Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Organ and Body Donations Season 10, Ep 19
This week... Henry Kissinger died at age 100. George Santos was expelled from the US House of Representatives for ethics violations. And Now: People On TV Talk About AI The Only Way They Know How (in terms of the Terminator movies). Main story: on organ and body donations, organs for medical use, and bodies for scientific use. Organ donations are wildly popular, with 42,000 yearly transplants, but with a waiting list of over 100,000 people, and with 17 people dying every day waiting for a transplant. Are there problems with the systems set up to handle organ and body donations and where they go? And could there be ways in which rich people manage to jump the line for a transplant? Hint: yes. On Youtube (32 minutes). [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Dollar Stores Season 10, Ep 18
This week.... Fox Business asks Fabio for opinions on the Israel-Hamas war. The House passes a bill to prevent a government shutdown before the end of the year, but was also marked by multiple congresspeople insulting and even threatening each other. And Now: You'll Never Guess Where Fox's Pete Hegseth Went To College. (Princeton) Main story: Dollar stores, specifically Dollar General and Dollar Tree (which also owns Family Dollar), and how terribly they treat their employees. Dollar General has been called the worst retail job in America. Often a single employee runs the entire store at a given moment. The median Dollar General employee makes $18,352 a year. The piece finishes up with a trademark fake promo for a store called "Dollar Bucket." On Youtube. (22 minutes) Finally, an update on the New Zealand Bird of the Century poll, their sponsored bird, the pūteketeke, won the poll with over 22 times the votes that the second-place finisher, the kiwi, got. The organization that ran the poll was Forest & Bird, who are selling metal sculptures of the winning bird (with a removable John Oliver that can ride on its back) at the site metalbird.com. Last Week Tonight is off next week.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The Israel-Hamas War Season 10, Ep 17
This week... the main story is about the Israel-Hamas war, specifically about their leaders, "how they came to power, whose interests they do and don't represent, and what role they played in bringing us to this current conflict." Hamas undermined the efforts of the previous poltical party Fatah, which had been pursuing peace; and Netanhayu is currently widely reviled within Israel by those who blame him for the security lapses that allowed Hamas to attack, but has long had other very troubling issues, and currently presides over the most right-wing government in Israel's history. (On Youtube, 32 minutes) And Now: Rachel Campos-Duffy Really, Really Needs You To Know That Her Husband Was Once In Congress. Concluding the episode is an update over the New Zealand Bird of the Century election. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Abortion Rights Season 10, Ep 16
This week... Ron DeSantis claims he doesn't wear lifts in his shoes. Main story: the fight to preserve abortion access in US states. "[...A] truly horrible thing to have to add to the list of things that pregnant women are not safe to do. So it's now officially: ride a roller coaster, eat sushi, dye your roots, and simply exist in the State of Texas." It's on Youtube (23 minutes). And Now: It Was Halloween, And Local TV Hosts Did What They Always Do. And finally, New Zealand is having a poll to decide their "Bird of the Century," and Last Week Tonight is waging an "alarmingly aggressive" campaign on behalf of the Pūteketeke, a.k.a. the Australasian crested grebe. The website of their campaign is here. [more inside]
Scavengers Reign: The Signal Season 1, Ep 1
After their deep-space freighter is damaged, the stranded crew of the Demeter must fight to survive on a beautiful yet dangerous planet. (series trailer)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Chocolate Season 10, Ep 15
This week, on Not-Bill-Maher.... Republicans choose Mike Johnson to be Speaker of the House. Argentina failed to elect a President last week, with one of the two front-runners being Javier Milei, a self-described "anarcho-capitalist," but described as John Oliver as "a lot," and "a politician who workshops his ideas with his four dog." (not a typo) And Now: Dagen McDowell Seems Like She Was A Fun Kid. Main story: Chocolate. And the show is up front: "Are you going to make this weird for me?" Yep. Because the great majority of farmers who grow cocoa do not share in the profits of this $140 billion dollar industry. 60% of cocoa comes from Ivory Coast and Ghana, where most farmers live in extreme poverty. (On Youtube, 23 minutes) And Now: Local Law Enforcement Agencies Go All Out With Their Halloween Safety PSAs. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: McKinsey Season 10, Ep 14
This week... things that continue: the hostage situation in Gaza, the US House continues failing to elect a new Speaker, and New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez facing corruption charges. And Now: Some Things That Turn Stuart Varney On. The main story is management consultants McKinsey & Company, a gigantic organization that advises huge corporations and government agencies alike. They have a pretty high opinion of themselves, while keeping a low profile. "They are, without question, the go-to consultants for managers seeking justification for savage cost cutting[...]as well as a convenient scapegoat on which to blame it." (Duff McDonald, The Firm: The Story of McKinsey and Its Secret Influence) The episode finishes with a LWT-made "commercial" for McKinsey, who are "capable of anything, and culpable for nothing." The McKinsey segment is on Youtube. (27 minutes) [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Food Safety and the FDA Season 10, Ep 13
