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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 27, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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Universal acclaim- based on 94 Ratings

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  • Summary: The Daily Show's John Oliver moves to HBO to host his own weekly half-hour satirical news show.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Talk & Interview, News
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Apr 29, 2014
    Last Week Tonight probably needs to towel off a bit and present a more relaxed half-hour next Sunday. The premiere outing nonetheless showed considerable ingenuity and a willingness to take on topics that haven’t already been parodied to death.
  2. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Apr 28, 2014
    Night One felt almost fully-formed, as if Oliver has spent his Daily Show tutelage making a list of everything that works-- and everything he wanted to do just a little bit differently.
  3. Reviewed by: Erik Adams
    Apr 28, 2014
    If Last Week Tonight With John Oliver can keep shedding humorous light on international affairs and other stories that fall through the cable-news cracks, this show might make it to eight weeks and beyond.
  4. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Apr 28, 2014
    The first newscast did feel simultaneously long and breathless, maybe because there was little to vary it or break up the topic segments.... But it was a funny, confident start.
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    May 16, 2014
    His delivery, which falls between Monty Python and Austin Powers, explodes with enjoyable little pips of indignation. [26 May 2014, p.42]
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Apr 28, 2014
    Even at a commercial-free 30 minutes, Last Week Tonight felt rushed and jam-packed with information, heightened by Oliver's tendency to get excited and/or yell. Those are all good traits (and, historically, pretty funny traits of his), but the entire concept might work better at an hour so he could at least breathe.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Apr 28, 2014
    Everything about Last Week Tonight felt like another spin of the latenight-satire wheel, with nary a new groove in it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Oct 20, 2014
    This is an amazingly intelligent show that is not afraid to take risk. Oliver has a hilarious way to bring you the important new that you are missing by regular news. He shows the hypocrisy in the system we live in. Somehow he can convey a serious and important topic in a very funny and ironic way. Expand
  2. May 8, 2014
    So if you like the time John Oliver was the host of "The Daily Show" you will love this "British" version of the show that take all what happened last week and give it a fresh spin. Love the show and looking forward to seeing it getting its own style Expand
  3. Jul 26, 2014
    Brilliant. Intelligent, relevant, and oozes integrity. Not to be missed. John Oliver is pure perfection. Another great and deserved spin off from the Daily Show. Expand
  4. May 25, 2014
    Last Week Tonight is a genius comedy and news show that not only is one of the funniest things currently on television, but also one of the only news shows that gives accurate and relevant information about the past week. One of the greatest things about this show is that Mr. Oliver will sometimes give serious opinions on things that, while usually out of place in a comedy show, fit in perfectly with the flow of the show. I would recommend this show to anyone who enjoys a good laugh and interesting news. Expand
  5. Jun 2, 2014
    How dare "critics" review this show and stigmatize it based on 1 show from then end of April. They should redo their review and base it on a significant amount of episodes and metacritic should take their time finding updated reviews from the exact same sources weeks after launch that give reviewers the chance judge the show based on more than one episode. Expand
  6. Apr 30, 2014
    I have watched "The Daily Show" occasionally, but for no clear reason I never became a regular watcher. Same goes for the "Colbert Report". But for some reason, John Oliver's take on the concept apparently fits my taste in satirical world news. Regular news shows as dispensed on TV are not satirical. They tend to be pathetic light news celebritycentric crap. I will be watching John's show regularly. Now HBO gives us a real news show in "Vice" plus a satirical/real news show in "Last Week Tonight". Are you watching, network news execs? Expand
  7. May 18, 2014
    This has been a disappointment. It's a cc, of The Daily Show but not a particularly good one. Expected more from John Oliver. Plus he gets way too preachy. Expand

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