Penn & Teller: BS! 8 Seasons 2007

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Season 5
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1. Obesity TV-MA CC

The first (and probably last) Fat Guy Olympics is the cornerstone of this episode that focuses on the uncomfortably cozy relationship between the medical establishment and the weight-loss industry.

Runtime:
29 minutes
Original air date:
March 22, 2007

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Season 5
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    1. Obesity The first (and probably last) Fat Guy Olympics is the cornerstone of this episode that focuses on the uncomfortably cozy relationship between the medical establishment and the weight-loss industry.

    CC TV-MA 29min March 22, 2007
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    2. Wal-Mart Penn and Teller look at the up side of the business that America loves to hate, including the little-discussed economic benefits of Third World sweat shops and the union smear campaign against the country's largest employer.

    CC TV-MA 29min March 29, 2007
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    3. Breast Hysteria The magicians get a firm grasp on America's fascination with the female form by visiting with a young mom who inadvertently tested corporate tolerance for public breast feeding and a breast cancer survivor who is not a fan of the pink ribbon campaign.

    CC TV-MA 28min April 5, 2007
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    4. Detoxing An interview with a parasitologist who spills the truth about the parasites that live inside us and a visit to a life-size walkthrough colon round out a skeptical inquiry into the allegedly cleansing process of detoxifying.

    CC TV-MA 29min April 12, 2007
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    5. Exorcism Penn and Teller battle the forces of evil when they witness three modern-day exorcists performing their demonic casting-out duties and then pay a visit to the Black Pope, the leader of the Church of Satan.

    CC TV-MA 28min April 19, 2007
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    6. Immigration The blizzard of bulls--t surrounding immigration melts when Penn and Teller spend some time with the Minutemen, a militia group dedicated to preventing illegal border crossings, while illegal immigrants demonstrate their fence-jumping techniques.

    CC TV-MA 29min April 26, 2007
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    7. Handicap Parking Penn and Teller expose the widely abused nonsense that is handicap parking and illuminate the bureaucratic nightmare of the Americans with Disabilities Act by speaking to disabled Americans who think the ADA is pure BS.

    CC TV-MA 29min May 3, 2007
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    8. Mount Rushmore In the shadow of one of America's most treasured monuments, Penn and Teller find citizens who hate its very existence, expose some ugly details about the site, and examine the pros and cons of patriotism.

    CC TV-MA 29min May 10, 2007
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    9. Nukes, Hybrids, & Lesbians The subject of pollution and the cloud of misinformation surrounding it inspire Penn and Teller to tackle the subjects of nuclear power, hybrid cars, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and lesbians on a blind date.

    CC TV-MA 29min May 17, 2007
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    10. Anger Management Despite the popularity of court-ordered anger management therapy, Penn and Teller find that the validity of such programs is less than certain, while a fascinating experiment with hot sauce exposes what's wrong with venting.

    CC TV-MA 28min May 24, 2007

Product Details

Genres Documentary, Comedy
Director Star Price, Scott Firestone, Joshua E. Kessler, Chip Selby
Supporting actors Paul Campos, Glenn A. Gaesser, Eric Oliver, Barry Popkin, Mike Tully
Season year 2007
Network Showtime
Executive Producer Jon Hotchkiss
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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By Robert Stockman on November 30, 2012
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I have learned more about the world from this show and these two magician/comedians than from any of my teachers.
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By Rickster on November 1, 2012
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I enjoyed the sarcasm and the factual presentation put on in the show. It was very informative and showed both sides to the issue.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gets Around on February 7, 2012
A major pontification from 2007 about how safe nuclear energy is. I wonder what they'd say post Fukushima. The US has plants subject to similar catastrophes. That kind of flies in the face of a lot of their analysis in this episode. In fact, seeing this post Fukushima makes them look pretty ridiculous. They'd probably find some rationalization to rebut this, by interviewing the right industry spokesperson who will say Fukushima is exaggerated. Their general approach is to find somebody with credentials who agrees with them somebody without credentials who doesn't, and then to call the latter person an obscene name. Hilarious when they're right, and they often are, but shameful when they're dead wrong, as is the case in this episode.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Shepherd on March 30, 2008
Penn and Teller do not understand about the "Soul" and "Soulish realm"
What I am actually doing on that film is "Mass Deliverance."
They should have done more homework on the subject.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gets Around on February 7, 2012
I love this show, most of the time. But their extremely limited knowledge of the world sometimes screams loud and clear and never more so than in this episode. Did anybody notice that they talk about how great it is to have nations with such oppressive governments that we can happily exploit them for near slave labor, but they never delve into the history of how the situations in some of these nations came to be? Why is there no episode about "national security"? Among the most friendly of all nations for the US to export manufacturing to is Indonesia. Are these guys aware that the US overthrew their government in the 60's, killing some 500,000 people in cold blood in a matter of weeks, to create such a business friendly place? They scoff at "socialism" but never really go into any detail, it is clearly just like a religious sentiment to them. They are true believers. The fact is libertarianism is about as right wing as can be, in the form they love to praise. No criticism is seen about the lack of free flow of labor, just praise of the free flow of capital. The government intervenes in the foreign affairs of other countries to make investment friendly atmospheres. That's the opposite of free markets, that's the ultimate state control of business. And they see the end result and eulogize it. Most episodes of this show are awesome, but this one really puts their ignorance and arrogance on display. A shame, they should get it right, or add an episode on the real nature of 'national security' or they should just stay way from such topics altogether.
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