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24 January 2003 (USA) See more »
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They can smell it from miles away! See more »
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The comedy illusionist duo explore various topics and debunk what they consider misconceptions about them. Full summary »
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Nominated for 13 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 6 nominations See more »
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 35)

Penn Jillette ... Himself - Host (89 episodes, 2003-2010)

Teller ... Himself - Host (89 episodes, 2003-2010)
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Series Directed by
Star Price (79 episodes, 2003-2009)
Chip Selby (45 episodes, 2004-2008)
David Wechter (36 episodes, 2003-2010)
Scott Firestone (26 episodes, 2005-2007)
Ted Saad (24 episodes, 2003-2008)
Tim Rogan (23 episodes, 2003-2008)
R.L. Shontell (19 episodes, 2003-2004)
Kevin Barry (13 episodes, 2003-2004)
Scott Schaefer (12 episodes, 2003-2005)
Joshua E. Kessler (10 episodes, 2005-2007)
Tom Greenhut (7 episodes, 2005-2007)
Christopher Poole (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Keith Cornell (4 episodes, 2003)
John Tindall (4 episodes, 2004)
Chip Clements (2 episodes, 2005)
Steven Uhlenberg (2 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Writing credits
Randall Moldave (79 episodes, 2003-2009)
Eric Small (79 episodes, 2003-2009)
Penn Jillette (75 episodes, 2003-2010)
Teller (75 episodes, 2003-2010)
Star Price (70 episodes, 2004-2010)
Michael Goudeau (62 episodes, 2004-2010)
David Wechter (47 episodes, 2003-2010)
Jon Hotchkiss (37 episodes, 2004-2007)
Sheryl Zohn (26 episodes, 2005-2008)
Rich Nathanson (24 episodes, 2008-2010)
Cliff Schoenberg (22 episodes, 2006-2008)
John McLaughlin (17 episodes, 2003-2005)
Steve Melcher (10 episodes, 2006-2010)
David Weiss (10 episodes, 2007)
Tom Kramer (6 episodes, 2009-2010)
Jonathan Taylor (3 episodes, 2004)
Emma Webster (3 episodes, 2004)
Steven Bortko (3 episodes, 2005)
Dean Ward (2 episodes, 2005)

Jonathan B. Taylor (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Peter Adam Golden .... co-executive producer / executive producer / ... (89 episodes, 2003-2010)
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 / series producer / ... (53 episodes, 2005-2010)
Mark Wolper .... executive producer (50 episodes, 2003-2008)
David Wechter .... executive producer / supervising producer (43 episodes, 2003-2010)
Patti Duce .... senior producer / coordinating producer / ... (42 episodes, 2004-2008)
Shari Adagio .... supervising producer (40 episodes, 2004-2008)
Michael Goudeau .... co-executive producer (40 episodes, 2004-2008)
Joshua E. Kessler .... senior producer / supervising producer / ... (38 episodes, 2004-2007)
Jon Hotchkiss .... co-executive producer / supervising producer (33 episodes, 2005-2007)
Tim Rogan .... co-executive producer (27 episodes, 2005-2008)
Krasher Lewis .... co-executive producer (25 episodes, 2005-2007)
Alex Walton .... producer / series producer (25 episodes, 2006-2010)
Eric Small .... executive producer (15 episodes, 2003-2010)
Tammie Smalls .... series producer / staff producer / ... (15 episodes, 2004-2005)
Renee Y. Henson .... series producer / staff producer / ... (14 episodes, 2004-2005)
Stanley Brown .... senior associate producer (13 episodes, 2003)
Bruce Kimmel .... segment producer (13 episodes, 2003)
Randall Moldave .... executive producer (13 episodes, 2003)
Randall Kirk .... series producer / staff producer / ... (13 episodes, 2004-2005)
June Molgaard .... series producer / staff producer / ... (13 episodes, 2005)
Chip Selby .... segment producer / field producer (11 episodes, 2003-2005)
Diana Marcketta .... series producer / producer (10 episodes, 2006)
Lee Mortimer .... series producer / producer (10 episodes, 2006)
Mitch Glazer .... field producer (10 episodes, 2008)
Sheryl Zohn .... associate producer / supervising producer (6 episodes, 2003-2008)
Katy Scanlan .... associate producer (5 episodes, 2007-2008)
Jeff Zoldan .... producer (5 episodes, 2007-2008)
Karina Fraley .... associate producer (4 episodes, 2003)
Maurice H. Patrykus .... associate producer (4 episodes, 2003)
Steven Uhlenberg .... co-executive producer (4 episodes, 2007-2008)
Elizabeth Wholihan .... segment producer (3 episodes, 2004)
Allen Rosen .... field producer (3 episodes, 2005-2006)
Kelly Rauch .... producer (3 episodes, 2007)
Kevin Barry .... segment producer (2 episodes, 2003-2004)
Paul Bernard .... field producer (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Evan Nicholas .... producer (2 episodes, 2005)
Sara Chamberlain .... field producer (2 episodes, 2006-2008)

