The BEST Episodes of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 5, 2019

Network: HBO

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.

Episode 32

#1 - Episode 32

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.

star 8.69
839 votes
Episode 90

#2 - Episode 90

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.

star 8.45
1,997 votes
Episode 178

#3 - Episode 178

Season 6 - Episode 29

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.

star 8.45
537 votes
Episode 20

#4 - Episode 20

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.

star 8.42
650 votes
Episode 62

#5 - Episode 62

Season 3 - Episode 3

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

star 8.33
1,001 votes
Episode 6

#6 - Episode 6

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.

star 8.33
631 votes
Directors: Joe Perota
Writers: Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeffrey Scott, Jill Twiss, John Oliver, Juli Weiner, Kevin Avery, Scott Sherman, Tim Carvell, Will Tracey
Episode 21

#7 - Episode 21

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.

star 8.31
636 votes
Episode 8

#8 - Episode 8

Season 1 - Episode 8

John talks about Iraq, Antarctica tourism and Dr. Oz's "Miracle Drug".

star 8.31
555 votes
Directors: Joe Perota
Writers: Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeffrey Scott, Jill Twiss, John Oliver, Juli Weiner, Kevin Avery, Scott Sherman, Tim Carvell, Will Tracey
Episode 100

#9 - Episode 100

Season 4 - Episode 11

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.

star 8.24
1,700 votes
Episode 73

#10 - Episode 73

Season 3 - Episode 14

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.

star 8.23
1,190 votes
Episode 89

#11 - Episode 89

Season 3 - Episode 30

Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. How did we get to this point? And what do we do now?

star 8.23
1,669 votes
Episode 26

#12 - Episode 26

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.

star 8.23
656 votes
Episode 49

#13 - Episode 49

Season 2 - Episode 25

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

star 8.22
804 votes
Directors: Jim Hoskinson
Writers: Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer), Jill Twiss, John Oliver, Josh Gondelman, Juli Weiner, Kevin Avery, Scott Sherman, Tim Carvell, Will Tracy
Episode 41

#14 - Episode 41

Season 2 - Episode 17

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

star 8.20
732 votes
Episode 149

#15 - Episode 149

Season 5 - Episode 30

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.

star 8.20
681 votes
Episode 39

#16 - Episode 39

Season 2 - Episode 15

After the arrests of numerous top officials, John Oliver decided to give an update on the state of FIFA.

star 8.19
707 votes
Episode 108

#17 - Episode 108

Season 4 - Episode 19

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.

star 8.19
1,511 votes
Episode 119

#18 - Episode 119

Season 4 - Episode 30

Main story: The Trump Presidency; plus, a look back on the year’s segments.

star 8.19
1,143 votes
Episode 45

#19 - Episode 45

Season 2 - Episode 21

Producers, sellers, and consumers waste tons of food. John Oliver discusses the shocking amount of food we don’t eat.

star 8.18
715 votes
Directors: Jim Hoskinson
Writers: Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Mauer, Jill Twiss, John Oliver, Josh Gondelman, Juli Weiner, Kevin Avery, Scott Sherman, Tim Carvell, Will Tracy
Episode 3

#20 - Episode 3

Season 1 - Episode 3

John talks about Eurovision, Ukraine and Russia's relations and interviews Bill Nye about Climate Change.

star 8.18
678 votes
Directors: Joe Perota
Writers: Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeffrey Scott, Jill Twiss, John Oliver, Juli Weiner, Kevin Avery, Scott Sherman, Tim Carvell, Will Tracey
Episode 12

#21 - Episode 12

Season 1 - Episode 12

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

star 8.15
593 votes
Directors: Joe Perota
Writers: Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeffrey Scott, Jill Twiss, John Oliver, Juli Weiner, Kevin Avery, Scott Sherman, Tim Carvell, Will Tracey
Episode 91

#22 - Episode 91

Season 4 - Episode 2

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.

star 8.15
1,815 votes
Episode 104

#23 - Episode 104

Season 4 - Episode 15

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.’

star 8.15
1,507 votes
Episode 93

#24 - Episode 93

Season 4 - Episode 4

John Oliver sits down with the Dalai Lama to discuss China, the conditions in Tibet, and horse milk.

star 8.15
1,750 votes
Episode 115

#25 - Episode 115

Season 4 - Episode 26

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.

star 8.14
1,348 votes