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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for 13 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 6 nominations See more »
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Showtime sets 'Weeds,' 'The Big C' for August
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Skepticism = Critical Thinking See more (57 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 42)

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

Teller ... Himself - Host (89 episodes, 2003-2010)
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Series Directed by
Star Price (80 episodes, 2003-2010)
Chip Selby (50 episodes, 2004-2010)
David Wechter (45 episodes, 2003-2010)
Tim Rogan (32 episodes, 2003-2009)
Ted Saad (30 episodes, 2003-2009)
Scott Firestone (27 episodes, 2005-2007)
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 (9 episodes, 2005-2009)
Steven Uhlenberg (8 episodes, 2008-2010)
Christopher Poole (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Keith Cornell (4 episodes, 2003)
John Tindall (4 episodes, 2004)
Chip Clements (2 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Writing credits
Penn Jillette (83 episodes, 2003-2010)
Teller (83 episodes, 2003-2010)
Randall Moldave (80 episodes, 2003-2010)
Eric Small (80 episodes, 2003-2010)
Star Price (71 episodes, 2004-2010)
Michael Goudeau (70 episodes, 2004-2010)
David Wechter (47 episodes, 2003-2010)
Jon Hotchkiss (37 episodes, 2004-2007)
Sheryl Zohn (26 episodes, 2005-2008)
Rich Nathanson (23 episodes, 2008-2010)
Cliff Schoenberg (22 episodes, 2006-2008)
John McLaughlin (17 episodes, 2003-2005)
Steve Melcher (11 episodes, 2006-2010)
David Weiss (10 episodes, 2007)
Tom Kramer (7 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 / producer / ... (89 episodes, 2003-2010)
Star Price .... executive producer (84 episodes, 2003-2010)
Penn Jillette .... co-executive producer / executive producer (80 episodes, 2003-2010)
Teller .... co-executive producer / executive producer (80 episodes, 2003-2010)
Mark Wolper .... executive producer (77 episodes, 2003-2010)
Patti Duce .... supervising producer / senior producer / ... (67 episodes, 2004-2010)
Michael Goudeau .... co-executive producer (67 episodes, 2004-2010)
Shari Adagio .... supervising producer (65 episodes, 2004-2010)
Aaron Yampolski .... senior producer / series producer / ... (57 episodes, 2005-2010)
Tim Rogan .... co-executive producer (54 episodes, 2005-2010)
Alex Walton .... producer / series producer (44 episodes, 2006-2010)
David Wechter .... executive producer / supervising producer (43 episodes, 2003-2010)
Joshua E. Kessler .... senior producer / supervising producer / ... (38 episodes, 2004-2007)
Jon Hotchkiss .... co-executive producer / supervising producer (33 episodes, 2005-2007)
Krasher Lewis .... co-executive producer (31 episodes, 2005-2007)
Kelly Rausch .... producer (31 episodes, 2007-2010)
Steven Uhlenberg .... co-executive producer (31 episodes, 2007-2010)
Jeff Zoldan .... producer (31 episodes, 2007-2010)
Katy Scanlan .... associate producer (30 episodes, 2007-2010)
Glenn S. Alai .... associate producer / producer: Penn & Teller / ... (21 episodes, 2008-2010)
Eric Small .... executive producer (15 episodes, 2003-2010)
Tammie Smalls .... series producer / staff producer / ... (15 episodes, 2004-2005)
Sheryl Zohn .... supervising producer / associate producer (14 episodes, 2003-2008)
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)
Allen Rosen .... field producer (7 episodes, 2005-2010)
Mitch Glazer .... field producer (7 episodes, 2008)
Paul Bernard .... field producer (5 episodes, 2005-2009)
Karina Fraley .... associate producer (4 episodes, 2003)
Maurice H. Patrykus .... associate producer (4 episodes, 2003)
Robert Ferrier .... field producer (4 episodes, 2008)
Elizabeth Wholihan .... segment producer (3 episodes, 2004)
Kevin Barry .... segment producer (2 episodes, 2003-2004)
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 (80 episodes, 2003-2010)
 
Series Cinematography by
Kevin O'Brien (70 episodes, 2003-2010)
Paul Desatoff (8 episodes, 2005)

Steve Jones (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Ian Sears (42 episodes, 2004-2010)
Steven Uhlenberg (41 episodes, 2003-2010)
Brian Horn (37 episodes, 2005-2010)
Tim Sullivan (24 episodes, 2008-2010)
Jane McCord (18 episodes, 2004-2007)
Felix Chamberlain (10 episodes, 2003-2004)
Richard Erbeznik (10 episodes, 2008)
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 (80 episodes, 2003-2010)
 
Series Costume Design by
Kathryn Shemanek (40 episodes, 2006-2009)
 
Series Makeup Department
Phyllis Bond .... hair stylist / makeup artist (79 episodes, 2003-2010)
 
Series Production Management
Kathleen Boyette Bramlett .... production manager: Penn & Teller (79 episodes, 2003-2010)
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)
Ed Decker .... post-production supervisor (11 episodes, 2009-2010)
 
