Adam Ruins Everything

Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET

Synopsis

In ADAM RUINS EVERYTHING, Conover explores topics and ideas many people take for granted and dispels widespread misconceptions through a combination of comedy, history, and science. A perfect blend of comedy and enlightenment, ADAM RUINS EVERYTHING is inviting, fast-paced and, above all, smart. Adam 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. By employing sharp humor, mock experiments and on-the-spot comedy reporting, ADAM RUINS EVERYTHING isn't just fun to watch, but addictively informative—it's everything you didn't want to need to know.

Season 1 Episode 1
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Season 1 - Episode 1

Adam Ruins Giving

This episode examines issues with diamond engagement rings, food drives, Tom's Shoes, and a number of other giving-related ideas, especially the theme of giving away castoffs

Season 1 Episode 2
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Season 1 - Episode 2

Adam Ruins Security

This episode examines issues with the Transportation Security Administration, Tylenol and tamper-resistant packaging. Also covered are credit card signatures and fraud prevention, and a number of other security-related ideas, especially the theme of “Security Theatre.”

Season 1 Episode 3
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Season 1 - Episode 3

Adam Ruins Cars

This episode argues that car dealerships are not the best way to get cars, explains how much time people really spend in traffic, and deals with other car-related ideas.

Season 1 Episode 4
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Season 1 - Episode 4

Forensic Science

Adam uncovers the awful truth behind how unreliable the methods commonly used to build evidence in criminal cases truly are. He explains why polygraph machines are pseudoscientific hokum, demonstrates why our memories can't be trusted, and exposes how flawed forensic sciences like fingerprinting, hair strand matches and bite mark analysis often send innocent people to jail.

Season 1 Episode 5
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Season 1 - Episode 5

Hygeine

Adam exposes hidden secrets found in our bathrooms. He reveals that the notion of halitosis was popularized as part of a 1920s ad campaign in which Listerine used cruel ads to make people feel insecure about their breath, explains that flushable wipes are not flushable, costing millions of dollars in repairs to clogged sewers each year, and details why running water is actually one of the greatest miracles of the modern age, having arguably saved more lives than any other invention in human history.

Season 1 Episode 6
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Voting

Adam takes the viewer back in time to explore the history of the electoral college, explains that the Founding Fathers did not want most Americans to vote, and teaches viewers how to fix a political system that seems rigged against democracy.

Season 1 Episode 7
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Season 1 - Episode 7

Summer Fun

Adam crashes the last day of summer only to reveal that summer vacation makes you dumber, that everyone's favorite rodent Mickey Mouse has altered our copyright rules for the worse, and there is a serious gender bias in marketing video games.

Season 1 Episode 8
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Season 1 - Episode 8

Sex

Adam bursts in on a couple about to get it on to explain that circumcision was popularized by a bunch of 19th century prudes in an effort to curb masturbation, that no one should worry about whether or not they have herpes, and why the term "pop your cherry" is a whole bunch of nonsense.

Season 1 Episode 9
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Nutrition

Adam shows that vitamin supplements don't make us healthier and the weird history behind the idea that they do, that the balanced breakfast that advertisers push down our throats is anything but balanced, and how due to faulty research and credulous reporters, much of the nutrition science reported on by the media isn't science at all.

Season 1 Episode 10
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Season 1 - Episode 10

Work

Adam reveals how the 40 hour work week not only exhausts employees and but actually harms businesses; demonstrates that if you are working as a freelancer or an intern, your workplace is probably illegally taking advantage of you; and that discussing how much you make with your co-worker is actually a healthy thing for you and for the workplace.

Season 1 Episode 11
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Season 1 - Episode 11

Death

Adam explains that death is inevitable, and that that reality must be accepted. He shows why immortality is nothing but a fantasy, reveals that the American funeral industry is a racket that exploits mourner's grief and fear of death, and demonstrates how if you don't accept death, you can make terrible medical decisions ruin what life you have left.

Season 1 Episode 12
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Season 1 - Episode 12

Football

Adam hits the gridiron to illustrate why the playoffs almost never determine which team is best, and he then explores how hydration myths being spread by sports drink companies are putting kids at risk. Adam also tackles the topic of football-related brain injuries, showing how much the game must change if we want this beloved sport to remain part of our culture.

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