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  • 2015-02-09T04:00:00Z on HBO
  • 30 mins
  • 17 hours, 38 mins (35 episodes)
  • United States
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  • Comedy, Talk Show, News
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35 episodes

2x01 Marketing to Doctors

  • Season Premiere

    2015-02-09T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars marketing drugs to doctors. We have a few issues with that.

RadioShack has filed for bankruptcy. We've helped them create a farewell message.

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa.

2x02 Tobacco

  • 2015-02-16T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Thanks to tobacco industry regulations and marketing restrictions in the US, smoking rates have dropped dramatically. John Oliver explains how tobacco companies are keeping their business strong overseas.

We've noticed that the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue still exists but can’t quite figure out why.

2x03 Elected Judges

  • 2015-02-23T04:00:00Z — 29 mins

The vast majority of US judges are elected, forcing many judges to pander to the electorate and accept campaign money in order to keep their jobs. This seems slightly troubling...

The UK's Labour Party has painted a campaign van pink in an attempt to attract women voters. We are glad they didn't keep going with that strategy.

2x04 Infrastructure

  • 2015-03-02T04:00:00Z — 29 mins

America's crumbling infrastructure: It's not a sexy problem, but it is a scary one.

2x05 U.S. Territories

  • 2015-03-09T03:00:00Z — 30 mins

A set of Supreme Court decisions made over 100 years ago has left U.S. territories without meaningful representation. That’s weird, right?

Daylight saving time doesn’t actually benefit anyone. Strangely, it’s still a thing!

2x06 The NCAA

  • 2015-03-16T03:00:00Z — 30 mins

The NCAA doesn’t pay athletes because they consider them amateurs. The NCAA considers them amateurs because they don’t get paid.

2x07 Municipal Violations

  • 2015-03-23T03:00:00Z — 30 mins

If you have money, committing a municipal violation may pose you a minor inconvenience. If you don’t, it can ruin your life.

The New Hampshire legislature refused to make the red-tailed hawk the official raptor of their state...so we made it the official raptor of our show.

2x08 Government Surveillance

  • 2015-04-06T03:00:00Z — 45 mins

There are very few government checks on what America’s sweeping surveillance programs are capable of doing. John Oliver sits down with Edward Snowden to discuss the NSA, the balance between privacy and security, and dick-pics.

2x09 The IRS

  • 2015-04-13T03:00:00Z — 30 mins

Nobody likes the IRS. But recent budget and staff cuts have made it increasingly difficult for the department to do its very important job. Don’t take our word for it. Ask Michael Bolton.

2x10 Patents

  • 2015-04-20T03:00:00Z — 30 mins

For inventors, patents are an essential protection against theft. But when patent trolls abuse the system by stockpiling patents and threatening lawsuits, businesses are forced to shell out tons of money.

CNN produced an actual doomsday video to broadcast when the world is ending and it’s incredibly dull. We've enlisted Martin Sheen to help make humanity’s final moments happier!

2x11 Fashion

  • 2015-04-27T03:00:00Z — 30 mins

Trendy clothes are cheaper than ever. That sounds great for the people who buy them, but it's horrible for the people who make them.

2x12 Standardized Testing

  • 2015-05-04T03:00:00Z — 30 mins

American students face a ridiculous amount of testing. John Oliver explains how standardized tests impact school funding, the achievement gap, how often kids are expected to throw up.

2x13 Paid Family Leave

  • 2015-05-11T03:00:00Z — 29 mins

Many American companies do not offer paid leave after the birth of a child, which means they probably shouldn’t run sappy Mother’s Day ads.

2x14 Episode 38

  • 2015-05-18T03:00:00Z — 30 mins

John Oliver explains how chicken farming can be unfair, punishing, and inhumane. And not just for the chickens!

2x15 FIFA II

  • 2015-06-01T03:00:00Z — 30 mins

After the arrests of numerous top officials, John Oliver decided to give an update on the state of FIFA.

2x16 Bail

  • 2015-06-08T03:00:00Z — 30 mins

John Oliver explains why America’s bail system is better for the reality tv industry than it is for the justice system.

2x17 Torture

  • 2015-06-15T03:00:00Z — 30 mins

The US Senate Torture Report revealed horrifying details of America's interrogation program. Helen Mirren will fill you in.

2x18 Online Harassment

  • 2015-06-22T03:00:00Z — 29 mins

Online harassment is a major problem, but it’s rarely prosecuted. If only we’d been warned about this in the early days of the internet.

2x19 Transgender Rights

  • 2015-06-29T03:00:00Z — 30 mins

This week’s gay rights victory was historic, but the transgender community still faces staggering challenges. John Oliver focuses on the “T” in “LGBT."

2x20 Stadiums

  • 2015-07-13T03:00:00Z — 29 mins

Cities spend massive amounts of public money on privately-owned stadiums. Cities issue tax-exempt municipal bonds that — wait, don’t fall asleep!

2x21 Food Waste

  • 2015-07-20T03:00:00Z — 30 mins

Producers, sellers, and consumers waste tons of food. John Oliver discusses the shocking amount of food we don’t eat.

Mandatory minimums require fixed prison sentences for certain crimes. John Oliver explains why we treat some turkeys better than most low-level offenders.

2x23 Washington D.C. Statehood

  • 2015-08-03T03:00:00Z — 30 mins

Washington DC experiences taxation without representation. It's also missing from rhyming state songs. John Oliver and a group of singing children fix one of these problems.

2x24 Sex Education

  • 2015-08-10T03:00:00Z — 30 mins

Sex education varies widely between school districts, leaving many teens without comprehensive information. We made a video that covers what some schools are too embarrassed to teach.

2x25 Televangelists

  • 2015-08-17T03:00:00Z — 30 mins

U.S. tax law allows television preachers to get away with almost anything. We know this from personal experience.

2x26 LGBT Discrimination

  • 2015-08-24T03:00:00Z — 29 mins

This year’s gay marriage ruling was a milestone, but LGBT discrimination is still surprisingly legal. John Oliver explains why we need a federal anti-discrimination law.

2x27 Public Defenders

  • 2015-09-14T03:00:00Z — 30 mins

The Miranda warning includes the right to a public defender. It doesn’t include the fact that public defenders are highly overworked and grossly underpaid.

2x28 Migrants and Refugees

  • 2015-09-28T03:00:00Z — 29 mins

Millions of migrants seeking asylum in Europe face hostility, racism, and red tape. John Oliver does one admittedly tiny thing for one of them.

2x29 Mental Health

  • 2015-10-05T03:00:00Z — 30 mins

John Oliver explains how our national system of treating mental health works, or more often than not, how it doesn’t.

2x30 North Dakota

  • 2015-10-12T03:00:00Z — 30 mins

North Dakota is known for being polite, but perhaps they’ve been a little too hospitable to oil companies.

2x31 Canada

  • 2015-10-19T03:00:00Z — 30 mins

Canada is about to have a major election. John Oliver enlists Mike Myers, a beaver, and a moose to give voters some advice.

2x33 Prisoner Re-entry

  • 2015-11-09T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

United Kingdom proposed online mass surveillance law, Veterans Day, Washington Redskin trademark, Prisoner Reentry. Interview with Bilal Chapman.

2x34 Daily Fantasy Sports

  • 2015-11-16T04:00:00Z — 31 mins

John talks about the recent Paris attacks, China's Singles Day, the Koh-i-Noor diamond and Daily Fantasy Sports.

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