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The Best Episodes of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Every episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver!

A half-hour satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events.

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The best episode of "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" is "SLAPP Suits", rated 9.6/10 from 745 user votes. It was directed by Paul Pennolino, Christopher Werner and written by Dan Gurewitch, Jeff Maurer, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner. "SLAPP Suits" aired on 11/10/2019 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Government Surveillance".

  • SLAPP Suits
    9.6/10 745 votes

    #1 - SLAPP Suits

    Season 6 Episode 29 - Aired 2019-11-10

    After winning a legal battle involving a coal executive and a giant squirrel, John Oliver explains how SLAPP suits are designed to stifle public dissent.

    Director: Paul Pennolino, Christopher Werner

    Writer: Dan Gurewitch, Jeff Maurer, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner

  • Government Surveillance
    9.5/10 732 votes

    #2 - Government Surveillance

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2015-04-05

    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.

    Director: Jim Hoskinson

    Writer: Dan Gurewitch, Jeff Maurer, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner, John Oliver, Kevin Avery, Geoff Haggerty, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Josh Gondelman, Tim Carvell

  • Church
    9.3/10 604 votes

    #3 - Church

    Season 2 Episode 25 - Aired 2015-08-16

    John discusses predatory churches and televangelism, and how the U.S. tax law allows them to get away with almost anything. Plus, the raising of the American flag in Cuba, the redesign of New Zealand's flag, and President Harding's illegitimate child.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Donald Trump
    9.3/10 741 votes

    #4 - Donald Trump

    Season 3 Episode 3 - Aired 2016-02-28

    John talks about the Egyptian president and economic crisis, the Guantanamo Bay shutdown and Donald Trump.

    Director: Paul Pennolino

    Writer: Dan Gurewitch, Jeff Maurer, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner, John Oliver, Kevin Avery, Geoff Haggerty, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Josh Gondelman, Tim Carvell

  • Trump vs. Truth
    9.0/10 518 votes

    #5 - Trump vs. Truth

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 2017-02-12

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • February 18, 2024: Supreme Court
    8.9/10 296 votes

    #6 - February 18, 2024: Supreme Court

    Season 11 Episode 1 - Aired 2024-02-18

    John Oliver discusses the Supreme Court, the ethically questionable gifts some of the justices receive, and an offer for Clarence Thomas that could ruin John's life. Genuinely. You'll see.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Net Neutrality
    8.8/10 484 votes

    #7 - Net Neutrality

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2014-06-01

    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.

    Director: Joe Perota

    Writer: Dan Gurewitch, Jeff Maurer, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner, John Oliver, Kevin Avery, Geoff Haggerty, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Tim Carvell

  • Tobacco
    8.8/10 430 votes

    #8 - Tobacco

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2015-02-15

    Thanks to tobacco industry regulations and marketing restrictions in the U.S., smoking rates have dropped dramatically. John Oliver explains how tobacco companies are keeping their business strong overseas and how Phillip Morris International in particular is employing some unethical legal practices while suing some of the world's poorest countries. Plus, we've noticed that the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue still exists but can’t quite figure out why.

    Director: Jim Hoskinson

    Writer: Dan Gurewitch, Jeff Maurer, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner, John Oliver, Kevin Avery, Geoff Haggerty, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Josh Gondelman, Tim Carvell

  • FIFA II
    8.8/10 444 votes

    #9 - FIFA II

    Season 2 Episode 15 - Aired 2015-05-31

    After the arrests of numerous top officials, John Oliver decided to give an update on the state of FIFA. Also, Thailand's ignorance about the world's history involving Hitler might require some re-education.

    Director: Jim Hoskinson

    Writer: Dan Gurewitch, Jeff Maurer, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner, John Oliver, Kevin Avery, Geoff Haggerty, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Josh Gondelman, Tim Carvell

  • Sex Education
    8.8/10 435 votes

    #10 - Sex Education

    Season 2 Episode 24 - Aired 2015-08-09

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • President-Elect Trump
    8.8/10 478 votes

    #11 - President-Elect Trump

    Season 3 Episode 30 - Aired 2016-11-13

    The presidential race has been a hell of a ride. ‘Last Week Tonight’ closes out the election and Season 3 with a bang.

