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The Best Episodes of Real Time with Bill Maher

Every episode of Real Time with Bill Maher ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into 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.

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The best episode of "Real Time with Bill Maher" is "May 28, 2010", rated 8.3/10 from 16 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by N/A. "May 28, 2010" aired on 5/28/2010 and is rated 0.2 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "September 09, 2005".

  • May 28, 2010
    8.3/10 16 votes

    #1 - May 28, 2010

    Season 8 Episode 14 - Aired 2010-05-28

    Guests: CEO of EarthEcho International Philippe Cousteau, Jr., senior editor for Newsweek Jonathan Alter, Republican political strategist Patrick Ruffini, philosopher and civil rights activist Dr. Cornel West, author Scott Turow Topics: Oil spill, Obama's reaction to the spill, black/white net worth gap, Supreme Court

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  • September 09, 2005
    8.1/10 25 votes

    #2 - September 09, 2005

    Season 3 Episode 16 - Aired 2005-09-09

    Guests: Walter Maestri, Joe Scarborough, comedian George Carlin, Cynthia Tucker, conservative editorialist James K. Glassman, writer Kurt Vonnegut Topics: Michael D. Brown, US political system, on race, on the Administration

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  • October 08, 2010
    8.1/10 23 votes

    #3 - October 08, 2010

    Season 8 Episode 20 - Aired 2010-10-08

    Guests: Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin, conservative commentator S. E. Cupp, comedian P. J. O'Rourke, journalist Joshua Green Topics: Gene Cranick, zero-sum economic theory, Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), Christine O'Donnell, Rich Iott, climate change, religion

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  • January 21, 2011
    8.1/10 27 votes

    #4 - January 21, 2011

    Season 9 Episode 2 - Aired 2011-01-21

    Guests: Journalist Michael Hastings, politician/businessman David Stockman, political commentator Rachel Maddow, economist Stephen Moore, entrepreneur Russell Simmons Topics: Keith Olbermann, Tunisian protests, health care, Ronald Reagan's legacy, gun control, Tucson shooting

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  • April 08, 2011
    8.1/10 23 votes

    #5 - April 08, 2011

    Season 9 Episode 12 - Aired 2011-04-08

    Guests: Pilot Chesley Sullenberger, CNN host Eliot Spitzer, BBC anchor Katty Kay, Daily Beast blogger Andrew Sullivan, comedian Colin Quinn Topics: Government shutdown, Planned Parenthood, US Budget, Objectivism, Libya, reaction to Pastor Terry Jones, Donald Trump, Class conflict

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  • August 05, 2011
    8.1/10 29 votes

    #6 - August 05, 2011

    Season 9 Episode 26 - Aired 2011-08-05

    Guests: Ex-Obama economy adviser Christina Romer, Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Salon editor-at-large Joan Walsh, Palin biography filmmaker Stephen K Bannon and chef Anthony Bourdain. Topics: US credit downgrade, debt ceiling deal, failure of the stimulus package, inability of Democrats to negotiate, 'job creators', defunding of science in America, Rick Perry's prayer festival, escaping poverty, would Hillary Clinton have been better, need for a left-wing tea party equivalent.

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  • June 05, 2009
    8.0/10 23 votes

    #7 - June 05, 2009

    Season 7 Episode 15 - Aired 2009-06-05

    Guests: Actor and comedian D. L. Hughley, Council of Foreign Relations president Richard Haass, novelist Paula Froelich, journalist Jeremy Scahill, Fortune editor Matt Miller Topics: Obama's visit to the Middle East, terrorism, abortion debate and the murder of Dr. George Tiller, gay marriage, health care reform in the United States

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  • October 16, 2009
    8.0/10 25 votes

    #8 - October 16, 2009

    Season 7 Episode 31 - Aired 2009-10-16

    Guests: Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) , Actor Alec Baldwin, comedian and actor Garry Shandling, Hardball host Chris Matthews, Maryland governor Martin O'Malley Topics: Balloon Boy incident, Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, health care reform, H1N1 vaccination concerns, ongoing efforts to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, sexual harassment in the military, Rush Limbaugh's failed bid to buy the St. Louis Rams, steroid use in professional sports

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  • April 29, 2011
    8.0/10 24 votes

    #9 - April 29, 2011

    Season 9 Episode 14 - Aired 2011-04-29

    Guests: Governor Deval Patrick (D-MA), journalist Laura Flanders, blogger Andrew Breitbart, author Mark McKinnon, director John Waters Topics: Birther and schooler conspiracy theories, labor union bill in Massachusetts, Romneycare, racism in the GOP, Donald Trump, gas prices, windfall profits tax, censorship on TV, Victory Day in Afghanistan, monarchy in the UK

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  • March 09, 2012
    8.0/10 30 votes

    #10 - March 09, 2012

    Season 10 Episode 8 - Aired 2012-03-09

    Guests: Israeli ambassador Michael Oren, Ex SEIU head Andrew Stern, author Catherine Crier, Ex, RNC chair Michael Steele, "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm. Topics: Iran's nuclear program, Israel's conservative government, Super Tuesday results, a third political party in America, the price of freedom of speech, contraception and abortion, prejudice and voting against economic interest, home schooling.

