Real Time with Bill Maher

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  • TV-MA
  • 2003
  • 20 Seasons
  • 7.4  (13,681)

Many people believe that comedy and politics should not mix, but Bill Maher does not agree. Maher is well-known to comedy audiences as a stand-up comic who has been performing for several years, but he is also an outspoken advocate for a number of political issues. This makes him the ideal host for a show like Real Time with Bill Maher. Airing weekly on HBO, Real Time with Bill Maher is a program that revolves around its host and his political leanings, but it also includes discussion and debate from a panel of guests, many of whom come from different sides of the ideological divide. It is this mix of conservatives and liberals along with politicians and comedians that gives the show its spark, and Maher acts as the perfect moderator and ringleader. Real Time with Bill Maher is an hour-long program that airs each Friday on HBO. One of the most interesting aspects of the program is that it airs live, meaning that anything can happen. This provides for some spirited debates given the show's unrehearsed and mostly unscripted nature. A typical episode will begin with a sketch or a satirical bit involving events which are currently in the news. This is followed by a monologue delivered by the host. Before the panel comes out to have its discussion, Maher usually interviews an important political or social figure either in the studio or via satellite. After the one-on-one interview, Maher introduces the three guests who will appear on that episode's panel. The panel segment of the program is the centerpiece of each show, and it typically produces the most noteworthy segments. This is because the guests often enter into fiery arguments with one another. However, things are not allowed to spin out of control thanks to Maher's ability to reign discussions back in to the topics at hand. Maher is a master of this, and he does so with agile humor and charm. The panel discussion is usually followed by another comedy bit, another one-on-one interview with a guest and the famous New Rules segment in which Maher goes through a list of humorous suggestions for rules that society should follow. Real Time with Bill Maher is a comedy show, but it also adds important discussions to the arena of politics. This makes the show very rare, and it is why so many people tune in each week. The show is live and includes language that is meant for adults, so it is not for everyone. However, people who want to laugh while staying engaged in the political discussion love receiving their weekly dose of Maher and his program.

