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Seasons:
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Release Date:
24 January 2003 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
They can smell it from miles away! See more »
Plot:
The comedy illusionist duo explore various topics and debunk what they consider misconceptions about them. Full summary »
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Awards:
Nominated for 13 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 6 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
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User Reviews:
Skepticism = Critical Thinking See more (55 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 21)

Penn Jillette ... Himself / ... (85 episodes, 2003-2010)

Teller ... Himself / ... (85 episodes, 2003-2010)
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Series Directed by
Star Price (79 episodes, 2003-2009)
David Wechter (21 episodes, 2006-2010)
Chip Selby (18 episodes, 2006-2008)
Scott Firestone (14 episodes, 2006-2007)
Tim Rogan (12 episodes, 2003-2008)
Joshua E. Kessler (10 episodes, 2005-2007)
Ted Saad (5 episodes, 2008)
Tom Greenhut (4 episodes, 2005-2007)
Steven Uhlenberg (2 episodes, 2008)

Christopher Poole (unknown episodes)
Scott Schaefer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Randall Moldave (79 episodes, 2003-2009)
Eric Small (79 episodes, 2003-2009)
Star Price (70 episodes, 2004-2010)
David Wechter (47 episodes, 2003-2010)
Penn Jillette (39 episodes, 2003-2010)
Teller (39 episodes, 2003-2010)
Michael Goudeau (36 episodes, 2006-2010)
Rich Nathanson (24 episodes, 2008-2010)
Sheryl Zohn (23 episodes, 2006-2008)
Cliff Schoenberg (22 episodes, 2006-2008)
Jon Hotchkiss (20 episodes, 2006-2007)
John McLaughlin (17 episodes, 2003-2005)
David Weiss (10 episodes, 2007)
Tom Kramer (6 episodes, 2009-2010)
Steve Melcher (5 episodes, 2006-2010)
Dean Ward (2 episodes, 2005)

Steven Bortko (unknown episodes)
Jonathan B. Taylor (unknown episodes)
Emma Webster (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Star Price .... executive producer (84 episodes, 2003-2010)
Penn Jillette .... co-executive producer / executive producer (79 episodes, 2003-2009)
Teller .... co-executive producer / executive producer (79 episodes, 2003-2009)
Aaron Yampolski .... senior producer / producer (53 episodes, 2005-2010)
David Wechter .... executive producer / supervising producer (43 episodes, 2003-2010)
Jon Hotchkiss .... co-executive producer / supervising producer (33 episodes, 2005-2007)
Joshua E. Kessler .... senior producer / supervising producer / ... (28 episodes, 2004-2007)
Eric Small .... executive producer (14 episodes, 2003-2010)
Alex Walton .... producer (14 episodes, 2006-2010)
Randall Moldave .... executive producer (13 episodes, 2003)
Mitch Glazer .... field producer (10 episodes, 2008)
Tammie Smalls .... producer (5 episodes, 2004-2005)
Karina Fraley .... associate producer (3 episodes, 2003)
Patti Duce .... supervising producer (3 episodes, 2005-2008)
June Molgaard .... producer (3 episodes, 2005)
Shari Adagio .... supervising producer (3 episodes, 2007-2008)
Peter Adam Golden .... co-executive producer / producer (2 episodes, 2003-2008)
Mark Wolper .... executive producer (2 episodes, 2003-2008)
Sara Chamberlain .... field producer (2 episodes, 2006-2008)
Katy Scanlan .... associate producer (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Steven Uhlenberg .... co-executive producer (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Jeff Zoldan .... producer (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Sheryl Zohn .... supervising producer (2 episodes, 2008)

Steve Jones .... segment producer (unknown episodes)
Randall Kirk .... series producer (unknown episodes)
Maurice H. Patrykus .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Gary Stockdale (52 episodes, 2003-2008)
 
Series Cinematography by
Kevin O'Brien (3 episodes, 2003-2008)

Steve Jones (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Tim Sullivan (16 episodes, 2008-2010)
Steven Uhlenberg (14 episodes, 2003-2008)
Jules Frazier (13 episodes, 2003)
Brian Horn (11 episodes, 2005-2008)
Eric Wise (6 episodes, 2003)
Mitch Rosa (2 episodes, 2003)
Ian Sears (2 episodes, 2007-2008)

Doug Folkerts (unknown episodes)
Tim Schultz (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
David Zimmerman (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Direction by
Rudy Matchinga (3 episodes, 2003-2008)
 
Series Costume Design by
Kathryn Shemanek (40 episodes, 2006-2009)
 
Series Makeup Department
Phyllis Bond .... hair stylist / makeup artist (3 episodes, 2003-2008)
 
