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Adam Ruins Everything

Adam Ruins Everything

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In Adam Ruins Everything, host Adam Conover employs a combination of comedy, history and science to dispel widespread misconceptions about everything we take for granted. A blend of entertainment and enlightenment, Adam Ruins Everything is like that friend who knows a little bit too much about everything and is going to tell you about it… whether you like it or not.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Adam Ruins Everything

#1 - Adam Ruins Prison


Season 1 - Episode 21

When Emily gets tossed in the slammer, her cellmate reveals that corporations make money off prison inmates while the system does nothing to reduce crime. Adam then sheds light on jail rehabilitation and solitary confinement.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Adam Ruins Everything from 396 votes.

#2 - Adam Ruins Drugs


Season 1 - Episode 20

Adam weeds through the misconceptions of marijuana and exposes the blunt truth about the War on Drugs - that it stemmed from a racist and political agenda. Plus, Adam illustrates why prescription pills are the true gateway drug.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Adam Ruins Everything from 449 votes.

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#3 - Adam Ruins Giving


Season 1 - Episode 1

Adam exposes why shoe companies that give away free footwear do more harm than good, and explains why you should stop giving food pantries your leftover canned goods.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Adam Ruins Everything from 769 votes.

#4 - Adam Ruins Shopping Malls


Season 1 - Episode 16

Adam and Emily go on a shopping spree of knowledge and find that malls were created as tax loopholes, nutrient supplements are often unregulated, and most eyeglasses are made by one manufacturer that inflates its prices.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Adam Ruins Everything from 424 votes.

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#5 - Adam Ruins Voting


Season 1 - Episode 7

Adam explores the twisted history of the Electoral College, explaining that the Founding Fathers did not want most Americans to vote. He also takes a stab at fixing a political system that seems rigged against true democracy.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Adam Ruins Everything from 475 votes.

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#6 - Adam Ruins Sex
Season 1 - Episode 10

Adam reveals that circumcision was popularized by a bunch of masturbation-curbing 19th century prudes. Plus, he reveals why the fear of having herpes is overblown and explores why the term "pop your cherry" is a bunch of nonsense.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Adam Ruins Everything from 486 votes.

#7 - Adam Ruins Weddings
Season 1 - Episode 15

Emily and Murph's wedding day is here - but Adam's gift of information may rain on their parade. Adam reveals how most wedding "traditions" were recently created by consumerism, and that divorce is actually a wonderful thing.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Adam Ruins Everything from 406 votes.

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#8 - Adam Ruins Restaurants
Season 1 - Episode 5

Adam explains why tipping is a custom worth ditching, shows that experts can't tell the difference between wines, and reveals that mislabeled seafood is rampant in the industry.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Adam Ruins Everything from 531 votes.

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#9 - Adam Ruins Security
Season 1 - Episode 2

Adam sets his sights on security, explaining that airport security wastes too much of our time and money, medicine safety seals do nothing to protect us, and your credit card number isn't remotely secure.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Adam Ruins Everything from 651 votes.

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#10 - Adam Ruins Hollywood
Season 1 - Episode 13

Adam Ruins everything about Hollywood from award shows to reality television

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Adam Ruins Everything from 423 votes.

Last updated: feb 01, 2021



Not worth watching anymore, just too many errors and lack of any real research done. It started off pretty good but just got gradually worse and worse.


Awesome show, I was surprised, shocked and entertained


Good thing Adam isn't subjected to fact checking, that would ruin him. The statements made in many of the episodes are as inaccurate as whatever he's supposedly disproving. Sometimes topically interesting, never to be taken as gospel.


So little of this review has to do with the actual show, it just hits home in too real a way. The true brilliance of this show is the fluidity and awareness. Most of what Adam seems to speak to aren't even really secrets or ruinous of any half-decently informed person, but he speaks to the people who are on both sides of the equation. I'm Adam, but rarely manage to entertain or endear myself to people. I don't have the calculated and rehearsed TV show, but the instinct to tear down all of the dumb distractions and terrible justifications for behavior and beliefs is at my core. Doing it in service to make things better even more so. The show manages to stay positive and caricatures without belittling the kind of push back commentary you get from someone who's world you're "attacking." The fact that it tries to remain sympathetic and end on high helpful notes I think speaks to a level of patience and maturity towards the subject matter. Adam manages to take "check out these factoids!" and turn them into mini-immersive worlds and memorable scenes that can stay with you. For as straight-forward of a premise, the execution and creativity is undeniable. You want other shows to put even half the effort. Going forward, whenever someone wants to criticize my know-it-all-ism or call me negative for being well-enough read, I'll just point them to this show and practice shutting up.


A great show. I'm glad to see something like this being done.


Fantastic show, very informative and entertaining.


While it has quite a bit of inaccuracies, Adam Ruins Everything gets many things right, and supports it with good sources and expert opinions. When it does get things wrong, it is not afraid to admit it and correct itself (A whole episode was dedicated to doing this). The show is also very entertaining with its own characters and plot.


Should be part of grade school curriculum


This show used to be really great. Now it's predictable and the knowledge presented is often shallow. Kind of like a wikipedia page made into a television show.


The show ranges from interesting and educational to propaganda and total misinformation. They are not objective on every topic and really should do more research on some of them.

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