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Matthew Perry, Laura Coates, Jonathan Haidt
35. Matthew Perry, Laura Coates, Jonathan Haidt
November 18, 2022
The season finale features a one-on-one interview with is an actor, comedian and author of the New York Times best-selling memoir, "Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing," Matthew Perry. This week's panel discussion includes CNN anchor and host of SiriusXM's "The Laura Coates Show," Laura Coates; and social psychologist at NYU's Stern School of Business and co-author of "The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation For Failure," Jonathan Haidt.
Jared Polis, Robert Costa, Ro Khanna
34. Jared Polis, Robert Costa, Ro Khanna
November 11, 2022
Guests: Colorado governor Jared Polis; CBS election correspondent Robert Costa; Democratic congressman Ro Khanna.
Richard Reeves, Maggie Haberman, Fareed Zakaria
33. Richard Reeves, Maggie Haberman, Fareed Zakaria
November 4, 2022
This week features a one-on-one interview with Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of the book "OfBoys and Men: Why the Modern Male Is Struggling, Why It Matters, and What to Do About It," Richard Reeves. This week's panel discussion includes senior political correspondent for The New York Times and author of "Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America," Maggie Haberman;and The Washington Post columnist and host of CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS," Fareed Zakaria.
Quentin Tarantino, Gillian Tett, Yuval Noah Harari
32. Quentin Tarantino, Gillian Tett, Yuval Noah Harari
October 28, 2022
This week features a one-on-one interview with filmmaker, screenwriter and author, whose new book "Cinema Speculation" is out on November 1, Quentin Tarantino. This week's panel discussion includes chair of the editorial board and U.S. editor-at-large of the Financial Times and author of "Anthro-Vision: A New Way to See in Business and Life," Gillian Tett;and professor in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and author of the new book for teens, "Unstoppable Us, Volume 1: How Humans Took Over the World," Yuval Noah Harari.
Benjamin Netanyahu, Michael Smerconish, Neil Degrasse Tyson
31. Benjamin Netanyahu, Michael Smerconish, Neil Degrasse Tyson
October 14, 2022
This week features a one-on-one interview with former Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. This week's panel discussion includes columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, host of SiriusXM's "The Michael Smerconish Show," and host of CNN's "Smerconish,"Michael Smerconish; and astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History, host of the podcast "StarTalk," and author of the new book, "Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization," Neil Degrasse Tyson.
Chris Wallace, Katty Kay, Chris Christie
30. Chris Wallace, Katty Kay, Chris Christie
October 7, 2022
This week features a one-on-one interview with CNN Anchor and Host of "Who's Talking to Chris Wallace?," Chris Wallace. This week's panel discussion includes Special Correspondent for BBC News and Host of the new documentary, "Trump: The Comeback?," Katty Kay; and former Republican Governor of New Jersey and Political and Legal Contributor for ABC News, Chris Christie.
Masih Alinejad, Van Jones, Caitlin Flanagan
29. Masih Alinejad, Van Jones, Caitlin Flanagan
September 30, 2022
Guests: Masih Alinejad, Van Jones, Caitlin Flanagan.
Michael Moore, Jonathan Lemire, Vivek Ramaswamy
28. Michael Moore, Jonathan Lemire, Vivek Ramaswamy
September 23, 2022
This week features a one-on-one interview with Academy Award®-winning filmmaker and host of the podcast "Rumble" with Michael Moore. This week's panel discussion will include Jonathan Lemire, White House Bureau Chief for Politico, host of MSNBC's "Way Too Early with Jonathan Lemire," and author of the new book, "The Big Lie: Election Chaos, Political Opportunism, and the State of American Politics After 2020"; and Vivek Ramaswamy, founder and Executive Chairman of Strive Asset Management and New York Times bestselling author of the new book "Nation of Victims: Identity Politics, the Death of Merit, and the Path Back to Excellence."
Trace Adkins, Julia Ioffe, Jon Meacham
27. Trace Adkins, Julia Ioffe, Jon Meacham
September 16, 2022
This week features a one-on-one interview with multi-platinum-selling country music singer and songwriter who stars in Fox's new series "Monarch," Trace Adkins. This week's panel discussion will include founding partner and Washington correspondent for Puck, Julia Ioffe; and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Jon Meacham.
Wynton Marsalis, Scott Galloway, Matt Welch
26. Wynton Marsalis, Scott Galloway, Matt Welch
September 9, 2022
Wynton Marsalis, Scott Galloway, Matt Welch
A John Waters, Amy Klobuchar, Rob Reiner
25. A John Waters, Amy Klobuchar, Rob Reiner
August 26, 2022
Guests: Filmmaker and author John Waters; Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar; Filmmaker and activist Rob Reiner.
B.J. Novak; Catherine Rampell; Noah Rothman
24. B.J. Novak; Catherine Rampell; Noah Rothman
August 19, 2022
Actor-writer B.J. Novak is the interview guest. The panelists are columnist Catherine Rampell and editor Noah Rothman.
Ross Douthat, Rikki Schlott, Piers Morgan
23. Ross Douthat, Rikki Schlott, Piers Morgan
August 12, 2022
An interview with Ross Douthat, New York Times columnist and author of "The Deep Places: A Memoir of Illness and Discovery"; the panel discussion will include columnist and podcast host Rikki Schlott, and Piers Morgan.
David Duchovny, Matt Taibbi, Lis Smith.
22. David Duchovny, Matt Taibbi, Lis Smith.
August 5, 2022
An interview with award-winning actor, director, musician, and author of "The Reservoir: A Novella," David Duchovny; a panel discussion, including Matt Taibbi, author of "TK News" on Substack and Lis Smith, political strategist and author.
Chris Cuomo, John McWhorter, Sam Stein
21. Chris Cuomo, John McWhorter, Sam Stein
July 29, 2022
This week features a one-on-one interview with Chris Cuomo, host of the new podcast "The Chris Cuomo Project." This week's panel discussion will include John McWhorter, associate professor at Columbia University, New York Times newsletter opinion writer, and host of the podcast "Lexicon Valley"; and Sam Stein, White House editor for Politico and MSNBC contributor.
