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Adam Ruins Everything is an American comedy television series starring Adam Conover that debuted on September 29, 2015, with a 12-episode season on truTV. On January 7, 2016, it was announced that the show had been picked up for 14 additional episodes to air starting on August 23, 2016.[1][2][3] An hour-long election special was later produced.[4] The series aims to debunk misconceptions that pervade U.S. society.

Adam Ruins Everything
Adam Ruins Everything logo.png
Created byAdam Conover
Developed byCollegeHumor
Directed by
  • Paul Briganti
  • Tim Wilkime
  • Laura Murphy
  • Matthew Pollock
StarringAdam Conover
Theme music composerJesse Novak
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes60 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Jeremy Reitz
  • Dave Oberg
CinematographyMatt Garrett
  • James Fitzpatrick
  • Kent Kincannon
Camera setupSingle camera
Production company(s)
Original networktruTV
Original releaseSeptember 29, 2015 (2015-09-29) –
External links
Adam Ruins Everything at truTV

On December 7, 2016, truTV announced the renewal of Adam Ruins Everything for a 16-episode season,[5] which premiered on July 11, 2017.[6] An additional miniseries of six animated episodes premiered on March 20, 2018.[7][8] On May 9, 2018, TruTV announced the show had been renewed for 10 more episodes, and would return in fall of 2018.[9] On July 8, 2019, it was announced that eight additional season 3 episodes would air that year, beginning on August 13, 2019.[10][11]


Adam Ruins Everything is based on a CollegeHumor web series of the same name, and stars comedian Adam Conover. Each episode begins with an ordinary person (sometimes a recurring character, other times not) going about their daily lives before stating a common misconception regarding a certain topic. Adam appears seemingly out of nowhere and introduces himself, leading to the opening titles. Openly breaking the fourth wall, Adam deconstructs three specific misconceptions related to the episode's topic, using his "magical TV host powers" to introduce sketch characters, time travel and animated segments, much to the other person's annoyance. To back up his claims, Adam refers to peer-reviewed articles, the citations for which appear onscreen, and pulls in experts in the field. At the end of the show's third act, the other characters' frustration will reach the critical point, their new knowledge making everything related to the episode's topic seem pointless, useless and impossible to fix. In the show's fourth act, Adam responds with a "positive takeaway", explaining how the new knowledge that's been gained actually improves the situation, and explaining how they can do their part to improve society and their lives.

The first season featured segments titled "Ever Wonder Why?" which briefly touched on subjects unrelated to the episode's main topic. The second season replaces these interstitials with extended, out-of-character interviews with the show's experts. In season three, these are replaced with new segments where Emily talks about other subjects related to the main topic.


  • Adam Conover as himself, the main protagonist who serves as the guide for the audience and the secondary character of the episode. The reason he ruins popular ideas for people is because he believes that knowing the truth is always better. His social skills are somewhat limited by his need to bring up uncomfortable facts, and he constantly annoys people with his revelations but is genuinely kind-hearted.
  • Emily Axford as herself, a high school teacher, friend to Adam, and fiancée to Murph. She is a frequent target of Adam's revelations and has gotten used to him. Compared to other characters, she is more on Adam's level: she will occasionally preempt Adam in debunking a false idea, such as in "Adam Ruins Sex" and "Adam Ruins Malls". In "Emily Ruins Adam," she hosts the episode to debunk the premise of Adam's show.
  • Brian K. Murphy as Murph, a high school PE/health teacher, friend to Adam, and fiancé to Emily. His life events (marriage, children) are a frequent target of Adam's revelations.
  • Hayley Marie Norman as Hayley, Emily's friend who started to date Adam until she was killed in "Adam Ruins Death".
  • Veronica Osorio as Veronica, One of Emily's friends and an animal lover.
  • Rhea Butcher as Rhea Conover, a public defender and Adam's younger sister, with whom Adam temporarily lives after he loses his home. The character debuted in "Adam Ruins Football".
  • Nicole Roberts as Kendra Perkins, a former prisoner and a friend of both Emily and Adam. She acted as Adam's co-host in her debut episode "Adam Ruins Prison".
  • Punam Patel as Melinda, Adam's girlfriend starting at the end of "Emily Ruins Adam". She and Adam met online while editing the same Wikipedia page. In "Adams Ruins Conspiracy Theories", she expresses credence in Moon landing conspiracy theories, which Adam then debunks. She and Adam end their relationship in Adam Ruins the Future.
  • RuPaul as Gil, Melinda's boss at a luxurious water fountain company. He is introduced in "Adam Ruins His Vacation" and reappears in "Adam Ruins the Future".
  • Chris Parnell as the narrator of the animated Reanimated History episodes.


These actors appear in featured roles, often as historical figures that help illustrate the origins of the ideas that Adam scrutinizes.