Steve Jones .... segment producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Gary Stockdale (55 episodes, 2003-2008)
 
Series Cinematography by
Kevin O'Brien (44 episodes, 2003-2008)
Paul Desatoff (8 episodes, 2005)

Steve Jones (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Steven Uhlenberg (17 episodes, 2003-2008)
Ian Sears (16 episodes, 2004-2008)
Tim Sullivan (16 episodes, 2008-2010)
Brian Horn (14 episodes, 2005-2008)
Jane McCord (12 episodes, 2004-2007)
Felix Chamberlain (10 episodes, 2003-2004)
Eric Wise (7 episodes, 2003)
Bernard Caputo (5 episodes, 2003)
Tim Schultz (3 episodes, 2006)
Mitch Rosa (2 episodes, 2003)

Doug Folkerts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
David Zimmerman (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Direction by
Rudy Matchinga (54 episodes, 2003-2008)
 
Series Costume Design by
Kathryn Shemanek (40 episodes, 2006-2009)
 
Series Makeup Department
Phyllis Bond .... hair stylist / makeup artist (53 episodes, 2003-2008)
 
Series Production Management
Kathleen Boyette Bramlett .... production manager: Penn & Teller / production manager (54 episodes, 2003-2008)
CJ .... post-production supervisor (30 episodes, 2006-2008)
Tim Rogan .... executive in charge of production (26 episodes, 2003-2004)
Shari Adagio .... post-production supervisor (13 episodes, 2003)
Kathleen Johnson .... post-production supervisor (13 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joshua E. Kessler .... field director (unknown episodes, 2005)
 
Series Art Department
Russell Tamashiro .... props / property master (49 episodes, 2003-2006)
Kyle B. Cunningham .... set dresser (30 episodes, 2008-2010)
Jeremy Carmone .... props (5 episodes, 2007-2008)
 
