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Adam Ruins Everything

Adam Ruins Everything

Photo Credit:  truTV
  • Premiered: 
    September 29, 2015
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  • Network: truTV
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the 2014 web series (Adam Ruins Everything) by CollegeHumor 
  • Subject Matter: Comedy
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Plot Synopsis

Using a combination of comedy, sketches, history, and science, Adam Conover dispels widespread misconceptions about everything we take for granted. In each half-hour episode of this investigative comedy, Adam debunks at least four widely held beliefs centered around a single theme. In the premiere episode, which focuses on giving, Adam explains and explores the industry fiction behind diamond engagement rings, why shoe companies that give away free footwear do more harm than good, why people should stop giving food pantries their leftover canned goods, and the issues with donating blood after a disaster. ADAM RUINS EVERYTHING is based on the web series of the same name, which has generated more than 30 million views since premiering online with the video "Why Engagement Rings Are a Scam" in early 2014. On Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT, truTV premiered the midseason finale of ADAM RUINS EVERYTHING, immediately following a five-hour marathon (5-10pm) of encore episodes. After an 8-month break, ADAM RUINS EVERYTHING returned with 14 more episodes in its first season, beginning Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 10pm ET/PT on truTV. In the rest of Season 1, Adam takes on topics ranging from football and weddings to drugs and prison, revealing fun facts to know and tell, while highlighting information that will make viewers see the world in a whole new way. In the mid-season premiere, "Adam Ruins Hollywood," which comes straight from the red carpet -- and with the help of celebrity guests Rachel Bloom and Ariana Madix -- Adam exposes the hidden truths behind Hollywood's glitz and glamour, from the clothes stars wear to the process behind movie ratings.

Season 2 of ADAM RUINS EVERYTHING premiered on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT on truTV. The season opens with "Adam Ruins Having a Baby," as Adam dispels the myth about getting pregnant after 35, delves into breastfeeding vs formula, and explores postpartum depression for women -- and men. In the rest of the 16-episode second season, Adam applies his lens to topics including weight loss, the economy, the suburbs, hospitals, science, conspiracy theories, wellness, and things we learned in school.

On Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT on truTV, ADAM RUINS EVERYTHING returned with six new animated episodes, as Adam Conover is back to "Reanimate History." These new episodes take on well-known historical topics and reveal the surprising truths and unsung heroes behind the history we've been taught. Questioning the universally-accepted narratives surrounding the American Revolution, Native Americans, the Cold War, the Ancient World, the Renaissance and the Turn of the 20th Century, an animated Adam questions if we do really know all the facts and gives viewers information that makes them see the world in a whole new way. The first animated episode, "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Truth," Adam undermines everything viewers thought they knew about the American Revolution with startling facts about George Washington, Paul Revere' overrated ride, and the tale of a slave who helped America win.

ADAM RUINS EVERYTHING returned with the first of 10 new episodes on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT on truTV, as creator and host Adam Conover continues his continued quest to reveal the hidden truths about everything viewers know and love. In the first of these new episodes, "Adam Ruins Guns," Adam takes aim at critics on both sides of the gun debate in America. He explains why an assault weapons ban would not be effective and demonstrates how the Second Amendment has been twisted to fit the NRA's agenda.

A new batch of episodes premiered on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 10pm ET/PT on truTV. In these eight new episodes, Adam polices the truth behind the overuse of SWAT teams, breaks down invasive search policies at the border, and explores why we should be eating more bugs. Plus, in the season finale, "Adam Ruins Himself," comedian and actor Pete Holmes makes a guest appearance. Additional guest stars this season include Natasha Leggero in "Adam Ruins Music" and Tom Kenny in "Adam Ruins Cops." In the first new episode, "Adam Ruins America," Adam lets his freedom flag fly by examining why the United States doesn't have higher rates of social mobility; he then uncovers the flaws within the U.S. Constitution and examines the country's progression and regression.
On Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 10pm ET/PT, truTV premiered "Adam Ruins Himself," the season finale of ADAM RUINS EVERYTHING. In the season ender, Adam battles with his inner self-doubt over how biases affect the show. He then exposes the shortcomings of story-telling, and the influence (or lack thereof) of advertising on the series' integrity.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Big Breakfast