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Season 1

Penn & Teller take on psychics, chiropractors, second hand smoke, feng shui, dieting, and more.

Talking To The Dead
Episode 1: Talking To The Dead

Original Air Date: Jan 24, 2003

In episode 101, the series premiere, Penn & Teller debunk popular psychics revealing how those who claim to be in contact with the "other side" are actually performing an age-old trick called "cold reading."

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Alternative Medicine
Episode 2: Alternative Medicine

Original Air Date: Jan 31, 2003

In episode 102, Penn & Teller expose the fakers that make bogus claims about magical elixirs and shill cures such as chiropractic medicine, reflexology, and magnet therapy. Plus: a visit to an alternative medicine fair and a sting operation.

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Alien Abductions
Episode 3: Alien Abductions

Original Air Date: Feb 7, 2003

In episode 103, Penn & Teller spend three days at a UFO convention and visit an alien-abduction group therapy session as they explore the psychological explanations for - and the influences of pop culture on - the typical abduction story.

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End Of The World
Episode 4: End Of The World

Original Air Date: Feb 14, 2003

In episode 104, from Nostradamus and his misinterpreted quatrains to the "Left Behind" publishing phenomenon and various crackpot rapture groups, Penn & Teller explore the apocalyptic beliefs of those awaiting the end of the world.

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Second Hand Smoke/Baby Bullshit
Episode 5: Second Hand Smoke/Baby Bullshit

Original Air Date: Feb 21, 2003

In episode 105, the dangers of secondhand smoke - and of legislating human behavior - are hotly debated at a public hearing in New York; Penn & Teller look at the baby products industry that preys on guilt-ridden parents.

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Sex, Sex, Sex
Episode 6: Sex, Sex, Sex

Original Air Date: Feb 28, 2003

In episode 106, Penn & teller expose the business of sex, including male and female enhancement products, techniques and myths, as well as bust the myths behind aphrodisiacs.

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Feng Shui/Bottled Water
Episode 7: Feng Shui/Bottled Water

Original Air Date: Mar 7, 2003

In episode 107, Penn & Teller put three Feng Shui home consultants to the test and visit a "Feng Shui hairstylist;" then, a hidden camera exposes the national obsession with bottled water and some startling facts about bottled vs. tap water.

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Creationism
Episode 8: Creationism

Original Air Date: Mar 14, 2003

In episode 108, the magicians examine the beliefs behind a Biblical interpretation of the world's creation, including a visit to a vigorous debate over separation of church and state at a Georgia school board meeting.

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Self-Helpless
Episode 9: Self-Helpless

Original Air Date: Mar 21, 2003

In episode 109, Penn & Teller ask: Do motivational speakers, books, videos, and relationship seminars really help anyone besides the gurus peddling their feel-good wares? Also, they debunk the popular motivational activity of fire-walking.

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ESP
Episode 10: ESP

Original Air Date: Mar 28, 2003

In episode 110, Penn & Teller attend a class in "remote viewing," a form of ESP that is all the rage, as well as test an ESP teacher and students revealing that the "hits" they get are so vague, it's all nonsense.

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Eat This!
Episode 11: Eat This!

Original Air Date: Apr 4, 2003

In episode 111, Penn & Teller prove once and for all that many of today's most popular diet products, claims and systems are complete nonsense and a waste of time nutritionally, and look at the obsession with products that claim to be healthier, such as organic and fat free foods.

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Ouija Boards/Near Death Experiences
Episode 12: Ouija Boards/Near Death Experiences

Original Air Date: Apr 11, 2003

In episode 112, Penn & Teller test the veracity of Ouija boards and discover a scientific explanation for the "tunnel of light" experienced by those who are near death.

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Environmental Hysteria
Episode 13: Environmental Hysteria

Original Air Date: Apr 18, 2003

In episode 113, the first season finale, Penn & Teller explore the truth behind fears about global warming, air quality, water quality, acid rain, species extinction, and take a close look at Greenpeace's activities.

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    Penn & Teller debunk PETA, the war on drugs, tantric sex, the moral minority, fitness, and more.

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