List of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver episodes

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is an American late-night talk show created and hosted by John Oliver for HBO. The first season of the show, consisting of 24 episodes, premiered on April 27, 2014 and concluded on November 9, 2014. In February 2015, it was announced that the show has been renewed for two additional seasons of 35 episodes each.[1][2] The second season premiered on February 8, 2015.[3] The third season premiered on February 14, 2016.[4]

As of January 20, 2017, 89 episodes of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver have aired, concluding its third season.[5] The show will return for its fourth season on February 12, 2017.[5]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 24 April 27, 2014 (2014-04-27) November 9, 2014 (2014-11-09)
2 35 February 8, 2015 (2015-02-08) November 22, 2015 (2015-11-22)
3 30 February 14, 2016 (2016-02-14) November 13, 2016 (2016-11-13)
4 TBD February 12, 2017 (2017-02-12) TBD

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2014)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Main segment Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 1
POM Wonderful LLC v. Coca-Cola Co.
April 27, 2014 (2014-04-27) 1.11[6]
Other segments: Indian general election, 2014
Guest: Keith B. Alexander
2 2
Capital punishment
May 4, 2014 (2014-05-04) 1.19[7]
Other segments: Hassanal Bolkiah
Guest: Simon Ostrovsky
3 3
Global warming controversy
May 11, 2014 (2014-05-11) 1.01[8]
Other segments: United States Senate election in Kentucky, 2014
Guest: Bill Nye
4 4
Right to be forgotten (Google Spain v AEPD and Mario Costeja González)
May 18, 2014 (2014-05-18) 1.03[9]
Other segments: General Motors controversy
Guest: Fareed Zakaria
5 5
Net neutrality
June 1, 2014 (2014-06-01) 0.99[10]
Other segments: 87th Scripps National Spelling Bee
6 6
FIFA
June 8, 2014 (2014-06-08) 0.95[11]
Other segments: Bashar al-Assad
Guest: Right Said Fred
7 7
Immigration reform
June 15, 2014 (2014-06-15) 0.91[12]
Other segments: Washington Redskins name controversy
Guest: Stephen Hawking
8 8
Dr. Oz's June 2014 Senate hearing and the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994
June 22, 2014 (2014-06-22) 0.89[13]
Other segments: Monarchies
Guest: Steve Buscemi
9 9
Burwell v. Hobby Lobby
June 29, 2014 (2014-06-29) 0.85[14]
Other segments: LGBT rights in Uganda
Guest: Pepe Julian Onziema
10 10
Income inequality and wealth inequality
July 13, 2014 (2014-07-13) 0.84[15]
Other segments: Public image of CIA
11 11
Incarceration in the United States
July 20, 2014 (2014-07-20) 0.92[16]
Other segments: Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Commonwealth Games
12 12
Nuclear weapons and the United States
July 27, 2014 (2014-07-27) 1.00[17]
Other segments: Russia's miscommunication with mating geckos lost in space
13 13
Native advertising
August 3, 2014 (2014-08-03) 0.96[18]
Other segments: Argentine debt restructuring, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Port Authority Bus Terminal
14 14
Payday loans
August 10, 2014 (2014-08-10) 0.94[19]
Other segments: Russia's import embargo on U.S. chicken and soybean
Guest: Sarah Silverman
15 15
Shooting of Michael Brown and police militarization
August 17, 2014 (2014-08-17) 1.03[20]
Other segments: Equal pay for equal work
16 16
Student debt
September 7, 2014 (2014-09-07) 0.66[21]
Other segments: Eulogy for mating space geckos
Guest: A Great Big World
17 17
Scottish independence referendum
September 14, 2014 (2014-09-14) 0.70[22]
Other segments: Twitter
18 18
United States embargo against Cuba, Miss America 2015
September 21, 2014 (2014-09-21) 0.83[23]
Guest: Kathy Griffin
19 19
Drones
September 28, 2014 (2014-09-28) 0.71[24]
Other segments: Kansas state budget shortfall
20 20
Civil Asset Forfeiture
October 5, 2014 (2014-10-05) 0.66[25]
Other segments: 2022 Winter Olympics
Guests: Jeff Goldblum, Kathryn Erbe, Robert John Burke and John Fiore
21 21
Special Immigrant Visa
October 19, 2014 (2014-10-19) 0.62[28]
Other segments: Supreme Court of the United States
Guest: Mohammad Usafi[26][27]
22 22
Sugar
October 26, 2014 (2014-10-26) 0.76[29]
Other segments: Doug Ford, Jr.
Guest: Jane Goodall
23 23
American Legislative Exchange Council
November 2, 2014 (2014-11-02) 0.60[30]
Other segments: U.S. state legislatures in United States elections, 2014
Guests: Nick Offerman, H. Jon Benjamin and Sarah Baker
24 24
Lotteries
November 9, 2014 (2014-11-09) 0.80[31]
Other segments: Turkey's Presidential Palace, salmon cannon

