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Penn & Teller: Bullshit! Season 2 (2004)

Cast: Penn Jillette, Teller, Penn & Teller
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Studio: Showtime Entertainment
Genre: Comedies, Television, Television Comedy, Comedy TV, Reality TV
Languages: English, Spanish
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Few TV-listing services could print the actual title of this irreverent weekly pay-cable series without incurring the wrath of bluenoses and angry parents. Thus, the series was referred to as Penn & Teller: Bull----! -- and, in those instances when even those blank spaces were too explicit, the program was retitled Penn & Teller: BS. By any name, the program was a vehicle for the "gonzo" comedy-magic team of Penn Jillette (the one who talked) and Teller (the one who didn't). Claiming they could smell frauds, phonies, and mountebanks "from miles away," the dauntless duo successfully exposed the flim-flammery behind TV psychics, bogus scientific investigations, and trendy cult movements. The series made its first Showtime Network appearance on January 24, 2003. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Ratings

Penn & Teller: Bullshit! Season 2 (Disc 1 of 3) (2004)
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7.23 (31 votes)
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! Season 2 (Disc 2 of 3) (2004)
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6.97 (31 votes)
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! Season 2 (Disc 3 of 3) (2004)
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8.23 (26 votes)

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Losing the spirit of the show by rmarkd October 19, 2005 - 10:52 AM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
This DVD of Bullshit covered 4 topics
P&T take on PETA, starting with a group protesting an animal care clinic that also puts animals to sleep, and ends with a very ironic twist. They made some interesting points, but the story seemed to meander and go off topic (for example, they brought in Ted "The Nuge" Nugent to shoot some bows and talk about how a discussion of not eating meat "made no sense to him"). Penn was in full profanity form, but what's missing -- in contrast to the first season -- is how they make the other side seem so ridiculous. 7/10 for this episode.

Safety Hysteria:
Again, some good points about how we've gotten so scared of germs and some of the silly steps we've taken to feel safer. I wish they made a clearer connection between our fears and how people benefit and fuel our fears. 6/10.

The Business of Love:
What I thought was the weakest link, this episode tries to make fun of all the love self help, such as the "Men are from Mars" type books. They jokingly stressed that we're actually both from Earth, but I think they miss the point that men and women are different, and we have to realize that. I *think* their basic gripe is how there's all these people trying to get money out of fixing people up and keeping people together. And, to an extent, I agree, but I don't think they were all too clear in what they were trying to prove. 5/10.

War on Drugs:
Here, they discuss the war on drugs (particularly marijuana). They show how pot can be medicinal for some, but that the gov't refuses to allow it, although a choice few do get medical marijuana from the federal gov't. They discuss how alcohol and tobacco are far more dangerous and bring in doctors to stress there hasn't been one death directly from using pot. They show the silliness of the "gateway drug" argument. But they missed the discussion of pot usage and crime (or lack thereof) and only touch on the cost it takes to imprison users. They also really didn't make the connection between the gang crimes during prohibition and the gang crimes with the current drug war. It's still their best episode in the DVD, but lacking. 7/10

I pretty much side with them on all these topics, to varying degrees. Unfortunately, they've forgotten the spirit of the show. Instead, Penn swears alot and makes fun of the people they show (and not in a way that strengthens their point, they just make fun of them). I want to like the episodes, but I just feel they don't do enough to make their case. Contrast this with their first season and you'll see what I mean. The first season was really more about uncovering the bullshit, but this DVD seems to be more about entertainment.

6/10 -- interesting, sometimes funny, but I think they're losing the spirit of what Bullshit was initially about.

First season was better... by rmarkd August 4, 2005 - 3:04 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I found this show thru greencine (since I don't have Showtime) and eagerly waited renting the first season. It did not disappoint. Taking some popular topics (Feng Shui, speaking with the dead, alternative medicine, "environmental hysteria", etc) BS! dissects the topics. At the very least, they show some major BS in these topics, at best they show them to be complete BS. Ironically, some of the best fodder for their arguments are the proponents themselves. One memorable scene was getting people to sign the anti-DHMO (di-hydro monoxide) campaign at an enviro-rally.

Sure, it's probably biased to make for the best TV, but it still makes a good point that much of this is BS.

Anyway, that's my review of the first season. The second season -- well this DVD at least, doesn't have the same bite as the first. Their arguments seemed weaker, thought still making some valid points. In this DVD, they cover recycling, profanity, yoga/new age, fountain of youth. I thought the yoga/new age episode was the best.

6/10... still some good stuff, but not as good at the first season.

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