The BEST Episodes of Penn & Teller: Bullshit!

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 26, 2019

Network: Showtime

In society, there are many products and ideas that we buy into. Some of these products, services or ideas are just plain bullshit. Well known magicians: Penn and Teller are here to knock some sense into people in a humorous and informal way and to explain why some things in life are just bullshit.


#1 - 12-Stepping

Season 2 - Episode 11

There's no proof that AA or any other 12-Step program is any more effective than going cold turkey, doing things in moderation or getting medical help. And there's a debate raging whether alcoholism is even a disease! The quasi-religious 12-step groups have America brainwashed into believing that a higher power will take care of everything. Whatever happened to personal responsibility?!

star 8.34
61 votes
Directors: Star Price
Writers: Penn Jillette, Teller, John McLaughlin, Star Price

#2 - Vaccinations

Season 8 - Episode 10

In the Season 8 finale, vaccination is considered modern medicine's greatest weapon against disease but thanks to pseudo-science and public gullibility, the debate over vaccination safety rages on.

star 8.29
80 votes

#3 - Profanity

Season 2 - Episode 10

A whole show on words and the power we give them, focusing on the latest actions of the FCC and other anti-profanity groups. The First Amendment is under attack. Hey, what country do we live in?

star 8.29
56 votes
Directors: Star Price
Writers: Penn Jillette, Teller, Jon Hotchkiss, Star Price
The Apocalypse

#4 - The Apocalypse

Season 7 - Episode 4

The world will end on December 21, 2012 - that's according to a growing legion of doomsayers who follow the primitive Mayan calendar. The duo follows a pair of investigators to ancient Mexico to explore the mysterious "Mayan Prophecy".

star 8.24
47 votes
Video Games

#5 - Video Games

Season 7 - Episode 3

Politicians and other alarmists claim that playing violent video games leads to teen violence. Penn & Teller attempt to debunk that theory by handing over a real semi-automatic weapon to a nine-year-old to see if playing video games will turn him into a human killing machine.

star 8.24
67 votes
Family Values

#6 - Family Values

Season 3 - Episode 2

There's a hysteria in America. A hysteria about what's become known as "the traditional family" and the desperate urgency to "save" it. And this rallying cry is not just coming from right wing conservatives and religious groups in the Red States (although, they're doing their share of tub-thumping.) The media (advertisers) and the government also have a vested interest in perpetuating the traditional concept of family: mother, father, two kids, dog and picket fence. But this hysteria is ignoring a key fact, the "traditional family" is bullshit. The traditional family structure may be for some, but it isn't for everyone. Shouldn't we stop trying to jam square pegs into round holes? Isn't it time for "Bullshit" to redefine the definition of "family?"

star 8.22
60 votes
Directors: Star Price
Writers: Penn Jillette, Teller, Jon Hochkiss\Michael Goudeau, Star Price
War on Porn

#7 - War on Porn

Season 6 - Episode 1

In the sixth season premiere, Penn and Teller look at the "War on Porn",a crusade by various special interest groups to restrict free speech and regulate the Internet.

star 8.20
55 votes
War on Drugs

#8 - War on Drugs

Season 2 - Episode 4

America is waging a massive war on its home soil, a war it is losing. Our country spends $20 billion a year in drug enforcement, but the illegal drug industry is thriving. Should we even be waging this war, when alcohol is legal and pushed every night on network TV? By criminalizing drugs, we just turn non-violent citizens into criminals. And medicinal uses of marijuana are being blocked by crusading moralists yelling "family values."

star 8.20
85 votes
Directors: Star Price
Writers: Penn Jillette, Teller, Emma Webster, Star Price
The Best

#9 - The Best

Season 3 - Episode 13

Penn and Teller skewer our pursuit of "the best" in everything, from neighborhoods to electronics to automobiles to spouses, and demonstrate how such rampant consumerism is a race designed so that the runners never win.

star 8.18
55 votes
Directors: Star Price
Writers: Penn Jillette, Teller, Steve Bortko, Jon Hotchkins, Michael Goudeau, Star Price

#10 - Circumcision

Season 3 - Episode 1

Finally, an episode that will make every man feel regret, cringe with pain, and grab their genitals. What would make the male sex react like this? Two words - snip and chuck. If this alone doesn't make you cringe then this will: when your foreskin was removed thirty percent of your sexual pleasure went with that little piece of skin. Ouch! We'll examine the historical, religious, medical and ethical arguments associated with circumcision. And we'll have a little hidden-camera fun with the topic, as well. After all we are talking about dick!

star 8.17
66 votes
Directors: Star Price
Writers: Penn Jillette, Teller, Jon Hotchkiss, Star Price, Michael Goudeau

#11 - P.E.T.A.

Season 2 - Episode 1

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is against all forms of medical testing involving animals - regardless of the potential benefits to human beings. PETA supports banning the ownership of pets and advocates releasing them into the wild. It's enough to make a vegetarian eat meat!

star 8.14
96 votes
Directors: Star Price
Writers: Penn Jillette, Teller, David Wechter, John McLaughlin
Holier Than Thou

#12 - Holier Than Thou

Season 3 - Episode 5

To most of the world, highly revered figures such as Mother Theresa, Mahatma Gandhi and the Dalai Lama are larger-than-life symbols of love, peace and charity. But how much of our perception of "sainthood" is built on hype and not facts? This episode reveals the dark side of the so-called enlightened ones and delves into why we're so susceptible to buying into their bullshit.

star 8.12
58 votes
Directors: Star Price
Writers: Penn Jillette, Teller, Jon Hotchkiss, Michael Goudeau, Star Price
Criminal Justice

#13 - Criminal Justice

Season 8 - Episode 7

Is America's criminal justice system weighed down with bad science, ineffective methods, incompetence and corruption? Penn & Teller set out to reveal that the only thing scarier than crime is America's war on crime.