Series Sound Department
Lenny Jones .... sound designer (89 episodes, 2003-2010)
Bob Schuck .... sound (54 episodes, 2003-2008)
Dick Rogers .... sound re-recording mixer (27 episodes, 2005-2008)
Steve Howe .... sound re-recording mixer (21 episodes, 2003-2004)
Michael Dennis .... sound mixer / sound (18 episodes, 2003-2010)
Tom Staton .... sound (12 episodes, 2004-2006)
Gregg Frazier .... sound (11 episodes, 2006-2007)
Mark Gouldy .... sound (9 episodes, 2004-2008)
Bennie McRae .... sound (8 episodes, 2003-2006)
Graham Gardner .... sound / sound mixer (6 episodes, 2003-2004)
Dave Cannon .... sound (6 episodes, 2004-2006)
Paul S. Shapiro .... sound mixer / sound (5 episodes, 2003-2007)
John Scarpaci .... sound (5 episodes, 2003-2004)
Alice Young .... sound (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Nellie Zimmerman .... sound (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
David Weinstock .... sound (4 episodes, 2003)
Patrick Holloway .... sound (4 episodes, 2005-2006)
Peter Williams .... sound (4 episodes, 2006-2007)
John Tichota .... sound (4 episodes, 2006)
Ted Var-Valen .... sound (3 episodes, 2003-2004)
Steve Howe .... sound re-recording mixer (3 episodes, 2003)
Aaron Frutman .... sound (3 episodes, 2004-2005)
Tim Baker .... sound (3 episodes, 2004)
Larry Gold .... sound (3 episodes, 2004)
Jason Quinn .... sound (3 episodes, 2005-2006)
Sean Skinner .... sound (3 episodes, 2005)
Allen Tavner .... sound (3 episodes, 2005)
Brandon Goodwin .... sound mixer (3 episodes, 2009)
David Gaffney .... sound (2 episodes, 2003-2005)
Anthony Davis .... sound (2 episodes, 2003-2004)
Tom Hamilton .... sound (2 episodes, 2003)
James Lindsey .... sound (2 episodes, 2003)
Anatol Polillo .... sound (2 episodes, 2003)
Mike Sanders .... sound (2 episodes, 2003)
Tony Smyles .... sound (2 episodes, 2003)
Bob Sullivan .... sound (2 episodes, 2003)
John Vanderdoes .... sound (2 episodes, 2003)
Craig Parker .... sound (2 episodes, 2004-2008)
Radar Long .... sound (2 episodes, 2004-2005)
Keith Wilson .... sound (2 episodes, 2004-2005)
Chris Bresnahan .... sound (2 episodes, 2004)
Chris Burns .... sound (2 episodes, 2004)
Gary McCafferty .... sound (2 episodes, 2004)
Keith Wilson .... sound (2 episodes, 2004)
Chas Gordon .... sound (2 episodes, 2005-2007)
Jeremy Burns .... sound (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Mike Barra .... sound (2 episodes, 2005)
Kenny Forest .... sound (2 episodes, 2005)
Brad Harper .... sound (2 episodes, 2005)
Angela Mortimore .... sound (2 episodes, 2005)
Saul Rouda .... sound (2 episodes, 2005)
Chris Weston .... sound (2 episodes, 2005)
Ernie Kunze .... sound (2 episodes, 2006)
Dave Schwartz .... sound (2 episodes, 2006)
Craig Roberts .... sound (2 episodes, 2007)

Noah Mathers .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Skip Burrows .... special effects supervisor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Russell .... camera operator (37 episodes, 2003-2007)
Chuck Bejarano .... camera operator (28 episodes, 2006-2009)
Dave Babb .... camera operator (13 episodes, 2004-2010)
Mark Eveslage .... camera operator (12 episodes, 2003-2007)
Ryan Mhor .... assistant camera (10 episodes, 2008)
Paul Dougherty .... camera operator (9 episodes, 2003-2005)
Kevin McCafferty .... camera operator (9 episodes, 2004-2007)
Barry Bowden .... camera operator (9 episodes, 2004-2006)
Allen Rosen .... camera operator (8 episodes, 2003-2007)
Chris Swenson .... camera operator (7 episodes, 2004-2005)
Jan Maliszewski .... camera operator (6 episodes, 2003-2007)
Julio Luzquinos .... camera operator (6 episodes, 2004-2007)
David McFarland .... camera operator (6 episodes, 2005-2006)
Peter Zivkovic .... camera operator (6 episodes, 2007-2009)
John Kavanaugh .... camera operator (5 episodes, 2003-2007)
Breck Larson .... camera operator (5 episodes, 2005-2010)
Randall Love .... camera operator (5 episodes, 2005-2008)
Ron Zimmerman .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Jorge Trentin .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2004-2005)
Chris Meagher .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2003-2006)
Jim Borecki .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2003-2005)
Mike Boydston .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2003-2004)
Perry Ryan .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2004-2010)
Eric Marquis .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2004-2006)
Michael Clevenger .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2004-2005)
Aaron Frutman .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2004-2005)
Mike Malone .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2004)
Dave Marlin .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2005)
Kevin O'Brien .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2005)
Max J. Miller .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2006)
Bob Tatlock .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2003-2006)
Todd Craddock .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2003-2005)
Gerard Beryne .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2003)
Jay Elkayam .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2003)
Boyd Estus .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2003)
T. Robin Hirsh .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2003)
Tom Kaufman .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2003)
Mark Morris .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2003)
Jeff Cummings .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2004)
Scott Alexander .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Daniel Fried .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2005)
Mark Petersson .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2005)
Mark Kluiszo .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2006)
Tyne M. Whitmore .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2006)
Max Miller .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2007)
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 Casting Department
Richard De Lancy .... casting (1 episode, 2003)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ann Helmeth .... wardrobe (39 episodes, 2003-2005)
Kathryn Shemanek .... wardrobe (15 episodes, 2006-2008)
Erin Wright .... wardrobe (13 episodes, 2006-2007)
 
