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Language: English
Category: TV Series / Comedy / News / Talk Show
Original Title: Real Time with Bill Maher
Duration: 1h
Video type: TV Series
Comedian and political satirist Bill Maher discusses topical events with guests from various backgrounds.

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Series cast summary:
Bill Maher Bill Maher - Himself - Host 474 episodes, 2003-2019

Maher originally wanted the series to be titled "True Dat" or "The Truth Hurts" but HBO rejected both. Maher settled for "Real Time" but does not like the title.

An episode scheduled for November 9, 2007 was canceled due to the 2007 Writers Strike. The scheduled guests were Ben Affleck, George Carlin, and Tom Brokaw.

The fourteenth season finale was the first episode to air after the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. The fifteenth season premiere aired on Inauguration Day in 2017.

The series is broadcast live and uncensored.



Reviews: [25]

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    Rko

    Of course, some people are attracted to the unstable. I have to watch this show whenever I notice it is on, even when I find it to be an episode that I have already seen. You are never sure if you should laugh or wince as Bill takes aim at everything ridiculous about America. He even lets himself be ridiculed, which is the mark of a fair commentator. The guests on his shows frequently disagree with him and the show is more fun when they disagree. The first time I really took to Bill's style was watching a show where one of the guests(Andrew Sullivan, I think) slammed a comment of Bill's that they then discussed for a few minutes. The only thing I don't like about the show is that it is too short. Bill frequently has to cut discussions off to make way for other topics, which gives it the feel in pace of PTI. An important show with a perfect home in HBO, where you can actually say what you want to say.
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    Zepavitta

    It has been a long time, a very long time, before I have seen something intelligent on TV. I never watched "Politically Incorrect"; I just never got into that show. But I do like the political nature of Bill Maher's comedy and prose, and while I do not agree on all his points, I do deeply respect his true representation of them; he doesn't mollify his points because others may not want hear them. This is something truly refreshing. If you don't like flagrant intellectualism and polar politics, this show isn't for you. However, if you have an open mind and want to hear some of the questions people don't want you to ask, this IS for you.
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    JoJosho

    Network: HBO; Genre: News Analysis, Comedy; Content Rating: TV-MA (profanity, sexual humor); Perspective: Contemporary (star range: 1 - 4);

    Seasons Reviewed: Series

    As a more conservative-minded person (70% of the IMDb readers just skipped to another review) I've always found Bill Maher to be a social guilty pleasure and an intellectual workout. The late-night roundtable series "Politically Incorrect" was network TV's first and last introduction to the silver-tongued comedian, not to mention a regular time-slot favorite of mine. Whether telling us that pregnancy isn't "sexy" or that all Christians are brainwashed bigots, Maher is a true original who challenges the audience and their safe notions that the First Amendment only protects speech that they like. I say this because HBO's "Real Time" is so free; your likeness of it will directly relate to how much you like Maher and, in a time when everybody wants to listen to ideological parrots, your likeness of him may relate to your own politics.

    I defended Maher on his supposedly controversial post-9/11 comments on "PI", though in retrospect being kicked off ABC and onto HBO was the best thing that could have happened to Maher. "Real Time" allows Maher to be his clever, acerbic and deeply iconoclastic best. It is a fully open venue to speak his mind, shape it into riotous laughs and rip into the hot button issues of the week, his own annoyances and his own personal enemies without commercials to break the momentum and network TV channel changers flipping by and catching his comments out of context. Even fans of "PI" might find a now off-the-leash Maher too strong, raw or abrasive.

    It all works like dynamite because the guy is funnier, smarter and a better interviewer than Jon Stewart, Jay Leno and David Letterman combined. He really asks the tough questions and pins down the guest to answer them. In the final New Rules segment Maher's rapid-fire wit is shown to be in top form. At any point, his off-the-cuff improvisations are laugh-out-loud funny. He's also more out in the open about his angry liberalism than Letterman (I'm afraid Letterman is really going to explode one day). From one angle you could say that its anger holds it back from really reaching the comic heavens. Maher hates President George W. Bush and the way he twists every joke back to the "Bush is an Idiot" punch-line becomes repetitive and tiresome. The show has a one-track mind. Bush and the Republicans only get a brief break when Maher goes after the ding-bat celebrity of the moment.

