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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 18 seasons (551 episodes). The series first aired on February 21, 2003.

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

Friday 10:00 PM et/pt on HBO
18 Seasons, 551 Episodes
February 21, 2003
Talk & Interview, Comedy
Cast: Bill Maher
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Real Time with Bill Maher Full Episode Guide

  • Guests: Michael Eric Dyson, Alex Wagner, Jon Meacham.

  • Political strategist Boris Epshteyn is an interview guest. The panelists are writers Caitlin Flanagan and Max Brooks.

  • Host Bill Maher offers his unique perspective on contemporary issues.

  • [HBO] HD. Guests: Al Franken, David Sanger, John Heilemann, Lis Smith.

  • Guests: Ben Sheehan, Matthew McConaughey, Heidi Heitkamp, Anthony Scaramucci.

  • [HBO] HD. Guests: Fareed Zakaria, John Leguizamo, Noah Rothman, John Avlon.

  • Guests: Rep. Adam Schiff, John O. Brennan, Keli Goff, Bret Stephens.

  • Guests: Senator Bernie Sanders, Jim Belushi, Coleman Hughes, Bakari Sellers.

  • Guests: Podcast Host Michael Cohen; actress and activist Jane Fonda; The Bulwark writer-at-large Tim Miller; and comedian Trae Crowder.

  • Guests: Peter Strzok, Ewan McGregor, Peter Hamby, Jessica Yellin.

  • Guests: Trey Gowdy, Wynton Marsalis, Nina Burleigh, Rick Wilson.

  • Guests: Former Ohio Governor John Kasich, Oscar(R)-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone, Rev. Dr. William Barber II, author Thomas Frank.

  • Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and sports radio host Colin Cowherd are the interview guests. The panelists are former Democratic presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Andrew Yang.

  • Guests: Lawrence Wilkerson,Chris Evans, Paul Begala, Meghan Daum.

  • [HBO] HD. Guests: Kerry Washington, Jim Carrey, Thomas Chatterton Williams, Bari Weiss.

  • [HBO] HD. Guests: John Bolton and Kara Swisher; plus, a virtual panel with Wes Moore and James Carville.

  • [HBO] HD. Guests: Susan Rice and George Will; plus, this edition features a virtual panel with Malcolm Nance and Andrew Sullivan.

  • [HBO] HD. Guests: Radley Balko, Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, Larry Wilmore, Matt Welch.

  • [HBO] HD. Guests: Michael Render, Frank Figliuzzi, Michael Steele, Rosa Brooks.

  • [HBO] HD. Guests: celebrity chef Tom Colicchio; comedian Jay Leno. Plus, a virtual panel with Ian Bremmer; and Soledad O'Brien.

  • [HBO] HD. Guests: New York Times columnist, Thomas Friedman; physician and author, Dr. Cate Shanahan; and Oscar(R)-winning filmmaker, Michael Moore.

  • [HBO] HD. Guests: Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan; journalist Amy Holmes; and relationship and sex advice columnist Dan Savage.

  • Guests: Eric Holder, Bret Stephens, Matt Taibbi.

  • Guests: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Board Certified Specialist in Preventative Medicine & Public Health Dr. David Katz, Jay Leno.

  • Guests: Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX); CNN host Fareed Zakaria; New York Magazine writer-at-large, Andrew Sullivan.

  • Guests: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Ian Bremmer, Sirius XM's Nikki Glaser.

  • First interview: Bernie Sanders. On the panel: Mayor Eric Garcetti, Seth MacFarlane, and Max Brooks. Second interview: Willie Nelson.

  • Author David Ropeik and chef Andrew Zimmern are the interview guests. The panelists are political journalist Peter Hamby, financial journalist Edward Luce and political strategist Lis Smith.

  • Bill's guests this week are Brian Cox, Rachel Bitecofer, Caitlin Flanagan, Ross Douthat and Anthony Scaramucci.

  • Epidemiologist Anne Rimoin and columnist Nicholas Kristof are the interview guests. The panelists are columnist E.J. Dionne, Nebraska Democratic Party chair Jane Kleeb and radio host Buck Sexton.

  • Guests: Amy Klobuchar, Pramila Jayapal, Katie Couric, Van Jones, Bret Stephens.