Series Editorial Department
Steven Uhlenberg .... on-line editor (27 episodes, 2004-2006)
Christopher Nunn .... assistant editor (23 episodes, 2005-2006)
Kathleen Johnson .... post-production coordinator (13 episodes, 2003)
Alpesh Patel .... post-production coordinator / on-line editor (13 episodes, 2004)
Tim Schultz .... additional editor (13 episodes, 2005)
Ryan Fisk .... assistant editor (12 episodes, 2003)
Mike Krause .... assistant editor (12 episodes, 2003)
CJ .... post-production coordinator (12 episodes, 2005)
Jules Frazier .... on-line editor (11 episodes, 2003)
Ed Decker .... assistant editor (11 episodes, 2007-2008)
Doug Folkerts .... on-line editor (10 episodes, 2003-2004)
Joseph Rosenberg .... assistant editor (10 episodes, 2006)
Brian Horn .... additional editor (2 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Other crew
Nathan Santucci .... director: covert activites: Penn & Teller / director: covert activities / ... (53 episodes, 2003-2008)
Glenn S. Alai .... assistant: Penn & Teller / publicity manager: Penn & Teller / ... (53 episodes, 2003-2007)
Tim Rogan .... stage manager (51 episodes, 2003-2008)
Randall Moldave .... consultant (40 episodes, 2004-2008)
Eric Small .... consultant (40 episodes, 2004-2008)
Dan Gill .... script supervisor / researcher (40 episodes, 2007-2010)
Laura Elizabeth Cannon .... assistant to the executive producers / assistant to executive producers (39 episodes, 2003-2005)
Katy Scanlan .... production coordinator / assistant to the executive producers / ... (36 episodes, 2004-2006)
Jeff Critelli .... teleprompter operator / teleprompt operator (27 episodes, 2008-2010)
Krasher Lewis .... general manager: Penn & Teller (26 episodes, 2003-2004)
Terrence Apodaca .... assistant to the executive producers / executive assistant (23 episodes, 2005-2006)
Kelly Rauch .... assistant to the executive producers / production coordinator (22 episodes, 2005-2006)
Michael Bancroft .... production assistant (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Stacy Keeter .... production accountant (16 episodes, 2005-2007)
Michael Buyer .... magic team: Penn & Teller / magic team (15 episodes, 2006-2008)
Ezekiel Zabrowski .... magic team: Penn & Teller / magic team (15 episodes, 2006-2008)
Randall Kirk .... clip clearance supervisor / footage & stills provided by (14 episodes, 2004-2005)
Russell Tamashiro .... production coordinator / food stylist (14 episodes, 2004-2005)
Devin Cardona .... executive assistant / production coordinator (14 episodes, 2006-2008)
Kathleen D. Brennan .... executive assistant (14 episodes, 2006-2007)
Laura Foley .... executive assistant (14 episodes, 2006-2007)
Elizabeth Demers .... script supervisor (13 episodes, 2003)
Patti Duce .... production coordinator (13 episodes, 2003)
James Elden .... assistant to the executive producers / assistant to executive producers / ... (13 episodes, 2003)
Michael Goudeau .... consultant: Penn & Teller (13 episodes, 2003)
Franka Mavrides .... assistant to the executive producers / assistant to executive producer (13 episodes, 2003)
Jennifer L. Goosby .... script supervisor (13 episodes, 2004-2005)
CJ .... assistant to executive producers / assistant to executive producer (13 episodes, 2004)
Chris Crawford .... assistant to the executive producers / assistant to executive producers (13 episodes, 2004)
Terry James .... production accountant (13 episodes, 2004)
Trevor Navarra .... script supervisor (13 episodes, 2004)
Rage Stewart .... assistant to the executive producers / assistant to executive producers (13 episodes, 2004)
Peter Lutz .... assistant to the executive producers (13 episodes, 2005)
Kirstin Moser .... production accountant (12 episodes, 2003)
Sarah Adkins .... executive assistant (10 episodes, 2006)
Bill Narducci .... script supervisor (10 episodes, 2006)
Todd Raderman .... production accountant (10 episodes, 2006)
Jeff Zoldan .... researcher (10 episodes, 2006)
Ryan Mhor .... production assistant (10 episodes, 2007)
Steven Solars .... production assistant (10 episodes, 2007)
Lauren Willems .... researcher (10 episodes, 2010)
Ryan Doolittle .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 2007)
Sean McKendricks .... executive assistant (4 episodes, 2007)
Tim Schuck .... executive assistant (4 episodes, 2007)
Kyle B. Cunningham .... choreographer (4 episodes, 2008-2010)
Maria Gara .... animals provided by (3 episodes, 2003-2005)
Jack Gilbertson .... script supervisor (3 episodes, 2004)
Steve August .... animals provided by (2 episodes, 2003-2005)
Anna Dean .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2008)
Zach Wechter .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2009)