    The really accented problem with "Real Time" is the audience. For one of TV's smartest infotainment shows it has TV's dumbest audience. Listen as they clap and cheer at the mention of faile US foreign policy or soldiers who come back from war missing limbs in a twisted backward celebration of something they think legitimizes their view. You have to admire anybody remotely conservative who braves this lion's den, gets the back of their ears flicked all night by Maher and the 2 other guests ganging up on them and still maintains their composure. Often the show gets me heated and occasionally Maher's jokes even go off the edge and into tacky, but that is the razor's edge of iconoclastic comedy. It doesn't work if someone isn't offended. A knee-jerk reaction would be to wish that Maher balance it out, but that would be disingenuous wouldn't it? That wouldn't be Bill Maher.

    "Real Time" is a red-hot ideological spit wad show. Nobody is able to or given the time on TV to lay out a linear-logical liberal case the way that Maher can on this show. Conversley, the arguments many of the guests are making feel either insightful or clueless and circle, which is another reason the show is such an addicting watch. Conservatives should be listening to Maher the way liberals should be listening to Bill O'Reilly or Rush Limbaugh. There is also something special about it, tucked away on HBO. "Real Time" is like looking through the keyhole and in on a private New York cocktail party where politicians, pundits, actors, salon.com writers, musicians and other pseudo-intellectuals get together, sit around, complain about middle America, pontificate about the world going to hell, pretend that Maureen Dowd is funny and generally pat themselves on the back making themselves feel like geniuses and think their rants are accomplishing something - except on "Real Time" there is probably more smiling and laughing.

    Freedom, baby, freedom. To debate and freedom to be heard in your entirety. "Real Time" is the greatest testament to it on American television. A work that becomes great because HBO (a network that craps quality) simply lets the inmates run the asylum. This is an addictive hour of TV that I only wish it was on more regularly. It is great to have Bill Maher back and better than ever. Unequivically, this show is awesome.

    * * * * / 4
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    Ieslyaenn

    You never know what Bill Maher is going to do or say next. This show is structured as part political stand-up comedy, part round table talk show. This airs on HBO, so Bill has a little more freedom to be outrageous than he did in his previous show of the same type "Politically Incorrect" which ran on the networks.

    The format is that Bill comes out and does some ripped from the headlines political stand-up, and then he usually introduces a single guest with whom he has a one-on-one chat. This guest is usually somebody with which Bill agrees politically, because the conversation almost always takes on the form of a conversation not an argument.

    Then it is time to introduce his panel of guests. There are usually Democrats interspersed with Republicans - those who are brave enough to show up. The ensuing debate is very interesting and Bill Maher is well informed, able to combine comedy with information in a way that entertaining.

    The fun is when Bill does something unexpected. One time he got talked into a corner about pharmaceuticals and basically said that the body has everything it needs to heal itself, that drugs and surgery are completely unnecessary. A guest tried to gently bring up the subject of infections that respond only to antibiotics, needed surgeries for burst appendices, etc. But Bill was not going to be talked down from that tree from which there was no dignified escape. Another time, Mary Matalin was a guest. She converted to Catholicism when she married and as a result wears a cross around her neck. I didn't even notice it until Bill Maher reached over and grabbed the cross and began stuffing it out of sight, as in under her blouse. Matalin remained more composed than I would! Personal space Bill! Personal space! I might add that Bill is a rabid atheist, but I thought that this crossed the line, no pun intended.

    As I am writing this, Bill is currently really enjoying the 2016 election cycle because it gives him so much material. You see, apparently some time in the past Bill Maher called Donald Trump an orangutan and Trump sued him, even showing up in court with his birth certificate proving he was NOT an orangutan. Somebody wisely got Trump to drop this nonsense. So now that Trump is truly a public figure and cannot sue people for derogatory statements they make about him, Maher is really enjoying himself.

    I'd say tune it in if you understand that Maher is going to erupt into anti-GOP atheist rants from time to time, but that the panel discussion is usually intellectually engaging. And Maher still has that comic touch after all of these years.
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    Doktilar

    One of the best reasons to watch HBO, is "Real Time with Bill Maher" a 60-minute program that is no holds barred and pulls no punches back. Comedian Bill Maher is your host starting the show off with stand-up jokes, then his program becomes real as he and selected guest talk about real issues in the world from political, social, entertainment, and environmental you name it. Unlike other news host Maher always comments on issues with a unique and bitchy comic twist, which being on a network like HBO lets him do that, making him much better from when he hosted "Politically Incorrect" on ABC. Even though Maher is a liberal democrat a fact that he doesn't hide he always includes a priceless panel of pairings of liberals, moderates, and even always at least one republican or conservative guest each week so that way you get to hear both sides of the story on the most hot-button political issues in discussion format. So don't miss it when it runs on HBO on Fridays at 11PM, check your listing though like most HBO series this is a program that starts each season at a different month. Watch you'll be sorry if you don't.
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    Qumenalu

