Comedian and political satirist Bill Maher discusses topical events with guests from various backgrounds.
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Comedian and political satirist Bill Maher discusses topical events with guests from various backgrounds.

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21 February 2003 (USA)  »

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Real Time with Bill Maher: Electile Dysfunction '08  »

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Maher originally wanted the series to be titled "True Dat" but HBO rejected it. Maher settled for "Real Time" but does not like the title. See more »


Kevin Costner: You know, the great thing about Vietnam, if you can find one great thing about Vietnam, was that we have Vietnam to look back on. Vietnam serves a purpose. We have this gigantic window into our past history and why we find ourselves where we're at. That's the only good I can see that that war ever did for us. And we've ignored the lesson.
Bill Maher: The key lesson to me of Vietnam is that you cannot outlast insurgents in their own country. This idea that when Bush says, "Well, we can't say we're going to ...
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Outspoken and raw, well done it informs and educates us about politics. Bill Maher your doing a good job.
27 March 2006 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

One of the best reasons to watch HBO, is "Real Time with Bill Maher" a 60-minute program that is no holds barred and pulls no punches back. Comedian Bill Maher is your host starting the show off with stand-up jokes, then his program becomes real as he and selected guest talk about real issues in the world from political, social, entertainment, and environmental you name it. Unlike other news host Maher always comments on issues with a unique and bitchy comic twist, which being on a network like HBO lets him do that, making him much better from when he hosted "Politically Incorrect" on ABC. Even though Maher is a liberal democrat a fact that he doesn't hide he always includes a priceless panel of pairings of liberals, moderates, and even always at least one republican or conservative guest each week so that way you get to hear both sides of the story on the most hot-button political issues in discussion format. So don't miss it when it runs on HBO on Fridays at 11PM, check your listing though like most HBO series this is a program that starts each season at a different month. Watch you'll be sorry if you don't.

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