Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is an American late-night talk and news satire television program. L.W.T draws its comedy and satire from recent news stories, political figures, media organizations, pop culture and often aspects of the show itself.

Season 8

30 Episodes

Main story: the mechanics of union busting, and why the companies who do it face so few consequences; plus, John checks in on the insurrection: ?the story that kicked the year off wrong.
Nov 14 2021
Main story: the state of the nation’s power grid; plus, how world leaders aren’t living up to their promises on climate action.
Nov 07 2021
Main story: With homelessness increasing nationwide, John Oliver examines the way we discuss the unhoused; plus, a look at Biden’s spending plan.
Oct 31 2021
Main story: Taiwan’s history of being governed by other countries, and its relationship with China; plus, why some cops are refusing vaccinations.
Oct 24 2021
Main story: how misinformation spreads among immigrant diaspora communities; plus, AT&T’s involvement with far-right One America News.
Oct 10 2021
Main story: 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.
Oct 03 2021
Main story: the current attacks on voting rights, who’s behind them, and what we can do about it. Plus, how thousands of migrants were treated at the U.S. border last week, and why the Biden Administration needs to take a firmer stance on immigration reform; and a look at the federal duck stamp contest.
Sep 26 2021
Main story: the longtime leader of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko; plus, what a new abortion law in Texas means for Roe v. Wade.
Sep 12 2021
Main story: the end of America’s war with Afghanistan, and the humanitarian crisis being left behind; plus, why two attorneys are locked in a legal battle, and how they could come to a resolution outside of court.
Aug 22 2021
Main story: ransomware attacks, why they’re on the rise, and what can be done about them; plus, the spread of the Delta variant.
Aug 15 2021
Main story: How the Sackler family has been handling lawsuits related to the opioid crisis; plus, Russia’s participation in the Tokyo Olympics.
Aug 08 2021
Main story: how emergency medical services function in the U.S., why they can be so expensive, and what we can do to fix things.
Aug 01 2021
Main story: the long history of housing discrimination in the U.S., the damage it’s done, and, crucially, what we can do about it; plus, John is headed back to the studio and makes a new friend along the way.
Jul 25 2021
Main story: The limitations of Health Care Sharing Ministries, a faith-based alternative to health insurance; plus, the ItalyGate conspiracy theory.
Jun 27 2021
Main story: How PACE, a program meant to pay for environmentally-friendly home renovations, is fundamentally flawed and can put people at risk of losing their homes; plus, a look at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.
Jun 20 2021
Main story: How the failure to air-condition prisons can cause health issues for incarcerated people; plus, a look at the NYC mayoral candidates.
Jun 13 2021
Main story: Examining the diverse group of people who fall under the term “Asian American,” and the history of the model minority stereotype. Plus, Jair Bolsonaro is jeopardizing the national and global health.
Jun 06 2021
Main story: why the integrity of local news is so important; plus, how some red states are trying to overturn Roe v. Wade and why the Venus Veil is so much more than a blanket. (It's not.)
May 23 2021
Main story: 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.
May 16 2021
Main story: The ways Black hair can be a target of discrimination; plus, the race for governor in California, and GOP voter suppression.
May 09 2021
Main story: Why some people don’t want to get the COVID-19 vaccine; plus, when governments try to tweet; Dana Perino grew up on a ranch.
May 02 2021
Main story: Why people file for bankruptcy and how difficult the process can be; plus, a look at police brutality in the U.S.
Apr 18 2021
Main story: Why nursing homes and assisted living facilities need fixing; plus, the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program; Matt Gaetz and Venmo; R.I.P. Yahoo! Answers.
Apr 11 2021
Main story: How national debt works and why it might be more helpful that you think; plus, Giuliani freaks over Lil Nas X; Amazon’s anti-union tactics; Peeps and Pepsi form an unholy alliance.
Apr 04 2021
Main story: How plastics are harming the planet, and why recycling isn’t the solution you think it is; plus, the Atlanta mass shootings and hate crimes against Asian-Americans.
Mar 21 2021
Main story: Where Tucker Carlson came from and why he’s admired by white nationalists; plus, reaction to the Biden COVID-19 relief bill.
Mar 14 2021
Main story: The many obstacles that impede access to unemployment benefits; plus, Fox News freaks out over Dr. Seuss; Texas lifts its mask mandate; Neil Cavuto really loves Adele.
Mar 07 2021
Main story: How few guardrails there are on the use of police raids; plus, New York governor Andrew Cuomo faces multiple scandals.
Feb 28 2021
Main story: Working conditions in the meatpacking industry; plus, the Texas power crisis in the wake of severe winter weather.
Feb 21 2021
Main story: What could cause the next pandemic, what we can do to avoid it, and why you shouldn’t kiss pigs; plus, fallout from Trump’s second impeachment trial.
Feb 14 2021