Series Production Management
CJ .... post-production supervisor (30 episodes, 2006-2008)
Kathleen Boyette Bramlett .... production manager: Penn & Teller / production manager (3 episodes, 2003-2008)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joshua E. Kessler .... field director (unknown episodes, 2005)
 
Series Art Department
Kyle B. Cunningham .... set dresser (30 episodes, 2008-2010)
Dustin Knouse .... production assistant (23 episodes, 2005-2006)
Jeremy Carmone .... props (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
 
Series Sound Department
Lenny Jones .... sound designer (89 episodes, 2003-2010)
Michael Dennis .... sound mixer / sound (15 episodes, 2003-2010)
Paul S. Shapiro .... sound mixer (5 episodes, 2003-2007)
Bob Schuck .... sound (3 episodes, 2003-2008)
Graham Gardner .... sound mixer (3 episodes, 2003-2004)
Brandon Goodwin .... sound mixer (3 episodes, 2009)
Dick Rogers .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 2007-2008)

Noah Mathers .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
David Weinstock .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Skip Burrows .... special effects supervisor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Justin Schultz .... animator (2 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Chuck Bejarano .... camera operator (40 episodes, 2006-2009)
Kevin McCafferty .... camera operator (13 episodes, 2003)
Dave Babb .... camera operator (13 episodes, 2004-2010)
Ryan Mhor .... assistant camera (10 episodes, 2008)
Breck Larson .... camera operator (5 episodes, 2005-2010)
Peter Zivkovic .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2007-2009)
Perry Ryan .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2004-2010)
Mark Gamsey .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2009)
Kameron Mogadam .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2010)

Rage Stewart .... camera production assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Animation Department
Peter Conlon .... animation director: title sequence (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathryn Shemanek .... wardrobe (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
 
Series Editorial Department
Christopher Nunn .... assistant editor (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Mike Krause .... assistant editor (13 episodes, 2003)
CJ .... post-production coordinator (11 episodes, 2005)
Ed Decker .... assistant editor (11 episodes, 2007-2008)

Alpesh Patel .... lead assistant editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Dan Gill .... script supervisor / researcher (40 episodes, 2007-2010)
Jeff Critelli .... teleprompter operator / teleprompt operator (27 episodes, 2008-2010)
Michael Bancroft .... production assistant (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Laura Elizabeth Cannon .... assistant to the executive producer / assistant to executive producers (13 episodes, 2003)
James Elden .... production assistant / assistant to executive producers (13 episodes, 2003)
Franka Mavrides .... production assistant / assistant to executive producer (13 episodes, 2003)
CJ .... assistant to executive producer (13 episodes, 2004)
Ryan Mhor .... production assistant (10 episodes, 2007)
Steven Solars .... production assistant (10 episodes, 2007)
Lauren Willems .... researcher (10 episodes, 2010)
Bill Narducci .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 2006)
Kyle B. Cunningham .... choreographer (4 episodes, 2008-2010)
Tim Rogan .... stage manager (3 episodes, 2003-2008)
Nathan Santucci .... director: covert activities / director of covert activities: Penn & Teller (3 episodes, 2003-2008)
Zach Wechter .... production assistant (3 episodes, 2006-2009)
Glenn S. Alai .... assistant: Penn & Teller / publicity manager (2 episodes, 2003-2007)
Michael Buyer .... magic team (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Randall Moldave .... consultant (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Eric Small .... consultant (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Ezekiel Zabrowski .... magic team (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Anna Dean .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2008)

Jennifer L. Goosby .... script supervisor (unknown episodes, 2004)
Katy Scanlan .... production coordinator (unknown episodes, 2005)
Daniel Leaderman .... production assistant (unknown episodes, 2007)
Michelle Basterrechea .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Kyle Hollingsworth .... title designer (unknown episodes)
Randall Kirk .... segment producer (unknown episodes)
Justin Leibow .... title designer (unknown episodes)
Pancho Mansfield .... network executive (unknown episodes)
Cassandra Seidl .... post accounting supervisor (unknown episodes)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Penn & Teller: BS!" - USA (promotional title)
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Runtime:
30 min
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Certification:
Australia:MA (some episodes) | Australia:R (some episodes) | USA:TV-14 | USA:TV-PG (early episodes) | USA:TV-MA (most episodes)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The show was created to honor the spirit of master magician Harry Houdini, who devoted the latter part of his life to debunking some widely accepted (as he called it) "Humbug". The episode on profanity featured the title "Humbug" instead of "Bullshit!"See more »
Quotes:
[repeated line from "Bible: Fact or Fiction" episode]
Penn Jillette:Elvis didn't do no drugs!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in New Year's Eve (2011)See more »

FAQ

Why do Penn and Teller (or at least Penn) use a lot of obscenity?
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84 out of 106 people found the following review useful.
Skepticism = Critical Thinking, 8 February 2005
Author: Buzz Vinard from Albuquerque, NM

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!

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