History Series / PennAndTellerBullshit

8th Feb '18 1:17:45 PM tyrekecorrea
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** In the Swearing episode, one woman suggested saying santa vaca instead of cursing. Santa vaca means holy cow in Spanish, which would be offending to Hindus. She had no problem with that, since it wasn't relevant to ''her'' religion. She actually explicitly spells out in a later segment that she doesn't consider it cursing if you use the name of a god or religious figure you don't follow ("Budha!"); Penn speculates on whether it goes both ways and a non-Christian swearing with Jesus Christ's name is perfectly polite.

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** In the Swearing episode, one woman suggested saying santa vaca instead of cursing. Santa vaca means holy cow in Spanish, which would be offending to Hindus. She had no problem with that, since it wasn't relevant to ''her'' religion. She actually explicitly spells out in a later segment that she doesn't consider it cursing if you use the name of a god or religious figure you don't follow ("Budha!"); ("Buddha!"); Penn speculates on whether it goes both ways and a non-Christian swearing with Jesus Christ's name is perfectly polite.
12th Jan '18 12:02:49 PM KingLyger
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* PopculturalOsmosis: Outside of the US, Penn and Teller are primarily known as skeptics because of this show, rather than their career as a illusionists.

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* PopculturalOsmosis: Outside of the US, Penn and Teller are primarily known as skeptics because of this show, rather than their career as a illusionists.stage magicians.



* SpecialGuest: In the "Apocalypse 2012" episode, while discussing the idea that a brown dwarf star will destroy the world in 2012, they cut to Penn & Teller going up to Gary Coleman and asking if [[VisualPun he's planning on destroying the world in 2012]]. He says yes.
** Became something of a FunnyAneurysmMoment following Coleman's death in May 2010.

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* SpecialGuest: In the "Apocalypse 2012" episode, while discussing the idea that a brown dwarf star will destroy the world in 2012, they cut to Penn & Teller going up to Gary Coleman and asking if [[VisualPun he's planning on destroying the world in 2012]]. He says yes.
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yes. Became something of a FunnyAneurysmMoment following Coleman's death in May 2010.



** {{Discussed}} in the Vatican episode. Since they are generally going against the mainstream position, ideas that are generally considered impolite to question, and/or extremely influential groups they feel that this is already their own counter-argument. They don't see any point in taking part of their already only twenty-minute show when the opposition has had centuries to make their arguments.

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** {{Discussed}} in the Vatican episode. Since they are generally going against the mainstream position, ideas that are generally considered impolite to question, and/or extremely influential groups groups, they feel that this is already their own counter-argument. They don't see any point in taking part of their already only twenty-minute thirty-minute show when the opposition has had centuries to make their arguments.



* TitleDrop: Used OnceAnEpisode in the opening. Penn describes the topic of the day, ending with "(subject of tonight's show) is ''bullshit!''"
** The only episode where this is untrue is the episode on profanity. They instead refer to it as "Humbug" in honor of what used to be a rather profane phrase used by Houdini.

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* TitleDrop: Used OnceAnEpisode in the opening. Penn describes the topic of the day, ending with "(subject of tonight's show) is ''bullshit!''"
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''bullshit!''" The only episode where this is untrue is the episode on profanity. They instead refer to it as "Humbug" in honor of what used to be a rather profane phrase used by Houdini.



* UrbanLegends: The source of a few debunkings, such as BIgfoot and the Loch Ness Monster.

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* UrbanLegends: The source of a few debunkings, such as BIgfoot Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster.
12th Jan '18 6:07:40 AM KingLyger
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* MoodWhiplash: At the end of an occasional show, the mood will suddenly change from bright and bubbly to downright depressing. A perfect example comes from their episode on video games, where the discussion turns to the violence in football and how people need to get their priorities straight. Then they apologize for cutting off the ending of a clip they had shown earlier of a nine year old boy and violent video game player who had just shot a gun for the first time (it wasn't specified, but he may have held it wrong and hurt himself). The ending clip shows him sobbing silently on his mother's shoulder, while the voice-over apologizes, "Sorry, Harrison." ''Sob.''

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* MoodWhiplash: At the end of an occasional show, the mood will suddenly change from bright and bubbly to downright depressing. depressing.
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A perfect example comes from their episode on video games, where the discussion turns to the violence in football and how people need to get their priorities straight. Then they apologize for cutting off the ending of a clip they had shown earlier of a nine year old boy and violent video game player who had just shot a gun for the first time (it wasn't specified, but he may have held it wrong and hurt himself). The ending clip shows him sobbing silently on his mother's shoulder, while the voice-over apologizes, "Sorry, Harrison." ''Sob.''



*** The Cheerleading episode swings between making jokes about P&T being [[DirtyOldMan dirty old men]] perving at cheerleaders, and meeting cheerleaders who have been paralysed by accidents while competing.