Season 7

30 Episodes

Main story: Trump’s spurious attempts to overturn the US presidential election results; plus, Jon Voight disgraces himself; FaceTime with Adam Driver; 2020 goes out with a bang.
Nov 15 2020
Main story: Joe Biden beating Donald Trump in the historic US presidential election; also, “And Now – At The End of a Long, Exhausting Week: Dumps.”
Nov 08 2020
Main story 1: how the Trump administration has handled the COVID-19 outbreak in the US, from lack of preparation, to mangled coordination, to harmful communication; main story 2, William Barr’s attitude toward authority and executive power, how that attitude has influenced Donald Trump’s presidency, and what it could mean if Trump wins a second term.
Nov 01 2020
Main story: How the Trump administration has handled asylum seekers; plus, a recap of the last presidential debate; and Giuliani meets Borat.
Oct 25 2020
Main story: the crucial role of the World Health Organization and why Trump’s plans to withdraw the U.S. could have dire consequences; plus, John visits Danbury, CT for a very special ceremony. Guests: Mark Boughton.
Oct 18 2020
Main story: A look at various efforts to destabilize the vote and how to ensure your ballot is properly counted; plus, Trump contracts COVID-19 and suffers a debate debacle.
Oct 04 2020
Main story: the future of the Supreme Court; also, Trump’s plan to contest the election; Vin Diesel sings; Sean Penn reads; an important Peeps update.
Sep 27 2020
Main story: a look at the Republican National Convention; plus a horrific series of shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and a strike in professional sports.
Aug 30 2020
Main story: An update on Trump’s border wall; plus, The “Unconventional Convention”; the return of Pumpkin Spice.
Aug 23 2020
Main story: people of color are routinely excluded from becoming jurors; plus, Republicans embrace QAnon; Trump brings back birtherism.
Aug 16 2020
Main story: A look at how the history of race is taught in schools; plus, Trump pushes bad medicine; Louie Gohmert tests positive; and Steve Guttenberg has a “Cameo.”
Aug 02 2020
Main story: The Uighur people are facing human rights abuses in China; plus, Trump’s authoritarian show of force in Portland; Martha Stewart loosens up.
Jul 26 2020
Main story: The proliferation of conspiracy theories about COVID-19; plus, Trump and GOP governors push to open schools in the fall despite rising infection rates. Guests Alex Trebek, John Cena, Paul Rudd, and Billy Porter.
Jul 19 2020
Main story: evictions are on the rise due to coronavirus; plus, COVID-19 cases are surging in red states like Texas and Florida; Papa John Schnatter ruins Tik Tok.
Jun 28 2020
Main story: Why COVID-19 has spread so rapidly behind bars and what we can do to stop it; plus, K-pop fans punk racist hashtags; Trump’s Tulsa rally flops; John Bolton’s new book drops.
Jun 21 2020
Main story: The dangers of facial recognition technology; plus, Black Lives Matter protests, NASCAR bans the confederate flag, Tucker Carlson gets triggered by “Sesame Street.”
Jun 14 2020
Main story: As nationwide protests over the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor are met with police brutality, John discusses how the histories of policing and white supremacy are intertwined, the roadblocks to fixing things, and some potential paths forward.
Jun 07 2020
Main story: Why voting by mail is necessary in the United States; plus, the George Floyd protests, and some helpful trademark ideas for Dana White.
May 31 2020
Main story: The disappearance of sports due to COVID-19; plus, Dr. Bright blows the whistle; 2020 Congressional insider trading scandal; Marble racing; a special message for Adam Driver.
May 17 2020
Main story: the USPS faces financial catastrophe and what we can do to help; plus, William Barr vs the law; Trump’s “live and let die” moment; Axl Rose vs Steve Mnuchin.
May 10 2020
Main story: How much coronavirus testing the US has done and why we need to do more; plus, Jared Kushner declares victory over the virus; Alex Jones goes full cannibal; cats love watching John.
May 03 2020
Main story: Various sources of misinformation about COVID-19, from televangelists and the right-wing media, to Trump himself; plus, Wendy Williams @home; Coming Up on “Inside Edition.”
Apr 19 2020
Main story: Essential workers and unemployment in the United States during the Coronavirus recession; plus, "Art 1992" and the works of Brian Swords of York, Elizabeth II coronavirus broadcast wearing green dress.
Apr 12 2020
Main story: One America News Network, a far-right news network being embraced by President Trump; plus, some GOP governors refuse to issue stay-at-home orders; “alt-right Pinocchio” Jared Kushner’s press conference; and Jeremy Renner drops a new album.
Apr 05 2020
Main story: President Trump’s inconsistent response to the coronavirus pandemic; plus, John shows what he’s been watching at home and makes an offer to buy some unusual artwork.
Mar 29 2020
Main story: 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak, governmental response in the US, and the prevention of COVID-19. This episode was filmed at an unspecified location with no live audience as the studio and the show's offices were shut down after employees tested positive for COVID-19. John Oliver stated the show will go on hiatus for an unspecified amount of time but will definitely return.
Mar 15 2020
Main story: A look at how much power–and how little accountability–local sheriffs have; plus, Trump’s coronavirus incompetence; India’s self-censorship of “Last Week Tonight.”
Mar 08 2020
Main story: What’s being done to fight coronavirus as it spreads to the U.S.; plus, John offers the Phillie Phanatic a new job.
Mar 01 2020
Main story: India’s controversial Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and his government’s Hindu nationalism; plus, a look at Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign.
Feb 23 2020
Main story: The pros and cons of Medicare for All; plus, Bill Barr does Trump’s personal bidding; and Flyers mascot Gritty is exonerated!
Feb 16 2020

