The Best Episodes of Real Time with Bill Maher
Each week Bill Maher surrounds himself with a panel of guests which include politicians, actors, comedians, musicians and the like to discuss what's going on in the world.
#1 - June 15, 2012
Season 10 - Episode 20
Guests: Economist Joseph Stiglitz, actor Alan Thicke, political consultant Karen Finney, journalist David Frum, pollster Kristen Soltis. Topics: Economic inequality, 'euro-zone' crisis, Obama's immigration reform, fake Obama, Canadian institutions, American's sense of entitlement, Racism, Vacation time in America.
#2 - February 20, 2009
Season 7 - Episode 1
Guests: Financial Times editor Chrystia Freeland, journalist Tina Brown, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA); via satellite, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), journalist Brigitte Gabriel Topics: The economy, President Obama's first month in office
#3 - June 29, 2012
Season 10 - Episode 22
Guests: Journalist Amy Goodman, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA), journalist Fareed Zakaria, former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, comedian Lizz Winstead. Topics: Affordable Care Act, Justices John Roberts and Antonin Scalia, reproductive health, Egypt election, Rep. Allen West, Mitt Romney's plan for China and health care, Romney's VP candidates.
#4 - September 30, 2011
Season 9 - Episode 29
Guests: Reporter Dana Priest, environmental advocate Van Jones, former Governer Jennifer Granholm (D-MI), Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, Author Salman Rushdie Topics: Anwar al-Awlaki assassination, possibility of Chris Christie running for president, Obama returning to progressive values, heckler calling Obama the antichrist and religion in republicanism, occupy wall street, Solendria going bankrupt, Obama's comments to black voters, opening of the Ground Zero mosque, tax breaks for American job creation, Jesus Christ as a republican candidate.
#5 - September 23, 2011
Season 9 - Episode 28
Guests: Journalist Ron Suskind, musician and activist Tom Morello, co-editor of Deadline Artists: America’s Greatest Newspaper Columns John Avlon, former Representative and Director, President, and CEO of The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Jane Harman (D-CA), filmmaker Michael Moore Topics: Obama's first term in office, Ricky Perry's campaign, unemployment, Bill O'Reilly threat to quote, wealthy people unwilling to accept higher taxes, Tony Bennett remarks, artist censorship, occupation of Wall Street, poor people voting against their economic interests
#6 - August 31, 2012
Season 10 - Episode 25
Political commentator Dinesh D'Souza and author Walter Kirn are the interview guests. Panelists: actor Jason Alexander; political strategist Ron Christie; news anchor Soledad O'Brien.
#7 - July 08, 2011
Season 9 - Episode 22
Guests: Executive Director of Drug Policy Alliance Ethan Nadelmann, Ann Coulter, The Nation editor and MSNBC host Christopher Hayes, historian Amanda Foreman, Chaz Bono Topics: U.S. debt ceiling, jobs, Michele Bachmann, Keith Ablow on Bill Maher, News of the World phone hacking scandal, Casey Anthony trial, favorable laws for the wealthy
#8 - October 05, 2012
Season 10 - Episode 29
Journalist Will Cain; Former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla) ; Actress Kerry Washington; Political consultant Frank Luntz; Environmentalist Bill McKibbe.
#9 - May 04, 2012
Season 10 - Episode 15
Guests: Comedian Arsenio Hall, comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, Republican strategist Susan del Percio, host of MSNBC's "The Ed Show" Ed Schultz, former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell Lawrence Wilkerson Topics: Anniversary of Rodney King/LA riots, Obama being painted as the most left president ever, the future of NATO, Anniversary of Bin Laden's death, republican vice presidential nominee, war on women, success in America, charitable giving
#10 - April 5, 2013
Season 11 - Episode 10
Interviewee: Sebastian Junger (war correspondent & "Which Way Is the Front Line from Here?" director) Panelists: Abby Huntsman, Stephen Moore, Bernie Sanders Panel Guest: Zack Kopplin (science education activist) Topics: Social Security chained to CPI, the economy and the middle class, the Keystone Pipeline and energy, Mark Sanford, science education and climate change, science funding, marriage equality, Libertarianism.
#11 - September 21, 2012
Season 10 - Episode 28
Top-of-show will be documentarian Eugene Jarecki who's latest film, "The House I Live In," will be out in theatres on October 5th. Mid-show will be literary icon Salman Rushdie who's latest book is Joseph Anton: A Memoir. Panel: Rana Foroohar – Assistant Managing Editor and Economic Columnist at Time Magazine. Roger Hedgecock – Radio Talk Show Host and former Mayor of San Diego. Chris Matthews – Host of MSNBC's "Hardball" and author of Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero.
#12 - October 28, 2011
Season 9 - Episode 33
Guests: Tax reform lobbyist Grover Norquist, journalist Michelle Goldberg, CNN foreign correspondent Michael Ware, philosopher Cornel West, Republican strategist Ron Christie. Topics: Herman Cain's creepy ad, Fallout from the Status of Forces Agreement, brutality of treatment of Gaddafi's corpse, Iran, Occupy Wall Street, Newt Gingrich as a big thinker, class warfare, recreational drugs vs. prescription drugs
#13 - January 20, 2012
Season 10 - Episode 2
Guests: Journalism legend Bill Moyers, journalist Matt Lewis, Former Governor Charles "Buddy" Roemer, Former Governor Jennifer Granholm, Sen. Bernie Sanders (Ind-VT). Topics: The Republican presidential primaries, Keystone oil pipeline and popular support for important legislation, Newt Gingrich's rise and possible racism, electoral disdain for Mitt Romney, SOPA and PIPA, Republicans' fictionalising president Obama, overcoming partisanship, Citizens United and corporate money in politics, venture capitalism.