Daniel Leaderman .... production assistant (unknown episodes, 2007)
Michelle Basterrechea .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Kyle Hollingsworth .... title designer (unknown episodes)
Justin Leibow .... title designer (unknown episodes)
Pancho Mansfield .... network executive (unknown episodes)
Cassandra Seidl .... post accounting supervisor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Thanks
Lance Burton .... special thanks (1 episode, 2005)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Penn & Teller: BS!" - USA (promotional title)
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Runtime:
30 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Certification:
Australia:MA (some episodes) | Australia:R (some episodes) | USA:TV-MA (original rating)

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:
Penn Jillette:Life coaches are like hookers, which is good, except you're renting their ears instead of their genital and you never get to come!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in (500) Days of Summer (2009)See more »

FAQ

Why do Penn and Teller (or at least Penn) use a lot of obscenity?
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17 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Iconoclasim at its finest: "Bullshit" is a must-see, fiercely mounted attack against shysters and media sacred cows, 17 August 2005
Author: liquidcelluloid-1 from www.liquidcelluloid.blog.com

*Reader Discretion Advised* Network: Showtime; Genre: Reality/Documentary; Content Rating: TV-MA (pervasive profanity, nudity and occasionally explicit sexual content); Available: DVD; Perspective: Contemporary (star range: 1 - 4);

Seasons Reviewed: 2+ seasons

Everybody knows of Harry Houdini as the world famous magician and escape artist, but not so many know that Houdini made a life's work of debunking the myths and mystic around scam artists and shysters of his day. Now, magicians, atheists and skeptics Penn Jillette and his partner Teller follow in the footsteps of their idol, in a Showtime series taking on modern day scam artists, hucksters and debunking the hell out of those myths that have perpetuated to the point of conventional wisdom.

