Adam Ruins Everything (season 1) review — TV

If you’re familiar with truTV at all, you probably know it as one of those channels based around middling reality shows, but with this year’s acquisition of Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street and new show Adam Ruins Everything, it’s beginning to earn a reputation as a great place for original comedy.

Based on the CollegeHumor series of the same name, Adam Ruins Everything follows host Adam Conover as he exposes commonly held misconceptions on a different topic each episode.

Despite being portrayed as a know-it-all who annoys everyone around him, Adam actually comes off as really likable. His relentless cheeriness as he shares often bleak facts brings a lot of the series’ charm. As a veteran of sketch comedy, it’s no surprise that Adam illustrates a lot of his facts through sketches featuring his CollegeHumor cohorts. There are even animated and puppet segments to break up the monotony.

One of the great things about the show is that sources for each fact are listed on screen, so you can check them for yourself if you’re so inclined. Adam also brings on relevant experts each episode, such as former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, to deliver information straight from the horse’s mouth.

If you’re the type of person likely to watch this show in the first place, a lot of these facts won’t be news to you. However, you’ll probably learn a couple of things every episode, and even when you’re just being refreshed on what you already know, the show is entertaining enough and its pace is kept brisk enough that you won’t really care.

It’s not easy to make a TV show that’s both genuinely informative and a genuinely funny, but Adam Ruins Everything manages to pull it off.

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