    Y'know, I voted for Kerry in 2004 and am rabidly anti-Bush, but this show still bugs me enough I can't make it through more than a few minutes. From the guy who used to be "Politically Incorrect", the only catch was 95% of the time he was "incorrect" only if you were a Christian or a conservative, neither of which was setting the standard of political correctness. Typically Bill and two liberal panelists team up on/talk over one conservative shill, when they dispose of him/her Maher moves on to conquer other territory. Bill occasionally comes up with a gem, but he's too fascinated by his own reflection and the sound of his voice, in his own way a young, decidedly leftist Bill Buckley. The idea of telling things as they actually are attracts me, but there often is more than one valid point of view and - despite the "Real" title - the deck seems stacked way too often with Maher.
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    Vushura

    Bill Maher is an annoying character. You can appreciate his humour, his political views and his humanity but his smirk irks. That smart ass grin he gets when he tells a gag, especially a controversial one, takes the shine off an otherwise great performance. Maybe it's just me.

    I'm an Australian. I live in Australia and visit the US about once a year for business. I find watching Real Time and Jon Stewart's The Daily Show all I need to keep up with what is happening in that country. I get that education in an entertaining way. I don't agree with everything Maher espouses (smoking pot is dumb - period) his views sit well with a right wing Aussie. It amazes me that a right wing Aussie is about level with an extreme left wing American. Our countries are similar but so different.

    The show starts with a short Johnny Carson style monologue - and Maher should either refresh his writers or look at his delivery style as it isn't as great as it could or should be. A few chuckles on the events of the week but nothing you want to remember for the water cooler Monday.

    We then go into an interview with a weekly guest. Maher brings in some interesting guests, some of which I would normally go out of my way to avoid, but he manages to extrude interesting television from each and every one of them. I remember he once brought in a rapper I'd never heard of and had my finger poised on the fast forward button. To my amazement the interview finished before it got pressed.

    We then get into the panel where three guests discuss and debate issues. This is where the show gets into its own space. The conversation bubbles along with a rapid pace and humorous tone. Maher chips in with his two cents worth which is normally death to a chat show host - there's an unwritten rule that the moderator sits in the middle and steer the conversation, not get involved in it. Maher somehow gets away with it most of the time.

    We wrap up with New Rules where his writers earn the money. This is regularly the funniest part of the show making fun of everything from teenagers cell phone addiction to the president. New Rules finishes with a semi-serious dig and social commentary which proves to be Maher's issue of the week.

    All in all, a reasonably entertaining show considering it's subject matter. Not as funny as Jon Stewart but Maher goes a bit deeper in his hour than Stewart can.
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    Xisyaco

    In an time when the pundits and talking heads on the "news" networks, or what constitutes as them, bring on guests with usually partisan sides, and making wisecracks that aren't funny, there's Bill Maher. While his counterpart, Jon Stewart, has perhaps the best overall program of political/social satire on cable, Maher's program follows very close behind. The show starts off often with a great opening joke of the week, with Maher sometimes in costume (I think I once saw him as the Pope), or with actors playing some strange, hilarious part. Then he moves into the typical news of the week. But then come the guests, and this is where the goods come in. Often news shows try and make things "fair and balanced" (and the station that professes this the most does it the least), but Maher keeps it real. While his audience is sometimes more leaning to the left, he doesn't shy away from having on the right wing or conservatives, and then it brings about intelligent, sometimes cringe-worthy, discussions. Finally the show ends with "New Rules", that vary from small laughs to the biggest Maher gives on the show. There's something about Real Time- not just that Maher is funny and is on the ball with current events- that makes it a solid, thought provoking hour of television, especially in times like these. We need people to really be discussing the issues, even if its for laughs.
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    Daizil

    I'd like to first and foremost state that Bill Maher is a comedian/political satirist - and I realized this from the moment I first began watching his comedy act. I'd also like to state that I personally think he's a bit of an a**hole, albeit an a**hole with an occasional funny streak. I never watched his previous current-events TV show "Politically Incorrect" from 1997 (because I was only in my early teens at the time, yet I was able to watch "South Park" - go figure), but whenever I get the chance I've been watching his new current-events TV series "Real Time with Bill Maher."

