Penn & Teller: Bullshit!

Showtime (ended 2010)



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  • Nukes, Hybrids, & Lesbians

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    S 5 : Ep 9 - 5/17/07

    Penn & Teller cover the dangers of nuclear power, whether hybrids are substantially fuel efficient and lesbians are just thrown in for fun.
  • Mount Rushmore

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    S 5 : Ep 8 - 5/10/07

    Penn & Teller look into the history and manipulation in the history of Mount Rushmore, as well as rabid patriotism and whether Americans will willingly sign away their right to free speech.
  • Handicap Parking

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    S 5 : Ep 7 - 5/3/07

    Penn and Teller look into the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law in 1990 by the first President Bush.
  • Immigration

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    S 5 : Ep 6 - 4/26/07

    The blizzard of bullshit surrounding immigration melts when Penn and Teller spend some time with the "Minutemen," a militia group dedicated to preventing illegal border crossings, while illegal immigrants demonstrate their fence-jumping techniques.moreless
  • Exorcism

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    S 5 : Ep 5 - 4/19/07

    Penn and Teller battle the forces of evil when they witness three modern-day exorcists performing their demonic casting-out duties, then pay a visit to the "Black Pope," the leader of the Church of Satan.moreless
  • Detoxing

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    S 5 : Ep 4 - 4/12/07

    An interview with a parasitologist who spills the truth about the parasites that live inside us and a visit to a life-size walkthrough colon round out a skeptical inquiry into the allegedly cleansing process of detoxifying.moreless
  • Breast Hysteria

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    S 5 : Ep 3 - 4/5/07

    The magicians get a firm grasp on America's fascination with the female form by visiting with a young mom who inadvertently tested corporate tolerance for public breast feeding and a breast cancer survivor who is not a fan of the pink ribbon campaign.moreless
  • Wal-Mart

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    S 5 : Ep 2 - 3/29/07

    Penn & teller explore the reasoning behind Wal-mart protesters. This episode includes trips to rural towns that have just acquired a Wal-mart to show the economic growth and employment improvements as well as to Penn's hometown where a local resident persuaded the town not to get a Wal-mart. They interview a range of people from local nut jobs to politicians who are in favor of jobs (just not Wal-mart's), and unionizers. Lastly they also interview a person who created an anti-Wal-Mart documentary. In this interview they go further in depth with allegations of sweat shops, employee benefits, and employee pay. and of course there are naked women.moreless
  • Obesity

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    S 5 : Ep 1 - 3/22/07

    The Obesity Myth, tackles Americas obesity epidemic and examines who really is orchestrating the war against weight.
  • Abstinence

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    S 4 : Ep 10 - 6/5/06

    BULLSHIT goes on the prowl for virgins! We meet women - and men! - who are saving themselves for marriage. We find out -what the hell for? Then, there's sex education! We find out if it is helping them screw…or screwing them up. And we get really revved up about teaching abstinence only! We meet an expert who encourages multiple sex partners before settling down. He has proof that sex reduces stress and it releases endorphins that make us feel good. The cherry on the top of our cherry is a visit to a masturbation clinic. Now we're talking sex education! We'll also meet up with the former US Surgeon General, Dr. Jocelyn Elders. She was fired for advocating masturbation as an alternative to sexual intercourse to prevent STDS, and that's BULLSHIT.moreless
  • Numbers

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    S 4 : Ep 9 - 5/29/06

    They say numbers don't lie, but in the hands of the media, politicians, pollsters and salesmen, numbers can be downright subversive. BULLSHIT meets the author of Damned Lies and Statistics - he tells us how numbers are craftily manipulated based on political affiliation and agenda. The numerically ambiguous world of Vacation Time Shares leaves our undercover operative dazed and confused. We also take street cons to Las Vegas - a town built on Numbers - and reveal how readily most of us can be cheated. And we look into the bullshit behind political polls, gambling odds and state lotteries.

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  • Manners

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    S 4 : Ep 8 - 5/22/06

    According to a recent poll, 8 out of 10 people in the US think Americans are ruder today than any time in history. Is that even possible? Are we really ruder and less well mannered? On this episode of BULLSHIT, we'll find out that our contemporary ideas about manners date back about 120 years to the Victorian period, a time when there wasn't indoor plumbing and people used to urinate in the street, we'll meet an etiquette expert who knows which fork to use when eating salad and visit with a stripper who puts the entire issue of manners into perspective. Saying "please" and "thank you" are good social lubricants and help you avoid getting beat up… the rest of manners, are pretty much BULLSHIT.moreless
  • Reparations

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    S 4 : Ep 7 - 5/15/06

    Slavery, the slaughter of Native Americans (and the confiscation of their tribal land) and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II are three tragedies from this nation's past. However, are those who suffered as a result of these government policies, deserving of money - lots of money? They're called "reparations" and like the Indians and the Japanese before them, today many African Americans think the Federal Government (meaning Mr. And Mrs. Tax Payer) owes them money because their ancestors were once slaves. In this episode, BULLSHIT goes inside the reparations movements and uncovers the truths about the internment of Japanese Americans, Indian Casinos and the Federal Government's long history of correcting the historical wrongs associated with its institutional racism.moreless
  • Pet Love

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    S 4 : Ep 6 - 5/8/06

    BULLSHIT takes its cameras inside the world of extreme pet lovers where we'll meet reptile enthusiasts, show-cats and their owners, and a man who claims to have revolutionized veterinary medicine. We'll visit a woman who shares her home with 25 cats and an artist who creates pet memorials that will blow you away. We'll even get all scientific and figure out why we are biologically attracted to puppies and kittens. Finally, we'll get to the bottom of the diseases our four legged, fine-feathered friends are spreading, like West Nile Virus and Monkeypox. Go ahead love your pet if you feel like it. But c'mon, let's draw the line at rubbing noses and swapping saliva... Now that's doggy BULLSHIT!moreless
  • Ground Zero