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*** The Cheerleading episode swings between making jokes about P&T being [[DirtyOldMan dirty old men]] perving at cheerleaders, and meeting cheerleaders who have been paralysed paralyzed by accidents while competing.



* MoralGuardians: The target in several episodes such as the College, Violent Video Games, War on Porn, and Vatican episodes.

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* MoralGuardians: MoralGuardians:
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The target in several episodes such as the College, Violent Video Games, War on Porn, and Vatican episodes.episodes. In a nutshell, Penn and Teller find such groups that try to control peoples' thoughts and/or actions to be self-defeating, filled with faulty or just plain incorrect research, and full of holier-than-thou types who seem more interested in furthering their own agenda than actually helping people.



* NostalgiaAintLikeItUsedToBe[=/=]NostalgiaFilter: {{Deconstructed}} in the "Good Ol' Days" episode.
** Three fans of ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'' met Ken Osmond (who played Eddie Haskell on the show) and told him how much they preferred the world as seen in the 1950s sitcom to the modern world. Notably the three fans were not born when the show was made. Haskell himself was far more critical of the 1950s than they were and thought they were idealising a world that never existed.

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* NostalgiaAintLikeItUsedToBe[=/=]NostalgiaFilter: {{Deconstructed}} in the "Good Ol' Days" episode.
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episode. Three fans of ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'' met Ken Osmond (who played Eddie Haskell on the show) and told him how much they preferred the world as seen in the 1950s sitcom to the modern world. Notably the three fans were not born when the show was made. Haskell himself was far more critical of the 1950s than they were and thought they were idealising idealizing a world that never existed.



* OminousLatinChanting: Parodied in "The Vatican", where people in robes are chanting in ''[[PigLatin Pig]]'' [[PigLatin Latin]]. They're actually chanting "The Vatican is bullshit"!

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* OminousLatinChanting: Parodied in "The Vatican", where people in robes are chanting in ''[[PigLatin Pig]]'' [[PigLatin Latin]].PigLatin. They're actually chanting "The Vatican is bullshit"!



* OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope: The reason P&T refer to people they disagree with as "assholes" is because calling them liars or con-artists would be considered slander, which could get them sued. "Asshole" is a statement of ''opinion'', meaning it's much safer.

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* OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope: OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope:
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The reason P&T refer to people they disagree with as "assholes" is because calling them liars or con-artists would be considered slander, which could get them sued. "Asshole" is a statement of ''opinion'', meaning it's much safer.



** {{Lampshaded}} in the Multi-Level Marketing episode, where their lawyers told them they would be in trouble if they called these companies pyramid schemes, since it constitutes accusing them of a crime. In the middle of their rant on this restriction, the attending lawyer broke in with "Hey, I'm the one that's gonna have to ''defend'' you assholes!"
*** At which point P&T promptly stop arguing.

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** {{Lampshaded}} in the Multi-Level Marketing episode, where their lawyers told them they would be in trouble if they called these companies pyramid schemes, since it constitutes accusing them of a crime. In the middle of their rant on this restriction, the attending lawyer broke in with "Hey, I'm the one that's gonna have to ''defend'' you assholes!"
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assholes!" At which point P&T promptly stop arguing.



* SelfDeprecation: In the pet episode, Penn mentions that for all the craziness people spend on their pets, he himself indulges pretty substantially on personal appeals. Furthermore, the GrandFinale of the show was intended to be "The Bullshit of Bullshit", where they point out where they screwed up or were hugely biased.

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* SelfDeprecation: SelfDeprecation:
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In the pet episode, Penn mentions that for all the craziness people spend on their pets, he himself indulges pretty substantially on personal appeals. Furthermore, the GrandFinale of the show was intended to be "The Bullshit of Bullshit", where they point out where they screwed up or were hugely biased.



* SincerityMode: Penn acknowledges that asking the boy in the "Video Games" episode to fire a rifle with no prior training (physical ''and'' mental) is unfair, and that the experience ''will'' affect him later in life, and he apologizes in voice-over for it.

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* SincerityMode: SincerityMode:
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Penn acknowledges that asking the boy in the "Video Games" episode to fire a rifle with no prior training (physical ''and'' mental) is unfair, and that the experience ''will'' affect him later in life, and he apologizes in voice-over for it.



* StrawmanPolitical: This tends to apply to pretty much anyone on the opposite side of their argument, regardless of political affiliation. The guests on the opposition side are espousing beliefs that they legitimately hold, but they tend to be the more radical about their point of view, where the supporting guests are usually more moderate. Penn claims that they don't ambush people with false pretenses, or take them out of context with tricky MichaelMoore editing, though we sort of have to take their word for it. Penn has summed up the tone of their show with the phrase "Fair, and extremely biased" several times during the show and NUMEROUS times outside of it. "Fair" in that they allow people to express their opinions/ideas fully without dicking about in the editing; "biased" in that they then steamroll over them with their own side without a chance for rebuttal or explanation. Which, as is often claimed, seems a little less than fair.

