Real Time With Bill Maher

Friday 10:00 PM on HBO Premiered Feb 21, 2003 In Season





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  • Love Your Show

    Dear Bill Maher,

    Thank You! For bringing humor with the truth

    Have you ever done a comparison test of Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler? Hitler at his rise to power before 1932 beat people up that came to his political meetings throw them out in the street. The killing came later. Trump had people beat and thrown out of his meetings too! Will the killing come later? Again both made racial statements.

    Yes Hitler destroyed a people and his nation. Trump is not good for America or the World he has NO diplomatic knowledge. Yes he will divide America. I am retired Military

    Like to see this make to TV wake people UP!
  • agnostic from utah

    Mr. Maher,

    thank you for providing some of the more reliable and entertaining news extant.

    This is not your usual format, but I think the humor within should be experienced by other people. It is short but true. I think of "Religulous" every time I read it.

    Faith Litmus Test

    (377 words)


    . Smith

    Once started, the university professor yielded the floor to debate. Students in Philosophy 101 voiced pros and cons up and down the lecture hallback and forth across the rows, before settling in the middle.

    Sitting on the left side of the aislerow seven, seat eight, a young man in a white T-shirt and blue jeans stated that "People don't need A detached look of assurance on his face, he flipped his bangs out of his eyes before continuing with "We can just as easily navigate the world with reason

    Up the steps and on the right side of the aisle, a young man of continually rankled forehead sputtered in response, "You can'tegh. You don'tugh. I mean, you'd have to be crazy to think that people don't need faith!" If his emphatic eyebrows and his face of heavy consternation didn't convince people of how seriously he took his responsibilities as Student Body President, then the dark serge suit and tie with white shirt he wore for church or business extinguished all residual doubt.

    "Maybe you do," said his new-found theological nemesis, tossing his hair and spreading an incredulous smirk across his face. "But that doesn't mean everyone else

    The class president's furrowed brow clenched alternately in anger and surprise to his classmate's remarks. After he heard that impertinent voice mention "science and evidence," he flushed red glaring down across the aisle and interrupted with "Don't tell me about science! I have faith and I'm a scientist!"

    Upon the next word from seat number eight, the Honors Society presidentbald, phallic, and standing up behind the class president, rifled down an accusatory finger, "Hey! You take it easy on Spunk there!"

    "His nickname is 'Spunk'?" number eight rejoined. "Happy-go-lucky or jissom?"

    Amidst the laughter, a plaintive cry from a seat in the shadows near the top of the hall begged, "Please, I'm the valedictorian. No profanity! Please!"

    When the well-read hoodlum suggested that scientists work with evidence and not faith, Spunk bolted upright from his seat and shouted what his force and volume suggested had to be the conclusive salvo in the debate, "Are you trying to tell me Einstein didn't have faith when he invented the light bulb!"

    B. E. Smith is a freelance writer from Utah. In addition to essay and article publications, his stories and poems have appeared in anthologies and magazines such as Gutter Eloquence, Zygote in My Coffee, The Legendary, Static Movement, the delinquent, and in the current issue of The Binnacle. He lives in Salt Lake City and is writing a memoir.

  • Bill is the best

    Bill Maher is one of a handful of reasons why TV worth watching. He is brutally honest, but also takes his license as a comedian to use hyperbole, irony, and sarcasm, which are almost always on the mark. I don't laugh much, but he keeps me laughing out loud. Keep it up Bill! And he doesn't care what Fox or Limbaugh sympathizers think. He's got their number. Keep it up, Bill Maher!
  • Never miss a show

    Keep up the great work. Entertaining, interesting, and thoughtfully presented topics are always on no matter when I tune in. Bill Maher rocks!
  • Bill, you are the only one who will examine health care costs fairly

    Bill, I appreciate that you've touched on the obscenity of US health care costs. But, please devote an entire episode to the costs of health care. This is among the top issues in this off-presidential year. I received a standard doctor's visit and strep test bill for $600, 4x the cost of those with insurance, and 8 times the cost that Walgreens clinic charges. During the doctor's visit, the doctor didn't touch my daughter, but rather had a nurse do the strep test. We just needed the prescription, knowing after 4 times, what my daughter had. I'd like to hear from a provider, an insurance a Walgreens rep, a Medicare rep, and AMA rep to explain this ridiculous charging structure and find some solutions, or at least, have the debate.
  • can you rate higher than 10??