Christine Emba, Andrew Sullivan, Katie Herzog
20. Christine Emba, Andrew Sullivan, Katie Herzog
June 24, 2022
Real Time with Bill Maher includes an opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists, and interviews with in-studio and satellite guests. Politico hailed Maher as "a pugnacious debater and a healthy corrective to the claptrap of cable news", while Variety noted, "There may not be a more eclectic guest list on all of television".
Danny Strong, Krystal Ball, James Kirchick
19. Danny Strong, Krystal Ball, James Kirchick
June 17, 2022
This week features a one-on-one interview with Danny Strong, Emmy®-winning writer and producer of the films "Recount" and "Game Change," whose latest project is "Dopesick," a Hulu limited series about the opioid epidemic, starring Michael Keaton. This week's panel discussion will include Krystal Ball, co-host of the podcasts "Breaking Points with Krystal and Saagar" and "Krystal, Kyle & Friend"; and James Kirchick, columnist for Tablet, writer-at-large for Airmail, and author of the New York Times bestselling book "Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington."
Dr. Cornel West, Kellyanne Conway, Josh Barro
18. Dr. Cornel West, Kellyanne Conway, Josh Barro
June 10, 2022
This week features a one-on-one interview with Dr. Cornel West, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and contributor to The Guardian. This week's panel discussion will include Kellyanne Conway, former Senior Counselor to President Trump and author of the memoir, "Here's the Deal"; and Josh Barro, host of the weekly podcast "Very Serious" and blogger for "Very Serious" on Substack.
Eric Holder, Michael Shellenberger, Douglas Murray
17. Eric Holder, Michael Shellenberger, Douglas Murray
June 3, 2022
This week features a one-on-one interview with Eric Holder, former U.S. Attorney General who is now Chair of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee and co-author of "Our Unfinished March: The Violent Past and Imperiled Future of the Vote - A History, A Crisis, A Plan." This week's panel discussion will include Michael Shellenberger, California Gubernatorial candidate, co-founder of California Peace Coalition, and author of "San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities"; and Douglas Murray, columnist for New York Post and The Sun, and author of "War on the West: How to Prevail in the Age of Unreason."
Mark Esper, Donna Brazile, Adam Carolla
16. Mark Esper, Donna Brazile, Adam Carolla
May 20, 2022
This week features a one-on-one interview with Mark Esper, former Secretary of Defense under President Trump and author of "A Sacred Oath: Memoirs of a Secretary of Defense During Extraordinary Times." This week's panel discussion will include Donna Brazile, ABC News contributor and USA Today op-ed columnist; and Adam Carolla, comedian and host of the podcast "The Adam Carolla Show" and New York Times bestselling author whose next book, "Everything Reminds Me of Something: Advice, Answers… But No Apologies," comes out July 19.
Rod Stewart, Ian Bremmer, Jane Harman
15. Rod Stewart, Ian Bremmer, Jane Harman
May 13, 2022
This week features a one-on-one interview with Rod Stewart, legendary, two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who will be launching his North American summer tour, "The Hits," this Friday in Las Vegas. This week's panel discussion will include President of Eurasia Group and author of the new book "The Power of Crisis: How Three Threats
May 6, 2022
14. May 6, 2022
May 6, 2022
Guests: Chloe Maxmin, Paul Begala, Michele Tafoya.
April 29, 2022
13. April 29, 2022
April 29, 2022
Guests: Fran Lebowitz, Ali Velshi, Doug Jones.
April 22, 2022
12. April 22, 2022
April 22, 2022
Guests: Bob Odenkirk, Mary Katharine Ham, Caitlin Flanagan.
April 8, 2022
11. April 8, 2022
April 8, 2022
Guests: David Mamet, Nancy MacLean, David Leonhardt.
April 1, 2022
10. April 1, 2022
April 1, 2022
Guests: Nicole Perlroth, Laura Coates, Andrew Yang.
March 25, 2022
9. March 25, 2022
March 25, 2022
The always acerbic comic Bill Maher welcomes a panel of three guests from diverse parts of the political spectrum for a lively discussion of current events.
March 18, 2022
8. March 18, 2022
March 18, 2022
The always acerbic comic Bill Maher welcomes a panel of three guests from diverse parts of the political spectrum for a lively discussion of current events.
March 11, 2022
7. March 11, 2022
March 11, 2022
The always acerbic comic Bill Maher welcomes a panel of three guests from diverse parts of the political spectrum for a lively discussion of current events.
February 25, 2022
6. February 25, 2022
February 25, 2022
Guests: Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Bret Stephens, Chloe Valdary.
February 18, 2022
5. February 18, 2022
February 18, 2022
This week features a one-on-one interview with Brooke Jenkins, former San Francisco Assistant District Attorney. This week's panel discussion will include John Avlon, Senior Political Analyst and CNN anchor, and author of the new book, "Lincoln and t…
February 11, 2022
4. February 11, 2022
February 11, 2022
The always acerbic comic Bill Maher welcomes a panel of three guests from diverse parts of the political spectrum for a lively discussion of current events.
February 4, 2022
3. February 4, 2022
February 4, 2022
All-new edition.
January 28, 2022
2. January 28, 2022
January 28, 2022
Guests: Ira Glasser, Fiona Hill, Matt Welch.
January 21, 2022
1. January 21, 2022
January 21, 2022
This week features a one-on-one interview with professor of history at Yale University and author of "On Tyranny Graphic Edition: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century," Timothy Snyder. This week's panel discussion will include editor of the newsletter "Common Sense" on Substack and host of the podcast "Honestly," Bari Weiss; and Democratic Congressman representing New York's 15th district who, at 25 years old, became New York City's youngest elected official and the first Afro-Latino, LGBTQ member of Congress, Rep. Ritchie Torres.
Description

