Updated: Sep 14
The first time I watched Penn & Teller: Bullshit! I was single with no kids and binge-watched the whole thing with my bestie over the course of a weekend. We’d never seen anything like it before, and we kept watching it together over and over in the years that followed.
Penn Jillette and Teller put together, what I think, is one of the best resources of any kind that proves how easily we can be had by misinformation. This series is not just informative and eye-opening, but it’s also extraordinarily entertaining. Penn, as we already know, rarely holds back and can be heard throughout the series firing off strings of expletives so amusing, you might even find yourself skimming back to hear it again. He has managed to find the most entertaining way to tell you that you’re gullible as fuck.
The series debunks pseudoscience and the supernatural, from psychics to conspiracy theories, alternative medicine and astrology, the stories of the Bible and gun control. Each segment of the show tackles a new topic with amusing frustration, facts and reason. Even if you think you’re the most rational skeptic out there, some of what they have to say will surprise you. This show is worth a few dozen “huh!” moments.
If you’re a skeptic of any kind, this is not just a recommendation. You absolutely must watch Penn & Teller: Bullshit! from beginning to end. Here’s one of my favourite clips, debunking the anti-vax movement:
Every segment of the show is just as good, clear and understandable as this one. If you have not watched all eight seasons of Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, you’d better get on it. This is a must-see for all skeptics, everywhere.
Have you seen much of this series? What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments. If you have not seen it all, you can grab it here, and get your homework done!