    Hands down, best show on TV. I'm sad on the weeks Bill and the gang take a break. Funny, Informative, and fair. Right wingers, left wingers, scientists, movie stars, as well as rappers covering a whole range of topics, some times even topics not covered by the rest of our lazy media. Whoever cancelled Politically Incorrect was an idiot. I hope this show is on til I'm 100, and as long as it is, I will always pay for HBO !
  • Muslims in Obama administartion

    Bill please review link and comment on in your fuutre is monumentally scary!!!

  • Inspiring 16 year old Leukemia Fighter


    I am writing this with regards to my cousin Jorie Elliott.

    Jorie was diagnosed with Acute Pro-myilotic Leukemia which is a type of Acute Non-lymphocytic Leukemia she was 15 years old when she was diagnosed with this on January 9th 2013. Jorie turned 16 years old which she had to spend in the hospital alone in London Ontario.

    She is a straight "A" student and a very athletic person playing 7 different sports on 10 different teams, due to cancer Jorie had to give up her love for her sports and her school. But this hasn't stopped her she has already convinced her mom to let her play hockey every now and then.

    Jorie loves turtles in the summer of 2008 when Jorie was 10 she wrote her first letter to the Municipality of Kincardine about her concerns that turtles would get killed trying to cross the street. After not hearing any news about this issue Jorie decided to send in another letter this time including an essay about Ontario's turtle populaton and how 6 of Ontario's 8 species of turtle are at-risk. Jorie's 2 year wait paid off as the Municipality began to search for a turtle crossing sign. Jorie set out to raise money to pay for the signs herself.

    When Jorie was 11 she planned on taking school supplies and clothes over to Cuba were she goes on winter vacation. Jorie states that she wants to make them feel like the luckiest kids in the world. Thanks to Jorie 31 packages were sent with her to Cuba and handed out to the children in Varadero.

    Jorie's wish is to meet Justin Bieber so I am asking you to help her out, she puts everyone before herself and always stands up for what she believes in, and now it's our turn to give back to her.

    We have also started a #turtlesforjorie campaign and are trying to get it to "trend" on twitter. So every time you see a turtle think of a girl who is battling something no child/teenager/person should have to.
  • Bill Mather

    If I owned a television I would choose only a few one would be the Bill Mather show. He's very funny and truly insightful in all that is happening in today's world.
  • I love Bill Maher, but Bullsh-t Bullsh-t Bullsh-t about 911 investigations!!! Get your facts strait, Please!

    There were bullsh-t investigations into the 911 debacle. The government paid off the insurance claims for almost everyone in those buildings. These were for the most part, fairly well paid people that worked in the World Trade Center. They likey almost all had some sort of life insurance. But they never let the insurance investigators do their job. If the Bush administration hadn't bailed out all these peoples insurance policies, there would have likely been literally hundreds of independant investigations into this incident! We didn't bail out the victims of Oklahoma City, so why the World trade Center full of well to do workers. Maybe I'm talkin Bullsh-t, but you simply cannot say that 911 was truly investigated. The only thing we can truthfully say about 911 is that we don't really know what happened, and we probably never will know! In my humble opinion. I better shut up or Cheney'll blow my A-- up!
  • Great Show

    You have an Outstanding show... thank you for always telling the truth.
  • the importance of words and thoughts

    every time someone becomes loud enough to be heard, when someone (agreeing or not) stops to listen, means only that that person is exceptional. i believe that bill is exceptional, and i do it with objective reasons, i do not do it due to political opinion, social, religious... i do it because it's part of a method called dialectics (has been here for quite some time, since socrates...) Doesn't matter what i think of him to him, matters to me what his message is. the way he delivers and the range of his ideas. i have hear people calling him anti-american (from americans btw), and yet he stands for the basic principle of freedom of speech... a little like homer simpson ""Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand"", or in this particular situation "just because he doesn't like, doesn't mean he doesn't care"
  • Bill Maher is smart, extremely liberal, nonreligious, politically incorrect, and bold!