    I got into this show fairly late in the game, only within the last three years or so. To avoid declaring any political allegiances here (as if I really have any), I will say that I do fall within this show's primary demographic. Although I agree with Maher on many points, there are some things where I feel he is blatantly wrong (especially regarding religion - though while I do believe in God, I don't really claim any specific religious order, despite my Christian upbringing), and I also don't care for his tendency sometimes to push his points as fact (at least, within the context of the many politically-charged discussions on his show). But because we must remember that Maher is first and foremost a comedian, we must also remember that we should not take anything he says seriously - whether it offends us or not; no one said that comedy - not to mention, good comedy - had to always be in good taste.

    And lastly, here is where I put the most praise on "Real Time with Bill Maher." Maher is not one to sugarcoat the insanity of modern politics (as of 2013); I personally thought his coverage of the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election was hilariously tasteless and informative. He is also not one to tread lightly on sensitive topics - he says it like it is, and he says what needs to be said, regardless of how PC or un-PC it may sound. It's harsh stuff, but again, it needs to be said, and plus he has free speech on his side.

    The other area I shower praise over is that Maher's show often touches on topics that are often under-reported - simply glossed over with little or no in-depth coverage or follow-up - or are ignored completely, by mainstream media. There have been times when I've watched "Real Time with Bill Maher" and he brings up current events that I was never even aware of. This one goes hand-in-hand with my comments that he does not need to tread lightly in sensitive areas (simply because the majority of mainstream media refuses to cover it for fear of offending, and turning off, viewers, which I personally find to be highly irresponsible of a supposedly "free" press).

    And Maher's "New Rules" segments are utterly hilarious!

    10/10
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    breakingthesystem

    This show is completely one-sided and would benefit from having more than one viewpoint so it isn't alienating more than half of the audience.

    Here is how the Round Table works... Maher is always one of the four. Then there will be two liberal guests (for example, Michael Moore or the guy who writes the "comic" strip The Boondocks). Then there will be a conservative guest, like Larry Miller or Ann Coulter. And the 3 liberals gang up and try to destroy the conservative viewpoint. They do this by interrupting and making false accusations.

    Maher tries to play Devil's Advocate and be equal between the two sides, but after about 6 minutes he drops this charade and joins the liberals, gaining much applause from the liberal audience who came out to watch the show for free.

    Very biased. Only decent part is the monologue, and half of the jokes miss.

    2/10.
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    Tane

    I am a Podcaster and listener, and this show is never far away from my mp3 player or computer. I needed more insight about what is going on, but it is hard in this time, at least it is hard to find the "right" information because of all the "right." The show is often criticized by the way bill makes his way to his point, which is often cruel, direct and very blunt. But this is a little price to pay for engaging in a conversation so damn controversial even David Letterman himself would say: "I don't think that I have ever done that before." Looking forward for more Maher and new rules. I do think that the show should be more often that it is, but that being said we do not want bill to get fired for anything anywhere anymore.
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    Gunos

    This political comedy and discussion show has run on HBO for the many years now but it is only last year that I started getting into it because my brother, who lives in North America, mentioned he prefers it to The Daily Show. This was enough to make it catch my eye shortly after when I was surfing iTunes and saw that this was available as a free podcast. As a result I'm afraid I cannot comment on the design and appearance of this as a television show, but if I had to guess I'd say its layout is pretty much the same as Leno etc but with some of it spent at an oval shaped table. That's a guess and really it doesn't matter so much because what makes me keep coming back to this is the audio.

    OK so we have the odd visual gag but mostly the podcast is just as good as it would be if it was on television – perhaps better because the lack of images means you end up focusing on the words. Each week I find the panel discussion mostly lively and engaging, the stand-up routine funny and the interview sections interesting. However I am a liberal and as such I am the choir for the majority of the comments made in this show and I totally understand why, given the partisan nature of US politics, that as many people hate it as love it. The reason for this is Maher himself and ironically he is a weakness to the show.

    This is the first time I really have had a lot of experience with him and it says a lot that, even as a left-leaner, I find him very extreme at times. I'm not saying that I am right but I think that it does help to step back and look at the media in the US. As was recently discussed on this show, the Right clearly have the talk-radio sown up and this is where the "nuts" (from a Left point of view) reside, spitting out far-right opinions unchallenged. To me Maher is on the other extreme even if the show itself offers a bit of balance by having a mix of political views represented. However while others get their say, the show is ultimately Maher's and he does tend to dominate. Although it is unlikely that even-handed discussion will ever come out when opposites sides of the spectrum are together, it does often happen that both sides make good points in their favour – only for Maher to steam across the conservative view with his opinion. Of course the audience applauds but it takes away from the balanced and intellectual appeal of parts of the show and does make it feel a bit like a show for liberal "nuts".