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    S 4 : Ep 5 - 5/1/06

    Penn & Teller take a look at the fiasco that has taken place in the last 5 years in planning to rebuild the "Ground Zero" area.
  • Cryptozoology

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    S 4 : Ep 4 - 4/24/06

    Explains the science and trickery involved with animals people have believed to have sighted, such as Lochness, Bigfoot, the Abominable Snowman, etc, along with hoaxes people create to increase belief. Also explains why it is impossible for such animals to exist.moreless
  • The Death Penalty

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    S 4 : Ep 3 - 4/17/06

    Explains why the death penalty is inhumane along with the different types of execution that existed for many years, the process of lethal injection, and the execution of the Crips founder, Stanley Tookie Williams.moreless
  • Prostitution

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    S 4 : Ep 2 - 4/10/06

    Everyone knows that prostitution is practiced throughout the land. Where it is legal - in only a few Nevada counties, prostitution is vigorously regulated and monitored by the State of Nevada Health Department. The women submit to compulsory medical tests for STDs. No one is forced to work as a prostitute. Pimps don't exist. HIV has never been detected. The women earn regular paychecks and tips. Some even get vacation and sick days. And they pay taxes! It's BULLSHIT that it's illegal for two consenting adults to have sex with each other!moreless
  • Boy Scouts

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    S 4 : Ep 1 - 4/3/06

    Since the early 90s, The Boy Scouts of America, which is partially funded by tax-money and uses public schools as meeting halls, has been largely run by the Mormon church, and has banned homosexuals and atheists from being members. 4 people are interviewed: An eagle scout who wrote a book praising the boy scouts, a man who was kicked out of the boy scouts for being gay, a lady who sued the boy scouts and a gay activist trying to make the boy scouts change their ways. Finally, a group of straight kids and a group of gay kids compete in folding flags, tying knots and putting up a tent.moreless
  • The Best

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    S 3 : Ep 13 - 8/1/05

    Penn and Teller skewer our pursuit of "the best" in everything, from neighborhoods to electronics to automobiles to spouses, and demonstrate how such rampant consumerism is a race designed so that the runners never win.moreless
  • Signs From Heaven

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    S 3 : Ep 12 - 7/25/05

    Penn & Teller take a look at how people seem to see religious symbols with in all kinds of object for example doors and grilled cheese sandwiches.
  • Endangered Species

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    S 3 : Ep 11 - 7/18/05

    The magicians take a hard look at the fight to save endangered species, an expensive and fruitless exercise to preserve critters that may already be on the road to extinction through natural selection; also, examining the Endangered Species Act.moreless
  • Ghost Busters

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    S 3 : Ep 10 - 7/11/05

    They've often been accused of being other than normal themselves, but Penn and Teller diligently set about debunking the world of paranormal ghosts, spooks and phantoms - and those who claim they can detect or exorcise such flights of fancy.moreless
  • Gun Control

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    S 3 : Ep 9 - 6/27/05

    The fearless hosts tackle the facts, the stats, and the truth to find out who's right in the raging controversy over the Second Amendment and gun control.
  • Hair

    Full Episode

    S 3 : Ep 8 - 6/20/05

    Penn and Teller feather their locks, trim their bangs and set off to explore one of the most ego-challenging subjects of all: hair, and the billion-dollar-per-year industry spawned by those who want to change it, want to shed it, or just want to grow it back.moreless
  • Big Brother

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    S 3 : Ep 7 - 6/13/05

    A look at how the Land of the Free has been transformed into a surveillance society where citizens are photographed, X-rayed, sound-recorded, spied upon, measured, tracked, indexed and archived 24 hours a day. Who is watching the watchers?moreless
  • College

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    S 3 : Ep 6 - 5/30/05

    A look at college education, viewed by many as a must for those looking for success. In reality a $400 billion-per-year industry driven by fear and more interested in espousing leftist dogma than in learning.moreless
  • Life Coaching

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    S 3 : Ep 4 - 5/16/05

    Are new-age therapists just spouting psychobabble? Penn & Teller take on people who call themselves "Life Coaches". Are they really helping people or just offering their services for over inflated prices.
  • Conspiracy Theories

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    S 3 : Ep 3 - 5/9/05

    Explores the growing belief in conspiracy theories, which stems from the lack of trust in government leaders. Also the ease of the internet to instantly spread those theories around the world.
  • Family Values

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    S 3 : Ep 2 - 5/2/05

    Explores the family structure that is reported on by the Media and politicians that a traditional family must be a Father, Mother, Two kids and a Dog.

    Featured experts include:

    Brian Brown- Himself, Executive Director of the Family Institute of Connecticut
    Michael Medved- Himself, Nationally Syndicated Radio Host
    Tom Leykis- Himself, Radio Host
    Stephanie Coontz- Herself, Author and Professor of History, Evergreen State College
    Judith Stacey- Herself, Professor of Sociology, New York University and Founding Member of the Council on Contemporary Families.
    John and Nan Wise, Julio and Amy- Themselves, New Jersey polyamorous family
    Richard Cohen- Himself, Psychotherapist andDirector of International Healing Foundation
    Audrey and Gayda- Themselves, San Francisco lesbian couple
    Nanette Gartrell- Professor of Psychiatry, UC San Francisco

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