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  • Police
    8.8/10 441 votes

    #12 - Police

    Season 7 Episode 14 - Aired 2020-06-07

    This episode tackles the hard truth about the history of Police in the United States and the many problems that are faced in fixing those problems.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • FIFA and the World Cup
    8.7/10 452 votes

    #13 - FIFA and the World Cup

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2014-06-08

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

    Director: Joe Perota

    Writer: Dan Gurewitch, Jeff Maurer, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner, John Oliver, Kevin Avery, Geoff Haggerty, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Tim Carvell

  • Civil Forfeiture
    8.7/10 395 votes

    #14 - Civil Forfeiture

    Season 1 Episode 20 - Aired 2014-10-05

    Main story: how desperate the American law enforcement is to make money out of everyone by using the process called the "civil asset forfeiture," and how it would make for a weird episode of "Law and Order." Plus, John wants to host the 2022 Winter Olympics and how is Columbus Day still a thing.

    Director: Joe Perota

    Writer: Dan Gurewitch, Jeff Maurer, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner, John Oliver, Kevin Avery, Geoff Haggerty, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy

  • The Lottery
    8.7/10 408 votes

    #15 - The Lottery

    Season 1 Episode 24 - Aired 2014-11-09

    The Lottery: State lotteries claim to be good for education and the general wellbeing of citizens. But are they? (Spoiler alert: No.) Also, there is a cannon that shoots salmon over dams. It’s awesome. Check it out.

    Director: Joe Perota

    Writer: Dan Gurewitch, Jeff Maurer, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner, John Oliver, Kevin Avery, Geoff Haggerty, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy

  • Scientific Studies
    8.7/10 397 votes

    #16 - Scientific Studies

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 2016-05-08

    John Oliver on Sticking to the Facts: Media outlets often report new findings from scientific studies, but how many are true?

    Director: Paul Pennolino

    Writer: Dan Gurewitch, Jeff Maurer, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner, John Oliver, Kevin Avery, Geoff Haggerty, Scott Sherman, Josh Gondelman, Tim Carvell

  • Dalai Lama
    8.7/10 394 votes

    #17 - Dalai Lama

    Season 4 Episode 4 - Aired 2017-03-05

    Tibetan Buddhists have suffered deep persecution by the Chinese government. John Oliver sits down with the Dalai Lama to discuss China, the conditions in Tibet, and horse milk.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Trump Presidency
    8.7/10 311 votes

    #18 - The Trump Presidency

    Season 4 Episode 30 - Aired 2017-11-12

    One year after the presidential election, John Oliver discusses what we've learned so far and enlists our catheter cowboy to teach Donald Trump what he hasn't.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Rudy Giuliani
    8.7/10 371 votes

    #19 - Rudy Giuliani

    Season 5 Episode 10 - Aired 2018-05-06

    Rudy Giuliani is new to Trump’s legal team, but not to public controversy. Last Week Tonight examines his turbulent record in the wake of his recent political upsets.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Trump & Election Results
    8.7/10 293 votes

    #20 - Trump & Election Results

    Season 7 Episode 30 - Aired 2020-11-15

    A week after Joe Biden’s win in the US presidential election, John Oliver discusses Donald Trump’s various attempts to overturn the results, why his claims don’t hold water, and the consequences of indulging him.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Abortion Laws
    8.6/10 411 votes

    #21 - Abortion Laws

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 2016-02-21

    John talks about the South Carolina Republican primary, the Supreme Court vacancy and abortion, which theoretically is legal in the U.S., but some states make it practically inaccessible. Plus, how is Hollywood whitewashing still a thing?

    Director: Jim Hoskinson

    Writer: Dan Gurewitch, Jeff Maurer, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner, John Oliver, Kevin Avery, Geoff Haggerty, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Josh Gondelman, Tim Carvell

  • Debt Buyers
    8.6/10 391 votes

    #22 - Debt Buyers

    Season 3 Episode 14 - Aired 2016-06-05

    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.

    Director: Paul Pennolino

    Writer: Dan Gurewitch, Jeff Maurer, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner, John Oliver, Kevin Avery, Geoff Haggerty, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Josh Gondelman, Tim Carvell

  • Stupid Watergate
    8.6/10 328 votes

    #23 - Stupid Watergate

    Season 4 Episode 13 - Aired 2017-05-21

    John Oliver discusses the shocking magnitude and potential impact of the latest revelations surrounding the Russia investigation.

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  • Brexit II
    8.6/10 318 votes

    #24 - Brexit II

    Season 4 Episode 15 - Aired 2017-06-11

    In the wake of a divisive election, the UK will begin the process of leaving the European Union. John Oliver and an intergalactic space lord propose a plan.

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  • Authoritarianism
    8.6/10 281 votes

    #25 - Authoritarianism

    Season 5 Episode 30 - Aired 2018-11-18

    John Oliver discusses the growing number of authoritarian leaders around the world, their common characteristics, and whether or not one of them is currently our president.

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