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* StrawmanPolitical: This tends to apply to pretty much anyone on the opposite side of their argument, regardless of political affiliation. affiliation.
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The guests on the opposition side are espousing beliefs that they legitimately hold, but they tend to be the more radical about their point of view, where the supporting guests are usually more moderate. Penn claims that they don't ambush people with false pretenses, or take them out of context with tricky MichaelMoore Creator/MichaelMoore editing, though we sort of have to take their word for it. Penn has summed up the tone of their show with the phrase "Fair, and extremely biased" several times during the show and NUMEROUS times outside of it. "Fair" in that they allow people to express their opinions/ideas fully without dicking about in the editing; "biased" in that they then steamroll over them with their own side without a chance for rebuttal or explanation. Which, as is often claimed, seems a little less than fair.



* UrbanLegends: The source of a few debunkings.

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* UrbanLegends: The source of a few debunkings.debunkings, such as BIgfoot and the Loch Ness Monster.



* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Addressed and deconstructed in the Video Games episode.

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* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Addressed and deconstructed in the Video Games episode. The guys' main point is that violent video games don't make people into killers, and almost all studies that say they do show evidence of bias, either by the researchers taking the data, or because the studies were paid to say they do.
11th Jan '18 10:58:44 AM KingLyger
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* AuthorTract too. The Bible episode even straight-out called Bullshit an evangelical show.

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* AuthorTract too. AuthorTract: The Bible episode even included Penn straight-out called Bullshit calling ''Bullshit'' an evangelical show.



* BerserkButton: Penn quits snarking and gets legitimately pissed whenever he sees self-proclaimed "experts" making money by exploiting people's grief for deceased loved ones, as seen in the episodes "Astrology" and "Talking to the Dead".

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* BerserkButton: BerserkButton:
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Penn quits snarking and gets legitimately pissed whenever he sees self-proclaimed "experts" making money by exploiting people's grief for deceased loved ones, as seen in the episodes "Astrology" and "Talking to the Dead".



* BiggerIsBetterInBed: {{Deconstructed}} in the "Sex, Sex, Sex" episode, where they argue against penis enhancement, although their point is not that it isn't necessary, but because non-surgical methods flat-out ''don't work''.
** Ironically, in the same episode, well-hung porn star Ron Jeremy states that size and quality sex are not related, even though ''he's'' one of the people hawking a so-called "male enhancement supplement."

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* BiggerIsBetterInBed: {{Deconstructed}} in the "Sex, Sex, Sex" episode, where they argue against penis enhancement, although their point is not that it isn't necessary, but because non-surgical methods flat-out ''don't work''. \n** Ironically, in the same episode, well-hung porn star Ron Jeremy states that size and quality sex are not related, even though ''he's'' one of the people hawking a so-called "male enhancement supplement."



* BrandNamesAreBetter: A regular target of the show. Bottled water and organic foods are but two examples. More generally, they also mock the "expensive is better" mindset that allows merchants to charge for unproven therapies like weight loss pills and toxin flushes.

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* BrandNamesAreBetter: BrandNamesAreBetter:
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A regular target of the show. Bottled water and organic foods are but two examples. More generally, they also mock the "expensive is better" mindset that allows merchants to charge for unproven therapies like weight loss pills and toxin flushes.



* CatchPhrase: "And then there's ''this'' asshole." [[OncePerEpisode Usually]] used to introduce someone whose position won't be supported.
** {{Played with}} in the NASA episode. "NASA wants to travel the 35 million miles to Mars. Are they out of their fucking minds? We've heard from politicians, tourists and space-camp counselors, and they're all so enthusiastic." Cut to man in full flight suit. "And then there's this as---tronaut!"
** SubvertedCatchphrase: At the end of the episode on colon cleansing, the 'asshole' being introduced was a literal one, or at least a photo from a colonoscopy. Penn's as a matter of fact. He was wanting to show that the best way to promote colon health was to get regular checkups after a certain age, and was basically saying 'See, I even do it myself'.
** At one point during a segment about hair removal via waxing, they used the catchphrase to lead into a video clip of a man getting his... well... getting waxed. Penn ecstatically asserted that [[BrickJoke multiple seasons of the show and every single use of the catch phrase was simply meant to be a lead-in to that one joke]].

