Adam Ruins Everything - Episode Guide

Season 1

Adam Ruins Giving

Episode: 1x01 | Airdate: Sep 29, 2015

Adam Ruins Giving

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.

Adam Ruins Security

Episode: 1x02 | Airdate: Oct 6, 2015

Adam Ruins Security

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.

Adam Ruins Cars

Episode: 1x03 | Airdate: Oct 13, 2015

Adam Ruins Cars

In this episode, Adam revealed the surprising truths behind car dealerships, unearthed the dirty little secrets of car ownership, explained how auto manufacturers turned "jaywalking" into a crime and much more. Here are his sources.

Adam Ruins Forensic Science

Episode: 1x04 | Airdate: Oct 20, 2015

Adam Ruins Forensic Science

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.

Adam Ruins Restaurants

Episode: 1x05 | Airdate: Oct 27, 2015

Adam Ruins Restaurants

In this episode, Adam dives deep into the hidden truths of dining out. He explains why tipping is a custom we'd be better off without, shows that even experts can't tell the difference between fancy wines, and reveals that fraudulently labeled seafood is rampant in the restaurant industry.

Adam Ruins Hygiene

Episode: 1x06 | Airdate: Nov 3, 2015

Adam Ruins Hygiene

Adam reveals that the term "halitosis" was popularized in a 1920s 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 the modern age.

Adam Ruins Voting

Episode: 1x07 | Airdate: Nov 10, 2015

Adam Ruins Voting

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.

Adam Ruins Work

Episode: 1x08 | Airdate: Nov 17, 2015

Adam Ruins Work

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.

Adam Ruins Summer Fun

Episode: 1x09 | Airdate: Dec 1, 2015

Adam Ruins Summer Fun

Summer fun is the focus. Included: the impact of extended vacations on one's intelligence; video games; and a gender bias.

Adam Ruins Sex

Episode: 1x10 | Airdate: Dec 8, 2015

Adam Ruins Sex

Adam puts the focus on sex. Topics include circumcision and herpes.

Adam Ruins Nutrition

Episode: 1x11 | Airdate: Dec 15, 2015

Adam Ruins Nutrition

Adam explores nutrition. Included: truths about vitamin supplements; a look at balanced breakfasts; the lack of science in "nutritional science."

Adam Ruins Death

Episode: 1x12 | Airdate: Dec 22, 2015

Adam Ruins Death

Adam explores death in the Season 1 finale. Included: immortality; the American funeral industry; medical decisions.

Adam Ruins Hollywood

Episode: 1x13 | Airdate: Aug 23, 2016

Adam Ruins Hollywood

Adam unveils some hidden truths in Hollywood including a discussion about reality programming.

Adam Ruins Football

Episode: 1x14 | Airdate: Aug 30, 2016

Adam Ruins Football

Adam hits the gridiron to show why the playoffs almost never determine which team is best, and explores how hydration myths that have been spread by sports drink companies are putting kids at risk. Adam also tackles the topic of football-related brain injuries, illuminating how much the game must change if it is to remain part of our culture.

Adam Ruins Weddings

Episode: 1x15 | Airdate: Sep 6, 2016

Adam Ruins Weddings

A couple's wedding day is here, but Adam's gift of information, like the fact that most wedding "traditions'" were created by consumerism, may rain on the parade.

Adam Ruins Shopping Malls

Episode: 1x16 | Airdate: Sep 13, 2016

Adam Ruins Shopping Malls

Adam and Emily go on a shopping spree of knowledge. He illustrates that malls were created as tax loopholes for greedy developers and are now crumbling under their own weight, and outlet stores are a scam selling purpose-made, low quality merchandise. Also, Adam shows how nutrient supplements are often dangerously unregulated concoctions of garbage ingredients. Emily bursts Adam's bubble by showing that nearly all eyeglasses are made by one manufacturer that hugely inflates prices thanks to their monopoly on the industry.

Adam Ruins Animals

Episode: 1x17 | Airdate: Sep 20, 2016

Adam Ruins Animals

In this episode, Adam explores how purebred dogs are genetic monsters created by bored Victorians, that domestic cats are hugely overpopulated lethal killing machines that threaten other animals, and how wild animal trophy hunting can actually help endangered species in the long run.

Adam Ruins Immigration

Episode: 1x18 | Airdate: Sep 27, 2016

Adam Ruins Immigration

Adam takes us on a journey to illustrate that an expensive border wall wouldn't keep out the majority of immigrants who enter legally and overstay their visas. He then explores how the relatively recent militarization of the Mexican-American border has created an illegal immigrant problem where there wasn't one before, racist mass deportations have historically led to disaster, and immigration courts are a huge mess that are broken from top to bottom.

