A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Adam debunks culture, behavior influenced by advertising and myths, and supports facts with research.
Positive Role Models
Conover can be (comically) abrasive.
Violence & Scariness
Gags include yelling, screaming, fake bloody wounds.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Innuendo; an episode dedicated to sex; references to STDs.
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"Crap," "hell," "ass"; bleeped curses.
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Products & Purchases
De Beers diamonds, Toms shoes, Listerine, and so on; all offered in context.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Gags include cigarettes, alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Adam Ruins Everything is a comedy series that combines humor with investigative journalism to challenge people's beliefs about what we take for granted. It offers lots of facts based on expert research on things from advertising strategies to charitable giving organizations to icons such as (gulp!) Santa Claus. Gags include yelling and fake blood, and some episodes contain strong innuendo and references to STDs. There's some bleeped cursing, but words such as "crap," "hell," and "ass" are common. There's a lot to be learned from this quirky exploration, and it could be a good jumping-off point for conversations with teens about why we believe what we do.
Is It Any Good?
The well-informed, somewhat geeky series uses gags and witty banter to point out some of the painful truths behind the myths that guide common cultural habits. Much of the focus is on information that the average person may not know, including marketing-campaign strategies and early advertising that have normalized product-based choices and actions we make today. It also offers simplified explanations of political and historical phenomena that should (in theory) be common knowledge but that many people have not taken the time to learn, understand, or teach.
No doubt that some people will dispute the claims being made here. However, the show's commitment to highlighting the research behind them, including posting the source citations for each fact as it's revealed, makes it clear that they're not mere opinions. As a result, it's hard not to get cynical after learning troubling or ugly truths about things we may have spent a lifetime believing in and being inspired by. Nonetheless, it might also motivate viewers to be more proactive about educating themselves about what they do and why they do it and to get them to think more about the consequences of their actions.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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