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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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Iconoclasim at its finest: "Bullshit" is a must-see, fiercely mounted attack against shysters and media sacred cows 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:
While we never see Teller speak, his voice is occasionally heard while his face is obscured or while he is off-camera.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:

FAQ

Why do Penn and Teller (or at least Penn) use a lot of obscenity?
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16 out of 25 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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