  • Former White House adviser Steve Bannon and journalist Ezra Klein are the interview guests. The panelists are journalist Fareed Zakaria, former Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum and political analyst Sarah Isgur.

  • Guests: Pete Buttigieg, Michael Eric Dyson, Mitch Landrieu, Mikie Sherrill, Rick Wilson.

  • Journalist Megyn Kelly and PETA president Ingrid Newkirk are the interview guests. The panelists are commentator Erick Erickson, journalist Alex Wagner and former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul.

  • Nancy Pelosi, Joe Walsh, Kara Swisher, Jon Meachum, Andrew Yang

  • Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and U.S. senate candidate Jaime Harrison (D-S.C.) are interviewed. The panelists are political strategist Donna Brazile, political scientist Ian Bremmer and columnist Frank Bruni.

  • Judd Apatow, Gov. Steve Bullock, Rahm Emanuel, and Steve Schmidt join Bill after the main show to answer viewer questions.

  • Guests: Dr. Jay Gordon, Ronan Farrow, Christina Bellantoni, Dennis Prager, Richard Stengel.

  • CNN anchor Chris Cuomo and actor-comedian Zach Galifianakis are the interview guests. The panelists are podcast host Dan Carlin, commentator Donny Deutsch and Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.).

  • Former national security advisor Susan Rice and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson are the interview guests. The panelists are foreign-policy scholar Danielle Pletka, journalist Sam Stein and author Thomas Chatterton Williams.

  • Guests: Howard Stern, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Ben Domenech, John Heilemann, Shawna Thomas.

  • Journalist Bill Moyers and rapper Nelly are interviewed. Panelists include: political strategist Amy Holmes; columnist John O'Sullivan; and Gov. Brian Schweitzer.

  • Interviewee: Billy CrystalPanelists: Chris Hayes (host of MSNBC's "All In"), Joy Behar (comic & ex-host of "The View"), David Frum (CNN contributor)Panel Guest: Jeremy Seifert (director of documentary "GMO OMG")Topics: Tea Party holding debt ceiling hostage, ObamaCare, GMOs & Monsanto, Pope Francis, gun control, widespread online hate, hopeless poor people.

  • Guests: Michael Moore, Bari Weiss, Fernand Amandi, Krystal Ball, Michael Steele.

  • Guests: Christina Hoff Sommers, Joe Walsh, John Delaney, Maria Teresa Kumar, Matt Welch.

  • Rep. Katie Porter (D-Cal.) and journalist Kevin Williamson are the interview guests. The panelists are former senator Heidi Heitkamp, sociologist Eric Klinenberg and commentator Michael Smerconish.

  • Sheldon Whitehouse; Carl Hulse, Rick Wilson And Betsy Woodruff; Michael Render

  • Former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe and journalist Richard Engel are the interview guests. The panelists are author Tom Nichols, columnist Catherine Rampell and former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci.

  • Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) and author Marianne Williamson are the interview guests. The panelists are journalist Josh Barro, former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm and radio host Buck Sexton.

  • Interviewee: Anthony Leiserowitz (director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication)Panelists: Kristen Soltis, Dan Neil & Horace CooperPanel Guest: Adrian Grenier (producer 'How to Make Money Selling Drugs')Topics: the Voting Rights Act, Defense of Marriage Act, the War on Drugs, abortions & executions in Texas, climate change, reproductive rights for women

  • [HBO] HD. Guests: Allan Lichtman, Dr. Debra Joh, Thom Hartmann, Liz Mair, Dan Savage.

  • Bill Maher welcomes a panel of three guests from different sides of the political spectrum to debate on current events.

  • Entrepreneur Andrew Yang and author Bret Easton Ellis are the interview guests. The panelists are columnist Charles Blow, Rep. Katie Porter (D-Cal.) and national security analyst Clint Watts.

  • William Weld; Kirsten Powers, Jonathan Swan And Lawrence Wilkerson; John Waters

  • Author Fran Lebowitz and psychiatrist Jonathan Metzl are the interview guests. The panelists are columnist Jamie Kirchick, journalist George Packer and Center for American Progress president Neera Tanden.

