Real Time with Bill Maher

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  • TV-MA
  • 2003
  • 22 Seasons
  • 7.4  (14,237)

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 22 seasons (664 episodes). The series first aired on February 21, 2003.

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May 17
16. May 17
May 17, 2024
Guests: Michael Eric Dyson, Nellie Bowles, Pamela Paul.
Eric Schlosser, Frank Bruni, Douglas Murray
15. Eric Schlosser, Frank Bruni, Douglas Murray
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Guests: Eric Schlosser - investigative journalist, author of "Fast Food Nation"; Frank Bruni - contributing writer at The New York Times and author of "The Age of Grievance"; Douglas Murray - columnist for the New York Post and author.
Roger Daltrey, Kellyanne Conway, Joshua Green
14. Roger Daltrey, Kellyanne Conway, Joshua Green
May 3, 2024
Guests: Roger Daltrey, Kellyanne Conway, Joshua Green.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Scott Galloway, Don Lemon
13. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Scott Galloway, Don Lemon
April 26, 2024
This week features a one-on-one interview with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Independent candidate in the 2024 presidential election. This week's panel discussion includes Scott Galloway,Professor of Marketing at the NYU Stern School of Business, host of the podcast "The Prof G Pod with Scott Galloway," co-host of the podcast "Pivot," and author of the new book "The Algebra of Wealth: A Simple Formula for Financial Security"; and Don Lemon, award-winning journalist, founder of Lemon Media Network (LMN), and host of the podcast "The Don Lemon Show."
Jillian Michaels, Jon Meacham, Jane Ferguson
12. Jillian Michaels, Jon Meacham, Jane Ferguson
April 19, 2024
This week features a one-on-one interview with Jillian Michaels, fitness, nutrition expert, and host of the podcast "Keeping It Real: Conversations with Jillian Michaels." This week's panel discussion includes Jon Meacham,Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author of "The Call to Serve: The Life of an American President, George Herbert Walker Bush"; and Jane Ferguson, award-winning foreign correspondent for PBS NewsHour, The New Yorker contributor, and author of "No Ordinary Assignment."
William Shatner, Piers Morgan, Gillian Tett
11. William Shatner, Piers Morgan, Gillian Tett
April 12, 2024
This week features a one-on-one interview with William Shatner, actor, subject of the new documentary "You Can Call Me Bill," and artist of the upcoming digital album "So Fragile, So Blue,"which he recorded live with the National Symphony Orchestra.This week's panel discussion includes Piers Morgan,New York Post columnist and host of the YouTube channel's "Piers Morgan Uncensored"; and Gillian Tett, provost of King's College, Cambridge, and columnist at the Financial Times.
Jonathan Haidt, Fareed Zakaria, Dr. Mark T. Esper
10. Jonathan Haidt, Fareed Zakaria, Dr. Mark T. Esper
March 29, 2024
Guests: An interview with Jonathan Haidt, social psychologist at the NYU Stern School of Business and author of "The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood Is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness." This week's panel discussion includes Fareed Zakaria,host of CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" and author of "Age of Revolutions: Progress and Backlash from 1600 to the Present," and Dr. Mark T. Esper, former U.S. Secretary of Defense under President Trump and author of the memoir "A Sacred Oath: Memoirs of a Secretary of Defense During Extraordinary Times."
Kara Swisher, Beto O'Rourke, Sarah Isgur
9. Kara Swisher, Beto O'Rourke, Sarah Isgur
March 22, 2024
This week features a one-on-one interview with Kara Swisher, host of the podcast "On with Kara Swisher," co-host of the podcast "Pivot," and author of "Burn Book: A Tech Love Story." This week's panel discussion includes Beto O'Rourke,former Democratic Congressman from Texas and founder of Powered by People; and Sarah Isgur, former lawyer at the US Department of Justice under President Trump, senior editor of The Dispatch, and host of its legal podcast "Advisory Opinions."
