Penn & Teller: Bullshit!

Showtime (ended 2010)



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  • Season 2 Episode 9: Death, Inc.

  • The "Bunny in the Chipper-Shredder" bit in the open of this show is one of Penn and Teller's most famous routines during their live show.

  • Season 2 Episode 8: Fountain of Youth

  • The ingredients on the back of the cosmetics box shown in this episode, in order: Water, denatured alcohol, glycerin, cyclopentasiloxane, capric triglyceride, silica, butylene glycol, orange fruit extract, tocopheryl acetate, vaccinium myrtillus extract, licorice extract, hydrogenated polyisobutene, padina pavonica extract, sodium hyaluronate, phenoxyethanol, stearic acid, PEG-100 sterate, sugar cane extract, sugar maple extract, triclosan, triethanolamine, wild yam root extract, polysorbate 80, yellow 6, yellow 5, ammonium polyacryloyldimethyl taurate, lemon extract, xanthan gum, ginkgo biloba leaf extract, isohexadecane, propylparaben, parrafin, acrylamide/sodium acryloyldimethyllaurate copolymer, disodium EDTA, rose centifolia flower extract, cetyl alcohol, methylparaben, hexyldecanol, glyceryl stearate, soybean protein, and fragrance.

  • Season 2 Episode 6: Profanity

  • Things written on the graffiti wall during the episode:
    -"Ginny Means Nothing" -Buddha
    -Jim is a myopic, puny, ignoramus!
    -"Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have...The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases." -Thomas Jefferson (and an arrow that says No Humbug)
    -"Today we seem to think that the rights of the individual take precedence over the comfort of the majority." -Jim O'Connor (and an arrow that says Provincial, Prissy, Monomaniacal, Self-appointed, Language Czar)
    -Not even the best hairstyle can make an ugly mind pretty.

  • Things O'Connor says you will do if you curb your cursing by his method (as per a sign next to him at his seminar):
    -Sound more intelligent
    -Communicate more clearly
    -Be more pleasant
    -Avoid offending others
    -Show emotional control
    -Earn respect
    -Improve your relationships
    -Avoid conflicts
    -Be a happier person
    -Contribute to a better society

  • Words played on Penn and Teller's checkerboard-come-scrabble game: Bereft, Of (twice), Curse, and Ashcroft.

  • When Penn's voiceover tells Ginny Foster that "they just did" say George Carlin's 7 dirty words, he's referring not only to the cameraman who just said them, but also the fact that each word is said by almost all their experts at some point during the show, thus meaning they'd said the words as a whole multiple times.

  • Season 2 Episode 5: Recycling

  • New recycling rules used in the recycling stunt:
    Beige- colored paper
    White- labeled metal cans
    Purple- plastics that have come in contact with food
    Yellow- wet food items
    Brown- lightly soiled toilet paper
    Red- biohazardous items

  • Season 2 Episode 4: War on Drugs

  • Things written on the eggs in the steamroller demonstration: "Self-determination", "Enterprise", "Choice", "Freedom to Make Mistakes", "Privacy", and "Pursuit of Happiness".

  • Shirt worn by a person in the San Francisco marijuana clinic: "The DEA took my Medical Marijuana away!...and all I got was this lousy t-shirt!"

  • The top 5 causes of car accidents from the California DMV (as seen in the episode) are: Unsafe speed, Driving on the wrong side of the road, Improper turns, Violation of right-of-way rules, and Violation of stop signals and signs.

  • List of people seen in Penn and Teller's gallery of drug users and abusers: Charlie Parker, Willie Nelson, Jimi Hendrix, Rush Limbaugh, George W. Bush, and Ted Kennedy.

  • Season 2 Episode 3: The Business of Love

  • Other than the ones Penn mentions, the rest of John Gray's twenty "genius" turn-on lines (as shown in the episode) are: "You are my dream come true", "I love you so much", "I love sharing my life with you", "You turn me on so much", "Your breasts turn me on", "I love touching your soft skin", "I love holding you in my arms", "I love your breasts", "I love your legs", "Your lips are perfect", "You feel so good", "You feel so hot", "You are so delicious", "I am all yours", "All my love is for you", "I love having sex with you", and "I long for you".

  • Penn's Teller "pitch" is complete in approximately 1 minute 27 seconds. As he said, that's less than half the allotted 3 minutes.

  • Season 2 Episode 1: P.E.T.A.

  • First use of the motorized lazy susan and connected chairs. Penn and Teller would sit in these many times over the rest of the series.

  • The short list of procedures, cures, and vaccines obtained through animal research from the episode: VACCINES- Anthrax, chicken pox, cholera, diphtheria, flu, influenza B, hepatitis A and B, measles, mumps, polio, rabies, rubella, smallpox, tetanus, whooping cough, yellow fever; MEDICATIONS- Insulin, penicillin, streptomycin, anti-inflammatory drugs, painkillers, anticoagulants, chemotherapy, cyclosporine; DEVICES- Pacemakers, artificial heart, artificial hip, artificial knee; PROCEDURES- Angioplasty, organ transplantation, heart transplantation, kidney transplantation, liver transplantation, corneal transplantation.

  • Not only is a picture of Mary Beth Sweetland in Teller's dictionary under hypocrite, the definition of hypocrite above it actually has "Mary Beth Sweetland" as the first meaning of the word.

  • Season 1 Episode 13: Environmental Hysteria

  • An additional segment with Patrick Moore and an additional segment with Julia Butterfly Hill can be seen in the deleted scenes on the season one dvd.

  • Season 1 Episode 12: Ouija Boards / Near Death...

  • When Penn spins Teller in the chair during the centrifuge discussion in the NDE section, the viewer can see little green weights strapped to the bottom of the chair. This is because, as seen in an outtake on the season one dvd, Penn once spun Teller in the chair WITHOUT the weights, causing the chair to quickly fall over and spill Teller onto the ground. Teller quickly got back up and sat back in the chair for the next take.

  • In a promo for the second season of the show (available on the second season dvd), Penn points out that they were incorrect in this episode when they claimed that witches were burned in Salem, Massachusetts while discussing the history of Salem. In his own words, "Turns out there were no women burned in Salem as witches. Sure, there were 19 hanged, 55 beaten into confession, and one person pressed to death, but not ONE was burned. So, we apologize to anyone injured by our negligence."

  • Season 1 Episode 11: Eat This!

  • The footage of the long shelf of diet products was apparently filmed inside a Wal-Mart, as seen by the yellow tags and visual design of a glimpsed overhead sign.

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Comedy, Documentary


observational humor, corruption, cultural phenomenon, drug trafficking, social commentary