Season 2 (2015)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Main segment Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
25 1
Pharmaceutical marketing
February 8, 2015 (2015-02-08) 0.72[32]
Other segments: RadioShack, Rafael Correa
Guest: Brian Huskey
26 2
Tobacco
February 15, 2015 (2015-02-15) 0.51[33]
Other segments: Houthis, Fifty Shades of Grey
27 3
Judicial elections
February 22, 2015 (2015-02-22) 0.47[34]
Other segments: United Kingdom general election, Chinese New Year
28 4
Infrastructure
March 1, 2015 (2015-03-01) 0.71[37]
Other segments: Boris Nemtsov
Guests: Edward Norton, Steve Buscemi, Vincent D'Onofrio, Josh Lucas, Campbell Scott, Hope Davis and Dan Hedaya[35][36]
29 5
Voting rights in the U.S. territories
March 8, 2015 (2015-03-08) 0.69[38]
Other segments: Fanta controversy, cigarette packaging
30 6
National Collegiate Athletic Association
March 15, 2015 (2015-03-15) 0.84[39]
31 7
Municipal violations
March 22, 2015 (2015-03-22) 0.78[40]
32 8
Government surveillance
April 5, 2015 (2015-04-05) 0.65[41]

Guest: Edward Snowden

Note: This episode was 45 minutes long instead of the regular 30 minutes, and garnered the show international attention due to the appearance of Edward Snowden.
33 9
Internal Revenue Service
April 12, 2015 (2015-04-12) 1.32[42]
Guest: Michael Bolton
34 10
Patent trolls
April 19, 2015 (2015-04-19) 1.45[43]
Other segments: Earth Day, doomsday
Guest: Martin Sheen
35 11
Child labor in the fashion industry
April 26, 2015 (2015-04-26) 1.39[44]
Other segments: Armenian genocide
36 12
Standardized testing
May 3, 2015 (2015-05-03) 1.40[45]
Guests: Wyatt Cenac, Rachel Feinstein and Alex Karpovsky
37 13
Paid parental leave
May 10, 2015 (2015-05-10) 1.20[46]
Other segments: Victory Day in Russia, Japanese government mascots
Guests: Bob Balaban, America Ferrera, Erinn Hayes and David Wain
38 14
Chicken contract farming
May 17, 2015 (2015-05-17) 1.04[47]
39 15
2015 FIFA corruption case
May 31, 2015 (2015-05-31) 1.39[48]
Other segments: Nazi imagery in Thailand
Guest: Rip Taylor
40 16
Bail
June 7, 2015 (2015-06-07) 1.26[49]
Other segments: Sepp Blatter's resignation as president of FIFA
Guests: Becky Ann Baker, Michael Torpey, William Stephenson and Dean Winters
41 17
Torture
June 14, 2015 (2015-06-14) 1.26[52]

Other segments: 2015 European Games, Canadian Senate expenses scandal
Guest: Helen Mirren

