Penn & Teller: Bullshit! A tv show review

A tv show review written by: Lee Sonogan

28-30mins (2003-2010) comedy

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Penn Jillette: [Penn explains why there is so much vulgarity on the show] You’ll notice more obscentity than we usually use. That’s not just because it’s on Showtime, and we want to get some attention. It’s also a legal matter. If one calls people liars and quacks, one can be sued and lose a lot of one’s money. But “motherfuckers” and “assholes” is pretty safe. If we said it was all scams, we could also be in trouble. But BULLSHIT, oddly, is safe. So forgive all the bullshit language. We’re trying to talk about the truth without spending the rest of our lives in court because of litigious motherfuckers!

Some things in life are bullshit! This show is about debunking the bullshit and analysing the fiction from reality. With passionate professional magicians, Penn & Teller show their side of truth to many issues. Known sceptics, use known methods in science and logic to debate misconceptions, fads, beliefs and pseudoscientific ideas. They are blunt and aggressive with their approach. It adds to their points being made and the overall appeal. While we never see Teller speak, his voice is occasionally heard while his face is obscured or while he is off-camera.

The show was nominated for eleven Emmy Awards. The show began airing its eighth and final season on June 10, 2010. Paranormal subjects of episodes include alien abduction, alternative medicine, literal exegesis of the Bible, and ESP. Other episodes cover social issues such as the War on Drugs, organic food, animal rights, gun control, and environmentalism. Penn & Teller approach the topics in the manner of Harry Houdini and James Randi.

Best episodes from the tv show:

  • 12-Stepping
  • Video games
  • Profanity
  • Family Values
  • The Apocalypse
  • War on drugs
  • Much more interesting episodes depending on the person!

The so-called experts. The powerful rants. The consistent comedy. The facts. This tv show has it all to entertain. Watching this show gets you interested in the Penn & Teller characters they portray. It made me watch a lot of Penn and Teller: Fool Us. A lot is based on American ideas of the past, most of the ideas in the show are relevant worldwide and in modern times. So it is good to re-watch many of these tv show episodes. Rating it a bit lower because it is an older tv show, though not too low. I recommend this tv show to everyone who likes the topic of each different episode.


Penn Jillette: Sure, we’re smug, self-righteous, pompous and self-important assholes, but damn it, we’re right!

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