Comic Adam Conover, a cast member and writer at the popular comedy website CollegeHumor, brings his original online series to TV, expanding upon his efforts to poke fun at everyday things that people accept or assume without question. In the half-hour investigative comedy, Conover uses a not-quite-deadly combination of comedy, history and science to debunk widespread misconceptions about topics and ideas that are routinely taken for granted.
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Unregulated food expiration dates; 401(k) and retirement; the unpredictable future.
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Adam shares the truth behind testing mice, scarce funding and reproducing results.
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Pricey detoxifying treatments cleanse you of cash and may do more harm than good; MSG's scary reputation is undeserved; the placebo effect is way more powerful than you think.
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Adam dispels the myth about getting pregnant after 35, delves into breastfeeding vs. formula and explores postpartum depression for women and men.
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Adam shares how inflated hospital costs created an unfair system, reckless antibiotic prescriptions make them worthless and whether a woman needs a mammogram.
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Adam Conover illustrates all the reasons low-fat diets make people fatter and why counting calories is a waste of time.
After meeting a young dad on a mission to save the planet, Adam shows why electric cars and green products don't make the impact they promise.
After getting Emily out of prison, Adam and his sister Rhea take on the justice system; shining a spotlight on the infamous McDonalds hot coffee lawsuit; the substantial problems with the jury duty system.
The twisted history of the Electoral College, explaining that the Founding Fathers did not want most Americans to vote.
Adam reveals that the term "halitosis" was popularized in a 1920's ad campaign that used cruel ads to make people insecure about their breath, and explains why running water is one of the greatest miracles of modern times.
Adam exposes the flaws of fingerprinting, hair strand matches and bite mark analysis, which often send innocent people to jail.
Adam explains why tipping is a custom worth ditching, shows that experts can't tell the difference between wines, and reveals that mislabeled seafood is rampant in the industry.
Adam exposes the surprising truths behind car dealerships, and the fact that the concept of "jaywalking" was created by auto manufacturers to blame pedestrians for car crashes.
Adam exposes why shoe companies that give away free footwear do more harm than good, and explains why you should stop giving food pantries your leftover canned goods.
Adam digs into the Panama Canal, where Teddy Roosevelt formed a new country to snag free land; one man fights to keep food from killing people; the Spanish Flu kills more Americans than all 20th-century wars combined.
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Adam sheds some light on Copernicus; a rogue dwarf revolutionizes what people know about the human body; tulip mania.
Adam shares that it was against the rules for gladiators to kill opponents; the story of a Celtic woman who brought the Roman Empire to its knees; the brave 300 Spartans number closer to 7,000.
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Adam reveals that the United States kicked off the Cuban Missile Crisis; a lone female politician stands up to Joseph McCarthy; a bureaucratic mistake brings down the Berlin Wall.
The Pilgrims did not break bread with Native Americans, but did dig up their graves; no romance existed between Pocahontas and John Smith; cities in the New World rivaled London in scale before their discovery.
Adam presents startling facts about George Washington, Paul Revere's overrated ride, and the tale of a slave who helped America win.
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Strangers with poisoned candy; the panic over Orson Welles' War of the Worlds broadcast; mediums.
Michael Carbonaro is a multifaceted entertainer. He's an actor who has had recurring roles in various TV series, and he has also performed in his own comedy and magic show at clubs in New York and Los Angeles. He puts all of those talents to use -- and throws in a unique improvisation skill -- in "The Carbonaro Effect," an unscripted series in which he deceives, amazes and amuses an unsuspecting public. In each half-hour episode, Carbonaro performs baffling tricks on people in everyday situations, all caught on hidden camera. Whether the marks are alone or with friends, everyone is left stunned and delighted, even though they have no idea what they just experienced.
Comic Billy Eichner transitions his man-on-the-street-style interviews that first became popular via the Funny or Die website to TV, roaming the sidewalks of New York and asking pedestrians outrageous pop-culture trivia questions. A correct answer could win the passersby money, even if it's just $1. The real payoff for viewers comes in watching Eichner's frenzied irreverence -- an act he honed as a member of the comedy troupe the Upright Citizens Brigade -- clash with hardened New Yorkers, many of whom gleefully play along.
TV personality Kevin Pereira ("Attack of the Show") and comic Brooke Van Poppelen explore the world of "life hacks": procedures or actions that solve problems, simplify tasks or reduce frustrations. From opening a wine bottle with a shoe, eliminating pet hair on fabric with a squeegee and flip-flop, or using a sock to make a toilet seat more comfortable, the successful hacks are designed to be fun, inexpensive time-savers. Those that don't live up to the hype are exposed, and undercover hacks challenge members of the public to overcome pitfalls.
This hidden-camera series follows four lifelong friends -- Brian "Q" Quinn, James "Murr" Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano -- who take dares to an outrageous level. Since they were young, the quartet have challenged one another to do ridiculous dares in public. On the show, to find out who is best under pressure, the guys compete in awkward and outrageous hidden-camera hijinks. At the end of each episode, the loser must perform what is deemed to be the most-mortifying challenge yet.
Comics April Richardson and Chris Fairbanks host this half-hour series that applauds (wink, wink) how hard some people, places and things try to succeed despite ultimately failing. Actors, comedians and improvisation artists are digitally inserted into viral videos to comment on and congratulate people for being brave and ingenious in coming oh so close to victory. But, claims truTV, " `Almost Genius' doesn't mock, because as everyone knows, almost is awesome... and genius."
"truTV Top Funniest" is a countdown show of outrageous videos filmed in the U.S. Viral clips, home movies, pranks, surveillance videos, event footage and news bloopers are all part of the side-splitting action. Each episode features a different theme, like "Funny Fails" and "Ridiculous Moments."
TruTV's first foray into full-length scripted comedy is this series created by and starring Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvedahl and Ben Roy, members of the Denver-based comedy troupe The Grawlix. Playing high school teachers Loren Payton, Andy Fairbell and Billy Shoemaker, respectively, the three educators are about as dysfunctional as the students at Smoot High. Spanish teacher Loren is a self-proclaimed bon vivant; Andy teaches gym, health, and coaches girls volleyball, but his highly speculative sexual orientation is what really interests co-workers; and loud-mouthed, tattooed Billy's claim to fame is playing in a post-punk speed bludgeon band. Reluctant at first, new school librarian Abbey eventually joins in on the guys' antics.
Improv veterans Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie return for a new take on the comedy series with host, Aisha Tyler. Each episode, a special guest star joins the comics as they tackle a series of spontaneous improvised sketches, with only a few random ideas from the studio audience and their host. With little information and a lot of imagination, the comics depict a variety of characters and scenes, and even perform songs. At the end of each round, Aisha awards points to each of the four performers and announces a winner at the end of every episode.