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)
Jeremy Carmone .... props (31 episodes, 2007-2010)
Kyle B. Cunningham .... set dresser (30 episodes, 2008-2010)
Jack Mead .... props (21 episodes, 2008-2010)
 
Series Sound Department
Lenny Jones .... sound designer (89 episodes, 2003-2010)
Bob Schuck .... sound (73 episodes, 2003-2009)
Dick Rogers .... re-recording mixer (53 episodes, 2005-2010)
Gregg Frazier .... sound / boom operator (32 episodes, 2006-2010)
Steve Howe .... re-recording mixer (21 episodes, 2003-2004)
Michael Dennis .... sound mixer / sound (20 episodes, 2003-2010)
Tom Staton .... sound (16 episodes, 2004-2008)
Mark Gouldy .... sound (15 episodes, 2004-2009)
Tony Carrison .... sound / sound mixer (11 episodes, 2009-2010)
Keith Wilson .... sound (9 episodes, 2004-2009)
Bennie McRae .... sound (8 episodes, 2003-2006)
Rob Scott .... sound (8 episodes, 2009-2010)
Graham Gardner .... sound / sound mixer (6 episodes, 2003-2004)
Craig Parker .... sound (6 episodes, 2004-2009)
Dave Cannon .... sound (6 episodes, 2004-2006)
Paul S. Shapiro .... sound / sound mixer (5 episodes, 2003-2007)
John Scarpaci .... sound (5 episodes, 2003-2004)
Anatol Polillo .... sound (4 episodes, 2003-2008)
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)
Craig Roberts .... sound (4 episodes, 2007-2008)
James Lindsey .... sound (3 episodes, 2003-2009)
Ted Var-Valen .... sound (3 episodes, 2003-2004)
Steve Howe .... 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)
Chas Gordon .... sound (3 episodes, 2005-2008)
Saul Rouda .... sound (3 episodes, 2005-2008)
Jason Quinn .... sound (3 episodes, 2005-2006)
Sean Skinner .... sound (3 episodes, 2005)
Allen Tavner .... sound (3 episodes, 2005)
Tyler Lang .... sound (3 episodes, 2007-2009)
Stephen Benassu .... sound (3 episodes, 2007-2008)
Matthew Engel .... sound (3 episodes, 2007-2008)
Michael Andrus .... sound (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Ron Lehr .... sound (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Scott Smith .... sound (3 episodes, 2008)
Brandon Goodwin .... sound mixer / sound (3 episodes, 2009)
David Gaffney .... sound (2 episodes, 2003-2005)
Anthony Davis .... sound (2 episodes, 2003-2004)
Tom Hamilton .... sound (2 episodes, 2003)
Mike Sanders .... sound (2 episodes, 2003)
Tony Smyles .... sound (2 episodes, 2003)
Bob Sullivan .... sound (2 episodes, 2003)
John van der Does .... sound (2 episodes, 2003)
Radar Long .... sound (2 episodes, 2004-2005)
Chris Bresnahan .... sound (2 episodes, 2004)
Chris Burns .... sound (2 episodes, 2004)
Gary McCafferty .... sound (2 episodes, 2004)
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)
Chris Weston .... sound (2 episodes, 2005)
Ernie Kunze .... sound (2 episodes, 2006)
Dave Schwartz .... sound (2 episodes, 2006)
Mike Gouldy .... sound (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Bill Kaplan .... sound (2 episodes, 2007)
Dustin Izsa .... sound (2 episodes, 2008)
Steve Schwaer .... sound (2 episodes, 2008)
Tim Ros .... sound (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Matt Engle .... sound (2 episodes, 2009)
John French .... sound (2 episodes, 2009)
Steve Hawk .... sound (2 episodes, 2009)
Eric McDonald .... sound (2 episodes, 2009)
Michael Sheppard .... sound (2 episodes, 2009)
Russell White .... sound (2 episodes, 2009)

