Plus, the turmoil in British politics after the resignation of PM Liz Truss.

The episode was rated 7.74 from 332 votes.

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#12 - February 20, 2022: Critical Race Theory (Season 9 - Episode 1)

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John Oliver explains what critical race theory is, what it isn't, and why we can expect to hear more about it in the coming months. Plus, the Canadian trucker protests.

The episode was rated 7.75 from 398 votes.

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#11 - June 19, 2022: Rent (Season 9 - Episode 15)

John Oliver discusses why rent has become increasingly unaffordable, what we can do to combat a system that is stacked against tenants, and, of course, Dakota Johnson’s complex relationship to limes. Plus, a look at GOP primary winners claiming the 2020 election was stolen.

The episode was rated 7.76 from 341 votes.

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#10 - June 5, 2022: School Police (Season 9 - Episode 13)

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In the wake of the mass shooting in Uvalde, John Oliver discusses the push for more police in schools and whether they are the answer to school safety issues, or a new problem altogether. Plus, John makes an offer for a banana sculpture in Australia.

The episode was rated 7.78 from 344 votes.

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#9 - June 26, 2022: Water (Season 9 - Episode 16)

John Oliver discusses the water shortage in the American west; plus, the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The episode was rated 7.79 from 354 votes.

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#8 - June 12, 2022: Tech Monopolies (Season 9 - Episode 14)

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John Oliver discusses tech monopolies such as Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook, and how to address the hidden harm they can do. Plus, a look at the hotly contested U.S. Senate race in Arizona, which includes Trump-endorsed candidate Blake Masters.

The episode was rated 7.79 from 370 votes.

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#7 - May 8, 2022: Abortion Ruling/Philippines Election (Season 9 - Episode 10)

John Oliver discusses the current presidential election in The Philippines and why Bongbong Marcos is - albeit in a very limited and unflattering way - sort of like Ant-Man. Plus, the leaked anti-abortion draft opinion that looks set to overturn Roe v. Wade, how we got to this point, and where we may be headed.

The episode was rated 7.81 from 326 votes.

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#6 - November 6, 2022: Election Subversion (Season 9 - Episode 28)

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With the U.S. midterm elections approaching, John Oliver discusses what happens after the votes are in, how some elected officials might try to negate legitimate election results, and which teletubby would taste best. Plus, the Halloween costume of Heidi Klum.

The episode was rated 7.81 from 335 votes.

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#5 - February 27, 2022: Sex Work (Season 9 - Episode 2)

As long as sex work has existed, so have efforts to end it. John Oliver explains why criminalizing the trade hasn’t helped the most vulnerable people involved, and why we should start listening to those at the center of the conversation: sex workers. Plus, Russian invasion into Ukraine, that has placed the whole world at the brink of WW3.

The episode was rated 7.83 from 380 votes.

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#4 - April 17, 2022: Police Interrogations (Season 9 - Episode 8)

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John Oliver discusses the tactics that can make police interrogations so damaging, particularly to the innocent. Plus, a look at Dr. Oz's campaign for U.S. Senate.

The episode was rated 7.88 from 380 votes.

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#3 - July 24, 2022: Inflation (Season 9 - Episode 17)

John Oliver discusses the causes of inflation and what we've done about it; plus, updates on the beach dolls and the banana sculpture.

The episode was rated 7.89 from 347 votes.

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#2 - November 20, 2022: Qatar World Cup (Season 9 - Episode 30)

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John Oliver discusses the Qatar World Cup, the human-rights violations happening in the sporting event’s host country, and what perfection really means to David Beckham. Plus, the chaos Twitter is experiencing after Elon Musk took over the company and more of AI-generated art featuring John Oliver.

The episode was rated 7.95 from 349 votes.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - S9E7

#1 - April 10, 2022: Data Brokers (Season 9 - Episode 7)

John Oliver discusses how much data brokers know about us, what they’re doing with our personal information, and one unusual way to change privacy laws. Plus, Russian State TV lies about the Ukraine war; DirecTV drops OAN; John says goodbye to AT&T.

The episode was rated 7.98 from 394 votes.

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