The Best Episodes of Adam Ruins Everything

Last Updated: Dec 4, 2018

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.

Adam Ruins Prison

#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.

star 8.07
373 votes
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Adam Ruins Drugs

#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.

star 8.05
424 votes
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Adam Ruins Giving

#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.

star 8.00
3 votes
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Adam Ruins Immigration

#4 - Adam Ruins Immigration

Season 1 - Episode 18

Adam illustrates how: a border wall wouldn't keep out legal immigrants who overstay their visas, racist mass deportations have historically led to disaster, and immigration courts are a huge mess.

star 7.87
385 votes
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Adam Ruins Animals

#5 - Adam Ruins Animals

Season 1 - Episode 17

Adam explores how purebred dogs are genetic monsters created by bored Victorians; domestic cats are overpopulated killing machines that threaten other animals; and wild animal trophy hunting can actually help endangered species.

star 7.85
390 votes
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Adam Ruins Having a Baby

#6 - Adam Ruins Having a Baby

Season 2 - Episode 1

Adam dispels the myth about getting pregnant after 35, delves into breastfeeding vs formula, and explores postpartum depression for women - and men.

star 7.85
362 votes
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Adam Ruins Housing

#7 - Adam Ruins Housing

Season 1 - Episode 19

Adam gets evicted from his home, and while searching for a new place, he exposes the harsh realities of real estate. Plus, Adam explains why helping the homeless is a lot simpler and more straightforward than you might think.

star 7.84
387 votes
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Adam Ruins What We Learned in School

#8 - Adam Ruins What We Learned in School

Season 2 - Episode 6

Adam shows that Columbus didn't discover America, King Tut was a dud and the rules of grammar are not as ironclad as people think.

star 7.82
293 votes
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Adam Ruins Guns

#9 - Adam Ruins Guns

Season 2 - Episode 23

In this episode, Adam takes aim at critics on both sides of the gun debate in America, from assault-weapons bans to racism to the Second Amendment.

star 7.79
14 votes
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Adam Ruins The Wild West

#10 - Adam Ruins The Wild West

Season 1 - Episode 22

Adam reveals how prostitution - despite its reputation - actually helped settle the West. He then explains why the "All-American Cowboy" is a myth and that the real western hero wasn't a person; it was air conditioning.

star 7.77
357 votes
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Adam Ruins Football

#11 - Adam Ruins Football

Season 1 - Episode 14

Adam hits the gridiron to illustrate why the playoffs rarely determine which team is best, then he explores how hydration myths spread by sports drink companies are putting kids at risk. Adam also tackles football-caused brain injuries.

star 7.74
372 votes
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Adam Ruins Dating

#12 - Adam Ruins Dating

Season 2 - Episode 4

Adam swipes right on knowledge by exposing the flaws in dating sites; the existence of alpha males (and wolves); personality tests.

star 7.73
301 votes
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Adam Ruins Cars

#13 - Adam Ruins Cars

Season 1 - Episode 3

Adam exposes the surprising truths behind car dealerships, unearths the dirty little secrets of car ownership, and reveals that the concept of "jaywalking" was created by auto manufacturers to blame pedestrians for car crashes.

star 7.30
3 votes
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Adam Ruins Security

#14 - 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.

star 7.30
3 votes
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Adam Ruins Weddings

#15 - 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.

star 7.00
1 votes
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Adam Ruins Shopping Malls

#16 - 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.

star 7.00
1 votes
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Adam Ruins Hygiene

#17 - Adam Ruins Hygiene

Season 1 - Episode 6

Adam reveals that the term "halitosis" was popularized in a 1920's ad campaign that used cruel ads to make people insecure about their breath, and explains why running water is one of the greatest miracles of modern times.

star 7.00
1 votes
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Adam Ruins Voting

#18 - 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.

star 7.00
1 votes
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Adam Ruins Sex

#19 - 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.

star 7.00
1 votes
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Adam Ruins Going Green

#20 - Adam Ruins Going Green

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.

star 7.00
1 votes
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Adam Ruins Death

#21 - Adam Ruins Death

Season 1 - Episode 12

Adam explores death. Included: immortality; the American funeral industry; medical decisions.

star 7.00
1 votes
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Adam Ruins The Internet

#22 - Adam Ruins The Internet

Season 1 - Episode 23

While on a magical technological journey, Adam shows that smartphones are not the society-killers you'd think they are, American cable service providers are basically cartels, and most "free" sites are actually very costly.

star 7.00
1 votes
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Adam Ruins Work

#23 - Adam Ruins Work

Season 1 - Episode 8

Adam shows how the 40-hour work week not only exhausts employees but also harms businesses, reveals the legal mess of hiring interns and freelancers, and explores how discussing your salary with co-workers is actually a good thing.

star 7.00
1 votes
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Adam Ruins Justice

#24 - Adam Ruins Justice

Season 1 - Episode 24

After getting Emily out of prison, Adam and his sister Rhea take on the justice system; shining a spotlight on the infamous McDonalds hot coffee lawsuit and the substantial problems with the jury duty system.

star 7.00
1 votes
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Adam Ruins Summer Fun

#25 - Adam Ruins Summer Fun

Season 1 - Episode 9

Adam reveals that extended vacation makes you dumber, and that iconic rodent Mickey Mouse has made a mess of our copyright laws.

star 7.00
1 votes
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