Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (2003–2010)
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Talking to the Dead 

Penn and Teller introduce their series, explain their use of profanity and expose psychics who claim to speak with the dead.
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Episode credited cast:
Penn Jillette ... Himself - Host
Teller ... Himself - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rosemary Altea Rosemary Altea ... Herself - Psychic
Lisa Chiariello Coons Lisa Chiariello Coons ... Herself
John Edward ... Himself - Psychic
Mark Edward Mark Edward ... Himself - Mentalist
Joni Evans Joni Evans ... Herself - publisher
Joe Nickell ... Himself - Paranormal Investigator
Tony Ortega Tony Ortega ... Himself - Journalist
Ron Rogell ... Himself
Michalina Scorzelli ... Herself (as Michalina Almindo)
James Underdown James Underdown ... Himself - Center for Inquiry
James Van Praagh ... Himself - Psychic
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The magicians Penn and Teller follow the tradition of Harry Houdini and set out to debunk supernatural fraud in the first episode of a series designed to expose B.S. artists of all kinds. First they explain their overuse of profanity. The terms "liar," "quack" and "scam artist" will expose them to the more litigious of their subjects; but various obscene terms are legally acceptable. Choosing obscene terms over more precise ones will help keep them out of court. Later, they profile the celebrity psychics, John Edward and James Van Praagh, who claim to speak with their clients' dead loved ones. They set out to debunk Rosemary Altea, who professes the same ability. Mark Edward is a psychic as well, but his motivation for appearing on this show proves a surprise. Written by J. Spurlin

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24 January 2003 (USA) See more »

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Penn Jillette: You don't heal a broken heart by pretending it's not broken.
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Penn & Teller: Bullshit! Theme Song
Written by Gary Stockdale
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An entertaining beginning to an instructive show; but I don't buy the excuse for profanity: a dry tone can do wonders on true believers
4 March 2007 | by J. SpurlinSee all my reviews

The magicians Penn and Teller follow the tradition of Harry Houdini and set out to debunk supernatural fraud in the first episode of a series designed to expose B.S. artists of all kinds. First they explain their overuse of profanity. The terms "liar," "quack" and "scam artist" will expose them to the more litigious of their subjects; but various obscene terms are legally acceptable. Choosing obscene terms over more precise ones will help keep them out of court.

They profile the celebrity psychics, John Edward and James Van Praagh, who claim to speak with their clients' dead loved ones. They set out to debunk Rosemary Altea, who professes the same ability. Mark Edward, no relation to John, is a psychic as well, but his motivation for appearing on this show proves a surprise.

I don't buy Penn and Teller's excuse for profanity. Yes, I'd prefer they use curse words to terms that will keep them in courtrooms and off the air. But those aren't the only choices. A dry tone can do wonders; it can help lead true believers out of their beliefs. These are the types that will refuse to be pushed. Still, this is a good beginning to an entertaining and instructive—yet far from perfect—series.


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