Note: Helen Mirren did not appear in person; only parts of the pre-recorded audiobook were played. She read The Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture for the episode.[50][51]
42 18
Online harassment and revenge porn
June 21, 2015 (2015-06-21) 1.37[53]
Other segments: Charleston church shooting, redesign of the $10 bill to feature a woman
Guests: Colin Hanks and Rob Huebel
43 19
Transgender rights
June 28, 2015 (2015-06-28) 1.24[54]

Other segments: Leap second
Guest: Bobby Cannavale

Note: Bobby Cannavale did not appear in person.
44 20
Stadiums
July 12, 2015 (2015-07-12) 1.01[55]
Other segments: Possibility of Greek withdrawal from the Eurozone, removal of Confederate flag from South Carolina State Capitol
45 21
Food waste
July 19, 2015 (2015-07-19) 1.04[56]
Other segments: Iran nuclear agreement, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's escape from imprisonment, North Korea's Liberation Day
46 22
Mandatory sentencing in the United States
July 26, 2015 (2015-07-26) 0.94[57]
Other segments: FIFA sponsorship backlash, Ashley Madison data breach
47 23
Washington D.C. voting rights and statehood movement
August 2, 2015 (2015-08-02) 0.98[58]
Other segments: Mullah Omar's death revelation, Baron Sewel sex scandal
48 24
Sex education in the United States
August 9, 2015 (2015-08-09) 0.93[59]
Other segments: First Republican debate
Guests: Laverne Cox, Kumail Nanjiani, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Jack McBrayer, Aisha Tyler, Jonathan Banks and Kristen Schaal
49 25
Predatory churches and televangelism
August 16, 2015 (2015-08-16) 1.01[60]
Other segments: Cuba raising American flag in Havana, Warren G. Harding's illegitimate child, New Zealand flag redesign
Guest: Rachel Dratch
50 26
LGBT rights in the United States
August 23, 2015 (2015-08-23) 1.03[61]
Other segments: North Korea-South Korea conflict, Russian import embargo, resignation of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras
51 27
Public defenders in the United States
September 13, 2015 (2015-09-13) 0.69[62]
Other segments: Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat scandal, 2015 Guatemalan general election, Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest reigning British monarch, shutdown of Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption
Guests: Danny Pino, Regina King, Jeremy Sisto, Robert John Burke, Josh Lucas, Kevin Chapman, Dennis Quaid, Sonja Sohn, and Rachel Dratch
52 28
European migrant crisis
September 27, 2015 (2015-09-27) 0.66[63]
Other segments: Pope Francis' visit to the United States, David Cameron's alleged pig scandal, Volkswagen emissions violations
Guests: James Scott and Alison Sweeney
53 29
Mental health in the United States
October 4, 2015 (2015-10-04) 0.68[64]
Other segments: Russian-led military intervention in Syria, 2015 UN general assembly debate, Jason Chaffetz, Peeple mobile application
Guest: Mario Van Peebles
54 30
North Dakota oil boom
October 11, 2015 (2015-10-11) 0.70[65]
Other segments: 2015 FIFA corruption case, ISIS use of Toyota vehicles
55 31
2015 Canadian federal election
October 18, 2015 (2015-10-18) 0.72[66]
Other segments: President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto's public image, culling in Danish zoos, misquoting
Guest: Mike Myers
56 32
2015 United States elections
November 1, 2015 (2015-11-01) 0.69[67]
Other segments: Vienna peace talks for Syria, 2015 Ukrainian local elections, tax credits in the United Kingdom, China's island building in the South China Sea, Medicaid coverage gap
Guest: Kenny G
57 33
Prisoner reentry
November 8, 2015 (2015-11-08) 0.91[68]
Other segments: United Kingdom proposed online mass surveillance law, Veterans Day, Washington Redskins trademark dispute
Guest: Bilal Chatman
58 34
Daily fantasy sports
November 15, 2015 (2015-11-15) 0.71[69]
Segments: November 2015 Paris attacks, Singles' Day in China, India's claim of ownership over Koh-i-Noor diamond
Guests: Seth Rogen, Kathryn Hahn, Martin Starr, Jerrod Carmichael, Adam Pally and Mike Birbiglia
59 35
Penny manufacturing costs
November 22, 2015 (2015-11-22) 0.78[70]
Other segments: Responses and aftermath of Paris attacks, refugees of the Syrian Civil War
Guests: Rachel Dratch and Valley Lodge

