The Best Episodes of Adam Ruins Everything

Last Updated: Apr 4, 2019

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 8.06
381 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
432 votes
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Adam Ruins Shopping Malls

#3 - 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 8.00
410 votes
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Adam Ruins Giving

#4 - 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 7.99
745 votes
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Adam Ruins Voting

#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.

star 7.99
452 votes
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Adam Ruins Restaurants

#6 - 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.

star 7.94
510 votes
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Adam Ruins Sex

#7 - 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 7.93
470 votes
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Adam Ruins Weddings

#8 - 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 7.92
391 votes
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Adam Ruins Security

#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.

star 7.92
632 votes
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Adam Ruins Forensic Science

#10 - Adam Ruins Forensic Science

Season 1 - Episode 4

Adam uncovers the scary truth behind unreliable methods that are commonly used to build evidence in criminal cases. He explains why polygraph machines are pseudoscientific hokum, demonstrates why your memories cannot be trusted, and exposes the flaws of forensic sciences like fingerprinting, hair strand matches and bite mark analysis - which often send innocent people to jail.

star 7.90
501 votes
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Adam Ruins Hollywood

#11 - Adam Ruins Hollywood

Season 1 - Episode 13

Adam Ruins everything about Hollywood from award shows to reality television

star 7.89
408 votes
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Adam Ruins Hygiene

#12 - 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 7.89
499 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 7.87
591 votes
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Adam Ruins Immigration

#14 - 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
396 votes
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Adam Ruins Christmas

#15 - Adam Ruins Christmas

Season 1 - Episode 25

Ho ho...huh?! Adam teaches his sister that the real St. Nick story is a lot creepier than she thought, and modern Santa was created by commercialism only a century ago. Adam also reveals how gift-giving actually hurts the economy.

star 7.86
367 votes
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Adam Ruins Work

#16 - 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 7.85
428 votes
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Adam Ruins Summer Fun

#17 - 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 7.85
434 votes
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Adam Ruins Housing

#18 - 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 7.85
397 votes
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Emily Ruins Adam Ruins Everything

#19 - Emily Ruins Adam Ruins Everything

Season 2 - Episode 8

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 7.84
259 votes
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Adam Ruins Animals

#20 - 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 7.84
400 votes
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Adam Ruins Having a Baby

#21 - 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 7.83
373 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 7.83
414 votes
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Adam Ruins Nutrition

#23 - Adam Ruins Nutrition

Season 1 - Episode 11

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 7.82
440 votes
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Adam Ruins What We Learned in School

#24 - 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 7.81
303 votes
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Adam Ruins Death

#25 - Adam Ruins Death

Season 1 - Episode 12

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

star 7.80
397 votes
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