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Real Time with Bill Maher

Nov 16, 2012 10:00 PM

TV Network - HBO

Listen, there is never really a good time for "Real Time" to be off the air, but the truth is that a couple of weeks after a Presidential election probably isn't a bad time.  We have now gotten Maher's take on the election and his take on the week after the election, and that's pretty good.  Let the man go and have something of a rest, he'll be back before you know it and he'll have a whole lot more to say about what's happening in the world.  So, tune in tonight and see who Maher cooks like a Thanksgiving goose before you have to worry about cooking your Thanksgiving goose (although, we do recommend Turducken).

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    Real Time with Bill Maher

    Jun 06, 2014

    TV Network - HBO

    We respect the fact that Bill Maher opted to take the Friday after Memorial Day off, but we're also happy that he's back tonight.  Really.  Listen, we aren't going to suggest that you need to, in any way, agree with his politics--that is certainly a personal choice--but we do like the way the show unfolds.  We like his humorous bits, we like when he gets serious.  We, generally speaking, like the look and feel of the show.  Maher is back tonight, so check him out.

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    Real Time with Bill Maher

    Jan 17, 2014

    TV Network - HBO

    Oh, it has been a long cold, dark, lonely, upsetting, distressing, mauve, winter, has it not?  Well, we're declaring winter over tonight as Bill Maher is back with a fresh season of "Real Time."  Like a breath of fresh air, like the hope of a warm spring breeze, like that moment at the end of "Groundhog Day" when the day is actually coming to an end, "Real Time" is here to make us all warm and cozy.  Yes, it's only mid-January and so the odds are that you're going to need a nice toddy if you really want to be warm and cozy while watching, but this is at least a step in the right direction.

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    Real Time with Bill Maher

    Nov 22, 2013

    TV Network - HBO

    Bill Maher will be back, at minimum, for a 12th season of "Real Time."  We certainly hope that he'll actually continue on the series for far longer than that, but as of this moment, that's how far out the extension goes.  That is a particularly happy thing to keep in mind tonight, as tonight the 11th season o f the series draws to a close.  We think, if we've done the math correctly, that this is something akin to the 302nd episode of the series, a truly impressive number.

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    Real Time with Bill Maher

    Sep 13, 2013

    TV Network - HBO

    Bill Maher got most of the month of August off.  Well, probably he didn't get it off, he probably stayed up to date with news and current events and what makes for funny in this world, he just didn't produce any new episodes of his television series at any point from August 3rd to today (August 2nd being the last time a new episode aired).  Those two aren't quite the same, but the latter does make us sad.  Our sadness ends tonight as Maher starts up a new run of fresh episodes.

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    Real Time with Bill Maher

    Aug 02, 2013

    TV Network - HBO

    Do you know what we like so much about "Real Time with Bill Maher?"  Well, we'll tell you -- it's real, it's in time, and it has Bill Maher.  Okay, honestly, we like it because Bill Maher is a funny, astute man, who has thought about the issues.  We don't always agree with him, but we certainly get the sense that he honestly believes his point of view and wants to see the funny in our political world even when it's tragic.  Hopefully there will be something big for Maher to talk about tonight, not tragic in any way, just big.

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    Real Time with Bill Maher

    Jun 09, 2013

    Scheduled: journalist George Packer; comic Dana Gould; political analyst Ana Navarro; correspondent Kevin Williamson; director and producer Tom Shadyac.

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    Real Time with Bill Maher

    Jun 09, 2013

    Scheduled: journalist George Packer; comic Dana Gould; political analyst Ana Navarro; correspondent Kevin Williamson; director and producer Tom Shadyac.

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    Real Time with Bill Maher

    Jun 07, 2013

    Scheduled: journalist George Packer; comic Dana Gould; political analyst Ana Navarro; correspondent Kevin Williamson; director and producer Tom Shadyac.

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    Real Time with Bill Maher

    Jun 07, 2013

    Scheduled: journalist George Packer; comic Dana Gould; political analyst Ana Navarro; correspondent Kevin Williamson; director and producer Tom Shadyac.

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    Real Time with Bill Maher

    May 08, 2013

    Scheduled: correspondent Jeremy Scahill; political analyst Lawrence O'Donnell; counterinsurgency instructor Pete Hegseth; government affairs manager Mattie Duppler; comic Marc Maron.

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    Real Time with Bill Maher

    May 08, 2013

    Scheduled: correspondent Jeremy Scahill; political analyst Lawrence O'Donnell; counterinsurgency instructor Pete Hegseth; government affairs manager Mattie Duppler; comic Marc Maron.

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    Real Time with Bill Maher

    Apr 08, 2013

    Scheduled: author Sebastian Junger; commentator Abby Huntsman; economist Steve Moore; Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.); science education activist Zack Kopplin.

  • Tv

    Real Time with Bill Maher

    Apr 07, 2013

    Scheduled: author Sebastian Junger; commentator Abby Huntsman; economist Steve Moore; Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.); science education activist Zack Kopplin.

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    Real Time with Bill Maher

    Nov 07, 2012

    Scheduled: photographer James Balog; actor Rob Reiner; political commentator Margaret Hoover; former U.S. Rep. Rick Lazio; social entrepreneur Matthew Segal.

