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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.