    I'm not aligning the two extremes though because the show does at least have a bit of balance in there and, with Maher a bit more restrained in the panel bits, it could be a lot more valuable as a political discussion show. I have no issue with him in the intro or the "new rules" because this is all him and he can lean heavily to the left without harm; it is just the panel where he needs to lean back more, focus on being a bit less involved and just prevent things getting out of control. Instead he tends to let it get out of control and then boom across everyone with his view, take the applause and then move on. Indeed it was only a few weeks ago that one of his guests did say to him "you always have to be one step away from madness don't you?".

    Real Time is good though, don't get me wrong, if it wasn't I would not keep coming back to it. It is not as funny as The Daily Show but it is funny. It is not as balanced and interesting as the This Week with George Stephanopoulos discussions but yet it is still engaging as a political discussion show. I suppose it works somewhere in the middle of the two although even liberals will find Maher's inability to hold back a bit grating and disruptive at times – those on the right probably don't need to be told that they'll be upset!
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    Shak

    I don't usually wright reviews so I'll be short: Real Time with Bill Maher is a 1 hour show on HBO based around a "roundtable" discussion and debate that addresses US politics, policies, foreign affairs and domestic issues with honesty, humor and a slightly liberal bias. Despite that bias, the show and it's host Bill Maher remain objective throughout but with a tendency to lean left in a humorous way.

    Since I'm not tied to any political party I tend to really enjoy the whole essence of this show. Nothing Bill says will offend me, although he tends to offend a lot of people who are mostly conservatives. That said, he is also critical of liberals as well. He's not afraid to critique or question either side.

    The show is filmed in front of a live audience which, in my opinion takes away from the show. The audience is almost 100% liberal and will applaud everything negative towards conservatives and they tend to gang up on Republican guests of the show. That to me is a drawback. Audience participation is the reason why I can't stand The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. While I respect Jon Stewart, his audience is very annoying and it takes away credibility from the show's claim to be news. It seems that The Daily Show is more-so entertainment and caters to a less mature demographic. Not to sound snobby, but I'm just saying. Real Time's audience doesn't go that far nor does the show stick so faithfully to entertaining it's audience. While the show does make you laugh, it remains a poignant piece of political news and satire without being too goofy.

    Towards the end of the show Bill Maher does his "New Rules" segment which is basically just a taste of his stand up routine. The segment consists of about 5 or 6 "New Rules". The last "New Rule" however is not a joke, it is a heartfelt and passionate commentary on the state of American culture, politics and overall standing in the world. It is sometimes alarming, other times it's depressing but it's always important. It is with this finale that we see Maher's true passion for his country. He may be a pot smoking, snobby, liberal douche bag but he's still an American. And it's obvious that he truly cares about his country and where it's headed. It's important to see through the facade and understand the point he is trying to make, it maybe funny and satirical but it's something we all need to hear. Whether we agree with it or not, it's a step forward in attaining a greater understanding with which we could help ourselves and our country for the future.
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    JOGETIME

    I never saw Bill Maher's previous show "Politically Incorrect", but I know that it got canceled when Maher stepped outside the party line in discussions about 9/11 (of course I consider it a credit to have gotten canceled for challenging the zeitgeist). So, I have been watching "Real Time with Bill Maher" - and seen one of his stand-up bits - and I love it. If absolutely nothing else, it's good to hear left and right be able to have an intelligent conversation, although I especially liked hearing Sean Penn's story of going to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina*. One of my favorite comments from Maher was right after a Republican debate held in the Ronald Reagan Library, and the candidates were talking as much as possible about Reagan: Maher said that it sounded more like gay men talking about Barbra Streisand. You gotta admit, his guy knows how to do satire.

    And now it's time for New Rules: 1) They can't give obnoxious movies like "The Poseidon Adventure" and "The Towering Inferno" special edition DVDs while cool movies like "The Corrupt Ones" and "The Treasure Seekers" remain available only on video. Because I know that Elke Sommer hasn't got much besides her looks, but the only part of disaster movies that I consider a disaster is having to watch them, and Elke Sommer's movies are quite pleasant.