    Bill Maher is very funny and politically, very sharp. He invites panels of smart people to discuss the current political events, and they are more entertaining and informative than the usual news shows. Bill Maher has the courage to say things that most people on TV are afraid to say.
    Bill Maher is so liberal that he criticizes Barack Obama for staying too close to the middle of the road.
    Although he is liberal, Maher invites conservative guests to his program, and this inspires good debates.
    Maher is also nonreligious, and he has the courage to criticize religion on his show.
    The show is a combination of Maher's stand-up comedy routine, panel discussion, and Maher's "New Rules" comedy routine. Many a true word is spoken in jest!
  • Must see TV regardless of your politics!

    Those dirty, pink-o, commie, (censored by for being politically incorrect) . . . Times stay the same as much as they change, whether you’re writing or reviewing about Bill Maher you need to be incorrect some of the time.

    Real Time with Bill Maher is an influential series bucking the present trends of the right wing religious conservatives. What he has to say isn't always easy to hear by either of the extreme sides in today’s political scene. Sometime he agrees with the President and other times he feels someone should be looking on the President's body for the 666.

    Bill Maher describes himself as a pot smoking Libertarian who feels religion is a mind altering opiate being forced upon the masses by those in power, which for many in this country is scary. He actually believes, though, in true lesser government, not more!

    While he identifies with many of the Democratic Party ideals, he tells them like it is because he isn't a Democrat. On the other hand, when it is obvious the only way to get rid of Bush is for Libertarians and Democrats to come together, he'll push for the combining of forces (e.g. ask Ralph Nader not to run for President and for others not to support him).

    Bill Maher is his own man and I applaud him for his integrity!

    I watch Bill Maher because my husbear (term used in the Bear community for life partner) is a real fan of his. He agrees with Bill on most points, while I take Bill with a grain of salt. (I could just see the art work on that statement or the new rule about salt intake and . . . well, you get the idea.)

    The series is funny, takes no prisoners, and is outstanding food for thought whether you are a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or anyone else who has an interest in or cares about these United States of America.

    This series is must see TV regardless of your politics!
  • Bill Maher rocks!!!! He's just telling you how it is without the 'BS' we've been spoon fed since 2000!

    Real Time With Bill Maher, is one of the few informational shows that tells it like it really is, instead of the 'BS' our government officials usually try to feed us. I've been a fan of Bill's ever since his show was pulled off regular tv back in 2001. Because he dared to speak his mind. Also because , it's not all about him, he allows others to share their point of view as well. That mixed with his own brand of humor makes it informative and fun to watch. It's like he say's "The humor writes itself. I couldn't make this stuff up!"
  • Absolutely Agree with your support of Ron Paul

    I am glad Bill Maher that you endorsed Ron Paul and that you bring up important issues in your show. I wish people would bring up the fact that Iran is none of our business and vote for Ron Paul. They will never get nukes, Israel will not allow it they have better intillegence than us. Why are we doing the dirty work with our peoples lives and money? If Iran attacked Israel Congress could declare war and it would be all over and the world would be behind us 100%so elect Ron Paul. He will take us out of unneccesary war!! Please bring this Iran/Israel issue up because people forget that there are other countries out there that can handle the job, it doesnt have to be us. Vote Ron Paul give him more air time, dont use national polls to exclude him, since we can see how wrong those polls can be. I implore you, don't let these first three states and unreliable polls decide our next President. If Ron Paul was on the fox debate, he woulda done way better in New Hampshire. For Gods sake bring up these issues why are people ignoring the only man that tells the truth. He gets cheers and support because he tells the truth and has the actual solutions for everything and can fund everything by leaving the wars, while other candidates only give false hope and advance more war. It is not too late, bring on Ron Paul. We need him to balance out the spending crazy Congress, even if you don't agree with some things he wants to do like get rid of the FBI and CIA, he cant do it !! the congress wont allow it, but he can bring our troops home and cut spending. Its checks and balances! He is what we need. I have typed all this in about one minute because I speak straight from the heart, as does Ron Paul. He's an expert on the economy and the only one talking about our dollar going down and how to fix it, how to reduce spending, how to solve our foreign problems. Leave the middle east and they will stop hating and attacking us. Don't people understand we will be safer? And if we stop chasing oil, our companies will be forced to make alternative fuels and a cleaner environment. Ron Paul is a genius, listen to him.
  • I was convinced americans are stupid. If even their president cannot finish a monolog without messing it up. Bill Maher convinced me otherwise. There are a couple people who actually understand what is going on and Bill Maher is one of them.

