The third season of this award-winning series featuring master showmen Penn & Teller, delivers viewers an aggressive, humorous exposé of taboo topics, using the duo’s trademark humor, knowledge of carnival tricks as well as hidden cameras and blatant confrontation.
Winner of the prestigious 2004 and 2005 Writer’s Guild Award for Best Comedy/Variety Series and nominated the last three years for the Emmy® for Outstanding Reality Program and Outstanding Writing for Non Fiction Programming, Penn & Teller: Bullsh*t! Continues its controversial muckraking throughout season three by confronting many of the institutions society holds dear.
Argues against the alleged medical benefits of circumcision, and describes the negatives of the procedure. Suggests that the practice was started by doctors as an extra charge to add to the bill.
2. Family Values. Argues that the “traditional” husband-and-wife family is a relatively recent creation. Supports gay marriage and polyamory, and also attacks the idea that homosexuals can be “cured”.
3. Conspiracy Theories. Arguments against the 9/11 conspiracy theories, Apollo Moon Landing hoax accusations, and John F. Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories.
4. Life Coaching. Argues against life coaching, demonstrating that life coaches often have minimal training, that the programs achieve few real benefits, and that the life coaches prey on people’s insecurities.
5. Holier Than Thou. A critical view of Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi and the Dalai Lama, arguing that they should not be held in such high regard as they are.
6. College. Opposition to political correctness, speech codes, and diversity requirements, especially on college campuses.
7. Big Brother. Opposition to surveillance and unwanted government encroachment on the private lives of U.S. citizens. Points out the large amount of resources that would be required to do this successfully.
8. Hair. The guys examine the billion-dollar hair industry, which includes hair-care products, transplants, wigs and toupees.
9. Gun Control. Against gun control laws.
10. Ghostbusters. Accuses “ghost hunters” of conducting pseudoscience. Dr. Steven Novella and 2004 Nobel prize winner Dr. Frank Wilczek appears.
11. Endangered Species Criticism of the U.S. Endangered Species Act and highlights its unintended consequences.
12. Signs from Heaven. Criticizes claims of supernatural “signs”, arguing that people are seeing what they want to see.
13. The Best. Criticism of people who engage in the pursuit of needless luxury.