Eric Holder, Rep. Nancy Mace, Rep. Ro Khanna
8. Eric Holder, Rep. Nancy Mace, Rep. Ro Khanna
March 15, 2024
This week features a one-on-one interview with Eric Holder, former attorney general under President Obama, chairman 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 includes Rep. Nancy Mace,Republican Congresswoman from South Carolina who currently serves on the Armed Services and House Oversight committees; and Rep. Ro Khanna, Democratic Congressman who represents California's Silicon Valley and a member of President Biden's National Advisory Board.
Robert De Niro, Max Brooks, Tara Palmeri
7. Robert De Niro, Max Brooks, Tara Palmeri
March 8, 2024
This week features a one-on-one interview with Robert De Niro, two-time Oscar®-winning actor and film producer who is currently nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Killers of the Flower Moon." This week's panel discussion includes Max Brooks,host of the YouTube show "Max Brooks Breaks Down" and New York Times best-selling author of "Minecraft: The Village"; and Tara Palmeri, senior political correspondent at Puck and host of The Ringer's "Somebody's Gotta Win with Tara Palmeri" podcast.
Dr. Phil McGraw, Michael Twitty
6. Dr. Phil McGraw, Michael Twitty
March 1, 2024
This week features a one-on-one interview with Dr. Phil McGraw, author of the new book, "We've Got Issues: How You Can Stand Strong for America's Soul and Sanity," who will soon host "Dr. Phil Primetime" on his new cable network, Merit Street Media.
Dr. Jean Twenge, Van Jones, Ann Coulter
5. Dr. Jean Twenge, Van Jones, Ann Coulter
February 16, 2024
This week features a one-on-one interview with Dr. Jean Twenge, professor of psychology at San Diego State University and author of 'Generations: The Real Differences Between Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X, Boomers, and Silents―and What They Mean for America's Future.'This week's panel discussion includes Van Jones,CNN political commentator and host of the podcast "Uncommon Ground with Van Jones" and Ann Coulter, conservative political commentator, author of 13 New York Times bestselling books, who now writes the column 'Unsafe' on Substack.
Coleman Hughes, Bob Costas, Caitlin Flanagan
4. Coleman Hughes, Bob Costas, Caitlin Flanagan
February 9, 2024
This week features a one-on-one interview with Coleman Hughes, host of the 'Conversations With Coleman' podcast, contributor to The Free Press, and author of the new book 'The End of Race Politics: Arguments for a Colorblind America,' available this week.
Michael Render, Gov. Chris Sununu, Jessica Tarlov
3. Michael Render, Gov. Chris Sununu, Jessica Tarlov
February 2, 2024
Guests: Michael Render (aka Killer Mike) - entrepreneur, musician, and one-half of the group "Run the Jewels"; Gov. Chris Sununu - Republican Governor of New Hampshire; Jessica Tarlov - co-host of "The Five" on Fox News and Head of Research for Bustle.
Stephen A. Smith, Rep. Adam Schiff, Seth MacFarlane
2. Stephen A. Smith, Rep. Adam Schiff, Seth MacFarlane
January 26, 2024
This week features an interview with Stephen A. Smith, host of ESPN's "First Take" and the podcast "The Stephen A. Smith Show," both available on YouTube, and author of the new book "Straight Shooter: A Memoir of Second Chances and First Take." This week's panel discussion includes Rep. Adam Schiff, Democratic Congressman representing California's 30th district who is a 2024 candidate to represent California in the US Senate; and Seth MacFarlane, actor, comedian, writer, producer, and singer whose newest show "Ted" recently premiered January 11 on Peacock.
Andrew Sullivan, Alex Wagner, Gavin Newsom
1. Andrew Sullivan, Alex Wagner, Gavin Newsom
January 19, 2024
Guests: Gov. Gavin Newsom, Democratic Governor of California; Andrew Sullivan - columnist for Substack
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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 Max, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, HBO NOW and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    February 21, 2003
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (14,237)