Season 6

30 Episodes

Main story: Why the census matters; plus, the return of Chiijohn; Republicans struggle to defend Trump in impeachment hearings. Guests: Hugh Bonneville, Seth Meyers.
Nov 17 2019
Main story: How SLAPP suits are designed to stifle public dissent (including an update on Bob Murray’s lawsuit); plus, Trump “caught” the swamp; Lindsey Graham’s desperate defense of Trump; Roger Stone’s trial begins.
Nov 10 2019
Main story: How voting machines work, how they don’t, and how we can fix them; plus, Trump and his allies attack witnesses in the impeachment saga. Guests: Ken Burns (voice-over).
Nov 03 2019
Main story: The alarming decision to pull U.S. troops from the Turkey-Syria border; plus, the killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (the ISIS leader), Trump’s impeachment inquiry continues, and the latest on Brexit.
Oct 27 2019
Main story: Tension between the public and private worlds of predicting the weather; plus, two of Giuliani’s cronies are arrested, and the NBA-China mess.
Oct 13 2019
Main story: The consequences of China’s one-child policy; plus, the latest on Trump’s impeachment inquiry and his plea for foreign meddling.
Oct 06 2019
Main story: Why compounding pharmacies that create medication for individual patients can cause big problems; plus, “Stupid Watergate II: The Stupidest Watergate.” Guests: David Schwimmer, Method Man, Jimmy Kimmel, RuPaul, Michael Bolton, Kristen Bell, and Kiefer Sutherland.
Sep 29 2019
Main story: Legal immigration; plus, corruption in Russian elections, And Now: Maria Bartiromo and Investigative Discovery’s Joe Kenda.
Sep 15 2019
Main story: Legislation and the filibuster; plus, Trump’s weather map flub; Boris Johnson and British Brexit chaos; And Now: Fox Business’s Stu Varney Gets All Giddy Over the President.
Sep 08 2019
Main story: The roles that gender and racial bias can play in medical treatment; plus, Trump wants to buy Greenland; Hong Kong protests continue; and Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back! Guests: Wanda Sykes, Larry David.
Aug 18 2019
Main story: President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow and Guinness World Records; plus, Trump’s inauspicious visits to Dayton and El Paso in the wake of mass shootings; gun control and the NRA’s recent scandals; stone-skipping competition.
Aug 11 2019
Main story: Penal labor in the United States and Securus Technologies; plus, Boris Johnson, John Ratcliffe, Sam Clovis. Note: This episode was preceded by a short monologue about the 2019 El Paso and Dayton shootings, both of which occurred earlier that weekend.
Aug 04 2019
Main story: How Britain’s new prime minister, Boris Johnson, has succeeded; plus, Puerto Rico’s governor resigns following mass protests.
Jul 28 2019
Main story: E-commerce, warehouse working conditions and business logistics; plus, Trump’s foreign misadventures; Jared Kushner’s Mideast peace plan. Also guest Gilbert Gottfried (voice-over).
Jun 30 2019
Main story: Climbing Mount Everest has become dangerously popular; plus, Trump almost goes to war with Iran; and “Can Meghan McCain Say Just One Thing.”
Jun 23 2019
Main story: The pros and cons of impeaching Trump; plus, Steve Bullock, Duncan D. Hunter campaign finance scandal.
Jun 16 2019
Main story: Equal Rights Amendment and Phyllis Schlafly; plus Donald Trump’s trip to the United Kingdom, Theresa May’s resignation as Conservative Party leader, 2019 Conservative Party (UK) leadership election.
Jun 09 2019
Main story: The medical design industry has a troubling lack of regulation; plus, Jared Kushner’s Israel visit, Golan Heights, Glen Casada/Cade Cothren text message scandal. Guests: Jane Krakowski
Jun 02 2019
Main story: America’s system for conducting death investigations is a mess; plus, a look at the Eurovision 2019 Song Contest, Hatari, Trump’s tariff confusion. Guests: Glenn Close, Tracy Morgan
May 19 2019
Main story: Green New Deal and carbon pricing; plus, GOP states are passing extreme anti-abortion bills in an attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade. Guests: Bill Nye
May 12 2019
Main story: lethal injection and the death penalty; plus, the various options in the Australian elections.
May 05 2019
Main story: The Mueller Report; plus, Chiitan, the rogue Japanese mascot. Guests: Hugh Bonneville, Ryan Barger
Apr 21 2019
Main story: an update on opioid abuse and Richard Sackler; plus, Brexit gets a Halloween extension; Julian Assange gets arrested.
Apr 14 2019
Main story: Mobile homes and Frank Rolfe; plus, Stephen Moore, Herman Cain, and the Catherine Pugh/Heather Holly scandal.
Apr 07 2019
Main story: World Wrestling Entertainment and its often-villainous owner, Vince McMahon; plus, fallout from the Mueller Report.
Mar 31 2019
Main story: A talk about the power of public shaming, good and bad, includes an interview with Monica Lewinsky; plus, Christchurch mosque shootings, Fraser Anning’s response to the shootings, a Brexit update.
Mar 17 2019
Main story: Pressuring the FCC to end the scourge of Robocalls; plus, the Brazilian president’s bizarre tweet; Trump signs bibles and welcomes Tim “Apple.”
Mar 10 2019
Main story: Automation and technological unemployment; plus, 2019 North Korea–United States Hanoi Summit, Michael Cohen testimony, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump.
Mar 03 2019
Main story: TV psychics can make a lot of money by exploiting vulnerable people; plus, William Happer, 2018 North Carolina election fraud hearings.
Feb 24 2019
Main story: the effects of Brexit; plus, Drumpf’s border wall “national emergency”; and New Zealand’s ongoing map crisis.
Feb 17 2019

