Real Time with Bill Maher

The WORST episodes of Real Time with Bill Maher

Every episode of Real Time with Bill Maher ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst 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.

Last Updated: 7/30/2022Network: HBO
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March 28, 2003
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#1 - March 28, 2003

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/28/2003

Guests: Actor Larry Miller, Michael Graham (II), Janeane Garofalo, Bob Odenkirk, Michael Moore Topics: Iraq war, southern states, Dixie Chicks controversy

September 12, 2003
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#2 - September 12, 2003

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 9/12/2003

Guests: Betsy Hart, Paul Krugman, Jesse Ventura, musician Liz Phair, Terry McAuliffe Topics: Saddam Hussein and the 9/11 attack, anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Governor of Alabama, music piracy

September 19, 2003
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#3 - September 19, 2003

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 9/19/2003

Guests: Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Heather Wilson, Christine Todd Whitman, Tim Robbins, Dana Carvey Topics: The environment, women and politics, the Iraq War

January 23, 2004
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#4 - January 23, 2004

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/23/2004

Guests: Actor Richard Belzer, novelist Farai Chideya, senator John Edwards, David Frum, Ralph Nader Topics: Iowa caucus, The Apprentice, Olivia Goldsmith, sexuality in islamic countries

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March 11, 2005
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#5 - March 11, 2005

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/11/2005

Guests: Rep. Barney Frank, comedian Richard Belzer, writer Andrew Breitbart, writer Irshad Manji, and writer Camille Pagila. Topics: Gay marriage, women of Iraq, war, teachers sleeping with students, Michael Jackson

March 18, 2005
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#6 - March 18, 2005

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/18/2005

Guests: Gov. Frank Murkowski, actor Jason Alexander, Gov. Christie Whitman, Rep. Ileana Ross-Lehtinen, and author Thomas Frank. Topics: ANWR, steroids, Republican Party, environment

April 01, 2005
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#7 - April 01, 2005

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 4/1/2005

Guests: TV host Bill O'Reilly, academic Cornel West, actor Alec Baldwin, actor/comedienne Whoopi Goldberg, and Rev. Jesse Jackson. Topics: Pope, Terri Schiavo, Republican majority

April 08, 2005
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#8 - April 08, 2005

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 4/8/2005

Guests: former Gov. Mario Cuomo, actor Ian McShane, writer Arianna Huffington, TV host Rev. Joe Watkins, and conservative Richard Perle. Topics: Tom DeLay, Iraq, immigration

April 15, 2005
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#9 - April 15, 2005

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 4/15/2005

Guests: Columnist Thomas Friedman, writer David Frum, singer Natalie Mames, Gen. Wesley Clark and Sen. Barbara Boxer. Topics: Middle East, Darfur, gays in the military, guns, immigration

April 22, 2005
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#10 - April 22, 2005

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 4/22/2005

Guests: Actress Jane Fonda, talk show host Joe Scarborough, columnist Maureen Dowd, former Sen. Alan Simpson, environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Topics: Religion, Pope, airport security, environment, John Bolton

April 29, 2005
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#11 - April 29, 2005

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 4/29/2005

Guests: Senator Charles Schumer (D) New York, Lt. Gov. Michael Steele (R) Maryland, Farai Chideya, Martin Short, and Jeff Gannon. Topics: Voter issues, US budget, on the Presidential press conference

May 06, 2005
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#12 - May 06, 2005

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 5/6/2005

Guests: Former Sec. of State Madeleine Albright, blogger Andrew Sullivan, former Canadian PM Kim Campbell, actor Michael McKean, and Rep. Bernie Sanders. Topics: Kim Jong Il, Pat Robertson, Pope, censorship, activist judges

May 13, 2005
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#13 - May 13, 2005

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 5/13/2005

Guests: Sen. Norm Coleman, talk radio's Al Franken, reporter Liz Marlantes, author Gore Vidal, and basketball's Charles Barkley. Topics: Terror alerts, Voting irregularities, Iraq, Darfur, gay Republicans

February 13, 2004
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#14 - February 13, 2004

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/13/2004

Guests: Actor Jason Alexander, writer Deborah Simmons, actor William Baldwin, Bill Burkett (II), James Moore[ (II), Heather Wilson Topics: Bush military service, The Passion of the Christ, pornography

February 20, 2004
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#15 - February 20, 2004

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/20/2004

Guests: Comedian D. L. Hughley, writer Debra Dickerson, actor Jon Favreau, George Allen, Rep. Dennis Kucinich Topics: John Kerry, John Edwards, outsourcing, black culture

March 05, 2004
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#16 - March 05, 2004

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 3/5/2004

Guests: Comedian Martin Short, talk show host Tavis Smiley, economist Stephen Moore, Sen. Barbara Boxer, sportscaster Bob Costas Topics: Bush's new ads, Kerry, Haiti, steroid scandal in baseball, Super Size Me and fast food, Martha Stewart found guilty

March 12, 2004
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#17 - March 12, 2004

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 3/12/2004

Guests: Author John McWhorter, comedian George Carlin, former Canadian PM Kim Campbell, HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson, NPR radio host Sandra Tsing Loh Topics: Religion, indecency in media, Madrid bombings

September 24, 2004
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#18 - September 24, 2004

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired 9/24/2004

Guests: Screenwriter Larry Gelbart, columnist Maureen Dowd, comic strip artist Aaron McGruder, Rep. Charles Rangel, actress Drew Barrymore Topics: Dan Rather, Kerry campaign, tobacco lawsuit settlements

October 08, 2004
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#19 - October 08, 2004

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired 10/8/2004

Guests: Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, comedian David Cross, commentator Tony Snow, filmmaker Michael Moore, columnist Frank Rich Topics: Presidential election debates, terrorism, religion in politics

August 26, 2005
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#20 - August 26, 2005

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired 8/26/2005

Guests: Activist Cindy Sheehan, Gov. Mike Huckabee, journalist Dan Savage, feminist activist Eve Ensler, novelist Kinky Friedman Topics: Camp Casey, gay marriage, health, Bush's vacation

September 02, 2005
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#21 - September 02, 2005

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired 9/2/2005

Guests: Television journalist Anderson Cooper, Stephen Schneider, Michael Eric Dyson, actor Bradley Whitford, professor Mary Frances Berry, journalist Fareed Zakaria Topics: Hurricane Katrina, poverty, Iraq

September 16, 2005
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#22 - September 16, 2005

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired 9/16/2005

Guests: Sen. Charles Schumer, PJ O'Rourke, Joy Behar, Willie Brown, Dan Senor Topics: John Roberts, Bush taking responsibility, poverty, Iraq

October 07, 2005
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#23 - October 07, 2005

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired 10/7/2005

Guests: Conservative columnist Ann Coulter, journalist Andrew Sullivan, actor Ben Affleck, writer Salman Rushdie, soldier/author Kayla Williams Topics: Harriet Miers, religion, torture

October 14, 2005
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#24 - October 14, 2005

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired 10/14/2005

Guests: Former Sen. Max Cleland, columnist Tina Brown, actor/comedian Larry Miller, author Tom Wolfe, police chief Richard Pennington, former Sen. John Edwards Topics: President's approval rating, poverty, police beatings, Iraq, Harriet Miers

October 21, 2005
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#25 - October 21, 2005

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired 10/21/2005

Guests: Arianna Huffington, Tucker Carlson, Michel Martin, Spike Lee, Chris Webber Topics: Valerie Plame, New York Times, health care, NBA dress code, governments response to Katrina, conspiracy in New Orleans

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