    I'm not really into Politics and especially American politics, since it is just a theater there. A puppet show. Corporations controlling the governemnt and most of the decicions with their lobbys and buying the officials. More money is being spent on American Poloticians then curing cancer. What can you do about it? Nothing really but make a comedy show about it. The funny part is that most of what is being said on the show is true. It has satire and jokes it all is based on real life politics conducted in the US. Just unbelievable, but still true. The guests one of the best part of the show. People who actually know what they're talking about and people who think who know what they're talking about. Everyone is given a chance to voice their opinion and everything is argued out properly. I probably enjoy it most because I share Mahers political views of america most often, but thats because I'm a realist and thats what he is too. Why is American politics a puppet show? Why is American media just a big gossip corner in Highschool? Why are Americans viewd as complete bafoons all over the world? Tune in to Real time with Bill Maher and you will find out.
  • We need more shows like this.

    It's sad that I see words like "cutting edge" and "controversial" as I scan the reviews here. That says a lot about the sad state our country is in. Bill Maher and most of his guests are smart and logical human beings. Really just common sense stuff.

    It's a step in the right direction for TV. What qualifies as news today is pathetic. With the media as timid as ever and journalism in the gutters... the best source of real news is coming from shows like The Daily Show. Religion, a flawed system, and stupid people in general are screwing up America and we need to take action now or the twinkle of freedom and democracy our forefathers managed to pull together from an endless stream of oppression will be gone before we know it.

    Bill Maher is doing the human race a huge service.
  • It's the bomb.

    I wouldn't miss this show for the world. Bill Maher is the best. But i think it's missing a picture of George Bush next to the picture of a monkey. Then everyone can know for sure that we are decendents of the monkey. They almost look like He is no smarter than a monkey. I would even say that you are insulting the monkey. A monkey looks alot better and at least the monkey learns from his mistakes. But with George Bush the country learns because they pay for it. So the message is, never put someone dumber than a monkey for president.
  • I knew who Bill Maher was but I had no idea he was such a good host

    I saw Real Time With Bill Maher for the first time during the 2006 election. Real Time really impressed me because it was different from other talk shows. There was a debate. The monologue wasn't sugarcoated. and Bill is just naturally a born leader. He's very funny but he's just a really good host. That's what a perfect talk show host needs to have. It was just really great. I saw conservatives and liberals just getting along soo soo great.
    I never thought I would see a show where that would happen. It's just quick, witty, and naturally funny. I hope Real Time wins an Emmy soon. I am rooting for them!!!!!!!!
  • Love it!!

    I love Bill Maher. He's not afraid to tackle any subject and always does so with plenty of wit, sarcasm and humor. H e always had a variety of guests and I love that he always includes a guest with an opposing viewpoint.

    Bill Maher always asks the questions the rest of the media is afraid to ask. He tells it like it is and while he may be a liberal he is not afraid to point out what the democrats are doing wrong. This show is awesome and I never miss an episode!!!!!!

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  • Bill Maher in Politcally Correct or Hollywood Time with Bill Maher

    Mr Maher is Reel or Politically correct as Hollywood (HBO in this case) will let him be. He's not realy going out on a limb espousing the typical Hollywood point of view (Bush lied people died) also the The Animal Liberation Front (ALF), an FBI-certified “domestic terror” group, recognizes Maher for his contributions to PETA. About as polically incorrect as he gets is calling women "Gals" or talking about smoking pot. The entire show is basically a monologue and voicing an opinion contrary to Mr Maher's is lampooned as racist, homophobic, far-right or you're just plain stupid (no matter what university you attended). This isn't really anything new but if you live in L.A. or New York City this is your cup of tea.

    PS: I couldn't post this without giving a perfect 10 eventhough I tried to give it a zero
  • I hate Bill Maher! However, among the babble of talking heads and the idiots who cover news with a face full of makeup, Real Time is a real standout.

