Parents' Guide to

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Funny, smart news-driven talk show with strong language.

TV HBO Reality TV 2014
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 2+

Everyone should watch

Disabuse yourself of bs.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 16+

Serious topics delivered in a unique format

John Oliver delivers information on the worlds most pressing issues (some of which you will have never heard of). He uses comedy to emphasize his points and deliver serious news in an approachable way. This often includes mentions of sex, which can become pretty graphic, and cussing (the versions on YouTube do not have these words bleeped usually). This show is definitely not appropriate for a mixed audience, or anyone under 16. That all said, this is a FANTASTIC show.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (13 ):

From discussing the top stories being highlighted in U.S. mainstream media, to talking about the problems with things like food labeling, intelligence gathering, and professional cheerleading, John Oliver offers a comic but smart perspective on North American political, economic, and social issues. He also highlights issues abroad that he believes the United States should be paying attention to, many of which he argues will have an impact on the country.

The show is funny, but what makes it interesting is Oliver's unique ability to use humor and parody to offer intelligent explanations, commentaries, and of course, criticisms of the way the United States articulates what is important and relevant in today's society. The variety of quick sketches, including quick musical interludes by singers like Lisa Loeb, and interviews with folks like former NSA director General Keith Alexander, also underscore important points while making you chuckle. If you like this kind political satire and social commentary, watching this won't leave you disappointed.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: April 27, 2014
  • Cast: John Oliver
  • Network: HBO
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-MA
  • Award: Emmy
  • Last updated: December 21, 2022

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