This week... a cold open about the situation in Gaza. The US House voted out Speaker Kevin McCarthy, and replacing him won't be easy. And Now: Jim Cramer Is Totally Untroubled By His Haters. The main story (Youtube, 20 minutes) involves food safety and the failings of the Food & Drug Administration in ensuring it. And Now: Check Out The Sexual Tension Between Fox Business' Liz Claman And Charlie Gasparino. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Homeschooling Season 10, Ep 12
This week.... Kevin McCarthy is dumped as US Speaker of the House, and there are a number of troubling things about Franklin, Tennessee mayoral candidate and MAGA supporter Gabrielle Hanson. And Now: People On TV Share Increasingly Unhinged Conspiracy Theories About Taylor Swift. The main story has to do with homeschooling, which is rarely regulated due in large part to the efforts of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDS), the "NRA of homeschooling." (On Youtube, 25 minutes) And Now: The Surprising Importance of Emojis on 'Divorce Court.'💦🍆🥒🍑 [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Prison Health Care Season 10, Ep 11
This week... the writer's strike is over, and it was successful! The show's been off for five months, and a number of things happened during that time (see inside). And Now: Local News Is Very Excited About What Week It Is (Fat Bear Week). Main story is about the woeful health care in US prisons, a shameful condition often belittled by the media. Yep, Last Week Tonight is back! (On Youtube, 19 minutes) And Now: Fall Is Here, And So Is Something Else (Pumpkin Spice Lattes). [more inside]
Avenue 5: Season 2 Season 2, Ep 0
5 months after the end of season one, we rejoin the stranded ship and her passengers on their epic journey. [more inside]
The aftermath of the kidnapping: children rebel against a father, a congregation splits, and a surprising kiss. [more inside]
Peter makes a power play. May-May makes a choice. Gideon makes a mess.
We’re in a golden age of male full-frontal nudity on television, in no small part thanks to the brave contributions of The Righteous Gemstones.
Full Circle: Charger Season 1, Ep 2
The McCuskers scramble to meet Aked's strangely specific demands, landing Derek in Washington Square Park. Amid personal and professional strife, Inspector Harmony stakes out the park as interweaving events come to a head.
Full Circle: Something Different Season 1, Ep 1
To reverse her fate, Mrs. Mahabir hatches a plan to kidnap celebrity chef Jeff McCusker's grandson Jared. [more inside]
The Righteous Gemstones: Interlude III Season 3, Ep 5
The world has survived Y2K, but will the Gemstone-Montgomery relationship? [more inside]
Drag performance artist Taylor Mac stages a monumental 24 hour marathon performance, examining the history of America through 24 decades of popular music, from a very queer and personal perspective. [more inside]
"Trust is the only thing keeping the entire house of cards standing. Without it, we're left with a shit-stained world full of liars and cheats."
The Gemstones host a cousins’ night, while (Uncle) Baby Billy pursues a new direction. Also, Lionel is a cousin. Don’t you forget that Lionel is a cousin.
Barry: a nice meal Season 4, Ep 7
“I was talking about office supplies!” [more inside]
Succession: Church and State Season 4, Ep 9
He was, uh, a great man in the, um... in the true sense... Sense of the world... word.
Barry: the wizard Season 4, Ep 6
Barry heads to LA to track down Cousineau. Fuches gets out of prison. Sally struggles to parent John. [more inside]
Succession: Tailgate Party Season 4, Ep 7
Hoping to work the angles, Kendall and Roman ask Shiv to invite a campaign insider to Logan’s pre-election day party.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Biden's Border Policy Season 10, Ep 10
This week.... Matthew McConaughey's had a five-and-a-half-hour-long "The Art of Livin'" Virtual Live Event that was bonkers. In the UK, they prepare for Charles' coronation despite facing serious economic problems. And Now: Is Matthew McConaughey OK? Main story: Biden, and the ways in which he's failed to live up to his campaign rhetoric regarding immigration, like the continued abuse of Title 42, a public health law, which began under Trump as a way to prevent access to immigrants and asylum seekers was began under Trump policy golem Stephen Miller, and which Biden has notably failed to stamp out." And Now: Wait, Did Tucker Carlson Know This Was Coming? (Statements Carlson has said on Fox News that could be seen to refer to his recent resignation-probable-firing.) On Youtube. (20 minutes) Finally, an update over the ads fo Radiant Plumbing and Air Conditioning, who makes strange and wonderful toilet-themed parodies of big movies for commercials. Last month LWT challenged them to make a toilet-themed commercial parody based on a movie of their choosing. They accepted in brilliant fashion, and the movie choice was, of all things, Magnolia. What they produced, awesomely, was... Magtoiletolia.