Season 5

30 Episodes

Main story: A look at the growing number of authoritarian leaders around the world, including our president. Plus, the fate of Russell Crowe’s jockstrap; a Brexit update; Trump’s reaction to California’s wildfires.
Nov 18 2018
Main story: Washington is looking awfully swampy, despite Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp.” Plus, a recap of the midterm election results; a look at acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker’s past; ads masquerading as tweets from celebrity “influencers.”
Nov 11 2018
Main story: Examining the disturbing policy that separated migrant families detained at our southern border, and the real chance that it could happen again. Plus, Trump’s scare tactics and flurry of false statements in the run-up to the midterm elections.
Nov 04 2018
Main story: State Attorneys General; plus, Fox News speculation on package bombs; Saudi Arabia–Khashoggi fallout and WWE event.
Oct 28 2018
Main story: Saudi Arabia and the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi; plus, campaign ads for midterm elections; And Now: The Man from the Ted Cruz Ad Says 8 More Names with Total Contempt; news anchors on Instagram.
Oct 14 2018
Main story: Brazil is about to elect a new president during a turbulent period of political corruption and economic uncertainty. Plus, reaction to Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation; scenes from Sean Hannity’s midlife crisis; the Weather Channel’s over-the-top graphics.
Oct 07 2018
Main story: the Senate Judiciary Committee testimony by Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh; plus, Donald Trump's speech at the UN General Assembly, new Philadelphia Flyers new mascot, Gritty.
Sep 30 2018
Main story: Facebook’s global expansion has been linked to political turmoil overseas; plus, the latest on the GOP’s defense of sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Sep 23 2018
Main story: Many people with felony convictions are unfairly prohibited from voting, especially in Florida; plus, Trump’s reaction to the anonymous op-ed in the NY Times; the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Sep 09 2018
Main story: Donald Trump is waging a trade war that hurts a lot of American workers; Giuliani claims “truth isn’t truth;” Australia’s “final solution” to the immigration problem.
Aug 19 2018
Main story: Organizations can hire fake advocates who create the illusion of real support for their message in a shady practice called astroturfing; plus, are President Trump and Laura Ingraham racists?; Saudi Arabia and Canada’s feud; Lithuania’s new tourism slogan hits the spot.
Aug 12 2018
Main story: Prosecutors; plus, Paul Manafort trial; And Now: Even More of Paul Manafort’s Jackets.
Aug 05 2018
Main story: Workplace sexual harassment, including an interview with Anita Hill; plus, Michael Cohen tapes; Facebook’s stock dive.
Jul 29 2018
Main story: Scientists are developing new ways to alter the genetic code of living organisms; plus, Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement sets off a battle for Trump’s next Supreme Court nominee.
Jul 01 2018
Main story: Mexican elections; plus, Trump’s flip-flop on separating illegal immigrant families; Norway’s 7-Eleven condom ads; And Now: Local News is Concerned About Teens.
Jun 24 2018
Main story: China; plus, the Week in Trump; And Now: Senator Chuck Schumer is Caught in an Endless Graduation-Speech Time Loop.
Jun 17 2018
Main story: Stupid Watergate update; plus, North Korea summit; Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte; And Now: Julie Chen has a Few Questions for the Audience of “The Talk”; Parliamentary footage issue.
Jun 10 2018
Main story: Guardianship for senior citizens; plus, North Korea summit; Russian journalist’s staged death; Royal Family expert Thomas J. Mace-Archer-Mills, Esq.; And Now: The Very British Put-Downs of Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow.
Jun 03 2018
Main story: The addiction treatment industry is dangerously unregulated; plus, coverage of the Royal Wedding; and the planned North Korea summit is in jeopardy.
May 20 2018
Main story: John Oliver discusses the devastating economic crisis in Venezuela; plus, more trouble for Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen; local news gets real about Mother’s Day.
May 13 2018
Main story: Rudy Giuliani; plus, West Virginia Senatorial candidate Don Blankenship; And Now: The Inevitable Consequences of Combining Local News and the Fifth of May; Russell Crowe memorabilia update.
May 06 2018
Main story: Trump and the Iranian Nuclear Deal; plus, Michael Cohen; Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke; And Now: Somebody Please Tell Ryan Zinke He’s Not a Geologist.
Apr 22 2018
Main story: corporate taxes; plus, James Comey interview; Michael Cohen raid; And Now: Ari Melber, Rap Genius; Alaska’s last Blockbuster store; Russell Crowe memorabilia.
Apr 15 2018
Main story: Crisis pregnancy centers; plus, embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt; Hungarian election; And Now: Coming Up on “The Doctors.”
Apr 08 2018
Main story: America’s dysfunctional immigration court system forces many children to appear in court alone; plus, Sinclair Broadcasting forces local TV news to air pro-Trump propaganda; Egypt’s sham presidential election.
Apr 01 2018
Main story: John Oliver looks at Mike Pence’s past and creates his own children’s book about a rabbit to compete with Pence’s bunny book; plus, Trump fires Rex Tillerson; the Russian spy poisoning case; Putin wins re-election.
Mar 18 2018
Main story: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies; plus, the Week in Trump; the creepy side to International Women’s Day; And Now: An MSNBC Guest, Brought on to Discuss Gary Cohn’s Departure, Can’t Get Over “The Bachelor” finale.
Mar 11 2018
Main story: NRA TV; plus, the week in White House chaos; And Now: Would You Like to Be on The Maury Show?
Mar 04 2018
Main story: Italian election; plus, Trump’s idea to arm teachers; Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump Jr. in India; And Now: The Quiet Pain of Rachael Ray.
Feb 25 2018
Main story: Trump vs. the World; plus, Parkland school shooting; leadership scandals in South Africa, Australia and Israel.
Feb 18 2018

