Penn & Teller: Bullsh*t! – Season 5 carries on the comic magicians’ Showtime series in which they debunk one or another contemporary myth or collective assumption about the way in which we live.
The fifth 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.
Nominated the last four years for the Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program and Outstanding Writing for Non Fiction Programming, Penn & Teller: Bullshit! continues its controversial muckraking throughout season five by confronting many of the institutions society holds dear.
Attacks claims of the emergence of an obesity epidemic and weight loss products. Investigates societal discrimination against the fat. Features National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance and Glenn A. Gaesser, a professor of exercise physiology of University of Virginia.
2. Wal-Mart Hatred. Defends Wal-Mart against various criticisms, arguing that it creates jobs where there are none and that it is merely the end product of capitalism.
3. Breast Hysteria. Investigates societal attitudes towards women’s breasts, supports public breast-feeding and recognizes flashing as free speech.
4. Detoxing. Attacks various detoxification programs and asserts the actual health benefits of colonoscopies for people 50 years or older.
5. Exorcism. Skeptical commentary on the usefulness and scientific validity of exorcisms.
6. Illegal Immigration. Skeptical commentary on various “Minutemen” border patrol projects and the American government’s plans to build a wall to keep illegal immigrants out.
7. Handicapped Parking. Criticizes the Americans with Disabilities Act for attempting to legislate compassion, and points out the law’s negative consequences. Argues that businesses will provide support for the disabled due to the desire for as much business as possible regardless of laws.
8. Mount Rushmore. Investigates the origins of Mount Rushmore and attempts to highlight the positive and negative aspects of patriotism.
9. Nukes, Hybrids and Lesbians. Advocates the use of nuclear power, criticizes hybrid cars for impractical designs made to accommodate the hybrid engine, and follows lesbians on a blind date.
10. Anger Management. An angry attack on mainstream anger management programs, likening their purveyors to charlatans.