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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 27, 2014
Season #: 1, 2
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Image
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76

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8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 121 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. 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: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. 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
  2. Sep 25, 2014
    10
    "The Daily Show" is very well done but the prep time seems rush. But "Last Week Tonight" uses their week to prepare for better quality shows"The Daily Show" is very well done but the prep time seems rush. But "Last Week Tonight" uses their week to prepare for better quality shows and has less of a need for silly skits to fill time. 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. Dec 10, 2014
    10
    John OIiver is a breath of fresh air, he manages to utilize HBO's platform brilliantly to entertain his audience while somehow managing to beJohn OIiver is a breath of fresh air, he manages to utilize HBO's platform brilliantly to entertain his audience while somehow managing to be clever and funny without offending people.

    Oliver's show is in-depth, accurate and funny and it's only 30 minutes long once a week. Seriously.
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  5. 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
  6. May 8, 2014
    10
    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 whatSo 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
  7. May 18, 2014
    5
    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 wayThis 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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