The BEST Episodes of Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 11, 2022

Network: HBO

Spanning pop culture and touching on everything from sports and entertainment to arts and technology, this talk show hosted by Bill Simmons will feature intimate conversations with compelling guests, plus field segments and Simmons' signature commentary on current events.

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Charles Barkley & Ben Affleck

#1 - Charles Barkley & Ben Affleck

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 22, 2016

In the premiere edition of this weekly talk show, Bill breaks down why LeBron James is truly 'one of one;' plus, Charles Barkley on why LeBron is still not in his Top 5 Greatest of All Time; and New England-native Ben Affleck talks movies, sports and Deflategate.

star 9.34
53 votes
Directors: Mark Gentile
Writers: Brendan Lynch, Cathy Lew, Jason Ross, Joel Solomon, Pat Barker, Travon Free
Aaron Rodgers

#2 - Aaron Rodgers

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 13, 2016

After her 7th Wimbledon win, Bill explains why Serena Williams is able to rise above both on and off the tennis court; plus, a one-on-one conversation with Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers on concussions and more; Bill gives the belt to Tim Duncan.

star 9.27
41 votes
Directors: Mark Gentile
Writers: Brendan Lynch, Cathy Lew, Jason Ross, Joel Solomon, Pat Barker, Travon Free
Mark Cuban, Malcolm Gladwell & Bill Hader

#3 - Mark Cuban, Malcolm Gladwell & Bill Hader

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 29, 2016

Bill has some ideas for 'Game of Thrones' to ponder over the summer; plus, NBA owner Mark Cuban and author Malcolm Gladwell discuss NBA team owners and why Mark Cuban won't be selling the Mavericks anytime soon; and Bill has some advice for Knicks fans who want to make their team great again.

star 8.00
19 votes
Directors: Mark Gentile
Writers: Brendan Lynch, Cathy Lew, Jason Ross, Joel Solomon, Pat Barker, Travon Free
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cris Carter & Amy Trask

#4 - Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cris Carter & Amy Trask

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 14, 2016

Bill chats with former Raiders CEO Amy Trask and Pro Football Hall of Famer Cris Carter to talk NFL issues; Bill asks why 'Survivor' host Jeff Probst doesn't get his proper due; Joseph Gordon-Levitt talks about his career, playing Edward Snowden in his new film and shows off his Lakers pride.

star 7.89
9 votes
Doug Baldwin, Joel McHale and Mike Rapaport

#5 - Doug Baldwin, Joel McHale and Mike Rapaport

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 5, 2016

star 7.67
9 votes
Al Michaels, Bob Costas, Vince Staples

#6 - Al Michaels, Bob Costas, Vince Staples

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Oct 19, 2016

star 7.62
13 votes
Chris Bosh, Anthony Anderson & Joe Rogan

#7 - Chris Bosh, Anthony Anderson & Joe Rogan

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 6, 2016

Bill chronicles the rise of UFC from its gritty Internet roots to billion dollar enterprise; Chris Bosh and Anthony Anderson break down Kevin Durant's move to the Golden State Warriors; UFC commentator Joe Rogan shares his expertise on Brock Lesnar and other UFC contenders.

star 7.50
14 votes
Directors: Mark Gentile
Writers: Brendan Lynch, Cathy Lew, Jason Ross, Joel Solomon, Pat Barker, Travon Free
Wayne Gretzky, Bill Burr and Larry Wilmore

#8 - Wayne Gretzky, Bill Burr and Larry Wilmore

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Oct 26, 2016

star 7.47
15 votes
Danny McBride, Christina Hendricks & Michael K. W

#9 - Danny McBride, Christina Hendricks & Michael K. W

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 27, 2016

Bill talks with Danny McBride; argues 'Deflategate' before Judge Joe Brown; and sits down with Christina Hendricks and Michael K. Williams.

star 7.43
14 votes
Jay Glazer, Paul Pierce

#10 - Jay Glazer, Paul Pierce

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Nov 2, 2016

star 7.33
9 votes
Jay Glazer, DeMaurice Smith & Malcolm Gladwell

#11 - Jay Glazer, DeMaurice Smith & Malcolm Gladwell

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 7, 2016

NFL columnist Jay Glazer; executive director of the NFL Players Association DeMaurice Smith; journalist Malcolm Gladwell.

star 7.00
14 votes
Kevin Durant & Nas

#12 - Kevin Durant & Nas

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 21, 2016

Bill invites Vince Staples in to lay down a few 'Diss Tracks'; NBA MVP Kevin Durant discusses his move to Golden State, his relationship with Russell Westbrook and dealing with critics as legendary rapper Nas relates the world of hip-hop, his albums and dealing with 'beef'; KD and Nas stick around for a rapid-fire Speed Round.

star 7.00
14 votes
Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla

#13 - Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Nov 9, 2016

star 6.90
10 votes
Ricky Williams & Seth Rogen

#14 - Ricky Williams & Seth Rogen

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 10, 2016

Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams and New York Magazine's Rembert Browne chat about drug policies in the NFL; Bill breaks down the latest sports fan extortion, Personal Seat Licenses; 'Sausage Party' star Seth Rogen sits down with Bill to talk about the new raunchy animated comedy; Legendary stoners Seth Rogen and Ricky Williams talk trees with Bill during the 'Weed' Round.

star 6.67
15 votes
Directors: Mark Gentile
Writers: Brendan Lynch, Cathy Lew, Jason Ross, Joel Solomon, Pat Barker, Travon Free
Charlamagne Tha God & Abby Wambach

#15 - Charlamagne Tha God & Abby Wambach

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 28, 2016

star 6.57
14 votes
Jonah Hill, Jon Favreau & Wesley Morris

#16 - Jonah Hill, Jon Favreau & Wesley Morris

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 17, 2016

Guests: Actor Jonah Hill, speechwriter Jon Favreau and writer Wesley Morris

star 6.54
13 votes
Caitlyn Jenner, J.J. Redick & Lamorne Morris

#17 - Caitlyn Jenner, J.J. Redick & Lamorne Morris

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 3, 2016

L.A. Clipper JJ Redick and 'New Girl' star Lamorne Morris sit with Bill to talk Team USA basketball past and present; Bill gives his take on fat athletes; and Olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner discusses the current batch of decathletes, her Olympic career, politics and struggling with her identity.

star 6.50
2 votes