    2) Celebrities can't try to vindicate themselves from embarrassing situations by saying that they've found Jesus. Because if a tabloid-level scandal is the only thing that gets you interested in religion, then I only hope that all sensible religions will see through your game and reject you so that you can get involved in more scandals and continue making a fool of yourself.

    3) Critics can't give musicals glowing reviews just because they're musicals, while slamming certain movies for being too "controversial". Because "Oklahoma!", "Mary Poppins" and "The Sound of Music" are so full of themselves that they just beg to get mocked; "Sweet Sweetback's Bad-ass Song", while dealing with ugly subject matter, at least told the truth about things.

    All in all, I wholeheartedly recommend this show.

    *For the record, it's been almost two years since Katrina hit and large numbers of people still haven't been able to move back to New Orleans.
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    Ishnjurus

    Like another reviewer I never really got into PI or "Politically Incorrect" either. I think mainly because it was to short on top of commercials. Also I really felt like Bill Maher had to hold back because he was on network Television. However he is truly at home on HBO where he and his guests can curse what ever they like with out those nasty censors saying no.

    I have to say I in addition to the usually very good round table discussion I really like new rules, the comedy bits. I think this show is very well balanced. The idea that now Bill Maher gets to have what guests he wants is great and to have some of them as semi-regular guests is a great consistency.

    Honestly I really can't say enough about this show because during the week leading up to Friday and there is big news I just can't wait to see what Bill Maher and his guests are going to say. You know it will make you mad, sad or just plain apathetic.
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    Risinal

    Even though I generally agree with him, his show is absolutely unbearable. That he tries to label this as comedy is laughable in and of itself. Bill Maher tries to force humor and it is too bad to watch. He also tries to come off as genuine and intelligent which he is neither, yet he seems to fool his viewers.
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    Swordsong

    If you've ever watched one of the many talk shows that litter cable and wondered: "Who would give this person a show?" Rest assured: you are not alone. 'Real Time' is just about the rock bottom of them all. But as if the premise isn't bizarre enough (i.e. a 61 year old bachelor who curses just about every other word and practically brags about his cannabis use), the treatment of some very important political issues is even worse. Like the rest of the opinion shows out there: there is no restraint on the demonization of the opposition and the applause lines are endless. And if all that isn't bad enough: the time wasted talking to some really fascinating people with all that. Some of them even play along with it. For example, he had Jane Goodall on there during Bush's Presidency. And he brings up Bush's intelligence and then they start comparing him to a monkey. (This is coming from a guy who has pleaded for more civility in politics.) This is not to mention all the other lowbrow stuff he brought up. (And this guy went to Cornell?) I think I'd rather ask Goodall about Bigfoot than to waste anyone's time with that.

    As a southerner, I get a kick out of the frequent targets against my region. Once I saw some sort of contest (similar to the NCAA Final 4) where he named the "stupidest state". Of course, just about all of his selections were southern states. Something he misses though: just about all of them had some of the highest concentrations of African-Americans in this country. (Mississippi for example is 37% black, the highest in the country.) That's an interesting stance to take. I wonder if he thinks all the dumb people are white republicans? And as someone who lives here I can tell him: if your definition of stupid is someone who believes in creationism.....then there are a ton of stupid people here who aren't white.

    As a engineer, I also laugh at the notion that we southerners are "anti- science". (Coming from a guy with degrees in English & History.) I'd like him to go to any of the major engineering hubs in the southeast (i.e. Houston, Atlanta, Greenville, Raleigh, etc.) and tell all of them they hate science. Of course, he has admitted on this show that he really doesn't know many southerners to start with. (No kidding.) And I'd pay some real money to see a evolutionary biologist give him a pop quiz (and him fail it spectacularly). The point being: he doesn't have any more of a knowledge base to accept evolution than those who reject it.

    One infamous moment (for any thinking person who saw it) had to be the time he sent Alexandra Pelosi down to Mississippi to get a taste of "real Americans in the south". Maher made it a point to say (in the intro) that she did not "cherry pick" these people. That she just got "off the plane" and this is what she saw: a bunch off toothless hicks sitting 'round the shack. Baloney. First off, everyone they talked to was white, and secondly one big giveaway that they didn't just get off the plane and see this was the fact one person they talked to had a "Vicksburg Toyoda" tag on his work shirt. Almost everyone who flies to Mississippi routinely goes to Jackson-Evers. I don't believe for one minute that a bunch of out-of-staters flew directly to Vicksburg (which is about 40 miles west of Jackson). (The background of where they shot was a bunch of shacks. If anyone thinks downtown Jackson looks like that.....they've got problems.) So obviously it's a total lie to claim this is what they saw when they got off the plane and these people were not cherry picked.

