Real Time With Bill Maher - Season 1

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  • September 26, 2003
    September 26, 2003
    Episode 20
    9/26/03
    9.7
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)
    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.
    The guests are: Darrell Issa, Michael Moore, Charles Barkley, Senator John Edwards, Aaron McGruder, John Mellencamp and John Hansen
  • September 19, 2003
    September 19, 2003
    Episode 19
    9/19/03
    9.7
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)
    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.
    The guests are: Nancy Pelosi, Heather Wilson, Christine Todd Whitman, Tim Robbins, Dana Carvey
  • September 12, 2003
    September 12, 2003
    Episode 18
    9/12/03
    10
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)
    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.
    Special guest Terry McAuliffe joined Bill via satellite to talk about the Democratic Party, when Bill dove right in. With a poll showing that 70% of Americans believe Saddam Hussein had something to do with the 9/11 attack, he wanted to know what's wrong with the Democrats and why aren't they getting the message out that it is now fairly clear that he did not have anything to do with 9/11. Bill then wanted to know what would happen to current Democratic front-runner and Iraq war opponent Howard Dean if Hussein, Bin Laden or weapons of mass destruction were found. Bill also wanted to know if, all things being equal, Kerry deserved the Party's nod because of his military service. Finally, he asked McAuliffe if Dean's low appeal to minority voters would present a problem for the Party if he were nominated.

    Bill then introduced his roundtable guests, Betsy Hart, Paul Krugman, and Jesse Ventura. Bill started things off by noting the passing of the second anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and the changed mood from the previous anniversary. He then asked Krugman what he thought of the Bush Presidency given his critique of the decision to attack Iraq and the subsequent impact on the economy. There then followed a free wheeling discussion on the subject by the roundtable. The discussion then moved to the question of if the attacks have made the public passive and accepting of what our government tells us. The conversation then shifted to the Governor of Alabama's failed attempt to sell a tax increase to the state's voters as being the Christian thing to do. Krugman then argued with Ventura about Ventura's call for reliance on a sales tax mechanism, and how it is highly regressive and unfair to the poor. The two of them then argued about farm subsidies, where Krugman futilely pointed out the government sets a floor on crop prices, not a ceiling as argued by Ventura.

    Bill then introduced his special guest musician Liz Phair to talk about Internet enabling music piracy. After talking with Phair, Bill spoke about his dismay that Tommy Chong was sentenced to nine months in prison for a venture he ran that sold bongs over the Internet. Bill then gave this week's New Rules.moreless
  • September 5, 2003
    September 5, 2003
    Episode 17
    9/5/03
    9.5
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)
    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.
    Special guest, Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) discussed Iraq and the need for the Bush administration to clearly communicate to the American people who the enemy is and what their strategy is for resolving Middle Eastern conflicts. He also identified that part of the problem the current administration is having is that there was not a sufficient amount of post war planning. The General also identified himself as a liberal, but in the c sense of the word, where issues are resolved through reason and dialog, not towing party lines and stricture.

    Bill then introduced his roundtable guests for the week, Wolf Blitzer, D.L. Hughley, and William Kristol. Bill started things off by noting this week was the first all male panel in the show's history, and seeking the panel's impression on John Kerry's crying at the difficulties described by an unemployed mother. Bill then took the opportunity to ask hard-line conservative Bill Kristol if he felt the war in Iraq was going to plan. Kristol said his magazine, The Weekly Standard, was publishing an editorial urging the President to do what was necessary to not only win the war, but also win the post-war in Iraq as well. Bill then questioned why two Newsweek reporters could locate the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden, while the US military cannot.

