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I don’t like Showtime very much. It’s a personal thing… I used to work for them, well I worked for a company that was partnered with them, the whole thing collapsed on us and now I find it very easy to see what’s bad about the company’s programming. Here’s my typical line about a Showtime program: “I do something bad. But I do it for good reasons.” Hey look! It’s “Weeds!” Sure, Nancy sells pot, but she does it because her family needs it! Look! It’s “Californication!” And Hank may be a real womanizer, but don’t you see how much he loves his daughter? And hey! “Dexter!” He may be a serial killer, but he only kills bad people. “Nurse Jackie!” It’s time to flip the formula and make it about a person who’s kind of bad, but she’s doing something good! How original. But anyway, off that tangent – the one show on Showtime that I have always been able to unambiguously support is Penn and Teller’s show, “Bullshit.” For eight years, these guys have been managing to put out a show that, when it talks about a subject with scientifically verifiable information, takes a hard-core skeptical view, and does it in an entertaining fashion.
And now that I’ve praised them a little… I have to make a complaint. I recently watched the first two episodes of this new season (their eighth) and I really thought the arguments they were using were pretty weak. … continue reading this entry.