Season 4

30 Episodes

Main story: The Trump Presidency; plus, a look back on the year’s segments.
Nov 12 2017
Main story: Economic development; plus, the latest on “Stupid Watergate;” And Now: Morning Shows Celebrating Halloween; the U.S. Postal Service on TV.
Nov 05 2017
Main story: Floods; plus, opioid epidemic; Alabama Senate Republican candidate Roy Moore; Australian vote on legalizing same-sex marriage; And Now: Meat Loaf Butchering “America the Beautiful.”
Oct 29 2017
Main story: Equifax; plus, Harvey Weinstein scandal; Trump’s latest strikes at Obamacare and the Iran nuclear deal; And Now: Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Oct 15 2017
Main story: Confederate symbols are still celebrated despite the ugly history they symbolize; plus, Rex Tillerson reportedly calls Trump a ’moron’; Theresa May and Harvey Weinstein’s bad week.
Oct 08 2017
Main story: Forensic science flaws; plus, Trump’s response to Puerto Rico; tax reform plan; And Now: Guy Fieri Gives a Surprisingly Detailed Tour of His Favorite Place on Earth.
Oct 01 2017
Main story: Corporate consolidation; plus, Trump’s NFL comments; Price and Mnuchin scandals; And Now: A Preview of Megyn Kelly’s New Morning Show; Scranton train update.
Sep 24 2017
Main story: Joe Arpaio; plus, Trump’s democrat deal; DACA; And Now: What the NFL Will and Will Not Tolerate; Scranton train update.
Sep 10 2017
Main story: Nuclear waste poses a serious threat to public health if it’s not stored in a safe place; plus, White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon’s firing; and local newscasters warn people not to stare at the sun.
Aug 20 2017
Main story: As nuclear tensions continue to escalate between the U.S. and North Korea, LWT enlists “Weird Al” Yankovic to perform some accordion-based diplomacy; plus, bipartisan criticism of Trump’s failure to explicitly condemn white supremacists at Virginia rally.
Aug 13 2017
Main story: Trump’s plan to hire 5,000 more Border Patrol agents could lead to corruption and misconduct; plus, Trump’s leaked phone calls; Stephen Miller’s feud with the press.
Aug 06 2017
Main story: Alex Jones; plus, Trump Transgender military ban; Sen. McCain’s dramatic Obamacare repeal vote; amusing press coverage of Anthony Scaramucci’s expletive-filled interview.
Jul 30 2017
Main story: Sinclair Broadcast Group’s conservative takeover of local TV news; plus, Trump’s travel ban; and Last Week Tonight unveils its collection of presidential wax statues and brings Warren G. Harding’s incredible life story to the big screen.
Jul 02 2017
Main story: vaccines; plus, Trump on Comey tapes; health-care bill update; And Now: The Ongoing Controversy Over WNEP 16 Scranton’s Backyard Train.
Jun 25 2017
Main story: coal industry; plus, the American Health Care Act bill; And Now: Things People’s Fathers Used to Say.
Jun 18 2017
Main story: U.K. elections and Brexit with special appearance by Lord Buckethead; plus, “Stupid Watergate” update: James Comey edition; And Now: There Is No Group More Easily Amazed Than the Audience of ’America’s Got Talent.’
Jun 11 2017
Main story: U.S. pullout from the Paris Agreement; plus, London terror attacks; the week in Putin; And Now: 60 Minutes Anchors are Still Prompting People to Give Them the Exact Soundbites They Need.
Jun 04 2017
Main story: Stupid Watergate; plus, Donald Trump's disclosure of classified information to Russia, Comey memos, Transportation Security Administration.
May 21 2017
Main story: Dialysis and DaVita; plus, dismissal of James Comey, Bill English.
May 14 2017
Equal access to online information is once again under serious threat. John Oliver encourages internet commenters to voice their displeasure to the FCC by visiting www.gofccyourself.com and clicking “express” to file your comment.
May 07 2017
Main story: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner; plus, North Korean missile tests and the Turkish constitutional referendum.
Apr 23 2017
2017 French presidential election, Sean Spicer Hitler–Assad controversy, Political positions of Donald Trump, and the 2017 Nangarhar airstrike.
Apr 16 2017
Lawmakers often reshape voting districts to shift the balance of political power. That’s unfair to voters, even those of us with questionable judgment.
Apr 09 2017
Under federal law, even legal marijuana is illegal. John Oliver explains why conflicting drug laws pose serious problems.
Apr 02 2017
Donald Trump’s federal budget plan proposes large funding cuts with largely negative consequences. John Oliver examines the troubling priorities of the new administration.
Mar 19 2017
The Republican health care bill could leave many Americans without affordable coverage. Last Week Tonight's catheter cowboy returns to morning cable news to explain that to Donald Trump.
Mar 12 2017
John Oliver sits down with the Dalai Lama to discuss China, the conditions in Tibet, and horse milk.
Mar 05 2017
John Oliver Talks Health Care: Last Week Tonight explores why Congressional Republicans’ proposed Obamacare replacement works like a thong.
Feb 26 2017
Vladimir Putin is known as a ruthless leader and master manipulator. John Oliver enlists a group of singing dancers to explain that to Donald Trump.
Feb 19 2017
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.
Feb 12 2017

