The BEST Episodes of Penn & Teller: Bullshit!

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 2, 2022

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.

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Video Games

#1 - Video Games

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 9, 2009

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 8.56
258 votes
New Age Medicine

#2 - New Age Medicine

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 26, 2008

Penn and Teller take a skeptical look at New Age medicine and its outrageous, unsupported claims of healing despite a heap of evidence that it doesn't work.

star 8.47
225 votes
Stranger Danger

#3 - Stranger Danger

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 7, 2008

In episode 608, our contrarian hosts argue that the world's never been safer for children, but you'd never know it in our culture of fear, toxic toys and even anti-anxiety medication for kids.

star 8.44
166 votes
The Bible: Fact or Fiction?

#4 - The Bible: Fact or Fiction?

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired May 6, 2004

We take on the most sacred of sacred cows: The Bible! We'll reveal the many discrepancies and contradictions in THE GOOD BOOK. Why all the confusion? Shouldn't anything that is "divinely inspired" be crystal clear? Did Noah build an ark big enough to hold all those animals? Did Moses part the Red Sea? Did Jesus even exist? Tune in to find out!

star 8.39
266 votes
Directors: Star Price
Writers: John McLaughlin, Penn Jillette, Star Price, Teller

#5 - P.E.T.A.

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 1, 2004

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 8.37
238 votes
Directors: Star Price
Writers: David Wechter, John McLaughlin, Penn Jillette, Teller
Safety Hysteria

#6 - Safety Hysteria

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 8, 2004

We're being told that, in order to keep us safe, we need everything from anti-terrorism gas masks to paper toilet seat covers. Crime rates are going down, not up. You're four times more likely to get struck by lightning than to be violently killed at school. And, once and for all, cell phones don't give you cancer!

star 8.36
234 votes
Directors: Star Price
Writers: Jon Hotchkiss, Michael Goudeau, Penn Jillette, Star Price, Teller
Old People

#7 - Old People

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 29, 2010

According to Penn and Teller, America's seniors are stripped of their dignity thanks to ongoing stereotypes about old people. They investigate the widespread beliefs that old people can't drive, don't have sex, and smell bad.

star 8.32
216 votes
Directors: Star Price
Yoga, Tantric Sex, Etc.

#8 - Yoga, Tantric Sex, Etc.

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired May 13, 2004

The New Age is a marketeers dream. From aromatherapy dishwashing liquid to yoga to crystals, herbs and tarot, we're swallowing it all! Join us as we travel to the Mecca of New Age, Sedona, Arizona, where we'll chant, sing, and seek a higher consciousness from hill to dale to parking lot. And stay for our big climax! They say Maui's the place to achieve a cosmic orgasm while holding a tantric pretzel pose. Watch out! It's a flying vortex!

star 8.32
148 votes
Directors: Star Price
Writers: David Wechter, Jonathan Taylor, Penn Jillette, Star Price, Teller

#9 - Prostitution

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 10, 2006

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 8.30
282 votes
Directors: Star Price
Writers: Cliff Schoenberg, Jon Hotchkiss, Michael Goudeau, Penn Jillette, Star Price, Teller
War on Drugs

#10 - War on Drugs

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 22, 2004

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 8.30
227 votes
Directors: Star Price
Writers: Emma Webster, Penn Jillette, Star Price, Teller
Family Values

#11 - Family Values

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired May 2, 2005

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 8.29
200 votes
Directors: Star Price
Writers: Jon Hotchkiss, Michael Goudeau, Penn Jillette, Star Price, Teller
The Best

#12 - The Best

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Aug 1, 2005

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 8.28
114 votes
Directors: Star Price
Writers: Jon Hotchkins, Michael Goudeau, Penn Jillette, Star Price, Steve Bortko, Teller
Criminal Justice

#13 - Criminal Justice

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 22, 2010

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 8.27
424 votes
The Apocalypse

#14 - The Apocalypse

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 16, 2009

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 8.20
211 votes

#15 - Exorcism

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 19, 2007

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 8.18
137 votes

#16 - Self-Esteem

Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 5, 2010

Research has proven that self-esteem-building does not work. However, misguided parents, coaches and social workers are using this flawed technique to create a generation of narcissistic losers who believe that they are "special."

star 8.17
280 votes
Breast Hysteria

#17 - Breast Hysteria

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 5, 2007

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 8.17
220 votes

#18 - Cryptozoology

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 24, 2006

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 8.17
175 votes
Directors: Star Price
Writers: Jon Hotchkiss, Michael Goudeau, Penn Jillette, Sheryl Zohn, Star Price, Teller

#19 - Detoxing

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 12, 2007

Penn & Teller expose the truth behind our supposedly toxic insides. We find out about "colonics" and those "cleansing" diets including today's diet darling, the "Neera Super Cleanse." An actual Parasitologist - a scientist who studies parasites - tells us the truth about the parasites among and within us. A visit to the world's largest inflatable walk-through colon rounds out the episode.

star 8.15
134 votes
Talking to the Dead

#20 - Talking to the Dead

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 24, 2003

A look into the practices of popular psychics of today reveals how those who claim to be in contact with the dead are actually performing an age-old trick called "cold reading."

star 8.13
600 votes
Directors: Star Price
Writers: David Wechter, John McLaughlin, Penn Jillette, Teller
Exercise vs. Genetics

#21 - Exercise vs. Genetics

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 26, 2004

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 8.13
154 votes
Directors: Star Price
Writers: David Wechter, Jonathan Taylor, Penn Jillette, Star Price, Teller

#22 - Circumcision

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 25, 2005

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 8.12
206 votes
Directors: Star Price
Writers: Jon Hotchkiss, Michael Goudeau, Penn Jillette, Star Price, Teller

#23 - Astrology

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 2, 2009

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 8.10
260 votes
The Death Penalty

#24 - The Death Penalty

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 17, 2006

We understand the feelings of rage felt by crime victims and their families. But - studies show there is no deterrent effect to State executions. And, DNA evidence has exonerated 122 men formerly on death row! If we're killing inmates to satisfy a primitive emotion, if we can't be sure the criminal is guilty as charged, and we have ways to keep someone locked up and out of circulation for life and for less cost, why does our government still support the archaic, primitive, cruel and costly BULLSHIT known as the Death Penalty?

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

#25 - Vaccinations

Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 12, 2010

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 8.06
431 votes