A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Implied in the satirical take on the news is that people should care about the world around them.
Positive Role Models
John Oliver is a British actor and political satirist; his points of view often reflect his international background. He's funny, but can also be intense and a bit crass.
Violence & Scariness
Occasionally stories deal with violent events, like riots or animal attacks.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional nudity. Skits rarely include close-ups of male and female genitals and video excerpts from pornographic films. If sexual scandals are in the news, they're discussed.
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Curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are frequently used without any bleeping.
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Products & Purchases
Commercial brands like Kellogg's and various franchises are often the subjects discussed. Twitter and YouTube are also referenced.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Video footage of newscasts and other TV programs showing people drinking alcohol (hard liquor) and acting inappropriately.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Last Week with John Oliver is a news- and current event-driven talk show intended for older viewers. Discussions of topics ranging from politics and national security to social issues like racism are smart and humorous, but contain lots of cursing ("s--t," "f--k") and sarcastic insults. Occasionally stories touch on violent events, but nothing is really shown. Older teens who with an eye toward politics and current events will enjoy it, but it's not intended for tweens or young teens.
Is It Any Good?
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.