As Penn describes in the opening episode the word "bullshit" (and all the other expletives freely used in this meaty only-on-Showtime series) is something of a non-litigious catch-all for "shysters" and "liars". That, and "nobody knew what 'humbug' meant". Each week Penn & Teller set their laser sites on an aspect of American culture that is believed as a matter of faith or has been perpetuated by the press and pop culture by those attempting to capitalize on the trusting and sometimes emotionally unstable public.

Some of it is easily laughed off as only believed by nuts ("End of the World" is hilarious), the more controversial episodes are things most people have come to accept such as second-hand smoke, recycling, bottled water and romantic love. Some of it might seem like harmless fun until P&T get into the grit of it. That when talking to the dead the mediator can implant false memories of the loved one into the fragile bereaved. ESP may sound cool, until psychics starts leading police into a marsh and wasting precious time while kidnap victims remain in danger. And hypnosis may seem worth a shot until cancer patients try it instead of seeking actual time-sensitive medical procedures. Even (maybe especially) if you know this stuff already, watching our duo tie everything together is a beautiful thing.

Penn & Teller stake out their position, then line up every scientist and researcher they can get on camera from every repeatable institution they can find to back them up. Giving ample airtime for the opposing side just lets them talk long enough to put the rope around their own head. Then for the next 30 minutes they proceed to rip their subject to shreds, and with that amount of time focused on a single subject they can fully exploring every aspect of that subject making sure to tick of each and every reason someone might make an argument for it. This includes detailing the usually unbelievable fallacious origins, discrediting the perpetrators (they savage John Edward and John Gray) and explaining why people have come to believe and vehemently defend it. They go toe-to-toe with environmental lunatics and PETA. One of their best, "Creationism" is a white-hot wad of anger lobbed against teaching "intelligent design" in school that would make Roger Ebert proud.

At first, Penn's abrasive style may be off-putting. Jillette is unrelentingly verbose and Teller, of course, remains everybody's favorite mute. Penn & Teller have a lot of fun with this, reveal personal stories about themselves and do not hesitating to bring in the hot naked women for the vaguest reason. The show is packaged with their wicked, self-referential sense of humor and framed precisely with Gary Stockdale's terrific musical score. Plus, I like a good smash-cut ending and this show has some doozies.

With the content freedom given by Showtime, "Bullshit" is able to give us an open-eyed, uncensored look at some things needed to really hit their point home. They don't shy away from slaughterhouse torture of animals. We see explicit porn and specifically The Puppetry of the Penis (which I could have gone my entire life not seeing). We see a dead body. We see the actual Botox injections bleeding and bubbling up the skin. And we hear George Carlin's 7 Dirty Words.

In a TV climate that perpetually seeks to humiliate the public, Penn and Teller take an uncommonly warm approach to the people who by into and are victimized by these scams. The best part of the episodes is often while wrapping up Jillette gives us an empathetic explanation for why someone would, say, believe they where anally probed by aliens. Occasionally the show appears to take a "Candid Camera" approach (like a poor women who wears a suit of magnets and a disgusting bit involving snail mucus face masks - that's right), but then throws out the safety net and turns the tables. "Bullshit's" free-wheeling libertarian ethos never blames the consumers.

Occasionally, the show slips off the rails when it, having already made its point brilliantly, puts the camera in the face of a grieving father or mother in an attempt to rattle our emotions to their cause. That is cheap, manipulative, hackneyed Michael Moore stuff and Penn & Teller are usually above it. "Bullshit" is put together with a massive amount of material laid out in interviews, and footage that is as unedited and indisputable as you can get in this day in age. They have a keen ability to anticipate what the audience will be thinking and how to answer it.

Do they go over the edge sometimes? No doubt. "Bullshit" is a mounted attack, cleanly crafted against shysters and sacred cows. It is a persuasive iconoclastic essay in a time of political correctness that deserves to be seen and spark water cooler debate. A must-see documentary TV series. Eye-opening, through-provoking and damn addictive too.

* * * * / 4

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