Series – Adam Ruins Everything

Genre: comedy, debunking show

star 3.5

SUMMARY

Adam Conover from CollegeHumor turns life as we know it on its ear by showing us how unnecessary, and sometimes horrible, things we think we know to be real and true really are.

REVIEW

I found this show amusing and also educational at the same time. The show’s host may behave like an asshole in this script by ruining things for other characters, debunking things we take for granted, but the comedy aspect is still strong enough to make me watch. I like the mix of scenes and data. It is dynamic enough to entice younger generations unused to more cut and dry documentaries, and might prove to be the first step towards their own exploration of social norms, the history and rationale behind them.  It is far from comprehensive or likely to go into depth, but for a first look behind the scenes it is certainly worth the watch.

“Every week I reveal the awful truth about a beloved part of your world. Just so you know that everything I’m saying is right, I’ll be listing all of my sources on screen.”

However, the same gag turns steadily more stale and overused with every new episode. I think they need to tone down the asshole persona or make him a bit more balanced. People who try to pull back the blinds on the bullshit in our society are not doing it to be malicious or hurtful to other people. Yes, the truth hurts especially if you had no idea, but the person telling it isn’t the bad guy. The show is unlikely to change the setup but that can only hurt it in the long run. I’ll try to look at the bright side and be entertained by the truly funny scenes.

The themes the show has tackled so far are: giving, safety, and cars. If you have time, it’s worth a watch.

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