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Adam Ruins Everything

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Fun, geeky myth-busting show challenges beliefs with facts.

TV truTV Comedy 2015
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 13+
Amazing fact-checked content. Maybe a bit heavy for those who are younger
age 12+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (19 ):

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.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: September 25, 2015
  • Cast: Adam Conover
  • Network: truTV
  • Genre: Comedy
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: June 1, 2023

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