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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 itโ€ฆ whether you like it or not.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Adam Ruins Everything

Adam Ruins Everything - S2E16

#1 - Adam Ruins the Future

7.42

Season 2 - Episode 16

Adam explains that unregulated food expiration dates lead to waste and that your 401(k) won't be enough to support your retirement. Plus, Adam's girlfriend Melinda proves that even with research, the future is unpredictable.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Adam Ruins Everything from 189 votes.

Adam Ruins Everything - S3E10

#2 - Adam Ruins Little Bugs

7.43

Season 3 - Episode 10

All New Don't let Adam's facts bug you as he uncovers the benefits of spiders, serves up knowledge on why we should be eating more bugs as a protein source, and illustrates the benefits of little bugs on your gut health.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Adam Ruins Everything from 72 votes.

Adam Ruins Everything - S2E19

#3 - Mutually Assured Ruination

7.45

Season 2 - Episode 19

Adam reveals that the United States kicked off the Cuban Missile Crisis; a lone female politician stands up to Joseph McCarthy; a bureaucratic mistake brings down the Berlin Wall.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Adam Ruins Everything from 122 votes.

Adam Ruins Everything - S3E5

#4 - Adam Ruins America

7.46

Season 3 - Episode 5

Adam lets his freedom flag fly by examining why America doesn't have higher rates of social mobility. He then uncovers the flaws within our constitution and examines our country's progression and regression.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Adam Ruins Everything from 91 votes.

Adam Ruins Everything - S3E8

#5 - Adam Ruins a Murder

7.46

Season 3 - Episode 8

Adam shines a light on why drivers are rarely prosecuted for car accidents that result in death; he breaks down border patrol's search policies; Adam examines the messed-up history of corpses and medical studies.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Adam Ruins Everything from 80 votes.

Adam Ruins Everything - S2E21

#6 - The Copernican Ruin-aissance

7.46

Season 2 - Episode 21

Adam sheds some light on Copernicus, who was actually supported (NOT persecuted) by the Catholic Church. Plus, a rogue dwarf revolutionized what we know about anatomy, and just wait until you hear about Tulip Mania!

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Adam Ruins Everything from 108 votes.

Adam Ruins Everything - S2E20

#7 - An Ancient History of Violence

7.47

Season 2 - Episode 20

Adam shares that it was against the rules for gladiators to kill opponents, and tells the story of a Celtic woman who brought the Roman Empire to its knees. Plus, the brave "300" Spartans numbered closer to 7000.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Adam Ruins Everything from 109 votes.

Adam Ruins Everything - S3E2

#8 - Adam Ruins a Sitcom

7.50

Season 3 - Episode 2

Adam tackles classic television stereotypes, from the racism behind public pools, to the model minority myth of Asian Americans, to the on-screen toxic masculinity that's masking the problems young men face today.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Adam Ruins Everything from 117 votes.

Adam Ruins Everything - S3E1

#9 - Adam Ruins a Plate of Nachos

7.51

Season 3 - Episode 1

Adam dishes out the facts on the avocado trade being ruled by drug cartels, and Big Pork making bacon a pop culture hit while covering up its huge health risks. Plus, America's food problems stem from corn.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Adam Ruins Everything from 122 votes.

Adam Ruins Everything - S2E17

#10 - Give Me Liberty or Give Me Truth

7.52

Season 2 - Episode 17

Adam Conover undermines everything you thought you knew about the American Revolution with startling facts about George Washington, Paul Revere's overrated ride, and the tale of a slave who helped America win.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Adam Ruins Everything from 130 votes.

Adam Ruins Everything - S1E26
#11 - Adam Ruins Going Green
7.57
Season 1 - Episode 26

Adam meets a young dad on a personal mission to save the world and end climate change...until Adam turns his world upside down. Find out why electric cars and green products don't make the impact you've been promised.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Adam Ruins Everything from 385 votes.

#12 - Adam Ruins a Night Out
7.58
Season 3 - Episode 6

Adam and Emily prepare for a big night out by revealing the marketing ploy that led to women shaving and the fashion agendas that created pockets. Then, the two friends pour back the truth on alcohol consumption.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Adam Ruins Everything from 73 votes.

#13 - Adam Ruins Music
7.59
Season 3 - Episode 9

It's time to face the music, as Adam reveals the racism behind rock & roll's origins and the egregious fees of Live Nation's monopoly. He then defends musicians who "sell out" to make a living in today's digital landscape.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Adam Ruins Everything from 78 votes.

Adam Ruins Everything - S2E23
#14 - Adam Ruins Guns
7.59
Season 2 - Episode 23

Adam Conover is back to take aim at critics on both sides of the gun debate in America. He explains why an assault weapons ban would not be effective and demonstrates how the Second Amendment has been twisted to fit the NRA's agenda.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Adam Ruins Everything from 83 votes.

Adam Ruins Everything - S2E13
#15 - Adam Ruins Wellness
7.59
Season 2 - Episode 13

Pricey "detoxifying" treatments cleanse you of cash (and may do more harm than good), while MSG's scary reputation is undeserved. Plus, the placebo effect is way more powerful than you think!

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Adam Ruins Everything from 232 votes.

Adam Ruins Everything - S2E10
#16 - Adam Ruins the Suburbs
7.60
Season 2 - Episode 10

Adam explains how the idealized lawn is an unnatural monstrosity, and that the design of the suburbs is slowly killing you. Plus, the racist history of suburban planning led to today's institutionalized segregation in schools.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Adam Ruins Everything from 263 votes.

Adam Ruins Everything - S2E11
#17 - Adam Ruins the Economy
7.62
Season 2 - Episode 11

Adam explains why lobbying makes filing your taxes so complicated, and why the economic numbers we focus on don't provide the whole story. Plus, American manufacturing can't come back because it was a fluke to begin with.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Adam Ruins Everything from 250 votes.

#18 - Adam Ruins Doing Good
7.62
Season 3 - Episode 7

Adam takes down the do-gooders and reveals how Teach For America is harmful to both students and teachers. He then uncovers the ineffectiveness of recycling and calls out the billionaires who create charities for tax breaks

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Adam Ruins Everything from 73 votes.

Adam Ruins Everything - S2E9
#19 - Adam Ruins His Vacation
7.62
Season 2 - Episode 9

Adam Conover and his girlfriend take a journey across America, where he reveals that Mount Rushmore was built on stolen Native American land, Vegas slot machines are purposely designed to be addicting, and a whole lot more!

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Adam Ruins Everything from 280 votes.

Adam Ruins Everything - S2E22
#20 - 100 Years Ago Today
7.62
Season 2 - Episode 22

Adam digs into the Panama Canal, where Teddy Roosevelt formed a new country to snag free land. Plus, one man fought to keep food from killing us, while the Spanish Flu killed more Americans than all 20th century wars combined!

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Adam Ruins Everything from 122 votes.

Last updated: feb 27, 2021

Comments

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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.

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Awesome show, I was surprised, shocked and entertained

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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.

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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.

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

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Fantastic show, very informative and entertaining.

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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.

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Should be part of grade school curriculum

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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.

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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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