Season 3

30 Episodes

Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. How did we get to this point? And what do we do now?
Nov 13 2016
Multilevel marketing companies claim to be legitimate businesses, but some seem awfully…pyramid shaped. John Oliver and Jaime Camil demonstrate how they work.
Nov 06 2016
Public schools are increasingly divided by race and class. John Oliver discusses the troubling trend towards school resegregation.
Oct 30 2016
John Oliver discusses the extent and root of the nation’s epidemic of opioid addiction.
Oct 23 2016
John Oliver considers third party candidates seriously as potential presidents.
Oct 16 2016
John Oliver examines the legal and moral issues surrounding the military prison at Guantánamo Bay.
Oct 09 2016
John Oliver discusses the systems in place to investigate and hold police officers accountable for misconduct.
Oct 02 2016
John Oliver on Scandals: the 2016 presidential race is teeming with raisins. Sorry…scandals.
Sep 25 2016
Charter schools are privately run, publicly funded, and irregularly regulated. John Oliver explores why they aren’t at all like pizzerias.
Aug 21 2016
John Oliver Takes Subprime Auto Lenders To Task: Keegan-Michael Key and Bob Balaban help show how auto lenders can steer vulnerable people into debt.
Aug 14 2016
Last Week Tonight on the Decline of Journalism. John Oliver has some bad news about the state of the industry that gives us our news.
Aug 07 2016
John Oliver Talks DNC vs. RNC. 'Last Week Tonight' covers the Democratic convention and has choice words regarding the Republican presidential nominee.
Jul 31 2016
John Oliver discusses last week's unsurprisingly surprising Republican convention. It was a four-day exercise in emphasizing feelings over facts.
Jul 24 2016
Main segment: 2016 Summer Olympics and doping in sports. Segments: Aftermath of the United Kingdom EU membership referendum.
Jun 26 2016
John Oliver on “Brexiting” from the EU: There might be an innate British desire to diss Europe, but Last Week Tonight lays out exactly why it’s a mistake to leave the EU.
Jun 19 2016
John Oliver Covers Ins and Outs of Retirement Plans: Saving for retirement means navigating a potential minefield of high fees and bad advice - Last Week Tonight is here to help.
Jun 12 2016
John Oliver Takes On Debt Buyers: Companies that purchase debt on the cheap will aggressively collect on it. 'Last Week Tonight’ took a hands-on approach to addressing this issue.
Jun 05 2016
Last Week Tonight Tackles U.S. Primaries and Caucuses: The United States selection process for presidential nominees is convoluted — to say the least. Nevertheless, John Oliver reminds Americans that the "middle of the game" is the worst possible time to change the rules.
May 22 2016
John Oliver on 911 Reliability: Things you never want to hear: there are no guarantees when you call 911. Emergency call centers are in desperate need of funding and new technology, so “no guarantees” is the unfortunate reality.
May 15 2016
John Oliver on Sticking to the Facts: Media outlets often report new findings from scientific studies, but how many are true?
May 08 2016
Puerto Rico is suffering a massive debt crisis. Lin-Manuel Miranda joins John Oliver to call for relief.
Apr 24 2016
Lead poisoning is a national problem. If only lawmakers were as concerned as the puppets on Sesame Street.
Apr 17 2016
Credit reports play a surprisingly large role in our lives, but even more surprising is how often they contain critical mistakes. John Oliver helps credit agencies see why this is a problem.
Apr 10 2016
Lawmakers have to raise money to keep their jobs, but a surprising amount of their job now consists of raising money. John Oliver sits down with Congressman Steve Israel to discuss the costs of political spending.
Apr 03 2016
Donald Drumpf wants to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Is his plan feasible?
Mar 20 2016
Strong encryption poses problems for law enforcement, is weakening it worth the risks it presents? It’s…complicated.
Mar 13 2016
Special districts spend more public money than all city governments combined. That's odd considering most of us don't know they exist.
Mar 06 2016
Our main story was about Donald Trump. We can't believe we're saying that either.
Feb 28 2016
Abortion is theoretically legal, but some states make it practically inaccessible. And how is Hollywood whitewashing still a thing?
Feb 21 2016
John talks about Scalia's love of the Letter of the Law, Chipotle's avian mascot, and how Voter ID laws should be applied to those who write them.
Feb 14 2016