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    Real Time with Bill Maher

    Aug 31, 2012

    TV Network - HBO

    You probably thought that there would be nothing for Bill Maher to discuss on the Friday of Labor Day Weekend.  Boy, how wrong you were.  Not only is Bill Maher going to be on tonight, but he's even going to manage to have guests on as well.  They are going to talk politics and what's happening in the world and what our Presidential candidates are up to.  Now, as you know, we're in the midst of convention season (how could you think there would be nothing to discuss?), with the Republicans having just finished and the Dems up next week.  Get Maher's analysis of it all tonight.

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    Real Time with Bill Maher

    Aug 17, 2012

    TV Network - HBO

    In case you've been hiding under a rock, we're here to inform you that there's a pretty big election on the horizon and no matter how you choose to frame the debate, Bill Maher is here to break your frame and put it back together in a completely and totally different way.  And, that way may even make things moderately more clear.  A spate of new "Real Time with Bill Maher" begin tonight and are scheduled to run weekly until after the election.  That means that there's a whole lot of telling it like it is coming up... or, at the very least, a whole lot of telling it like Maher sees it.

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    Real Time with Bill Maher

    Jan 13, 2012

    TV Network - HBO

    Let us tell you this -- we are incredibly happy that while Bill Maher disappears for months at a time, he still always comes back to us.  We need Maher, we need his humor, his insight, and his wisdom.  As you well know, this is an election year, and if there's anyone out there who can help make us laugh instead of cry about it all, it's Maher.  Left, right, or center, Maher doesn't mind tearing down all our would-be idols, putting clown makeup on them, giving them some big shoes, showing a red round nose onto their face, and topping it all with a rainbow afro.   If only he did all his interviews dressed that way.

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    Real Time with Bill Maher

    Nov 11, 2011

    TV Network - HBO

    Here is the thing about "Real Time with Bill Maher" - the time you spend with him is... real.  No, seriously, it's this sort of unabashedly real, call it like you see it, thing.  Or, so we've been led to believe by the name of the show.  Call us goofy, but when someone tells us something we want to be able to accept what they've said to us.  It's just who we are.  Consequently, we guess the idea of the show is that Bill Maher does his best to tell the truth, to tell us what's real, but isn't truth, at least to some extent, in the eye of the beholder.  Watch the season finale tonight and see if Maher can make it realer than real.

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    Real Time with Bill Maher

    Sep 16, 2011

    TV Network - HBO

    Bill Maher is one of those political comedians.  He looks at the world (mainly the United States) and then points out all the ridiculous things which take place.  Now, you might thing that would be rude and wrong, that pointing your finger isn't nice.  Well, you'd be right, pointing your finger at someone or something isn't particularly nice.  Don't think of that as what Maher is doing though, think of it as Maher providing a necessary service, a service we are unwilling to take on ourselves as a society -- calling a spade a spade.  Maybe it's not always nice how he does, but it is always important.

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    Real Time with Bill Maher

    Jan 28, 2011

    TV Network - HBO

    Tonight is the 200th episode of "Real Time with Bill Maher."  That's right, the 200th episode.  Here's what we'd like to know - obviously Maher is going to have some sort of massive special episode which is also going to focus on the stories of the day, but how is he going to make that happen?  We don't mean how is he going to get great guests, that should be easy, we mean how exactly is he going to make all the news stories bigger and better for the 200th episode?  That takes a special kind of talent, the exact sort of talent that Maher clearly has.

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    Real Time with Bill Maher

    Jan 14, 2011

    TV Network - HBO

    Well Mr. Maher, consider us impressed.  You just finished your last season in mid-November, and here you are ready to go again.  We love having you in our lives and on our television sets (and when you're on we do turn on every TV in the house, so it is 'sets').  It's not that you're the only guy out there who is telling it like it is, but you're the only guy out there telling it like it is on HBO on Friday nights, and that means something to those of us who stay at home on Friday nights.  You are a constant companion, a good man, and dare we say a friend as well.  Welcome back Mr. Maher, we've missed you.

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    Real Time with Bill Maher

    Nov 12, 2010

    TV Network - HBO

    There are a few people out there whom we count on to bring sanity to this insane world, and Bill Maher is near the top of that list.  Of course, with the elections done there isn't terribly much Maher can accomplish at this exact second.  It is only because we know as much that we'll allow Maher to depart for a short while after tonight, provided - of course - that he returns in short order with a whole new season.  He has been renewed for another season, we just don't know when it will start.

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    Real Time with Bill Maher

    Sep 17, 2010

    TV Network - HBO

    Oh thank goodness, Bill Maher is back.  Those long stretches when he disappears from our Friday nights are hugely depressing - there's no one on television who delivers a look at the world and politics in quite the same way he does.  We quite like that guy on Comedy Central as well, but there's just something about Bill Maher's presentation.  Perhaps it's the fact that he's allowed to say four letter words.  Perhaps it's his round tables, perhaps it's the extra gravitas HBO intrinsically offers.  Whatever the reason, Bill Maher is back and we're overjoyed.

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