Last Week Tonight with John Oliver : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 27, 2014
Season #: 1, 2, 3
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Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics What's this?

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8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 152 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
    91
    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
    91
    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
    83
    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
    80
    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. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    May 16, 2014
    75
    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
    70
    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
    60
    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: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Aug 21, 2015
    10
    Similar to satirical shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. This is different, however, in that John Oliver dedicates a significantSimilar to satirical shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. This is different, however, in that John Oliver dedicates a significant portion of each episode to a true journalistic investigative piece. These reports are not only funny but socially and politically important. Expand
  2. Mar 2, 2015
    10
    What I love most about this show is that it isn't biased. Jon Stewart was incredibly leftist, and that made his show pretty edgy. Last WeekWhat I love most about this show is that it isn't biased. Jon Stewart was incredibly leftist, and that made his show pretty edgy. Last Week Tonight lacks such political bias, and John Oliver uses humor to make things from Net Neutrality to Infrastructure (Yes, bridges and roads and dams, all of those super interesting things) actually appealing. Expand
  3. May 25, 2014
    10
    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 theLast 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
  4. Mar 4, 2016
    10
    The most sincere and brilliant late night show on television since Jon Stewart. It's witty, intelligent, investigative, revealing, funny,The most sincere and brilliant late night show on television since Jon Stewart. It's witty, intelligent, investigative, revealing, funny, likeable and did i mention funny! Truly great writing is visible on this show. Expand
  5. Oct 20, 2014
    10
    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 areThis 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
  6. Jun 2, 2014
    10
    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 aHow 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
  7. Jun 22, 2016
    0
    Fudging details to trample over the democratic wishes of the average Britain to promote Britain remaining in the EU and losing itsFudging details to trample over the democratic wishes of the average Britain to promote Britain remaining in the EU and losing its sovereignty? Last show I ever watch of yours John.
    You should note in your efforts to be a warrior for justice that your own status as a rich elite may not always put you in the best place to judge the reasons people feel as they do.
    You are in the exact class that benefits from Britain's EU membership and as an intelligent person you should realise that other groups in society do not benefit to the same degree and can even suffer.
    You are a traitor John and I have no more respect for you.
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