Many people believe that comedy and politics should not mix, but Bill Maher does not agree. Maher is well-known to comedy audiences as a stand-up comic who has been performing for several years, but he is also an outspoken advocate for a number of political issues. This makes him the ideal host for a show like Real Time with Bill Maher. Airing weekly on HBO, Real Time with Bill Maher is a program that revolves around its host and his political leanings, but it also includes discussion and debate from a panel of guests, many of whom come from different sides of the ideological divide. It is this mix of conservatives and liberals along with politicians and comedians that gives the show its spark, and Maher acts as the perfect moderator and ringleader.

Real Time with Bill Maher is an hour-long program that airs each Friday on HBO. One of the most interesting aspects of the program is that it airs live, meaning that anything can happen. This provides for some spirited debates given the show's unrehearsed and mostly unscripted nature. A typical episode will begin with a sketch or a satirical bit involving events which are currently in the news. This is followed by a monologue delivered by the host. Before the panel comes out to have its discussion, Maher usually interviews an important political or social figure either in the studio or via satellite.

After the one-on-one interview, Maher introduces the three guests who will appear on that episode's panel. The panel segment of the program is the centerpiece of each show, and it typically produces the most noteworthy segments. This is because the guests often enter into fiery arguments with one another. However, things are not allowed to spin out of control thanks to Maher's ability to reign discussions back in to the topics at hand. Maher is a master of this, and he does so with agile humor and charm. The panel discussion is usually followed by another comedy bit, another one-on-one interview with a guest and the famous New Rules segment in which Maher goes through a list of humorous suggestions for rules that society should follow.

Real Time with Bill Maher is a comedy show, but it also adds important discussions to the arena of politics. This makes the show very rare, and it is why so many people tune in each week. The show is live and includes language that is meant for adults, so it is not for everyone. However, people who want to laugh while staying engaged in the political discussion love receiving their weekly dose of Maher and his program.

Real Time with Bill Maher is a series that is currently running and has 20 seasons (624 episodes). The series first aired on February 21, 2003.

Where to Watch Real Time with Bill Maher

Real Time with Bill Maher is available for streaming on the HBO website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Real Time with Bill Maher on demand at HBO Max, Amazon, Hulu, HBO NOW and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    February 21, 2003
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (13,681)