  • Comic Bill Maher welcomes a panel of three guests from diverse parts of the political spectrum for a lively discussion of current events.

  • Washington governor Jay Inslee and musician Moby are the interview guests. The panelists are political analyst Bakari Sellers, columnist Bret Stephens and journalist Kara Swisher.

  • Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Cal.) and sportscaster Bob Costas are the interview guests. The panelists are journalist John Avlon, political analyst Zerlina Maxwell and tax-reform advocate Grover Norquist.

  • A talk show about current events with the former host of 'Politically Incorrect.' This weekly late-night forum is a virtual clone of 'P.I.,' with some Maher stand-up and a similarly diverse lineup of informed panelists.

  • Former San Antonio mayor Julián Castro and comedian Chelsea Handler are the interview guests. The panelists are foreign-policy scholar Danielle Pletka, Foreign Affairs editor Gideon Rose and author Salman Rushdie.

  • South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg and attorney Preet Bharara are the interview guests. The panelists are commentator S.E. Cupp, Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) and writer Andrew Sullivan.

  • A discussion of the latest stories and current events.

  • Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe and former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum are the interview guests. The panelists are national affairs analyst John Heilemann, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and political reporter Jessica Yellin.

  • Political advocate Matt Schlapp and author Noah Rothman are the interview guests. The panelists are political analyst Jonathan Alter, journalist Mary Katharine Ham and former RNC chairman Michael Steele.

  • Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Cal.) and author Bernard-Henri Lévy are the interview guests. The panelists are political strategist Donna Brazile, former senator Claire McCaskill and political strategist Rick Wilson.

  • [HBO] HD. Guests: Rahm Emanuel, John Legend, Paul Begala, David Frum, Maya Wiley.

  • Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie and actor Eric Idle are the interview guests. The panelists are political analyst Jonathan Alter, journalist Natasha Bertrand and former representative Jack Kingston.

  • Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio are the interview guests. The panelists are journalist Peter Hamby, historian Jon Meacham and columnist Jennifer Rubin.

  • Bill Maher welcomes a panel of three guests from different backgrounds as they debate on current events.

  • Ohio governor John Kasich and the NFL's Marshawn Lynch are the interview guests in the Season 17 premiere. The panelists are commentator Erick Erickson, former representative Barney Frank and columnist Catherine Rampell.

Real Time with Bill Maher News

Al Franken Attacks Trump on Bill Maher's Show

The senator says Trump is a "terrible president."

Ice Cube Won't Cancel Bill Maher Appearance

The rapper/actor won't let the host off the hook for the racial slur he used, though.

Al Franken Cancels Appearance on Bill Maher's Show

The Minnesota Senator says that Maher's recent use of a racial slur was "inappropriate and offensive."

HBO Condemns Bill Maher's Racial Slur

The network says the comedians behavior was "inexcusable" and will edit the comment out of future airings of his show.

Ben Affleck and Bill Maher Yelled At Each Other About Islam

The "Gone Girl" star had a bone to pick with Maher's "racist" views.

HBO Grants Bill Maher's 'Real Time' Two More Seasons

Let the conservative outrage ring. Bill Maher still has a job. HBO announced Tuesday morning that the outspoken, controversial comic and commentator's discussion show "Real Time With Bill Maher" has been given two more seasons worth of the premium cable network's blessings, Deadline reported this morning.

Obama Adviser Nixes Planned 'Real Time With Bill Maher' Appearance

Presidential campaign strategist David Axelrod - currently assisting with President Barack Obama's re-election effort - has cancelled without explanation an advertised appearance on HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher," reports Deadline today. Another Obama campaign spokesperson said simply that Axelrod "is not scheduled to go on at this time," according to Politico.

Bill Maher and Elisabeth Hasselbeck's Cat Fight Continues

Bill Maher defended a joke he made last week, putting Elisabeth Hasselbeck back in the hot seat.

Her original seat, if Maher had his way, would actually be on a plane to Egypt in exchange for the recently detained CBS correspondent, Lara Logan.

"Now that Hosni Mubarak released Lara Logan, he must put her intrepid hotness back on a plane to the United States immediately.

Real Time with Bill Maher Video Clips & Extras

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