Adam Ruins Housing

Episode: 1x19 | Airdate: Oct 4, 2016

Adam Ruins Housing

Adam Ruins Housing: 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.

Adam Ruins Drugs

Episode: 1x20 | Airdate: Nov 15, 2016

Adam Ruins Drugs

Adam investigates marijuana, the War on Drugs and prescription pills.

Adam Ruins Prison

Episode: 1x21 | Airdate: Nov 22, 2016

Adam Ruins Prison

Adam and Emily shed light on jail rehabilitation, solitary confinement and the fact that corporations make money off of prison inmates.

Adam Ruins the Wild West

Episode: 1x22 | Airdate: Nov 29, 2016

Adam Ruins the Wild West

Prostitutes actually helped settle the West; explaining why the All-American Cowboy is a myth; that the real hero of the west wasn't a person at all, but air conditioning.

Adam Ruins the Internet

Episode: 1x23 | Airdate: Dec 6, 2016

Adam Ruins the Internet

Adam shows how complaints about the Internet are as old as society itself, people in Europe and Asia pay less for faster Internet than in the U.S., and how we pay for sites like Facebook and Google with every keystroke of our information.

Adam Ruins Justice

Episode: 1x24 | Airdate: Dec 13, 2016

Adam Ruins Justice

Rhea takes on helping Emily's cellmate Kendra, and reveals the struggles public defenders face, while Adam shows how juries are never completely impartial, and everything you heard about the McDonald's coffee lady was wrong.

Adam Ruins Christmas

Episode: 1x25 | Airdate: Dec 20, 2016

Adam Ruins Christmas

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.

Adam Ruins Going Green

Episode: 1x26 | Airdate: Dec 27, 2016

Adam Ruins Going Green

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.

Season 2

Adam Ruins Having a Baby

Episode: 2x01 | Airdate: Jul 11, 2017

Adam Ruins Having a Baby

In the Season 2 premiere of Adam Ruins Everything, host Adam Conover interrupts the lives of Emily and Murph by delivering some unexpected baby news. With the help of top experts, Adam shatters the belief that getting pregnant after 35 is next to impossible, and uncovers the truth about the age-old argument of breastfeeding vs formula. Plus, Adam explores what you didn't know about postpartum depression - for both women and men.

Adam Ruins Weight Loss

Episode: 2x02 | Airdate: Jul 18, 2017

Adam Ruins Weight Loss

Host Adam Conover takes us on a dieting roller coaster ride, illustrating all the reasons low-fat diets can actually make you fatter, and why counting calories is a waste of time.

Adam Ruins the Hospital

Episode: 2x03 | Airdate: Jul 25, 2017

Adam Ruins the Hospital

Adam Conover explains that inflated hospital costs have created a system that's unaffordable and unfair. Plus, reckless prescription of antibiotics is making them worthless, and you might not need a mammogram.

Adam Ruins Dating

Episode: 2x04 | Airdate: Aug 1, 2017

Adam Ruins Dating

This week, Adam swipes right on knowledge by exposing the major flaws in dating sites. Plus, infamous alpha males - and the wolves that inspired them - don't really exist, and personality tests are a total failure.

Adam Ruins Art

Episode: 2x05 | Airdate: Aug 8, 2017

Adam Ruins Art

Adam poses the question of what makes great art and shows why pieces visible to the masses are revered, regardless of artistic merit. He exposes the masters as copycats, and reveals that today's art market is a moneymaking scheme.

Adam Ruins What We Learned in School

Episode: 2x06 | Airdate: Aug 15, 2017

Adam Ruins What We Learned in School

Adam takes a crew of kids and their teacher on a ride through the toon-iverse in his first animated episode. He shares how Christopher Columbus didn't discover America and would have been forgotten to history if not for the work of an American author well known for his tall tales. Then they visit the pyramids and learn why King Tut was a dud in the annals of Egyptian History. Plus, the rules of grammar are not as iron clad as you'd think.

Adam Ruins College

Episode: 2x07 | Airdate: Aug 22, 2017

Adam Ruins College

School's in session with Adam Conover, as he explains why the chances of becoming a drop out billionaire are not in your favor. A college degree is a necessity in today's economy, but selecting a top school is harder than you think since rankings are manipulated by a system that has little to do with the quality of education. Plus, the formerly groundbreaking student loan system has created trillions of dollars in debt through shady privatization signed off on by Uncle Sam.