    I have to say, right up front, that I hate Bill Maher. I find him to be an anti-spiritual, megalomaniac, narcissus who is too concerned with his "little head", if you know what I mean. That said, I am a big fan of Real Time. You see, what I hate is the plasticness of today's politics and the people who cover politics and news. What I love about Real Time is that its the polar opposite of that. Its real and honest. When Bill came out and called us cowards for lobbing bombs, that was as real and honest as anyone could get. It was the truth, given that Americans can face the idea of responsibility. Gasp, imagine that, taking responsibility for a mistake made. Sadly, no one is strong enough to hear the truth or take responsibility in the US anymore. That is why on 197 channels, all we get is plastic, polite news where all issues of responsibility (besides the blame game) and truth are washed out.

    Real Time is a breath of fresh air. I frequently disagree with the things that comes out of Bill's mouth, but Real Time is a place of truth among 197 channels of plastic and whitewashed garbage. And, hey, its pretty funny too.
  • Bill Maher lays it out as it really is. I have been watching Bill since he came to HBO, and find his views on our current White House administration right on the money. If we had any left because the morons spending it on this stupid

    Bill we think your show is great! I cannot tell you how much we appreciate your candid honesty and opinions about our politicians,our political issues, and especially this war!
    I especially liked the last two weeks when you stated how our (buckle brained) President should not have the right to question the integrity and loyalty of the citizens he has lied to. I also liked when you explained exactly what rights we have given up under his administration.

    As far as Political Partys go... If the Circus is going to be in town...We have the Elephants and the We obviously need the Circus Clowns..The Clown Party!

    If we have to lied to,at least we will laugh as while being screwed!

    Robbin Williams for President!!! I know you stated you would
    never run for office Bill, but maybe President Williams and you would consider you being our next Secretary of Agriculture.
  • Always a funny show...

    Bill Maher always surrounds himself with Hollywood well-to-do's, media folk, and politicians in a roundtable discussion about what's in the news this past week. It's an informative show, but since Bill is a comedian, he's sure to keep it comedic. I wish this show was on more often. I liked his former show, Politically Incorrect, but my interest in the show came too late, shortly before it was taken off the air.
  • Real Time

    My favorite show very informative and funny. BILL MAHER IS A COMEDIAN he says stuff that offends people from time to time guess what u can change the channel. Only someone very lame would go out of their way to go on its webpage to trash a show. Trust me if i hate a show im not watching it. Its creepy how seemingly smart people shut off their brain when religion and politics are concerned. Blind devotion is Creepy.
  • update the schedule

    Bill maher is coming back in a few days.. Why have you not updated this?

    For all you wining people that have posted negative messages or statements about Bill or our president for that matter, have you ever heard of or seen a guy by the name of Rush Limbaugh? now this guy rush is just creepy. Im sorry to hear of all the stations that are dropping his program lol.

    Brian B
  • Dan's Question

    I watch your show when I can. I here the empty words at election time and wonder why they get paid so much. My question is if everyone knows Obama faked his birth record and several polititions tryed to get bills passed to allow none residents the right to fun for office. I watched a documentry of when he laid the foundation to run, Hillary submited a bill along with several others. Is the reason why everyone looks the other way is they have just as much to hide as does obama does? What if we keep one person from each section fire the rest and replace them with entrylevel workere at $30 grand a year. The vetran workers were to train the entry level on how to do there jobs. If they fail there is no retirement if they did teach they still get fired but they have there retirmemt fund. The question is how can he run again.
  • Bill Maher is very entertaining and very opinionated but hey you got love him.

    I like this show because Bill Maher clearly isn't an idiot, granted he's a left-leaning person (who has claimed to have voted for Dole in 1996). Although he doesn't identify himself as a democrat or a republican, though he has a democratic bias. Like most commentators he did suck up to Obama during the election only to take him apart during his series but that's what makes him great. He creates entertaining political conversations. I also like the points he makes on political events, and the dumb people on both parties (Left and Right). Bill Maher isn't for everyone but his monologue and his new Rules segment are probably two of the funniest things on television. He has a very brash style and I like that a lot. Nowadays a lot of people on TV try to act nice and sweet to try and not say something controversial, Bill Maher doesn't care he's willing to go out on a limb and say what he feels. He also allows his guests to speak unlike Mr. Bill O'Reilly. Very entertaining series and Bill Maher speaks the truth, love him or hate him.
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