Barry: it takes a psycho Season 4, Ep 4
Barry's breakout looms over everyone around him. Sally coaches her new protegé. The Chechens' reappearance threatens Hank and Cristobal's new business venture.
Succession: Living+ Season 4, Ep 6
Ahead of Investor Day, Shiv weighs a proposal from Matsson, while Kendall and Roman each try to match Logan’s volatile leadership style.
Perry Mason: Chapter Sixteen Season 2, Ep 8
As the Gallardos prepare for the worst, Perry and his team work with an unlikely ally in their final push for justice.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Cryptocurrencies Again Season 10, Ep 9
This week.... Scotty Campbell, one of the Tennessee lawmakers who voted to expel two of his Democratic colleges for protesting against gun violence, was revealed himself to have sexually harassed at least one intern, and resigned his seat. The right flips out over an Instagram influencer promoting Bud Light because she was a trans woman. Main story: Cryptocurrency again, a look at three of the biggest collapses of recent months: Terra, Celsius and FTX. On Youtube (24 minutes). And Now: A Look At A Few More Of Jim Cramer's Great Calls. [more inside]
Perry Mason: Chapter Fifteen Season 2, Ep 7
Faced with career-ending accusations and potential jail time, Perry must turn to Strickland to stay ahead of the prosecution; Della presses Hamilton for answers; Paul enlists Clara to infiltrate a wealthy white suburb.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Farm Workers Season 10, Ep 8
This week.... Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota spoke at a NRA forum, claiming that it wasn't just a bunch of old white guys, to a crowd composed almost entirely of old white guys. Texas judge Kacsmaryk suspended the FDA's approval of a key component of medication abortions 23 years after the fact, using terrible reasoning to do so (MeFi). And Now: Did You Know Action News' Robert Grant Has A Fucking Dairy Allergy? Main story: Farm workers (Youtube, 25 minutes), most of whom in the US are foreign-born and undocumented, are badly treated, work in dangerous conditions, are woefully paid, and can legally be as young as twelve, and yet are incredibly essential to agriculture, which is messed up. The closing segment (of a parody "Farming Simulator 2023") was narrated by Nick Offerman. [more inside]
Barry: bestest place on earth Season 4, Ep 2
Barry gets an unexpected visitor. Hank and Cristobal attempt to restart their operations. Gene tells his story. Sally deals with the aftermath of having dated Barry.
Barry: yikes Season 4, Ep 1
Barry deals with his past in prison while finding Fuches with him. Sally returns home. Gene has a spark of new fame after his help with capturing Barry.
Succession: Honeymoon States Season 4, Ep 4
At a family gathering, certain long-standing tensions between the Roy siblings are once again underscored. [more inside]
Perry Mason: Chapter 14 Season 2, Ep 6
Perry gets vital intel from Holcomb. Della grills Councilman Taylor. Armed with damning evidence, the prosecution aims to derail the case.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Homeowners Associations Season 10, Ep 7
In the aftermath of yet another school shooting, children gathered outside the Tenessee courthouse chanting "Fuck Bill Lee!" due to the grossly underwhelming response from Republicans to the shooting, who expelled two House members because they had the temerity to side with the students. And Now: It's Easter, The Most Terrifying Time Of The Year." Main story: Homeowners Associations, much-hated, often-tyrannical groups that 29% of Americans must live with, a figure that's rapidly growing because over 80% of new homes are covered by one. They have been called "the most significant privatization of local government responsibilities in recent times." They sometimes function like small governments, but without any of the strictures that governments have. They can be astoundingly petty, and that's not even getting into how they can be the tools of racists. It's just one more way that people often get screwed over in the United States. On Youtube (25 minutes). The piece is concluded by a short segment depicting what it would be like if HOAs were forced to tell people what they may be in for. For people 35 or younger, who likely will never even be able to own a home, LWT has prepared an alternate story, A History of Chuck E. Cheese, a 28-minute video that can been seen at lastsqueaktonight.com. [more inside]
Succession: Connor’s Wedding Season 4, Ep 3
Before heading to Europe to meet with Matsson face-to-face, Logan tasks Roman with implementing an first step in his strategic refocus.
