The comedy illusionist duo explore various topics and debunk what they consider misconceptions about them.
3,091 ( 570)

Watch Now

With Prime Video





8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
2010   2009   2008   2007   2006   2005   … See all »
Nominated for 13 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Penn & Teller Tell a Lie (TV Series 2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In every episode Penn and Teller present a number of stories. All but one are true, it's up to the viewers to guess which story is false.

Stars: Penn Jillette, Teller, Steve Broxterman
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (TV Series 2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Penn & Teller go to the U.K to find a magician who can "fool them" If Penn & Teller can figure out the trick performed the magician is out but if they do not get it the magician wins a ... See full summary »

Stars: Penn Jillette, Teller, Jonathan Ross
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Penn & Teller enjoy playing jokes on each other. When Penn says on an interview show that he wishes he has someone threatening his life so that he "wouldn't sweat the small stuff," each of ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Penn
Stars: Penn Jillette, Teller, Caitlin Clarke
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Penn and Tell practice their unique brand of magic and comedy in the Carribean and underwater.

Director: Star Price
Stars: Aaron Carter, Penn Jillette, Daran Norris
Penn & Teller Go Public (TV Short 1985)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Penn reads "Casey at the Bat" while Teller escapes from a straight jacket; Penn does a not-wimpy card trick; Teller gives the illusion of reality with a cigarette; Penn eats fire; and the ... See full summary »

Director: Cordelia Stone
Stars: Penn Jillette, Teller
Magic and Mystery Tour (TV Mini-Series 2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Penn and teller visit China, Egypt and India to see local magicians perform.

Stars: Penn Jillette, Teller, Lyla Pinch Brock
MythBusters (TV Series 2003)
Documentary | Mystery | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A weekly documentary in which two Hollywood special effects experts attempt to debunk urban legends by directly testing them.

Stars: Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage, Robert Lee
Tim's Vermeer (2013)
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer.

Director: Teller
Stars: Tim Jenison, Penn Jillette, Martin Mull
Celebrity Deathmatch (TV Series 1998)
Animation | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Celebrities duel it out in a wrestling ring, the first one who dies loses.

Stars: Maurice Schlafer, Len Maxwell, Mills Lane
The Colbert Report (2005–2015)
Comedy | News | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Satirical newscaster Stephen Colbert provides humorous commentary on the big issues going on in the United States and the rest of the world, with his larger-than-life ego and overly-patriotic spirit along with him every step of the way.

Stars: Stephen Colbert, Jay Katsir, Jon Stewart
Aqua Teen Hunger Force (2000–2015)
Animation | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The misadventures of a milkshake, an order of fries, a meatball, and their retired next door neighbor in the suburbs of New Jersey.

Stars: Dave Willis, Carey Means, Dana Snyder
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Penn & Teller perform some of the routines they have used on American tours and specials for a British studio audience. A well-known, usually British, guest helps out. There are some forays... See full summary »

Stars: Penn Jillette, Teller, Dawn French


Series cast summary:
 Himself - Host (89 episodes, 2003-2010)
 Himself - Host (89 episodes, 2003-2010)


Using a combination of set ups, descriptions, rants and film of practitioners, Penn & Teller show the bullshit that's everywhere. The initial show covers mediums or Talkers to the Dead. Penn Jillette explains in the first program that while calling someone a liar or a con man is actionable, "bullshit" is safe. Each show has a topic such as Mediums, Feng Shui, Medical devices or Penis Enlargement. Using humor and experts, they debunk the bullshit. Written by

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


They can smell it from miles away! See more »


TV-MA | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

24 January 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Penn & Teller: BS!  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



See  »

Did You Know?


Penn has stated that those they ask to be on the show to interview know in advance what the name of the show is, what kind of show it is and even generally knowing what side Penn and Teller will be on. Not only this, the interview subjects are even given past shows, with the exception of season one. See more »


Penn Jillette: On one side there are people with relationships, and miserable. On the other side there are people out of relationships, and miserable. What's the deal? Don't they know that love is a roller coaster? You sit, you hold hands, you scream, then you get off and ride again!
See more »

Crazy Credits

In episode 2.10 ("Profanity") the title sequence ends with the word "Humbug" superimposed on the usual "Bullshit!". See more »


Referenced in 500 Days of Summer (2009) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Skepticism = Critical Thinking
8 February 2005 | by (Albuquerque, NM) – See all my reviews

I've been a skeptical atheist for a while, now. It is great to have a show that, at the very least, confirms that I am not alone out here.

Penn and Teller are also skeptical atheists, so no one should be expecting an expose of religion to turn into an episode on the religious conversion of the duo. I don't understand many of the reviews here, suggesting that "thoughtful debate" should be the order of the day on this show. The show is called "Bullshit!" for a reason. You can count on any topic presented here as being something to be taken apart, limb by bloody limb.

The methodology they use is appropriate to their subjects. I personally hate PeTA and other extremist groups like them. The show about PeTA focused on the hypocrisy in their actions, since what they essentially offer is an extremist opinion, not science. PeTA euthanizes animals? PeTA gave financial support to convicted arsonist Rodney Cronado? PeTA vice-president Mary Beth Sweetland uses animal-based insulin, despite PeTAs firm stance that animals are "not ours to use—for food, clothing, entertainment, experimentation, or any other reason"? Holy cow!

The show about AA took a hard look at the success rate of the program, as well as focusing on the religious-based nature of the program itself, calling into question whether or not it is right for courts to order folks into it.

The debate on evolution vs. creationism being taught in public school was fascinating. The point being made, lost on many, was that creationism, "intelligent design", or any other theory that involves a divine creator is religious in nature, and therefore has no place being taught in public schools. What was seen as the outrage was that the prevailing majority religious viewpoint was being pushed to the front as a fact that all, regardless of religion, were going to be taught. This is as offensive as bizarre attempts to round off the value of pi by legislative coup.

Holistic/alternative medicine is a huge business in my home state. I know a lady who has used these remedies to help her back. I've known her for ten years, and she's been a strict adherent to these methods for at least that long. Her back has hurt for ten years, and it still does, today. There is no science at all on the side of the vast majority of these remedies. Some were even shown on this show to be aggravating to the conditions they were supposed to treat. Basic anatomy classes will show that there are no chakra points on the body, or any reflexology nerve pathways in the foot.

The main thing the guys want to get across is to use some common sense. Think critically about these kinds of things. Look at them from all angles. If a group of people offer an extremest and absolute point of view, but make exceptions for themselves, ASK WHY! If science is being trampled by religion, ASK WHY! If someone wanted your money to sell you a car, you'd have it checked out first, right? Do the same with anything holistic and/or psychic. Dig. Find some real answers. ASK WHY! And if someone wants to take your freedoms away, say NO!

When it comes to matters of opinion, Penn and Teller are not shy about their own. But they don't condescend the audience, telling what opinions they SHOULD have, just asking them to question the opinions and beliefs they DO have. Opinions and beliefs that can stand up to critical thinking deserve to be held on to. Those that can't are bullshit. That's the whole point of the show.

I do hope that the show returns soon. It's still at the top of my Tivo list, though an episode has not aired in months.

And if either of you guys read your own reviews, check it out: The two men who founded "Exodus International", a Christian "gay conversion" group ended up leaving the organization and their wives for each other. Please do a show about this!

88 of 115 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Their stance on 9/11 ProdigyReinEngel
Problem I have with capital 'L' libertarians bobisbob52
Is Penn and Teller anti-American? johanngr
Cato Institute and Dishonesty thetrueoppo
talking to the dead was a very weak episode bald_tony
Circumcision Episode haxmya
Discuss Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page