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 (46 episodes, 2003-2008)
Kevin McCafferty .... camera operator (19 episodes, 2004-2009)
Mark Eveslage .... camera operator (14 episodes, 2003-2009)
Dave Babb .... camera operator (14 episodes, 2004-2010)
Julio Luzquinos .... camera operator (14 episodes, 2004-2009)
Allen Rosen .... camera operator (13 episodes, 2003-2009)
Chuck Bejarano .... camera operator (13 episodes, 2006-2010)
Barry Bowden .... camera operator (12 episodes, 2004-2009)
Pat Kerby .... jib operator (11 episodes, 2009-2010)
Curtis Pepper .... gaffer (11 episodes, 2009-2010)
Mark Sterling .... key grip (11 episodes, 2009-2010)
John Kavanaugh .... camera operator (10 episodes, 2003-2010)
Peter Zivkovic .... camera operator (10 episodes, 2007-2009)
Ryan Mhor .... assistant camera (10 episodes, 2008)
Paul Dougherty .... camera operator (9 episodes, 2003-2005)
Tim Bolin .... best boy (9 episodes, 2009)
Jan Maliszewski .... camera operator (8 episodes, 2003-2009)
Chris Swenson .... camera operator (7 episodes, 2004-2005)
Randall Love .... camera operator (6 episodes, 2005-2008)
David McFarland .... camera operator (6 episodes, 2005-2006)
Aaron Frutman .... camera operator (5 episodes, 2004-2009)
Eric Marquis .... camera operator (5 episodes, 2004-2009)
Breck Larson .... camera operator (5 episodes, 2005-2010)
Andrew Parke .... camera operator (5 episodes, 2009)
Ron Zimmerman .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Jorge Trentin .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2004-2005)
Kevin O'Brien .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2005-2009)
Max Miller .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2007-2009)
Clay Harrison .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
T. Robin Hirsh .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2003-2009)
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)
Brian Noreika .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2004-2009)
Michael Clevenger .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2004-2005)
Mike Malone .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2004)
Dave Marlin .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2005)
Mark Kluiszo .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2006-2007)
Max J. Miller .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2006)
Gary Marsh .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Paul Desatoff .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2008)
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)
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)
Chuck Dorchich .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2006-2009)
Tyne M. Whitmore .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2006)
Cameron MacDonald .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2007-2009)
Josh Tallo .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Shawn Fernandez .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2007)
K. James Peterson .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2008-2010)
Adam Cindric .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2008)
Phil Pratt .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2008)
Robert Sanchez .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2008)
Mark Gamsey .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2009)
Jason Perkins .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2009)
Kameron Mogadam .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2010)

Rage Stewart .... camera production assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Animation Department
Pete 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 (50 episodes, 2003-2010)
Kathryn Shemanek .... wardrobe (41 episodes, 2006-2010)
Erin Wright .... wardrobe (15 episodes, 2006-2007)
Brunie Eichler .... wardrobe (10 episodes, 2008)
Liann Rawlings .... wardrobe (5 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Editorial Department
Steven Uhlenberg .... on-line editor (29 episodes, 2004-2009)
Christopher Nunn .... assistant editor (23 episodes, 2005-2006)
Ed Decker .... assistant editor / lead assistant editor (20 episodes, 2007-2008)
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)
Sean McKendricks .... post-production coordinator (11 episodes, 2009-2010)
Doug Folkerts .... on-line editor (10 episodes, 2003-2004)
Joseph Rosenberg .... assistant editor (10 episodes, 2006)
Brian Horn .... additional editor (2 episodes, 2006)
 
Series Music Department
Gary Stockdale .... composer: theme music (89 episodes, 2003-2010)
 
Series Other crew
Nathan Santucci .... director: covert activites: Penn & Teller / director: covert activities: Penn & Teller (79 episodes, 2003-2010)
Tim Rogan .... stage manager (76 episodes, 2003-2010)
Randall Moldave .... consultant (66 episodes, 2004-2010)
Eric Small .... consultant (66 episodes, 2004-2010)
Glenn S. Alai .... assistant: Penn & Teller / publicity manager: Penn & Teller / ... (59 episodes, 2003-2007)
Stacy Keeter .... production accountant (44 episodes, 2005-2010)
Kathleen D. Brennan .... executive assistant (41 episodes, 2006-2010)
Michael Buyer .... magic team: Penn & Teller (41 episodes, 2006-2010)
Ezekiel Zabrowski .... magic team: Penn & Teller (41 episodes, 2006-2010)
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)
Laura Foley .... executive assistant / executive assistant: Penn & Teller (39 episodes, 2006-2010)
Daniel Rbibo .... insurance services (36 episodes, 2004-2006)
Katy Scanlan .... production coordinator / assistant to the executive producers / ... (36 episodes, 2004-2006)
Devin Cardona .... production coordinator / executive assistant (29 episodes, 2006-2008)
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 Rausch .... assistant to the executive producers / production coordinator (22 episodes, 2005-2006)
Sean McKendricks .... executive assistant (20 episodes, 2007-2008)
Michael Bancroft .... executive assistant / production assistant (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Randall Kirk .... clip clearance supervisor / footage & stills provided by (14 episodes, 2004-2005)
Russell Tamashiro .... production coordinator / food stylist (14 episodes, 2004-2005)
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)
Nathan Chaffetz .... researcher (11 episodes, 2009-2010)
Jim Szeluga .... executive assistant (11 episodes, 2009-2010)
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 Doolittle .... script supervisor (10 episodes, 2007)
Ryan Mhor .... production assistant (10 episodes, 2007)
Tim Schuck .... executive assistant (10 episodes, 2007)
Steven Solars .... production assistant (10 episodes, 2007)
Brent Dones .... executive assistant (10 episodes, 2008)
Lauren Willems .... researcher (10 episodes, 2010)
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:R18+ (Season 1) | Australia:MA15+ (Season 2 & 3) | USA:TV-MA (original rating)
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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 Kathy Griffin: Everybody Can Suck It (2007) (TV)See more »

FAQ

Why do Penn and Teller (or at least Penn) use a lot of obscenity?
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88 out of 115 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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