Season 2

35 Episodes

John Oliver starts a campaign to remove the penny from circulation and takes a look back at the highlights of the season with appearances from some of our favorite characters. The Paris attacks and their impact on refugee intake across the globe are also discussed.
Nov 22 2015
John Oliver investigates the murky world of Daily Fantasy Sports and creates an advertisement to help explain the positives. In other news, the terrorist attacks in Paris shocked the world, Singles Day in China features some questionable celebrity endorsements, and India want their diamond back.
Nov 15 2015
John Oliver explains the hurdles for prisoner re-entry in the US with help from a real life ex-convict. In other news, the UK introduces new surveillance measures, US patriotism is an advertising gimmick, and the Washington Redskins defend their trademark.
Nov 08 2015
John Oliver discusses the impact of the upcoming US elections on the status of Medicaid and tries to calm tensions in the East China Sea through Kenny G. In other news the peace talks in Syria feature no Syrians, the link between the Ukraine and Star Wars, and Andrew Lloyd Webber has some opinions on UK tax credits.
Nov 01 2015
In order to help Canada with their upcoming election, John Oliver enlists Mike Myers, a beaver, and a moose to give some advice to voters. In other news the New Zealand Prime Minister admits to some interesting habits, Mexico isn't happy with it's president and a zoo in Denmark tries to educate visitors by butchering animals.
Oct 18 2015
North Dakota's reputation for politeness has led to oil companies taking advantage so John Oliver offers the people of the 'legendary' state a solution. In other news the war in Syria rages on, FIFA is still rife with corruption and Toyota are asked to explain why ISIS has so many of their vehicles.
Oct 11 2015
John Oliver investigates the treatment of mental health in the US and discovers the system doesn't always work. In other news Russia gets involved in the bombing of Syria, the UN trains the leaders of the future and Jason Chaffetz is embarressed. John Oliver also launches a brand new app.
Oct 04 2015
The European migrant crisis sees millions of refugees face hostility, racism, and red tape so John Oliver does something small for them. In other news Pope Francis visited the U.S., an interesting report on David Cameron and the Volkswagen emissions scandal.
Sep 27 2015
The Miranda warning includes the right to a public defender. It doesn’t include the fact that public defenders are highly overworked and grossly underpaid.
Sep 13 2015
This year’s gay marriage ruling was a milestone, but LGBT discrimination is still surprisingly legal. John Oliver explains why we need a federal anti-discrimination law.
Aug 23 2015
U.S. tax law allows television preachers to get away with almost anything. We know this from personal experience.
Aug 16 2015
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.
Aug 09 2015
Washington DC experiences taxation without representation. It's also missing from rhyming state songs. John Oliver and a group of singing children fix one of these problems.
Aug 02 2015
Mandatory minimums require fixed prison sentences for certain crimes. John Oliver explains why we treat some turkeys better than most low-level offenders.
Jul 26 2015
Producers, sellers, and consumers waste tons of food. John Oliver discusses the shocking amount of food we don’t eat.
Jul 19 2015
Cities spend massive amounts of public money on privately-owned stadiums. Cities issue tax-exempt municipal bonds that — wait, don’t fall asleep!
Jul 12 2015
This week's gay rights victory was historic, but the transgender community still faces staggering challenges. John Oliver focuses on the “T” in “LGBT.”
Jun 28 2015
Online harassment is a major problem, but it’s rarely prosecuted. If only we’d been warned about this in the early days of the internet.
Jun 21 2015
The US Senate Torture Report revealed horrifying details of America's interrogation program. Helen Mirren will fill you in.
Jun 14 2015
John Oliver explains why America’s bail system is better for the reality tv industry than it is for the justice system.
Jun 07 2015
After the arrests of numerous top officials, John Oliver decided to give an update on the state of FIFA.
May 31 2015
John Oliver explains how chicken farming can be unfair, punishing, and inhumane. And not just for the chickens!
May 17 2015
Many American companies do not offer paid leave after the birth of a child, which means they probably shouldn’t run sappy Mother’s Day ads.
May 10 2015
American students face a ridiculous amount of testing. John Oliver explains how standardized tests impact school funding, the achievement gap, how often kids are expected to throw up.
May 03 2015
Trendy clothes are cheaper than ever. That sounds great for the people who buy them, but it's horrible for the people who make them.
Apr 26 2015
For inventors, patents are an essential protection against theft. But when patent trolls abuse the system by stockpiling patents and threatening lawsuits, businesses are forced to shell out tons of money. CNN produced an actual doomsday video to broadcast when the world is ending and it’s incredibly dull. We've enlisted Martin Sheen to help make humanity’s final moments happier!
Apr 19 2015
Nobody likes the IRS. But recent budget and staff cuts have made it increasingly difficult for the department to do its very important job. Don’t take our word for it. Ask Michael Bolton.
Apr 12 2015
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.
Apr 05 2015
If you have money, committing a municipal violation may pose you a minor inconvenience. If you don’t, it can ruin your life. The New Hampshire legislature refused to make the red-tailed hawk the official raptor of their state...so we made it the official raptor of our show.
Mar 22 2015
The NCAA doesn’t pay athletes because they consider them amateurs. The NCAA considers them amateurs because they don’t get paid.
Mar 15 2015
A set of Supreme Court decisions made over 100 years ago has left U.S. territories without meaningful representation. That’s weird, right? Daylight saving time doesn’t actually benefit anyone. Strangely, it’s still a thing!
Mar 08 2015
America's crumbling infrastructure: It's not a sexy problem, but it is a scary one.
Mar 01 2015
The vast majority of US judges are elected, forcing many judges to pander to the electorate and accept campaign money in order to keep their jobs. This seems slightly troubling... The UK's Labour Party has painted a campaign van pink in an attempt to attract women voters. We are glad they didn't keep going with that strategy.
Feb 22 2015
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.
Feb 15 2015
Pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars marketing drugs to doctors. We have a few issues with that. RadioShack has filed for bankruptcy. We've helped them create a farewell message. Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa.
Feb 08 2015

