Penn & Teller: Bulls--t!

TV review by Brenda Kienan, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Unscientific debunking for laughs; adult material.

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 18+

The veil is puled back on the TRUE Penn and Teller, and it's NOT pretty.

Much like Adam Ruins Everything, this show touts that it reveals "truth" over scams and secrets to 'inform' the world and make it better. Well , take away the past cutesie act you know of Penn and Teller and fill it with nonstop vulgarity, nudity and a VERY cynical and pretentious world view. This is a soap box for Penn to exude his disdain, not only for scammers, but for religion and other viewpoints in general. It's disgustingly self indulgent self importance comes off so arrogant at times that it is unwatchable to anyone that isn't as abrasive as the host. On the upside, it is informative and correct at times, but in the end the super ego known as the super talker "Penn" spoils the soup with his over the top and unfiltered condescending insults.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 15+


Yes, this show is pretty vulgar. It depicts every swear word we know, marijuana (which is actually just bullsh-t so that doesn't count) and beer. The only thing not shown is actual penetration, although nude public masturbation and nude females being pleasured by tantric sex males publicly. However, the truth is, most 15-year-olds are probably jacking off to porn by this age (90 percent of boys and 70 percent of girls at least) so either confront them about that or let them watch this. The rest is nothing not on cable or used at school. Some episodes are even almost completely clean, for instance those on Recycling, Organic Food, and Video Games. Just stay away from those on Porn, Prostitution, and Abstinence. That's just... common sense.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

TV Details

  • Premiere date: January 24, 2003
  • Network: Showtime
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: February 26, 2023

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