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  • June 7, 2013
    8.0/10 30 votes

    #11 - June 7, 2013

    Season 11 Episode 18 - Aired 2013-06-07

    Guests: Filmmaker & author Tom Shadyac; journalist & author George Packer; GOP strategist Ana Navarro; comedian Dana Gould; author Kevin Williamson.

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  • Episode 550
    8.0/10 38 votes

    #12 - Episode 550

    Season 18 Episode 35 - Aired 2020-11-20

    For his final show of 2020, Bill interviews author Professor Michael Eric Dyson. On the panel, he is joined by contributing writer for 'The Atlantic' Alex Wagner and historian Jon Meacham.

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  • June 3, 2022: Eric Holder, Michael Shellenberger, Douglas Murray
    8.0/10 1 votes

    #13 - June 3, 2022: Eric Holder, Michael Shellenberger, Douglas Murray

    Season 20 Episode 17 - Aired 2022-06-03

    Eric Holder, former US Attorney General, is this week's opening interviewee. On the panel, Bill is joined by California gubernatorial candidate Michael Shellenberger and columnist Douglas Murray.

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  • March 12, 2004
    7.9/10 20 votes

    #14 - March 12, 2004

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2004-03-12

    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

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  • October 01, 2004
    7.9/10 26 votes

    #15 - October 01, 2004

    Season 2 Episode 18 - Aired 2004-10-01

    Guests: Comedian George Carlin, correspondent Katty Kay, economist Stephen Moore, The Dixie Chicks, talk show host Tucker Carlson Topics: Presidential election debates, religion

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  • February 20, 2009
    7.9/10 27 votes

    #16 - February 20, 2009

    Season 7 Episode 1 - Aired 2009-02-20

    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

    Director: Hal Grant

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  • April 10, 2009
    7.9/10 24 votes

    #17 - April 10, 2009

    Season 7 Episode 8 - Aired 2009-04-10

    Guests: Filmmaker Ron Howard and novelist Gore Vidal Topics: Bill conducts one-on-one interviews

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  • May 08, 2009
    7.9/10 26 votes

    #18 - May 08, 2009

    Season 7 Episode 11 - Aired 2009-05-08

    Guests: Democratic consultant James Carville, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, author Naomi Klein, journalist Matt Taibbi, author Reza Aslan Topics: Tax evasion by big companies, torture, Pakistan & Taliban, US military handing out bibles, gay marriage

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  • February 19, 2010
    7.9/10 28 votes

    #19 - February 19, 2010

    Season 8 Episode 1 - Aired 2010-02-19

    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

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  • February 18, 2011
    7.9/10 29 votes

    #20 - February 18, 2011

    Season 9 Episode 6 - Aired 2011-02-18

    Guests: PBS host Tavis Smiley, director Kevin Smith, journalist John Heilemann, CNBC host Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, journalist Matt Taibbi Topics: Griftopia, budget cuts, Obama as a bad negotiator, trade unions for government employees, Tea Party Review magazine, Red State, treatment of women in Arab world, Natalie Munroe, Civil War reenactments

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  • June 03, 2011
    7.9/10 27 votes

    #21 - June 03, 2011

    Season 9 Episode 18 - Aired 2011-06-03

    Guests: U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, professor Melissa Harris-Perry, former New York Rep. Rick Lazio, journalist Larry King, writer/director Adam McKay Topics: Mitt Romney's Presidential campaign, Republican hyperbolic rhetoric about Obama, Sarah Palin's bus tour, Rep. Anthony Weiner scandal, Lee Atwater, John Edwards scandal, the US budget deficit, link between cell phones and cancer, businessmen as politicians

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  • January 20, 2012
    7.9/10 29 votes

    #22 - January 20, 2012

    Season 10 Episode 2 - Aired 2012-01-20

    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.

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  • March 02, 2012
    7.9/10 32 votes

    #23 - March 02, 2012

    Season 10 Episode 7 - Aired 2012-03-02

    Guests: Former Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI), former Vice Chairman of General Motors Bob Lutz, Democratic strategist James Carville, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, journalist John Heilemann. Topics: Rush Limbaugh's 'slut' comments, campaign finance and Super PACs, Rick Santorum self destructing, 'Blunt' healthcare amendment, the highjacking of the Republican establishment, the auto bailout, climate change, the space program, the importance of scientific advancement, the liberal bubble and the 'joke candidate'.

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  • March 30, 2012
    7.9/10 26 votes

    #24 - March 30, 2012

    Season 10 Episode 11 - Aired 2012-03-30

    Guests: Dr Ezekiel Emanuel, author Van Jones, columnist Rich Galen, blogger Elise Jordan, "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner. Topics: Healthcare reform and the Supreme Court, Trayvon Martin shooting, historical and contemporary America, green energy initiatives, gun control in America.

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  • September 7, 2012
    7.9/10 26 votes

    #25 - September 7, 2012

    Season 10 Episode 26 - Aired 2012-09-07

    Guests: Steve Schmidt, Jim Vandehei, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Christine O'Donnell, & David Simon.

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