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'Penn & Teller Bullsh*t: The Seventh Season'
(Penn Jillette, Teller, CJ, Gene Hatcher, James Randi, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2010 / Paramount-Showtime)

Overview: All 10 seventh-season episodes can be found here on 'Penn & Teller Bullsh*t: The Seventh Season' -including, "Orgasms," "Video Games," "The Apocalypse," "Taxes," and "The Vatican."

DVD: 'Penn & Teller: Bullshit!,' is a documentary television series that has been on the air since 2003 on the premium cable channel Showtime. It is hosted by professional magicians/comedians Penn & Teller, of course.

Many episodes aim to debunk pseudoscientific ideas, paranormal beliefs, and popular fads and misconceptions, often from a libertarian point of view, the political philosophy espoused by both Penn and Teller. The show criticizes proponents of what they perceive as nonsense and dishonesty — bullshit — often citing ulterior political or financial motives.

The stated aim of the show is to apply critical thinking to misconceptions. As is indicated by the show's title, the program adheres to Penn & Teller's characteristically blunt, aggressive presentation.

Paranormal subjects of episodes include alien abduction, alternative medicine, literal exegesis of the Bible, and ESP; other episodes cover social issues such as the War on Drugs, organic food, animal rights, gun control, and environmentalism.

Penn & Teller approach the topics in the manner of Harry Houdini and James Randi (who has appeared more than once on the show), who are known for debunking claims of supernatural powers.

In the process of watching these programs, you will learn exactly -how- frauds and fakers pull of many of their stunts, -why- certain pseudoscientists and pseudo historians are wrong, and even -why- people are often so eager to believe and accept things at face value. While our prestidigitationator hosts are opinionated, they are always on the side of the common man (us) who so often plays the dupe to the frauds of our day.

These programs are entertainment and education rolled into one. I am not the sort of person who usually buys DVDs of every series I like. This series was warrented though ... Penn and Teller have proven themselves worthy of a place on any skeptic's shelf. Enjoy! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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