    And that's not the first time I've seen him tell a blatant lie. In one of his "New Rules" segments some years back he called Ronald Reagan "the original tea bagger". Among his many false and misleading claims in the segment included the claim that Reagan just "made up" the Chicago welfare queen. "That woman never existed" according to Maher. Well, that's news to Illinois state officials: She did exist, and her name was Linda Taylor. The original accusations of the multiple IDs, addresses, what she stole, etc.....were made in a AP article in 1977. (Quoting a Illinois state official named Joel Edelman.....not Ronald Reagan.) So as usual, this guy doesn't know what he is talking about.  The other thing that has always grabbed me about this show is the way he plays to his audience. (Either that or all his writers are in the 17-27 age bracket.) As mentioned before: a 61 year old man cursing his way through every show (not to mention all the vulgar sex jokes) trying to make political points is pretty strange. (Tim Russert he isn't.) I will give him credit though: he's dropped the libertarian facade.......and he finally woke up to the fact that radical Muslims getting nuclear weapons is a far greater threat than just about any fundamentalist Christian. I also give him credit for speaking out against the drug war and his work with PETA.....but that's about it.

    I guess probably what this show reflects most of all is what it says about our society. This is sort of like Jerry Springer on politics. A generation or two ago, this guy would have been lucky to get a 2am show in Vegas. Today? He has a platform to discuss serious political issues with millions. That's about as depressing as it gets. We'll just have to continue to hold out for better.
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    Sagda

    There is a small faction of my generation who grew up watching Chris Matthews and Hayes. Can't forget Rachel Maddow. Hearing your story, going to college for 8 years and constantly watching your show. It continues to be refreshing.

    The hysteria the hysteria. Gun violence and terrorism can be triggered by a text message from a big fish upstairs who got an email. Hysteria is manufactured and timed. But not on this show. Serious issues get a block. But so does everything else. Smart people also get a chance to explain themselves in paragraphs, usually without being yelled at by an @Orielly character.

    Mainstream media spews the same footage in loops -or from such a distance that it doesn't matter unless something horrendous happens. When I turn on this show I laugh and then engage in the political thought process.

    Can't wait for reruns on VICE.

    P.S. This show, is what political discourse should look like, probably what it used to look like.
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    Livina

    Don't get me wrong Bill Maher "was" funny, witty and had a grasp of the issues. Just wish that guy from 2003-2005 was still around. Maybe it is just me getting older, OR Bill getting much older and angrier. In either case, I think it is time for HBO to find a host who appeals to more than 35% of the population. While he still has flashes of wit, they are fewer and farther apart. I do give Bill credit for being consistent in his views and even challenging the grain once in a while. However, 80% of the time now, he comes off as a uber left talking point, getting cheep laughs taking cheep shots as if he is the man on top of the mountain. I liked him better when he had the credibility to go on other shows and voice a counter opinion. But he has become so partisan, I cannot remember the last time I saw him on a serious news or talk show.
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    Delan

    It is really good to see Bill Maher back on T.V. I have loved his cleverly inserted analogies of everything that happens in the world and he always does so in a way that makes you laugh and think in the issue he uses that on. He always has some very good discussions in his trademark round table panel in which he brings in interesting people from fellow political commentators to comedians to celebrities, and this time he avoids having carrot top on. Of course one would have to agree with him on many issues and that is hard for most to do being he is a very liberal voice. however if you actually listen you learn that what he does best is make you question what is happening instead of being fed the answer like some commentators.
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    Moswyn

    Bill Maher was a controversial figure for some time. His infamous comments on his previous show Politically Incorrect got him fired and made him interesting for HBO. And for some time I think I liked his approach. A full hour with politics, guests, talking points and a little bit of comedy. But looking more closely, a bunch of flaws get apparent. But let me elaborate.

    1. Bill Maher the comedian is great. Bill Maher the guy with an opinion is great. Bill Maher the host is terrible. His guests don't really get to disagree with him. There's most often no way for them to actually explain why they have a different opinion, be it right or wrong. There are cases where he actually just changes the subject when he's challenged by something. A good example for this are the appearances of Glenn Greenwald.

    It's tiresome to watch Maher lead a conversation when it's basically a monologue waiting for agreement.

    2. Bill Maher loves science, but he does not get it. This is very troublesome to me as I work in physics. Maher often cites numbers that aren't what he thinks they are. He loves to denounce muslims with polls of the "islamic world" that most often aren't representative, thinks flue vaccines are dangerous without actually knowing the facts.