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* CatchPhrase: CatchPhrase:
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"And then there's ''this'' asshole." [[OncePerEpisode Usually]] Usually used to introduce someone whose position won't be supported.
** *** {{Played with}} in the NASA episode. "NASA wants to travel the 35 million miles to Mars. Are they out of their fucking minds? We've heard from politicians, tourists and space-camp counselors, and they're all so enthusiastic." Cut to man in full flight suit. "And then there's this as---tronaut!"
** *** SubvertedCatchphrase: At the end of the episode on colon cleansing, the 'asshole' being introduced was a literal one, or at least a photo from a colonoscopy. Penn's as a matter of fact. He was wanting to show that the best way to promote colon health was to get regular checkups after a certain age, and was basically saying 'See, I even do it myself'.
** *** At one point during a segment about hair removal via waxing, they used the catchphrase to lead into a video clip of a man getting his... well... getting waxed. Penn ecstatically asserted that [[BrickJoke multiple seasons of the show and every single use of the catch phrase was simply meant to be a lead-in to that one joke]].



** The College episode begins with Penn and Teller teaching college students how to properly say "And then there's THIS asshole...".



** And finally, what would the show be without "[subject of the show] is bullshit!"?

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** And finally, what would the show be without "[subject of the show] is bullshit!"?bullshit!"



* ClusterFBomb: Frequently. [[EnforcedTrope Since cursing is legally safer than calling someone a liar or a fraud]], the hosts use "colorful" language to avoid being sued. See the page quotation for just one example.
* CoolOldGuy: '''Norman freaking Borlaug''', who Penn outright calls the greatest human being who ever lived. Borlaug's research into genetic engineering for food has been estimated as saving over a billion lives.

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* ClusterFBomb: Frequently. [[EnforcedTrope Since cursing calling someone a "motherfucker" is legally safer than calling someone a liar or a fraud]], the hosts use "colorful" language to avoid being sued. See They explain this "lawyer-friendly" format in the page quotation for just one example.
first episode, even pointing out how they're not ones to curse as often as they do on the show.
* CoolOldGuy: CoolOldGuy:
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'''Norman freaking Borlaug''', who Penn outright calls the greatest human being who ever lived. Borlaug's research into genetic engineering for food has been estimated as saving over a billion lives.



* CulturalCringe: The anti-fast food people from the Fast Food episode literally cannot stop talking about how fat and stupid they think their fellow Americans are.

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* CulturalCringe: The anti-fast food people from the Fast Food episode literally cannot stop talking about how fat and stupid they think their fellow Americans are.
10th Dec '17 2:53:35 PM BlackBaroness
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* ClusterFBomb: Frequently. Since cursing is legally safer than calling someone a liar or a fraud, the hosts use "colorful" language to avoid being sued. See the page quotation for just one example.

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* ClusterFBomb: Frequently. [[EnforcedTrope Since cursing is legally safer than calling someone a liar or a fraud, fraud]], the hosts use "colorful" language to avoid being sued. See the page quotation for just one example.
29th Nov '17 5:20:32 AM Konacha
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** In "Yoga, Tantric Sex, Etc.", Penn is doing a Ventriloquism act using a talking puppet Vagina, however it is Teller who is talking as the puppet is covering the mouth of Teller.
15th Nov '17 12:16:22 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* WaxingLyrical: In the first environmental episode Penn points out where one of the interview subjects lifted a few lines from ''Big Yellow Taxi''.
11th Oct '17 1:32:54 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** In the self-help episode Penn goes on a rant about how one of the subjects' telling a client it's lucky her husband had died is mean and insensitive. Imagine how upsed he'd be if he knew about! Luckily, he died (the hosts both crack up).

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** In the self-help episode Penn goes on a rant about how one of the subjects' telling a client it's lucky her husband had died is mean and insensitive. Imagine how upsed upset he'd be if he knew about! Luckily, he died (the hosts both crack up).
11th Oct '17 1:32:04 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** In the self-help episode Penn goes on a rant about how one of the subjects' telling a client it's lucky her husband had died is mean and insensitive. Imagine how upsed he'd be if he knew about! Luckily, he died (the hosts both crack up).
3rd Sep '17 9:47:14 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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The Showtime original '''''Penn & Teller: Bullshit!''''' (or ''P&T:B.S!''), hosted by comedians and stage magicians [[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillette and Teller]], follows in the footsteps of great men like Harry Houdini and The Amazing James Randi: the pair debunks popular misconceptions and exposes both liars ("motherfuckers") and faulty science ("bullshit").

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The Showtime original '''''Penn ''Penn & Teller: Bullshit!''''' Bullshit!'' (or ''P&T:B.S!''), hosted by comedians and stage magicians [[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillette and Teller]], follows in the footsteps of great men like Harry Houdini and The Amazing James Randi: the pair debunks popular misconceptions and exposes both liars ("motherfuckers") and faulty science ("bullshit").
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