Emily Ruins Adam

Episode: 2x08 | Airdate: Aug 29, 2017

Emily Ruins Adam

This week, Adam's world gets turned on its head when his friend Emily takes over to "ruin" him, pointing out where a few of his facts fall short. She debunks the idea that IQ tests measure intelligence and reveals their racist history, then does a rapid fire battle against information that Adam has gotten wrong in previous episodes. Plus, she explains the "backfire effect," and why proving someone wrong, even with hard evidence, won't necessarily convince them to change their mind.

Adam Ruins His Vacation

Episode: 2x09 | Airdate: Sep 19, 2017

Adam Ruins His Vacation

Adam Conover and his girlfriend take a journey across America, where he reveals that Mount Rushmore was built on stolen Native American land, Vegas slot machines are purposely designed to be addicting and more.

Adam Ruins the Suburbs

Episode: 2x10 | Airdate: Sep 26, 2017

Adam Ruins the Suburbs

Adam explains how the idealized lawn is an unnatural monstrosity, and that the design of the suburbs is slowly killing you. Plus, the racist history of suburban planning led to today's institutionalized segregation in schools.

Adam Ruins the Economy

Episode: 2x11 | Airdate: Oct 3, 2017

Adam Ruins the Economy

Adam explains why doing taxes is unnecessarily complicated, the economic numbers we hear don't reveal much, and American manufacturing can't return.

Adam Ruins Conspiracy Theories

Episode: 2x12 | Airdate: Oct 10, 2017

Adam Ruins Conspiracy Theories

Adam debunks the fake moon landing theory, proving that with 1969 technology, it would have been easier to land on the moon than to fake it.

Adam Ruins Spa Day

Episode: 2x13 | Airdate: Oct 17, 2017

Adam Ruins Spa Day

Pricey "detoxifying" treatments cleanse you of cash (and may do more harm than good), while MSG's scary reputation is undeserved. Plus, the placebo effect is way more powerful than you think!

Adam Ruins Halloween

Episode: 2x14 | Airdate: Oct 24, 2017

Adam Ruins Halloween

Strangers with poisoned candy don't exist, the panic over Orson Welles' War of the Worlds broadcast didn't happen and mediums are total frauds.

Adam Ruins Science

Episode: 2x15 | Airdate: Oct 31, 2017

Adam Ruins Science

Testing mice means wasted resources because what works on them often fails on humans. Scarce funding stops scientists from seeking cures, and there's no money in reproducing results, even though it's essential in proving findings.

Adam Ruins the Future

Episode: 2x16 | Airdate: Nov 7, 2017

Adam Ruins the Future

Adam explains that unregulated food expiration dates lead to waste and that your 401(k) won't be enough to support your retirement. Plus, Adam's girlfriend Melinda proves that even with research, the future is unpredictable.

Reanimated History - The First Factsgiving

Episode: 2x18 | Airdate: Mar 27, 2018

Reanimated History - The First Factsgiving

Reanimated History: The Pilgrims didn't break bread with Native Americans, but did dig up their graves! There was no romance between Pocahontas and John Smith, and cities in the New World rivaled London in scale before their "discovery."

Reanimated History - Mutually Assured Ruination

Episode: 2x19 | Airdate: Apr 3, 2018

Reanimated History - Mutually Assured Ruination

Reanimated History: Adam Conover reveals that the US kicked off the Cuban Missile Crisis, and that you've probably never heard of the lone female politician who stood up to McCarthy! Plus, a bureaucratic mistake brought down the Berlin Wall.

Reanimated History - An Ancient History of Violence

Episode: 2x20 | Airdate: Apr 10, 2018

Reanimated History - An Ancient History of Violence

Ancient History of Violence, An: Reanimated History: Adam shares that it was against the rules for gladiators to kill opponents, and tells the story of a Celtic woman who brought the Roman Empire to its knees. Plus, the brave "300" Spartans numbered closer to 7000.

Reanimated History - The Copernican Ruin-aissance

Episode: 2x21 | Airdate: Apr 17, 2018

Reanimated History - The Copernican Ruin-aissance

Copernican Ruin-aissance, The: Reanimated History: Adam sheds some light on Copernicus, who was actually supported (NOT persecuted) by the Catholic Church. Plus, a rogue dwarf revolutionized what we know about anatomy, and just wait until you hear about Tulip Mania!

Reanimated History - 100 Years Ago Today

Episode: 2x22 | Airdate: Apr 24, 2018

Reanimated History - 100 Years Ago Today

100 Years Ago Today: Reanimated History: Adam digs into the Panama Canal, where Teddy Roosevelt formed a new country to snag free land. Plus, one man fought to keep food from killing us, while the Spanish Flu killed more Americans than all 20th century wars combined!

Specials

Election Special

Episode: S01 Special | Airdate: Oct 25, 2016

Election Special

Adam Conover explains everything people need to know before entering the booth on Election Day.