Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: Season 2 (2015)


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Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

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Air date: Feb 8, 2015
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John Oliver's satirical look at the previous week's news, politics and headlines.

Critic Reviews for Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Season 2

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver is foul mouthed, scabrous, sometimes wickedly offensive, but also achingly funny.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

[Oliver has] provided his own unique, informative spin on making the news eschewing interviews for longer in depth segments about subjects that usually aren't covered anywhere else on television.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Oliver makes these segments digestible through humour, breaking information down into ways which the average viewer can easily understand with little effort.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Taking on one controversial topic after another, host John Oliver never fails to stir up the conversation that leaves audiences fired up well into Monday morning.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

As [the show's] work in 2015 proved time and again, they're pulling it off with flying colors, going places that other popular news programs won't even tread.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Oliver's show stands out for its investigations into topics as varied as the militarization of the police state, Net neutrality and Argentina's debt crisis.

Jun 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: Season 2

  • Mar 08, 2016
    A social commentary with a conscious that isn't afraid to shine a light on issues that deserve more recognition. Through the use of analogies, comedy and publicly available facts, John Oliver packages his pieces in an interesting and entertaining format. Well worth the 20 minutes. You may not agree with all his views, but you have to admire his brutal honesty and willingness to show how entities with an interest shape the truth in their favour - usually with the intention of maximizing their power/finances, and at to the expense of the general public ie the environment & oil co's, predatory lending, tobacco co's, sugar & health ramifications, etc etc etc).
  • Mar 02, 2016
    John Oliver is a genius!!!
  • Dec 19, 2015
    Every week John Oliver details the main events of the week, makes a few jokes about them (often at politicians' expense) and then unveils a piece of damning investigative journalism so important and thorough you wonder why some more mainstream news show didn't do it. The revelations often leave you appalled at what is going on, and wonder why nothing is being done about it. Not only do Oliver and his team expose the injustices and scams of society, they often do something about it, creating characters or organisations to mock the villains. Now, if you're thinking, well Jon Stewart did this first, on The Daily Show - not really. Yes, John Oliver was a contributor to The Daily Show and, to an extent, honed his craft there, but this is far better than The Daily Show in terms of investigative journalism. In fact, calling The Daily Show investigative journalism does journalism a disservice. Stewart's idea of journalism was to take a story, generally involving a right wing organisation or person, and mock it/them, sometimes using disinformation or misinformation, in what was really a a very primitive, uninformed editorial. If somebody pointed out the inaccuracy of his editorial, his defence was always "Hey, we're a comedy show, what do you expect!?". Fine, but then don't behave like you're an authority on the matter... Don't get me wrong - I enjoyed The Daily Show immensely..for its comedy. Stewart should avoid trying to pretend he is an authoritative political pundit. This is why I preferred The Colbert Report - Colbert never took himself seriously. On the other hand, John Oliver is setting out to objectively, thoroughly and accurately expose evils in society. No half- measures, no playing to the gallery, no lazy journalism, no relying on political stereotypes. Most importantly - no safety net. No fallback of "it's just comedy" as that would totally devalue his show and any future articles. Well, that was until late-Season 3. The lure of easy, cheap Trump jokes could not be resisted and unfortunately that's all the show now seems to consist of. I'm no fan of Donald Trump, and the man and his antics beg to be parodied, but Oliver's obsession with him and his one-dimensional, cheap-laugh ridiculing of him got very tedious very quickly. It all just smacks of lazy writing and lack of originality. Gone are the fresh perspectives and thorough research, replaced by predictable jokes. After, at one stage, being a massive fan of the show, I gave up after two episodes of Season 4.
  • Oct 12, 2015
    Way way way better than Stewart, Colbert, Noah. The way he combines comedy with real life issues in America is just tremendous. Season 2 was even better than the first.
  • May 21, 2015
    Arguably the voice of the current generation with John Stewart stepping aside, and the late night host who seems most fit to tackle the serious subjects/interviews, in this post-Letterman world we are embarking into.
  • May 15, 2015
    The show continues to be the best of its type with John Oliver's wit and HBO's budget providing insightful commentary juxtaposing hilarious satire

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