Season 1

24 Episodes

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.
Nov 09 2014
While midterm coverage is largely focused on the parts of Congress that do very little, vital (and bizarre) midterm elections are going unexamined. State legislators pass a lot of bills, and some of that efficiency is thanks to a group called ALEC that writes legislation for them. It’s as shady as it sounds!
Nov 02 2014
John Oliver talks about a Russian submarine in Sweden, Ebola in New York, added sugar in food, Rob Ford's brother, and interviews Jane Goodall.
Oct 26 2014
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.
Oct 19 2014
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.
Oct 05 2014
The United States has launched a huge number of drone strikes under President Obama. It’s widely accepted and extremely terrifying. Narendra Modi, the Prime Minster of India visited New York and did some classic New York things. Also, some weird, inexplicable things.
Sep 28 2014
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.
Sep 21 2014
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.
Sep 14 2014
John talks about ISIS and student loan debt. Musical group A Great Big World make a special appearance.
Sep 07 2014
John talks about the conflict in Ferguson, MO and the wage gap between the genders.
Aug 17 2014
John talks about the return of US military actions in Iraq, replacing all passwords due to a global security breach and an exploration of the Payday Loan industry.
Aug 10 2014
John talks about Uganda's anti-gay laws, the CIA's recent report on their use of torture, the New York Port Authority, Argentina's default on debt and native advertising.
Aug 03 2014
John talks about human rights violations in the Middle East, nuclear disarmament and Russia's science satellite that lost communication.
Jul 27 2014
John talks about the Gaza crisis, the decay of American prisons and the gambling addiction problem in Singapore.
Jul 20 2014
John talks about modern American income inequality, Warren G. Harding's love letters and President Obama's "Day In The Life" tour.
Jul 13 2014
John hosts an interview with Ugandan LGBT activist Pepe Julian Onziema.
Jun 29 2014
John talks about Iraq, Antarctica tourism and Dr. Oz's "Miracle Drug".
Jun 22 2014
John talks about US Immigration and interviews Professor Stephen Hawking.
Jun 15 2014
John talks about California Chrome and the Belmont Stakes, FIFA and the 2014 World Cup, and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Jun 08 2014
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.
Jun 01 2014
John talks about the product recall going on at General Motors, the EU Court of Justice "Right to be Forgotten" ruling and updates us on how the Indian election is going with help from Fareed Zakaria.
May 18 2014
John talks about Eurovision, Ukraine and Russia's relations and interviews Bill Nye about Climate Change.
May 11 2014
John talks about the recent issues of the death penalty, François Hollande and the rising issues happening in Brunei.
May 04 2014
John talks about the Indian election, Pom Wonderful and talks with the former NSA Director General Keith Alexander.
Apr 27 2014