Penn & Teller: BS! 8 Seasons 2007

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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.

Starring:
Penn Jillette, Teller
Runtime:
29 minutes
Original air date:
March 22, 2007

Obesity

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Product Details

Genres Documentary, Comedy
Director Star Price, Scott Firestone, Joshua E. Kessler, Chip Selby
Starring Penn Jillette, Teller
Supporting actors Paul Campos, Glenn A. Gaesser, Eric Oliver, Barry Popkin, Mike Tully
Season year 2007
Network Showtime
Executive Producer Jon Hotchkiss
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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 2 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 2 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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