The BEST episodes of Hacking the System

Every episode of Hacking the System ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Hacking the System!

For 15 years, Brian Brushwood has made a career out of social manipulation and thinking like a criminal and now he’s here to reveal how to avoid people who cheat the system and show you how to use the legal tips, tricks, and shortcuts to get ahead in life. One hack at a time.

Last Updated: 11/15/2023Network: National GeographicStatus: Ended
Personal Security
247 votes

#1 - Personal Security

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/19/2015

Your personal identity is probably less secure than you think. But with inside tricks, host Brian Brushwood will show you all the ploys you need to keep your personal information protected.

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Travel Tricks
118 votes

#2 - Travel Tricks

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/26/2015

Host Brian Brushwood shares his inside secrets and tricks that can turn your travel experience from painful to pleasant. Learn the “hacks” you need to upgrade your flight, beat airport aggravations and shave time off your travel.

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Restaurant Ruses
95 votes

#3 - Restaurant Ruses

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/2/2015

Host Brian Brushwood takes viewers inside the restaurant industry, exposing the tricks of a trade that employs 10 percent of the U.S. workforce. Brian shows the subtle psychological manipulations that restaurants employ to get you to empty your pockets.

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Survival Hacks
130 votes

#4 - Survival Hacks

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/19/2015

Host Brian Brushwood shares the helpful “hacks” he has gathered from scientists and specialists so you too can “hack the system” and learn the skills to endure a natural disaster.

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Holiday Hacks
70 votes

#5 - Holiday Hacks

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 2/9/2015

Host Brian Brushwood takes a trip through the calendar as he offers up tips, tricks and hacks to help you make the most of all your holidays throughout the year. From New Year’s Day to New Year’s Eve there are dozens of ways to hack your holidays.

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Hacking Crime
121 votes

#6 - Hacking Crime

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/26/2015

Host Brian Brushwood demonstrates how to protect yourself from criminals waiting to target you when you least expect it. Using inside information from spies, criminals and con artists, these “hacks” will help you to spot bogus valets, sneaky street performers and tactical thieves.

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Money Hacks
99 votes

#7 - Money Hacks

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 2/23/2015

Host Brian Brushwood is here to show you how to pinch pennies and cut corners in order to save a few bucks on things you use every day.

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Hacking to Win
129 votes

#8 - Hacking to Win

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/2/2015

Competition is an innate trait in humans. Everyone wants to be No. 1 and some will do anything to get ahead. Host Brian Brushwood takes us through various real-life scenarios, from getting the dream job to winning big at the races, using his hacks to get the upper hand.

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Hacking the Outdoors
65 votes

#9 - Hacking the Outdoors

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 2/16/2015

Survival is a basic instinct wired into all human beings. We all want to be able to endure any hardship, but sometimes that’s easier said than done, especially in the unfamiliar great outdoors. Follow host Brian Brushwood through a weekend in the woods with nothing but a broken cell phone, the shirt on his back and the hacks in his head.

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Scam Artist Hacks
91 votes

#10 - Scam Artist Hacks

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/9/2015

Every day scammers and con artists take advantage of people who don’t know any better. These suckers can lose their money and even their dignity. Host Brian Brushwood is here to take us through some scenarios where we are likely to get suckered.

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Hack Your Home
8 votes

#11 - Hack Your Home

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 2/23/2015

Expert life hacker Brian Brushwood tackles home security, demonstrating just how vulnerable we all are by attempting to break into a real house.

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Hack Your Car
8 votes

#12 - Hack Your Car

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 2/23/2015

Expert life hacker Brian Brushwood has made a career out of social manipulation and thinking like a criminal. Now, he's revealing the legal tips, tricks and shortcuts to help you get ahead in life.

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