Season 3 (2016)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Main segment Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
60 1
Voter ID laws in the United States
February 14, 2016 (2016-02-14) 1.02[71]
Other segments: Death of Justice Antonin Scalia and the Thurmond Rule, food safety issues at Chipotle restaurants, Steven Joyce getting hit in the face with a dildo
Guests:
Andy Daly and Peter Jackson
61 2
Abortion in the United States
February 21, 2016 (2016-02-21) 0.92[72]
Other segments: South Carolina Republican primary, 2016 United States Supreme Court vacancy, Hollywood whitewashing of movie roles
62 3
Donald Trump presidential campaign, 2016
February 28, 2016 (2016-02-28) 0.70[73]
Other segments: Egyptian economic crisis, President Obama's attempts to close Guantanamo Bay
63 4
Special-purpose districts
March 6, 2016 (2016-03-06) 0.82[74]
Other segments: 2016 Republican Party presidential primaries, Gloria Steinem's interview with Lands' End
64 5
FBI–Apple encryption dispute
March 13, 2016 (2016-03-13) 0.96[75]
Other segments: 2016 United States presidential election, International Women's Day, Switzerland's Day of the Sick
Guests:
Rich Sommer, Jake Lacy, Eugene Mirman, and Michelle Trachtenberg
65 6
Proposal for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico
March 20, 2016 (2016-03-20) 0.93[76]
Other segments: 2015–16 protests in Brazil and Petrobras scandal, Merrick Garland Supreme Court nomination
66 7
Congressional fundraising
April 3, 2016 (2016-04-03) 0.95[77]
Other segments: 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, 2016 Opening Day in baseball and the New York Yankees
Guest: Steve Israel
67 8
Credit scores in the United States (Equifax, Experian, TransUnion) and background checks
April 10, 2016 (2016-04-10) 0.91[78]
Segments: Panama Papers, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley's alleged ethics violations
Guest: Yo-Yo Ma (voice only)
68 9
Flint water crisis and lead poisoning
April 17, 2016 (2016-04-17) 0.85[79]
Other segments: Vladimir Putin's annual call-in show, reactions to the Panama Papers in the United Kingdom, Böhmermann affair
69 10
Puerto Rican government-debt crisis
April 24, 2016 (2016-04-24) 1.34[80]
Other segments: President Obama's visit to Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom, Norway Minister of Migration's policies on asylum seekers
Guest: Lin-Manuel Miranda
70 11
Scientific research and science journalism
May 8, 2016 (2016-05-08) 1.42[81]
Other segments: 2016 Republican Party presidential primaries, 2016 Philippine general election and candidate Rodrigo Duterte, 7th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea
Guests: Michael Torpey, H. Jon Benjamin, Peter Grosz, B. D. Wong, and Sunita Mani
71 12
911 emergency telephone number
May 15, 2016 (2016-05-15) 1.38[82]
Other segments: Donald Trump presidential campaign, Elizabeth II filmed calling Chinese officials "very rude", Budweiser beer renamed as America Beer, Paul LePage
Guests: Wendi McLendon-Covey and Rob Riggle
72 13
Democratic and Republican presidential primaries and the primary process
May 22, 2016 (2016-05-22) 1.27[83]
Other segments: Ongoing Venezuelan protests, Elbowgate, Ramzan Kadyrov
73 14
Debt buying industry
June 5, 2016 (2016-06-05) 1.61[84]
Other segments: Legal affairs of Donald Trump, Trump University
74 15
Retirement plans and financial advisers
June 12, 2016 (2016-06-12) 1.21[85]
Other segments: 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, Hillary Clinton becoming the Democratic presumptive nominee and social media in the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign
Guests: Billy Eichner and Kristin Chenoweth
75 16
United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, 2016
June 19, 2016 (2016-06-19) 1.44[86]
Other segments: 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, National Rifle Association, Dickey Amendment (1996)
76 17
2016 Summer Olympics and doping in sports
June 26, 2016 (2016-06-26) 1.53[87]
Other segments: Aftermath of the United Kingdom EU membership referendum
Guests: Matt Walsh, Derek Klena, and Campbell Scott (voice only)
77 18
2016 Republican National Convention
July 24, 2016 (2016-07-24) 1.09[88]
Other segments: 2016 Democratic vice presidential selection, Boris Johnson being named as UK Foreign Secretary, campaign songs
Guests: Josh Groban, Usher, Cyndi Lauper, Dan Reynolds, Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Sheryl Crow, John Mellencamp, and Michael Bolton
78 19
2016 Democratic National Convention
July 31, 2016 (2016-07-31) 1.27[89]
Other segments: Voter ID laws in the United States, 2016 Turkish purges
79 20
Decline of newspapers in the United States
August 7, 2016 (2016-08-07) 1.01[90]
Other segments: 2016 Summer Olympics opening ceremony
Guests: Bobby Cannavale, Rose Byrne, Dylan Baker, Brian Doyle-Murray, Mahershala Ali, and Jason Sudeikis
80 21
Car finance and subprime lending
August 14, 2016 (2016-08-14) 0.97[91]
Other segments: Donald Trump controversies, American Petroleum Institute lobbying
Guests: Lindsey Broad, Evan Hoyt Thompson, Keegan-Michael Key, and Bob Balaban
81 22
Charter schools in the United States
August 21, 2016 (2016-08-21) 1.15[92]
Other segments: Ryan Lochte Olympic scandal, Donald Trump presidential campaign, 2016
Guest: Will Arnett (voice only)
82 23
Hillary Clinton's controversies and Donald Trump's controversies
September 25, 2016 (2016-09-25) 0.88[93]
Other segments: Shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, Wells Fargo account creation scandal
83 24
Police accountability and police reform
October 2, 2016 (2016-10-02) 1.10[94]
Other segments: First United States presidential debate, Alicia Machado, Wells Fargo followup
84 25
Guantanamo Bay detention camp
October 9, 2016 (2016-10-09) 1.08[95]
Other segments: Donald Trump Access Hollywood controversy, Ramzan Kadyrov
85 26
Jill Stein presidential campaign, 2016 and Gary Johnson presidential campaign, 2016
October 16, 2016 (2016-10-16) 1.34[96]
Other segments: Donald Trump presidential campaign, 2016
86 27
Opioid abuse
October 23, 2016 (2016-10-23) 1.18[97]
Other segments: Third presidential debate, Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner
87 28
School segregation in the United States
October 30, 2016 (2016-10-30) 1.03[98]
Other segments: Renewed investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails, 2016
88 29
Multi-level marketing
November 6, 2016 (2016-11-06) 1.05[99]
Segments: United States elections, 2016
Guest: Jaime Camil
89 30
2016 United States election results
November 13, 2016 (2016-11-13) 1.17[100]
Other segments: Media of the United States
Guests: Weird Al Yankovic, Larry Wilmore, Amy Schumer, Larry David, Jeffrey Tambor, Billy Eichner, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, and Kathy Griffin

Season 4 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Main segment Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
90 1 February 12, 2017 (2017-02-12)[101] TBD
91 2 February 19, 2017 (2017-02-19)[101] TBD
92 3 February 26, 2017 (2017-02-26)[101] TBD
93 4 March 5, 2017 (2017-03-05)[101] TBD
94 5 March 12, 2017 (2017-03-12)[101] TBD

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