#14 - April 26, 2013
Season 11 - Episode 13
Interviewee: Don Borelli (former FBI special agent & COO of The Soufan Group) Panelists: John Avlon (senoir columnist for Daily Beast), Robert Traynham (dean of Georgtown School of Continuing Studies), Anna Deavere Smith (playwright & actress from "Nurse Jackie") Panel Guest: Jimmy Kimmel (late night talkshow host) Topics: Fallout from the sequester, George W. Bush's presidential library, government regulations, number of terrorism deaths in context, looming war with Syria, U.S. a police state?, does solitary confinement violate the 8th Amendment?, why is redemption easier for Republicans?
#15 - September 7, 2012
Season 10 - Episode 26
Guests: Steve Schmidt, Jim Vandehei, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Christine O'Donnell, & David Simon.
#16 - September 14, 2012
Season 10 - Episode 27
Columnist John Feehery, political commentator Chris Hayes, economist Zanny Minton Beddoes, musician John Legend, sportscaster Bob Costas
#17 - February 19, 2010
Season 8 - Episode 1
Guests: Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel Elizabeth Warren, comedienne Wanda Sykes, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane , former Governor Eliot Spitzer, and Norah O'Donnell Topics: Lack of action by government, bipartisanship, the filibuster, Obama's handling of terrorism, torture, controversy over Family Guy's Down's Syndrome episode, race and criticism of Obama, Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Kevin Smith's airplane incident, obesity, Bill's tweet criticizing media coverage of Haiti
#18 - October 11, 2013
Season 11 - Episode 30
Interviewee: Maya Wiley (Center for Social Inclusion president) Panelists: Jim Glassman (ex George W. Bush Institute director), Carol Roth (author of "The Entrepreneurial Equation"), Chris Matthews (MSNBC host & author of "Tip and the Gipper") Panel Guest: Oliver Stone (Oscar-winning filmmaker) Topics: Republicans' strategy backfiring, solving America's debt, America's role in the world, Republicans' debt denial, politicians with extreme religious beliefs
#19 - October 07, 2011
Season 9 - Episode 30
Guests: Labor leader Richard Trumka, humorist P.J. O'Rourke, author Jonathan Franzen, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), political commentator Nicolle Wallace. Topics: Chris Christie and Sarah Palin's decisions not to run for President, Romney's Mormonism, Hank Williams, Jr., voter registration rules, Occupy Wall Street, Republican denial of racism.
#20 - March 16, 2012
Season 10 - Episode 9
Guests: Documentarian Alexandra Pelosi, actor Ed Helms, author and MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan, journalist Amy Holmes, Mayor Mark Cornett (Oklahoma City-R) Topics: entitlement culture, democrats losing their base, gas prices and Obama's ratings, stupidest states, 'The Lorax' and liberal brainwashing, the south, Afghanistan, Goldman Sachs, Kony 2012 and youthful advice.
#21 - November 21, 2014
Season 12 - Episode 35
Season Finale. "The Interview" star Seth Rogen, MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthews, Monty Python Alum & "So Anyway..." author John Cleese, Canadian MP Chrystia Freeland and "News One Now" host Roland Martin.
#22 - March 25,2011
Season 9 - Episode 10
Guests: Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill, Actress Ellen Page, columnist David Brooks, former Governor Ed Rendell (D-PA), Newsweek Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown Topics: Libya, youth bulge, Republican Birthers and racism, Labor Unions, bee colony collapse disorder, America's growing Hispanic population, General Electric's tax bill
#23 - May 31, 2013
Season 11 - Episode 17
Interviewee: Michael Isikoff (investigative journalist for NBC News) Panelists: James Poulos (producer of "HuffPost Live" and writer for "Vice"), Neera Tanden (from the Center for American Progress) & Paul Rudnick (screenwriter and humorist) Panel Guest: Brit Marling (Actress and screenwriter) Topics: Obama and the War on Terror, John McCain and Syria, health care, freeganism, Pope Francis and atheism, Bush's hypocrisy with the Wounded Warriors, marijuana as the new gay marriage.
#24 - September 13, 2013
Season 11 - Episode 26
Interviewee: Dr. Edwin Lyman (UCS senior scientist) Panelists: Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone journalist), Michael Steele (ex GOP Chairman), Zanny Minton-Beddoes (Economist editor) Panel Guest: Bill Nye ("Bill Nye the Science Guy") Topics: America's response to Syria, Republicans consistently distancing themselves from Obama, America's love of guns, politicization of science, is the economy safer now than before the 2007 crash?, US income inequality, college tuition and student loans, US tradition of bombing Muslim countries.
#25 - May 17, 2013
Season 11 - Episode 16
Interviewee: Richard Haass (author of "Foreign Policy Begins at Home") Panelists: Andrew Ross Sorkin (NYT Finance columnist), S. E. Cupp (co-host of "The Cycle") & Michael Moore (director) Panel Guest: Zach Galifianakis (actor & comedian from "The Hangover Part III") Topics: 2013 IRS scandal, CIA-AP scandal, the recent deficit reduction, food, organization of left vs. right political groups, gun control, Benghazi