    This becomes very dangerous when he recently (2015) stated he'd get the German Pegida protesters for their anti-Muslim sentiment. There's nothing sadder than this. Bill Maher supporting a movement he doesn't know anything about and basically explaining a group of people are the problem (which are his words, literally).

    You might think, I'm not liking his show because he doesn't agree with me. But the fact is that he doesn't let any neutral scientific person answer. This is my main problem. There's no actual evaluation of what he claims. But that leads me to the next point.

    3. The guests suck. Why? Well, most of the guests are there because they are promoting books. Sometimes it's celebrities that don't know what the hell they're talking about but still keep on blabbing. There are exceptions and that's great, and it's great to see people who are not in the fields of journalism or politics but who have strong informed opinion. But sadly that often is not the case. Instead you have always three guys who have pre-written punchlines that they push on any subject to make the crowd applaud. It's always the same. The crowd applauds for guest A. Guest B says something completely contrary but puts it into nice words, and the crowd applauds again. It's annoying. And boring.

    There you go.
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    Keel

    Complete waste of time. As predictable as those old "point/counterpoint" segments that ran on 60 Minutes. Maher was funnier before he began to actually think of himself as a pundit. To me, he just comes across as an arrogant bore.
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    Blackredeemer

    I watched Bill Maher when he was on ABC ... and loved him. He was like Saturday Night Live / David Letterman with wacky guests (e.g. Christine O'Donnell). It was thought provoking, yet very funny! He went to HBO, which I did not subscribe to ... so I stopped watching ... but people still thought, my thoughts were enough like his, they would give me his books as gifts, and suggest I get HBO to see him.

    I finally got HBO ... and started to watch him again, but something had changed. His wacky guests, are now mostly people selling books, and his political satire under Clinton and Bush, has turned into a bitterness under Obama. Maybe Maher is uncomfortable making fun of a Black President, or maybe he had more 'Hope' for Obama ... but the show has turned ugly, and boring, as he lashes out at the Republicans to compensate.

    I am an Independent, and a Libertarian, and I always thought Maher was too ... but maybe I found him much funnier on ABC, because I could see by the faces he made, he was constrained by the Network in what he could say, and maybe I just filled in the blanks with what I thought he would say if he could ... and now that he is on HBO, and says what he wants, I no longer like him? ... that, or he has alienated so many groups, he now is just a brown nose to the only one he has 'left'? Rachel Maddow was on his show tonight, and I kept thinking ... If you like Rachel Maddow, you will love Bill Maher P.S. the only times his show is worth watching anymore ... is if he has a couple strong opinionated Conservatives/Republicans. Then the bitterness seems to ebb, and the Old Maher reappears ... but it rarely happens any more, and is mostly 'group think'
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    Saimath

    Last week Bill Maher said that if Obama is elected America wins and if Romney is elected comedy wins. Well Obama was elected and America won, but comedy is still alive and well on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher." The episode airing on 11/09/2012, episode 266, had lots of great comedy moments. I'm going to name this episode "It's Odd." Read on, and you'll see why.

    Bill began with a funny monologue. (Actually doesn't everything seem funnier now that the pall of a Republican win no longer hovers over us?) Bill said "Mormon has broken and we are black in the saddle again." Puns may be the lowest form of humor, but this one rocked. ...

    Buh Buh bye, Romney. I hope he finally disappears from public life--maybe goes to live with his money in the Cayman Islands--so I never have to look at his ugly face again. Yes, I know, he has movie-star good-looks, but he has an ugly soul. Somewhere, in an attic someplace, a Dorian Gray-like portrait shows him looking like something from "The Crypt." ...

    The above are excepts from my review of episode 266 of Real Time with Bill Maher on my blog "Premium Cable Reviews." Go to the blog for my recap, review and commentary.
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    Malanim

    Bill Maher is great. He will debate anyone on any issue, and often does! He also offers his opponents and enemies the respect on appearing on his show to defend their views. The fact that he is so radically popular confirm the belief that many Americans, myself included, share: Our government and 'the system' have deep deep flaws. The American people, all 99% percent of us suffer from.

    As we approach the breaking point of crisis in our world it livens the soul and warms the heart to see such an intelligent and savvy human being pushing the envelope on important progressive issues.

    Those of us who make 40K/year and are proud to call ourselves capitalists should look more closely into Maher's values. Socialism is not a dirty word. Maher would agree.