    Bill then introduced another special guest, Al Franken, who spoke about his tangling with Fox News and the use of the words "fair and balanced" in the title of his book. They also talked briefly about Franken's comparison of conservative love of country to how a child loves his mother, as opposed to an adults' love for a spouse and that person's imperfections. After more talk about Iraq, Bill asked the panel if they felt the seriousness and importance of the news was being diminished by reporting on things like Madonna's kissing Britney Spears and the VMA awards. And, what the effect is on the youth when Britney Spears says things like we should trust our President in every decision he makes. There was also some discussion on why the press has been so forgiving towards the President on his, some would argue, frequent gaffs. Blitzer in particular argued that 9/11 redefined the public's relationship with the President. Finally, Bill questioned the reasoning behind granting condemned abortion doctor murderer Paul Hill a press conference, suggesting it was a gesture to the pro-life movement by Gov. Jeb Bush. Bill then gave this week's New Rules.moreless
  • August 29, 2003
    August 29, 2003
    Episode 16
    8/29/03
    10
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)
    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.
    Special guest, Senator Joe Biden discussed the current problems in Iraq and North Korea, arguing the Administration needs to be forthright with the American people about both the scope of commitment and importance in resolving these conflicts favorably. The roundtable guests, Bay Buchanan, Dennis Miller and Larry Miller briefly discussed the President's recent assertion in a speech that one reason we are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan is to keep the battle away from American soil. Bill then questioned to Republican Party's decision to delay the convention to coincide with the anniversary of September 11 and hold a ceremony at the World Trade Center site. The group then briefly discussed the influence of MTV and rap music on America's youth. Bill then briefly spoke with California State Senator Tom McClintock about his thoughts on Arnold Schwarzenegger's and his own run for the California governorship. The roundtable then debated whether candidates should be held accountable for "youthful indiscretions" when running for office. Bill then directed the conversation towards what the influence, if any, Christian Fundamentalism plays in Middle East and Israeli Policy.moreless
  • August 22, 2003
    August 22, 2003
    Episode 15
    8/22/03
    10
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)
    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.
    Special guests former CIA director R. James Woolsey and Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. joined Bill via satellite, discussing the situation on the ground in post-war Iraq. Ford, who recently returned from touring Iraq, called for more international involvement in the rebuilding effort, and Bill wondered aloud whether the U.S. has a reputation for poor follow-through--"a country that has its fun, then leaves you on the side of the road with a torn dress and smeared lipstick." But Woolsey warned against a U.N.-run effort, unless "you like the way the United Nations defended the Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica, in 1995." With roundtable guests comedian Margaret Cho, former Georgia congressman Bob Barr and Mayor Willie Brown, Bill trotted out his desktop Ten Commandments statue, and asked the panel how many of them had to do with law. It was a short philosophical hop to religion as a "neurological disease," and a look at gay rights, the Bible and why sodomy definitions often include all the fun stuff. The group sparred over the need for a gay high school and raised the possibility of segregating bullies into their own school instead. Bill wondered: Is the California recall a right-wing power grab? And could internet sperm transactions from mannotincluded.com make men mostly obsolete? Finally, this week's set of New Rules offered some crowd-pleasers regulating the blackout, cell phones and summer movies.moreless
  • August 15, 2003
    August 15, 2003
    Episode 14
    8/15/03
    10
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)
    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.
    Special guests former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura and California gubernatorial candidate Arianna Huffington discussed the California recall election. Roundtable guests, conservative commentator Ann Coulter, talk show host Orlando Jones, and California congressman Dana Rohrabacher, dove into the issue of the big blackout and if Republicans or Democrats were to blame. Bill then steered the discussion towards the war in Iraq and the often-violent reception troops are receiving there, as compared to the warm reception being given by the people of Liberia. Bill then asked for opinions on the President's assertion that the media's heavy war coverage has contributed to the nation's weak economy. The issue of airline security was revisited when Bill brought up the administration's assertion that equipping commercial carriers with missile defense systems for $10 billion was "not fiscally viable." Finally, Bill posed the question to the roundtable if the introduction of the George Bush action figure was ironic given his own questionable record of military service, and, more generally, whether he has the qualities and deportment of a military leader. Bill then closed the show with the New Rules.moreless
  • August 8, 2003
    August 8, 2003
    Episode 13
    8/8/03
    10
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)
    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.
    Special guest, California Governor Gray Davis spoke about the recall vote, the state's budget and the challenge from Arnold Schwarzenegger. The roundtable guests, Donna Brazile, Rep. David Dreier, and Janeane Garofalo, then took up the issue, focusing on whether Schwarzenegger brings an appropriate air of gravitas to the campaign. Bill then steered the discussion towards airport security, specifically, the airline industry's practice of using excess storage capacity for air cargo, which is not screened. The roundtable then discussed the adequacy of the Homeland Security Budget. Finally, discussion moved to Kobe Bryant and his quoting Dr. Martin Luther King, and if it was the best choice to describe his current plight. Bill then closed the show with the New Rules, where he focused on slogans and people's gullibility.moreless
  • August 1, 2003
    August 1, 2003
    Episode 12
    8/1/03
    9.5
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)
    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.
    Special guests Ray Flynn and Representative Barney Frank mixed it up on the issue of gay marriages. The roundtable guests, Alec Baldwin, Christopher Hitchens and Tara Setmayer, then took up the issue, with those on the right arguing, among other things, gay marriages ultimately weaken the fabric of our society. Bill then steered the discussion towards the Middle East and the Saudi government's role in terrorism and why they have not been taken to task for their complicity. Texas state senator Leticia Van de Putte then joined in via satellite to talk about why Democratic members of the state legislature keep fleeing the state. Finally, the group discussed the impending recall vote of Governor Gray Davis. Bill then closed the show with the New Rules, where he focused on terrorist organizations that also claim to be charities.moreless
  • July 25, 2003
    July 25, 2003
    Episode 11
    7/25/03
    10
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)