star 8.11
73 votes
Exercise vs. Genetics

#14 - Exercise vs. Genetics

Season 2 - Episode 12

Exercise Schmexerise. Here's the shocker: the power of genetics determines your body type. Throw away all those fitness machines, gym memberships and exercise manuals, the size and shape of your body was decided the moment you were conceived. A look at the huge amount of bullshit behind the exercise industry. Gym memberships, fat-burning, muscle-building supplements, exercise tapes and equipment - we're fair game... and so are they!

star 8.10
67 votes
Directors: Star Price
Writers: Penn Jillette, Teller, Jonathan Taylor, David Wechter, Star Price
Fast Food

#15 - Fast Food

Season 8 - Episode 2

Hold on to your cheeseburger! Public Health agencies, food activists and special interest groups have launched an all-out war against fast food restaurants. Should the government really be spending our tax dollars to regulate what, where, and how we eat?

star 8.10
81 votes
Boy Scouts

#16 - Boy Scouts

Season 4 - Episode 1

The Boy Scouts of America restricts scout membership and leadership opportunities to homosexuals and straight males who DON'T believe in God. According to the BSA, atheists and gays don't make good scouts or good role models. If the Boy Scouts of America were a privately funded group, it could discriminate against and hate anyone it damn well wanted to. But the Boy Scouts of America is dependent upon Federal, State and local government handouts. So, the BSA and their intolerance… are BULLSHIT!

star 8.10
52 votes
Directors: Star Price
Writers: Penn Jillette, Teller, Jon Hotchkiss, Michael Goudeau, Star Price
Breast Hysteria

#17 - Breast Hysteria

Season 5 - Episode 3

Penn & Teller look at women's breasts and society's response to them. In New York City, we meet a young mother who inadvertently tested corporate tolerance for breast-feeding in public. Further south, in Daytona Beach, Florida, we meet a woman who challenged the rights to flash her breasts in public. We also meet a breast cancer survivor who is not a supporter of those ubiquitous Pink Ribbons. And, down in the valley of porn, we find a topless porn star/mother of two who philosophizes on the benefits of the La Leche League.

star 8.09
55 votes

#18 - Astrology

Season 7 - Episode 2

Millions of people believe their destinies are determined by the positions of the sun, moon, and planets. Penn & Teller follow two astrologers as they dole out advice - for a price.

star 8.08
68 votes

#19 - Exorcism

Season 5 - Episode 5

Penn and Teller battle the forces of evil when they witness three modern-day exorcists performing their demonic casting-out duties, then pay a visit to the "Black Pope," the leader of the Church of Satan.

star 8.07
54 votes
Eat This!

#20 - Eat This!

Season 1 - Episode 11

Penn & Teller will try to prove that many diet products and diet claims are complete nonsense. Also, a look at the obsession with products that claim to be healthier for you such as organic foods, fat free foods, etc.

star 8.07
103 votes
Directors: Star Price
Writers: Penn Jillette, Teller, David Wechter, John McLaughlin
Anger Management

#21 - Anger Management

Season 5 - Episode 10

Penn & Teller look into Anger Management classes and venting.

star 8.07
45 votes

#22 - ESP

Season 1 - Episode 10

We'll attend a class in "remote viewing," a form of ESP that is all the rage. We'll test the teacher and the students to reveal that the "hits" they get are so vague, it's all nonsense.

star 8.06
94 votes
Directors: Star Price
Writers: Penn Jillette, Teller, David Wechter, John McLaughlin

#23 - Prostitution

Season 4 - Episode 2

Everyone knows that prostitution is practiced throughout the land. Where it is legal - in only a few Nevada counties, prostitution is vigorously regulated and monitored by the State of Nevada Health Department. The women submit to compulsory medical tests for STDs. No one is forced to work as a prostitute. Pimps don't exist. HIV has never been detected. The women earn regular paychecks and tips. Some even get vacation and sick days. And they pay taxes! It's BULLSHIT that it's illegal for two consenting adults to have sex with each other!

star 8.05
61 votes
Directors: Star Price
Writers: Penn Jillette, Teller, Cliff Schoenberg, Jon Hotchkiss, Michael Goudeau, Star Price

#24 - Cryptozoology

Season 4 - Episode 4

BULLSHIT tours Inverness, Scotland, the home of the Loch Ness Monster, with two "cryptozoologists" who try to lure the mythical giant of the deep to the surface... with a bag of fish guts. Later, we investigate the latest mysterious Bigfoot footage posted on the internet. In between, we check in with some credentialed scientists for their take on the bullshit "science" of Cryptozoology. Will our scientific experts conclusively debunk the existence of mythical creatures? Here's a hint: Crypto means "hidden" while zoology stands for the study of animals. Put them together and what do you get? BULLSHIT!

star 8.05
62 votes
Directors: Star Price
Writers: Penn Jillette, Teller, Sheryl Zohn, Jon Hotchkiss, Michael Goudeau, Star Price

#25 - Numbers

Season 4 - Episode 9

They say numbers don't lie, but in the hands of the media, politicians, pollsters and salesmen, numbers can be downright subversive. BULLSHIT meets the author of Damned Lies and Statistics - he tells us how numbers are craftily manipulated based on political affiliation and agenda. The numerically ambiguous world of Vacation Time Shares leaves our undercover operative dazed and confused. We also take street cons to Las Vegas - a town built on Numbers - and reveal how readily most of us can be cheated. And we look into the bullshit behind political polls, gambling odds and state lotteries. Source:

star 7.99
67 votes
Directors: Star Price
Writers: Penn Jillette, Teller, Sheryl Zohn, Jon Hotchkiss, Michael Goudeau, Star Price