The Verge's Sean O'Kane stated in an op-ed that the episode "Adam Ruins Going Green" misrepresented a report on electric cars by Slate magazine. He writes:

But the biggest problem is that, when Conover makes this crucial argument in the video, he cites a piece written by Slate's senior technology writer Will Oremus in 2013–a piece that's more about the difficulty of parsing all this information than it is about how electric cars might be dirty. What's more, Oremus spends a large chunk of his article explaining that how 'clean' your electric car is will vary depending on where you live, because different parts of the country use different percentages of these fuel sources to generate electricity.[12]

Adam Conover and researcher Peter Miller released a response to O'Kane's op-ed. Among a general defense of the claims of the episode, they stated:

Unfortunately, while the rise of EVs is an encouraging trend, the evidence shows that in many cases replacing an efficient working car with an EV like a Tesla will actually increase your carbon footprint. O'Kane's piece presents no evidence that refutes this. In fact, behind the strong words, O'Kane affirms nearly every major point from our segment, and he argues against points we do not actually make.[13]

The show also responded on their correction episode "Emily Ruins Adam Ruins Everything", standing by the facts presented in the episode but adding that "If that many people misread our argument, we should have done a better job explaining it."[14]

Electrek's Fred Lambert has criticized some of the information presented in the episode "Adam Ruins Going Green", specifically the segment concerning electric vehicles.[15] Lambert criticized the episode's assertion that "you are just shifting emissions from the tailpipe to the power plant" when a person purchases an electric vehicle by arguing that in the vast majority of the country, an electric vehicle will produce fewer emissions than an internal combustion engine vehicle even when accounting for electricity generation. Lambert cited a report from the Union of Concerned Scientists[16] that supported this conclusion. Lambert also criticized the episode for what he claimed was a failure to account for the fact that many electric vehicle owners charge their vehicle using solar power and these vehicles would produce zero emissions (from both tailpipe and upstream sources).[15]

Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim, a chemist and science journalist working for Germany's public broadcasting, criticized a portion of the episode "Adam Ruins Science" about animal testing for making what she called misleading claims about scientists and misquoting sources.[17]


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
12712September 29, 2015 (2015-09-29)December 22, 2015 (2015-12-22)
15August 23, 2016 (2016-08-23)December 27, 2016 (2016-12-27)
22616July 11, 2017 (2017-07-11)November 7, 2017 (2017-11-07)
6March 20, 2018 (2018-03-20)April 24, 2018 (2018-04-24)
4November 27, 2018 (2018-11-27)December 18, 2018 (2018-12-18)
316[18][19]4January 8, 2019 (2019-01-08)January 29, 2019 (2019-01-29)
8August 13, 2019 (2019-08-13)[11] ()TBA

International broadcastEdit

In Canada, the series premiered on January 12, 2017 on Much.[20] The series is also broadcast on SBS Viceland in Australia.[21] The series premiered on Netflix for the United States on September 30, 2018.[22][23]


  1. ^ Whitney Friedlander (January 7, 2016). "'Billy on the Street' Renewed for Season 5 on TruTV". Variety. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  2. ^ Wright, Megh (January 7, 2016). "truTV Orders More 'Billy on the Street' and 'Adam Ruins Everything,' Adds 'No Dumb Questions' Pilot". Archived from the original on February 5, 2016. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
  3. ^ "Turner's truTV Announces 2016-17 Programming Slate with 16 New Creator-Driven Series, Pilots, Specials and Renewals". The Futon Critic. May 10, 2016. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  4. ^ "truTV Reveals Celebrity Guests for Season Five of "Billy on the Street," Announces "Adam Ruins Everything" Election Special". the Futon Critic. July 31, 2016. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  5. ^ Petski, Denise (2016-12-07). "TruTV Renews 'Adam Ruins Everything', 'The Carbonaro Effect'; Greenlights Two New Series". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-12-12.
  6. ^ "Adam Ruins Everything". Facebook. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  7. ^ "Adam Ruins Everything". truTV. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (2018-01-11). "TruTV Sets Premiere Dates & Guest Stars For 'Talk Show The Game Show', 'Adam Ruins Everything', 'The Chris Gethard Show' & More – TCA". Deadline. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "TruTV Orders 'Tacoma FD' To Series, Greenlights Ken Jeong Pilot, Renews 'Adam Ruins Everything' & More". Deadline Hollywood. 2018-05-09. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  10. ^ "truTV Unveils New & Returning Series in 2019-20 Programming Slate". The Futon Critic. May 9, 2019.
  11. ^ a b "truTV's "Adam Ruins Everything" Returns with All-New Episodes on Tuesday, August 13 at 10:00pm ET/PT". The Futon Critic. July 8, 2019.
  12. ^ O'Kane, Sean (December 29, 2016). "The Adam Ruins Everything takedown of electric cars is wrong because it's built on lazy research". The Verge. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  13. ^ Conover, Adam; Miller, Peter (2017-01-11). "Adam Ruins Everything Responds to The Verge". Medium. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  14. ^ "Adam Ruins Everything Corrects Itself". YouTube. College Humor. Retrieved September 8, 2017.
  15. ^ a b Lambert, Fred (December 28, 2016). "Adam Ruins Everything (including his credibility) when he goes after Tesla and EVs with classic misinformation". Electrek.
  16. ^ "Cleaner Cars from Cradle to Grave (2015)". Union of Concerned Scientists.
  17. ^ Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim (November 22, 2017), TIERVERSUCHE | Mai reagiert auf Adam Ruins Everything (in German), de:funk (Medienangebot), retrieved November 23, 2017
  18. ^ "TruTV Orders 'Tacoma FD' To Series, Greenlights Ken Jeong Pilot, Renews 'Adam Ruins Everything' & More". Deadline. 2018-05-09. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  19. ^ "truTV Unveils New & Returning Series in 2019-20 Programming Slate". The Futon Critic. May 9, 2019.
  20. ^ "Adam Ruins Everything". Archived from the original on January 12, 2017. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  21. ^ "Adam Ruins Giving on SBS". SBS. Archived from the original on March 15, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2016.
  22. ^ "Info Page: Adam Ruins Everything". New On Netflix USA. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  23. ^ Conover, Adam (September 30, 2018). "Adam Ruins Everything on Netflix". Retrieved January 14, 2019.

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