    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

    Senator Bob Graham spoke with Bill via satellite about the classified section of the congressional report on 9/11, (Sen. Graham was a member of the committee that issued the report). The roundtable guests, Angela "Bay" Buchanan, D.L. Hughley and Aaron McGruder, then discussed the reference to Iraq in President Bush's now infamous State of the Union speech. Rev. Al Sharpton then "dropped in" via satellite to talk about Liberia, which piqued further debate on the issue with the roundtable. Conversation then moved to Kobe Bryant, and the issue of rape and consensual sex. Finally, the group touched upon the movement to ban ephedra. Bill then closed the show with the New Rules, where he focused on the movement to recall California Governor, Gray Davis.moreless
  • April 25, 2003
    April 25, 2003
    Episode 10
    4/25/03
    10
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)

    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

    Roundtable guests, Clive Barker, D.L. Hughley and Ann Coulter discussed a few topics including whether or not an unborn child has rights and should be considered as such by our legal courts system. Guest performer, Naked Trucker and his band performed a song that redefined American patriotism.moreless
  • April 18, 2003
    April 18, 2003
    Episode 9
    4/18/03
    9.1
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)

    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

    Roundtable guests Ann Coulter, Michael Eric Dyson, Dennis Miller. Guest performer: Earthquake.
  • April 11, 2003
    April 11, 2003
    Episode 8
    4/11/03
    9.4
    Roundtable guests Doug McIntyre, Arianna Huffington and Michael Eric Dyson brought the heat factor up several notches as they discussed the latest developments in the Iraq war and the Supreme Court case challenging current Texas law outlawing sodomy between two consenting adults. Paul F. Tompkins pondered the validity of Martha Burk's protest against the Augusta National Golf Club's policy of not admitting women. Jerry Minor's comedic performance of a soul singer discovering his woman's infidelity closed the show.moreless
  • April 4, 2003
    April 4, 2003
    Episode 7
    4/4/03
    9.2
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)
    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.
    Roundtable guests Michael Graham, Arianna Huffington and Aaron McGruder gave their spins on racism and other topics. Jeff Ross closed the show with a comedic performance.
  • March 28, 2003
    March 28, 2003
    Episode 6
    3/28/03
    9.1
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)

    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

    Roundtable Guests Janeane Garofalo, Michael Graham, Larry Miller gave their spins on how being anti-war is not being anti-American. Paul F. Tompkins comedically commented on our Southern states grappling with the confederate flag and other political issues. Special guest Michael Moore discussed his fiery Academy Award ® acceptance speech. Bob Odenkirk closed the show with a witty performance.moreless
  • March 21, 2003
    March 21, 2003
    Episode 5
    3/21/03
    9.1
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)

    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

    Bill's guests were veterans Shad Meshad, Delphine Metcalf-Foster and Ward Tayne of past US wars who discussed how their experiences shaped their views of the Iraq war. Paul F. Tompkins chimed in on the Academy Awards and roundtable guests Connie Rice, Larry Miller and Tim Robbins discussed the war, veterans rights and whether or not support for the troops means supporting the war. Musicians Grant Lee Phillips and Jon Brion closed the show with their guitar stylings.moreless
  • March 14, 2003
    March 14, 2003
    Episode 4
    3/14/03
    7.6
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)

    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

    Civil Rights Activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson stopped by for lively discussion. Roundtable topics for guests Arianna Huffington, Monica Crowley and Dennis Miller included the impending Iraq war and the tumbling stock market. Comedian Nick Swardson provided his stand up performance to close the show.moreless
  • March 7, 2003
    March 7, 2003
    Episode 3
    3/7/03
    9.7
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)
    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.
    Roundtable guests discussed President Bush's press conference, reality TV and terrorism while Paul F. Tompkins waxed poetic on the seemingly infinite number of Democrats lining up for the presidency. Guest performance by comedy group "Marijuanalogues".
  • February 28, 2003
    February 28, 2003
    Episode 2
    2/28/03
    8.8
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)
    Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.
    Bill's panel members are:

    Ted Rall
    Monica Crowley
    Larry Miller

    Discussions was on the week's events, including the selection of the new World Trade Center designs.
    Bill's guests by satellite are:

    Dave Matthews
    Dave Horowitz

    They gave their views on the possibility of war with Iraq.
    Plus a special Performance by Monty Python comedian Eric Idle.moreless
  • Premier Episode
    Premier Episode
    Episode 1
    2/21/03
    8.8
    Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL) Tonight's episode is Live from L.A. Bill's panel tonight are: * Michael Eric Dyson, professor of humanities and author of "Why I Love Black Women". * Ann Coulter, conservative author of "Treason". * Larry Miller, comedian. Bill's other guests are: * Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, Congressman. * Chris Rock, comedian and former "Politically Incorrect" Correspondent mixes it up with Ann Coulter over affirmative action. * Sarah Silverman, comedian who ends the show with her acid-wit comedy.moreless
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