Penn and Teller Bullshit

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  • TV-MA
  • 2003
  • 8 Seasons
  • 8.2  (11,873)

Penn and Teller Bullshit is a highly-entertaining and outrageously comedic television series that aired on Showtime from 2003 to 2010. The show, hosted by Penn Jillette and Teller, takes a skeptical approach to a wide range of topics, including religion, alternative medicine, environmental issues, and social policies such as gun control, war on drugs, prostitution and many others.

Throughout its run, Penn and Teller Bullshit used humor, research, and critical thinking to challenge the validity of various claims and beliefs that are often taken for granted in society. The show's tagline, "The Show That Takes No Bullshit," played perfectly into the tone and approach of the series.

Penn and Teller Bullshit's unique perspective and no-holds-barred approach make it an early forerunner of modern-day "skeptical" entertainment that has become popular with the rise of podcasts, YouTube channels, and other media with a similar approach. The show's distinct style of humor, which often employs taboo language and controversial topics, remains a hallmark of the series.

Over the course of its 8 seasons, the show covered a wide range of topics that includes environmental issues, anti-smoking laws, alternative medicine, bottled water, the Bible, PETA, the War on Drugs, and many others. The show's format typically consisted of a mix of commentary and interviews with experts and authorities in the field of each episode's topic.

One of the show's standout segments is "Potter's Field," in which random people are asked whether they support or oppose a fictitious policy that is discriminatory in nature. For example, a policy that would refuse to help people who are injured in car crashes if they were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident. Many people's reaction shows the absurdity of various discriminatory policies.

Another popular segment is "Penn and Teller Get Killed," in which the duo might engage in dangerous and sometimes irresponsible stunts to make a point. For example, in one episode, Penn and Teller had a man shoot balloons that were located near their face using a crossbow to show the false sense of safety associated with safety-belts in cars.

Penn and Teller Bullshit also invited its fair share of controversies, as some people have criticized the show for being biased and misleading viewers. Some viewers believed the show was designed to trash institutions and individuals with preconceived notions.

Despite this criticism, Penn and Teller Bullshit was recognized for its influence and impact, receiving several awards and nominations for its content, the shows controversial content, and its approach. The show gave the public a candid voice and opinion was insightful and entertaining, forcing people to examine and challenge long-held beliefs.

In conclusion, Penn and Teller Bullshit is a must-watch show for those who enjoy a healthy dose of skepticism and humor. Penn and Teller’s relatable approach to challenging common beliefs that people hold has encouraged many people to re-evaluate their biases and examine their beliefs critically. With its unapologetic and thorough style of tackling issues, Penn and Teller Bullshit is a show that will continue to appeal to those looking for an alternative perspective.

Penn and Teller Bullshit is a series that is currently running and has 8 seasons (88 episodes). The series first aired on January 24, 2003.

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10. Vaccinations
August 12, 2010
In the Season 8 finale, vaccination is considered modern medicine's greatest weapon against disease but thanks to pseudo-science and public gullibility, the debate over vaccination safety rages on.
9. Self-Esteem
August 5, 2010
Evidence shows that self-esteem building does not work. However, parents, counselors, and social workers are misguided in sill using ineffective tools that teach children to grow up thinking they are "special."
Old People
8. Old People
July 29, 2010
According to Penn and Teller, America's seniors are stripped of their dignity thanks to ongoing stereotypes about old people. They investigate the widespread beliefs that old people can't drive, don't have sex, and smell bad.
Criminal Justice
7. Criminal Justice
July 22, 2010
Is America's criminal justice system weighed down with bad science, ineffective methods, incompetence and corruption? Penn & Teller set out to reveal that the only thing scarier than crime is America's war on crime.
Area 51
6. Area 51
July 15, 2010
Penn and Teller check out UFO hunters.
Easy Money
5. Easy Money
July 8, 2010
Penn and Teller inspect direct sales companies.
Teen Sex
4. Teen Sex
July 1, 2010
Every generation worries about teen sex, but today's parents are more hysterical than ever. The duo will look at the drastic measures adults are taking to combat the perceived dangers of teenage promiscuity, "sexting," and gay-straight alliances.
Martial Arts
3. Martial Arts
June 24, 2010
Thanks to centuries of Eastern mystique, the martial arts may appear spiritual and special. The mischievous magicians take a more skeptical look at a bunch of guys in pajamas breaking boards with their feet and overweight housewives learning to "defend" themselves.
Fast Food
2. Fast Food
June 17, 2010
Hold on to your cheeseburger! Public Health agencies, food activists and special interest groups have launched an all-out war against fast food restaurants. Should the government really be spending our tax dollars to regulate what, where, and how we eat?
1. Cheerleaders
June 10, 2010
In the Season Eight premiere, it's as all-American as apple pie, but cheerleading is also responsible for 65% of all catastrophic female sport injuries, with competitive coaches, fanatic parents, and a multimillion dollar industry concerned with its bottom line.
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Penn and Teller Bullshit is available for streaming on the Showtime website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Penn and Teller Bullshit on demand at Showtime, Apple TV Channels, Paramount+, Hulu, Vudu, Google Play and Showtime Anytime.
  • Premiere Date
    January 24, 2003
  • IMDB Rating
    8.2  (11,873)