The BEST Episodes of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 8, 2020

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 - Aired Apr 5, 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.

star 8.69
840 votes
Episode 81

#2 - Episode 81

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired Aug 21, 2016

Charter schools are privately run, publicly funded, and irregularly regulated. John Oliver explores why they aren’t at all like pizzerias.

star 8.60
145 votes
Episode 100

#3 - Episode 100

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired May 7, 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.

star 8.50
58 votes
Episode 108

#4 - Episode 108

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired Jul 30, 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.

star 8.50
58 votes
Episode 90

#5 - Episode 90

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 12, 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.

star 8.45
1,999 votes
Episode 178

#6 - Episode 178

Season 6 - Episode 29 - Aired Nov 10, 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.

star 8.45
575 votes
Episode 20

#7 - Episode 20

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Oct 5, 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.

star 8.40
261 votes
Episode 62

#8 - Episode 62

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 28, 2016

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

star 8.33
1,001 votes
Episode 6

#9 - Episode 6

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 8, 2014

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

star 8.33
632 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 8

#10 - Episode 8

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 22, 2014

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

star 8.30
557 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 73

#11 - Episode 73

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Jun 5, 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.

star 8.23
1,190 votes
Episode 26

#12 - Episode 26

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 15, 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.

star 8.23
658 votes
Episode 49

#13 - Episode 49

Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired Aug 16, 2015

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 149

#14 - Episode 149

Season 5 - Episode 30 - Aired Nov 18, 2018

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
682 votes
Episode 41

#15 - Episode 41

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Jun 14, 2015

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 39

#16 - Episode 39

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired May 31, 2015

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 119

#17 - Episode 119

Season 4 - Episode 30 - Aired Nov 12, 2017

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

star 8.19
1,143 votes
Episode 3

#18 - Episode 3

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired May 11, 2014

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

star 8.18
680 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 45

#19 - Episode 45

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Jul 19, 2015

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 91

#20 - Episode 91

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 19, 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.

star 8.15
1,816 votes
Episode 12

#21 - Episode 12

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jul 27, 2014

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

star 8.15
594 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 104

#22 - Episode 104

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Jun 11, 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.’

star 8.15
1,510 votes
Episode 93

#23 - Episode 93

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 5, 2017

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

star 8.15
1,751 votes
Episode 115

#24 - Episode 115

Season 4 - Episode 26 - Aired Oct 8, 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.

star 8.14
1,348 votes
Episode 129

#25 - Episode 129

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired May 6, 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.

star 8.14
923 votes