Perry Mason: Chapter Thirteen Season 2, Ep 5
Facing life in prison, Rafael recounts a deadly incident caused by the McCutcheons. Paul searches for a possible accomplice.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Solitairy Confinement Season 10, Ep 6
This week.... France experiences unrest after Macron submits a plan to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64. And Now: The Last Remaining Sliver of Morality in Tucker Carlson's Head Tries To Give Him Some Advice. Main Story: the massive inhumanity of solitary confinement in prisons, a practice that the Supreme Court in 1890 ruled made prisoners "violently insane," and the reliance placed upon it by the U.S. prison system now, no matter what euphamism is used for it. On Youtube (20 minutes) And Now: Nobody Reports The News Like FOX 26's Isiah Carey. Finally, Last Week Tonight presents their newest character (a year early): Mickey Mouse! [more inside]
Perry Mason: Chapter Twelve Season 2, Ep 4
Paul’s shocking discovery brings the brothers’ testimony into question. Perry pursues a plea deal. Della continues her search for answers.
Succession: The Munsters Season 4, Ep 1
As Kendall, Shiv, and Roman hone their pitch for investors in LA, Logan learns of a rival bid on a long-coveted acquisition.
Perry Mason: Chapter Eleven Season 2, Ep 3
Given three weeks to work the case, Perry and Della try to build a defense for their clients, while Paul chases leads in the Hooverville.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Timeshares Season 10, Ep 5
This week... it's slightly possible that maybe it could occur that Trump will be arrested soon, and he seems to be taking it "well." The fallout from the failure of Silicon Valley Bank continues. And Now: For St. Patrick's Day, Local News Did What They Always Fucking Do. The main story is on timeshares (on Youtube, 26 minutes), or as they're sometimes rebranded now, "Vacation Clubs," or "Vacation Ownership Plans." People are pressured to buy them on vacation, salespeople have diminished responsibility when they lie about them, and 85% of timeshare buyers come to regret their purchase, which are often subject to a "non-cancellable perpetuity clause," that can be an outright burden on the people they're left to in estates if they don't fire a disclaiming document within nine months. As the show tells us, timeshares suck, and companies that claim they can get you out of timeshares suck more. The show welcome's back John's "wife," Wanda Jo Oliver, to tell us about her new "company," Timeshare Exit2, which "has over 9.3 billion customers, and a 200% satisfaction rate!" [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: TANF Misuse Rewatch Season 10, Ep 4
This week... News on Dominion Voting System's defamation case against Fox News indicating that neither Fox's hosts nor Rupert Murdoch believed Trump's claims of election fraud, with Tucker Carlson being captured in a text as saying, "I hate him passionately." Tennessee passes a drag show ban, because that's the biggest problem facing the state? The anti-LGBT bills come by way of Lt. Governor Randy McNally, who as it turns out has been commenting on social media about racy photos from a gay male influencer. And Now: Happy International Women's Day, From The Men Of Local News. It's as awkward as you think it is. Main story: TANF (on Youtube, 23 minutes), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. A lot of athletic (for some reason) celebrities are involved, but that obscures the fact hat the $77 million dollars that were misspent in Mississippi caused real harm. But Mississippi is far from alone in abusing the federal TANF program, with states ranging from using it for scolarships to well-to-do families to crisis pregnancy centers to literally nothing at all. Ugh. And Now: The Humble Beginnings of Rachael Ray. [more inside]
Perry Mason: Chapter 10 Season 2, Ep 2
While the DA focuses on two brothers from Hooverville as their prime suspects, a discovery pushes Perry closer to the case.
The Last of Us: Look for the Light Books Included Season 1, Ep 9
A pregnant Anna places her trust in a lifelong friend. Later, Joel and Ellie near the end of their journey. [more inside]
Perry Mason: Chapter 9 Season 2, Ep 1
As Perry grapples with a new career, Della keeps the firm afloat. Paul accepts a questionable job. Holcomb partners with a powerful ally.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Ron DeSantis Season 10, Ep 3
This week... leading off with the main story, on Ron DeSantis, who has been doing a lot of horrible things as the governor of the US State of Florida, trying to position himself as the Republican nominee for President over the head of that other horrible person. And Now: Jerry O'Connell's Wife is a Scorpio, And He Needs Help. A final word on the TV ads of local business Radiant Plumbing which includes, among many others, Mister Scream, The Toiletnator, The Toilet Exorcist and... Toilet Dune. Last Week Tonight challenged Radiant Plumbing to make their next commercial based on their prompt sight-unseen, in exchange for a $10K food bank contribution, and Radiant Plumbing has already agreed, in classic fashion. [more inside]
The Last of Us: When We Are In Need Books Included Season 1, Ep 8
Ellie crosses paths with a vengeful group of survivors - and draws the attention of its leader. A weakened Joel faces a new threat. [more inside]
The Last of Us: When We Are In Need Show Only Season 1, Ep 8
Ellie struggles to keep Joel alive, but in order to do that she'll have to deal the violent members of a new group.