John Oliver’s criticisms of the American legal system are always informative and backed up with clips from crappy American television, but he took his tried and true practice to new heights on Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”
Above, Oliver discusses the inequality in the justice system, especially when it comes to bail. Many Americans can’t afford to pay bail and plead guilty to their crimes whether or not they actually did anything wrong. With clips from “Jersey Shore,” a victim of bail inequality, suspected murderer Robert Durst (who was famously interviewed in HBO’s “The Jinx”), and many more visual aids leading to apt jabs, the lengthy segment is worth the investment.
Oliver shows the serious injustices in the legal system while poking fun at American TV’s portrayal of it, most famously in A&E’s “Dog the Bounty Hunter.” To take it a step further, he shows a fairer version of the reality show called “Pretrial Services,” featuring some of the key figures in the law system, including receptionist Debra “The Viper” and pee-sniffer Gerald “The Nose” (plus a cameo from Dennis Duffy!).
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” airs Sundays at 11pm on HBO.