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

P.E.T.A.
Episode 1: P.E.T.A.

Original Air Date: Apr 1, 2004

In episode 201, the second season premiere, the magicians examine People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the organization that opposes all forms of medical testing involving animals and supports banning the ownership of pets.

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Safety Hysteria
Episode 2: Safety Hysteria

Original Air Date: Apr 8, 2004

In episode 202, Penn and Teller examine the hucksters that tap into hysteria over personal safety to make big bucks from such products as gas masks, paper toilet seat covers and cell phones - while the average person is four times more likely to be struck by lightning than to be killed violently at school.

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The Business Of Love
Episode 3: The Business Of Love

Original Air Date: Apr 15, 2004

In episode 203, Penn and Teller explore the concept of romantic love - a fantasy akin to believing in Santa Claus - and expose the truth that love is a chemical reaction that, like all drugs, wears off after a while. Also: the myth of monogamy.

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War On Drugs
Episode 4: War On Drugs

Original Air Date: Apr 22, 2004

In episode 204, the magicians take a skeptical look at the so-called "war on drugs," a $20 billion enterprise waged in the face of a thriving illegal drug business, alcohol being peddled on prime-time TV, and a system that criminalizes non-violent offenders.

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Recycling
Episode 5: Recycling

Original Air Date: Apr 29, 2004

In episode 205, the reality behind recycling, a supposedly pro-environment activity that in actuality creates pollution, has to be subsidized by the government because it's cost ineffective, and is completely unnecessary.

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Profanity
Episode 6: Profanity

Original Air Date: Aug 12, 2004

In episode 206, Penn and Teller devote an entire episode to the cultural war on words and the power we give them, focusing on the latest actions of the FCC and other groups that subvert the First Amendment in their quest to "clean up" the airwaves.

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Yoga, Tantric Sex, Etc.
Episode 7: Yoga, Tantric Sex, Etc.

Original Air Date: May 13, 2004

In episode 207, from yoga to crystals to herbs, New Age junk is everywhere. The hosts gleefully expose the truth about Tarot Cards, then travel to the Mecca of the New Age movement: Sedona, Arizona, to unsuccessfully seek higher consciousness.

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Fountain Of Youth
Episode 8: Fountain Of Youth

Original Air Date: May 20, 2004

In episode 208, from nutty diets to expensive facial creams that don't do anything, the magicians blow apart the efforts by those who are living longer than ever to turn back the clock, whether they are lining up for Botox injections or extensive plastic surgery.

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Death, Inc.
Episode 9: Death, Inc.

Original Air Date: Aug 5, 2004

In episode 209, Penn and Teller face their fears to deal with the subject of the impending demise that awaits us all - and the efforts of a highly profitable industry of death to profit from it.

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12-Stepping
Episode 10: 12-Stepping

Original Air Date: Aug 19, 2004

In episode 210, the hosts step into the debate between those that espouse the efficacy of 12-step programs such as AA and those who assert that there is no proof that such programs are any more effective than traditional medical help.

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The Bible
Episode 11: The Bible

Original Air Date: May 6, 2004

In episode 211, did Noah build an ark big enough to hold all those animals? Did Moses part the Red Sea? Did Jesus even exist? Penn and Teller demonstrate that the Bible is about as factual as the "National Enquirer."

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Exercise vs. Genetics
Episode 12: Exercise vs. Genetics

Original Air Date: Aug 26, 2004

In episode 212, the magicians explore the role of genetics in determining body shape and size, throwing into doubt the claims of an exercise industry reaping billions in profits from gym memberships, dietary supplements and best-selling books.

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Hypnosis
Episode 13: Hypnosis

Original Air Date: Sep 2, 2004

In episode 213, the second season finale, Penn and Teller explore the more outrageous claims of hypno-charlatans that assert they can enlarge the size of male genitals and achieve other impossible results through hypnosis.

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8 Seasons, 89 Episodes

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  • Season 8

    Penn & Teller take on cheerleaders, fast food, teen sex, seniors, vaccinations, and more.

    Season 8
  • Season 7

    Penn & Teller trash astrology, video games, the Apocalypse, organic food, lawns, the Vatican, and more.

    Season 7
  • Season 6

    Penn & Teller debunk porn, new age medicine, dolphins, insomnia, sensitivity training and more.

    Season 6
  • Season 5

    Penn & Teller take on obesity, Walmart, immigration, Mt. Rushmore, anger management, & more.

    Season 5
  • Season 4

    Penn & Teller debunk the Boy Scouts, the death penalty, Bigfoot, pet love, abstinence, and more.

    Season 4
  • Season 3

    Penn & Teller take on circumcision, conspiracy theories, life coaching, political correctness, religious icons and more.

    Season 3
  • Season 2

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

    Season 2
  • Season 1

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

    Season 1
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