An Appreciation: Real Time With Bill Maher


The master of the frank public discussion......there is nothing like his show anywhere else on television

The master of the frank public discussion......there is nothing like his show anywhere else on television

I love HBO…..make no mistake about it.  In a landscape of increasingly moronic television programming, they seem to be the one network that consistently treats adult viewers like adults.  The list of my favorites from the network is long and staggering: Dream On, Arliss, Dennis Miller Live, all of the Carlin specials, Rome, Deadwood (David Milch is an ass for never ending that show the way that was promised…..smh), The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, In Treatment, True Blood, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, Big Love, etc.  But the hit that keeps on giving on their schedule is, without a doubt, the awesome Real Time With Bill Maher.  Maher is the perfect person to host a weekly comedy/talk show that focuses on the issues and happenings of the day simply because he is completely unafraid of calling out the things that he sees that are wrong. Besides his unflappable approach to current events, Maher gets the fact that a lot of what goes on today can be digested much easier by finding some way to laugh at it;  his humor and comedic approach to the news puts his viewers on common ground with one another in a way that might not be possible otherwise.  Political figures and celebrities that come on his show seem to be more relaxed and at ease with themselves, whereas they might be more stern and guarded in other settings.  Yeah sure, they can curse on HBO, but that’s not the selling point; that they can go there, state their views, and be themselves is much more compelling.  I look forward to Friday nights now, because I know that I’ll watch and get drawn into the discussions and, more than likely, I’m going to find something to laugh about and talk about the next day.  In this era of horseshit reality shows, it’s cool to be able to enjoy a show that deals in reality without some clown making an ass of himself for my amusement.  Kudos, Mr. Maher, keep up your good work.


~ by darrylthewriter on July 25, 2009.

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