The BEST Episodes of Adam Ruins Everything

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 21, 2020

Network: truTV

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 Giving

#1 - Adam Ruins Giving

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 29, 2015

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
846 votes
Adam Ruins Prison

#2 - Adam Ruins Prison

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Nov 22, 2016

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 7.99
419 votes
Adam Ruins Drugs

#3 - Adam Ruins Drugs

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Nov 15, 2016

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 7.99
470 votes
Adam Ruins Shopping Malls

#4 - Adam Ruins Shopping Malls

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Sep 13, 2016

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 7.93
448 votes
Adam Ruins Voting

#5 - Adam Ruins Voting

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 10, 2015

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 7.93
496 votes
Adam Ruins Sex

#6 - Adam Ruins Sex

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 8, 2015

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 7.88
511 votes
Adam Ruins Weddings

#7 - Adam Ruins Weddings

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Sep 6, 2016

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 7.86
429 votes
Emily Ruins Adam Ruins Everything

#8 - Emily Ruins Adam Ruins Everything

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 29, 2017

Emily takes over to "ruin" Adam, pointing out where his facts fall short. She debunks the idea that IQ tests measure intelligence and points to information Adam has gotten wrong in the past. Plus, she explains the "backfire effect."

star 7.85
270 votes
Adam Ruins Having a Baby

#9 - Adam Ruins Having a Baby

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 11, 2017

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
382 votes
Adam Ruins Hygiene

#10 - Adam Ruins Hygiene

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 3, 2015

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 7.85
540 votes
Adam Ruins Sleep

#11 - Adam Ruins Sleep

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired Dec 4, 2018

Adam has a rude awakening for everything you thought you knew about sleep (or lack of it), from the mattress industry to supposedly lazy teens to sleep aids.

star 7.85
98 votes
Adam Ruins Hollywood

#12 - Adam Ruins Hollywood

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Aug 23, 2016

Adam Ruins everything about Hollywood from award shows to reality television

star 7.84
448 votes
Adam Ruins Security

#13 - Adam Ruins Security

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 6, 2015

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 7.84
732 votes
Adam Ruins Restaurants

#14 - Adam Ruins Restaurants

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 27, 2015

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.

star 7.84
583 votes
Adam Ruins Nutrition

#15 - Adam Ruins Nutrition

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 15, 2015

Adam shows why vitamin supplements don't make us any healthier, and that the "balanced breakfast" we've been sold is anything but. Later, he reveals how most of the nutritional science the media reports on isn't science at all.

star 7.83
451 votes
Adam Ruins Work

#16 - Adam Ruins Work

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 17, 2015

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 7.81
466 votes
Adam Ruins Cars

#17 - Adam Ruins Cars

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 13, 2015

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 7.80
689 votes
Adam Ruins Immigration

#18 - Adam Ruins Immigration

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Sep 27, 2016

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 7.80
433 votes
Adam Ruins Summer Fun

#19 - Adam Ruins Summer Fun

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 1, 2015

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

star 7.80
471 votes
Adam Ruins Flying

#20 - Adam Ruins Flying

Season 2 - Episode 26 - Aired Dec 18, 2018

Adam causes turbulence when he reveals that reward miles drive up costs, and revisits the "golden age" of air travel to uncover smoky, sexist death traps in the sky. Plus, airline mergers are crippling smaller cities.

star 7.79
90 votes
Adam Ruins Housing

#21 - Adam Ruins Housing

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Oct 4, 2016

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 7.79
433 votes
Adam Ruins Animals

#22 - Adam Ruins Animals

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Sep 20, 2016

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 7.78
439 votes
Adam Ruins What We Learned in School

#23 - Adam Ruins What We Learned in School

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 15, 2017

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 7.77
312 votes
Adam Ruins Death

#24 - Adam Ruins Death

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 22, 2015

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

star 7.76
436 votes
Adam Ruins the Wild West

#25 - Adam Ruins the Wild West

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Nov 29, 2016

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 7.76
377 votes