Vice (TV series)


Title card from seasons 1–3
Genre Documentary
Created by Shane Smith
Starring Shane Smith
Theme music composer Nick Zinner, Ben Vida & Hisham Bharoocha
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 54 + 4 specials (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Bill Maher
Shane Smith
Eddy Moretti
BJ Levin
Fareed Zakaria (consultant producer)
Running time 27-43 mins.
Production company(s)
Original network HBO
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release April 5, 2013 (2013-04-05) – present
External links

Vice (stylised as VICE) is a documentary TV series created and hosted by Shane Smith of Vice magazine. Produced by Bill Maher, it uses CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria as a consultant,[1] and covers topics using an immersionist style of documentary filmmaking. It premiered April 5, 2013, on HBO. The show's second season aired in 2014 and won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series or Special.[2]

On May 7, 2014, HBO renewed the show for two more seasons. The 14-episode third season began March 6, 2015, one week after the hour-long "Killing Cancer" aired on February 27. Vice's fourth season aired in 2016.[3][4]


It follows Vice journalists and founders Shane Smith and Suroosh Alvi, and segment hosts Ryan Duffy and Thomas Morton as they go to different parts of the world interviewing people on political and cultural topics. Subjects include political assassinations, young weapons manufacturers, child suicide bombers, Indian and Pakistani border politics, the Chinese one-child policy, climate change, and bonded laborers in Pakistan's brick kilns, featuring the work of human and labor rights activist Syeda Ghulam Fatima.

Correspondents, crew


The show is executive produced by Bill Maher, Shane Smith, and Eddy Moretti and uses CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria as a consultant.[1][5]

Release and reception

The first episode aired on HBO on April 5, 2013, and was available for free via YouTube.[6] The series is the first televised program for VICE, featuring Vice staff as correspondents.

The show has received both positive and negative reviews because of its unique, provocative presentation and style. Some compare it to a gonzo type of journalism.[7][8] Maureen Ryan of The Huffington Post wrote a negative review of the show, due to its presentation.[9] Rolling Stone magazine have written that: "It feels a little like your buddy from the bar just happened to be wandering through eastern Afghanistan with a camera crew."[10] In June 2013, the show was covered extensively in mainstream media for documenting a basketball game with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Vice News Tonight

Main article: Vice News Tonight

A nightly spin-off called Vice News Tonight premiered on HBO on October 10th, 2016.

Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 10 April 5, 2013 June 14, 2013
2 12 March 14, 2014 June 13, 2014
3 14 March 6, 2015 June 26, 2015
4 18 February 5, 2016[11] July 1, 2016


Season 1 (2013)

No. in
Title Original air date
11"Killer Kids"April 5, 2013

Assassination Nation: Political assassinations in the Philippines.

The Killer Kids of the Taliban: Taliban-supported child suicide bombers in Afghanistan.
22"Bad Borders"April 12, 2013

Escape from North Korea: Desperate defectors flee North Korea.

The World's Most Dangerous Border: Kashmir’s line of control – the world’s most dangerous place.
33"Guns & Ammo"April 19, 2013

Gun School: Armed preparedness in a New Mexico school.

Toxic Iraq: The human toll of post-war toxic waste in Iraq.
44"Love & Rockets"April 26, 2013

Chinese Cockblock: The plight of desperate bachelors in China.

European Meltdown: Ultra-extreme reactions to the economic crisis in Europe.
55"Winners & Losers"May 3, 2013

Mormon Lost Boys: Exiled sons of polygamists. The Fat Farms of Mauritania: Fat farms for Mauritanian women.

Mumbai Slumscraper: Have and have-nots in Mumbai.
66"Corruption"May 10, 2013

China's Ghost Towns: How China’s appetite for housing created huge ghost cities.

Egypt on the Brink: The violent aftermath of Arab Spring in Egypt.
77"Addiction"May 17, 2013

Tobaccoland: Tobacco obsession in Indonesia.

Underground Heroin Clinic: Treating heroin addiction with hallucinogens in Mexico.
88"Fighting Chances"May 31, 2013

Senegalese Laamb Wrestling: Laamb wrestling in Senegal.

The World is Sinking: The rising tide of climate change.
99"Gangs & Oil"June 7, 2013

Chiraq: Failed state on the south side of Chicago.

Nigeria's Oil Pirates: Oil drilling in the Niger River Delta.
1010"The Hermit Kingdom"June 14, 2013
Basketball Diplomacy: Vice makes history on a trip to North Korea to play hoops and meet with "supreme leader" Kim Jong-un.

Season 2 (2014)

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Title Original air date
111"Afghan Money Pit & The Pacification of Rio"March 14, 2014
Investigating the misuse of American taxpayer dollars intended for the reconstruction in Afghanistan; The city of Rio de Janeiro takes extreme measures to remedy its reputation as a drug and murder capital.
122"Greenland Is Melting & Bonded Labor"March 21, 2014
High temperatures in Greenland cause melting which results in a rising sea level; Examining the conditions that bonded laborers endure while working in Pakistan's brick kilns.
133"American Scrap & Children of the Drones"March 28, 2014
Examining the life cycle of scrap metal; Investigating the effect of drone strikes in Pakistan.
144"A Syria Of Their Own & White Gold"April 4, 2014
Thomas goes to the frontline of the battle for a Kurdish state to follow the story of Syria's forgotten ethnic group, the Kurds; Rhino horn has been coveted in Eastern medicine for centuries. Vikram Gandhi traces the trade from Southern Africa to Vietnam to understand this illicit phenomenon which has been on the rise.
155"Terrorist University & Armageddon Now"April 11, 2014
Shane goes to Dagestan to see what makes it the world capital of terrorist training and recruitment; Thomas joins a group of born again Christians as they tour the Holy Land and find out the real reason why they support Israel.
166"Rocky Mountain High & North Korean Defectors"April 25, 2014
Impact of legalized marijuana in Colorado; The struggles of North Korean defectors relocating to South Korea.
177"The Pink Gang Rebellion & Genetic Passport"May 2, 2014
Women take a stand against rape in India; Repercussions of nuclear radiation in Kazakhstan.
188"The Resource Curse & Deliver Us from Drought"May 9, 2014
Natural-gas opportunities and opposition in Papua New Guinea; Drought and denial in Texas.
199"Crude Awakening & The Enemy of My Enemy"May 16, 2014
Examining the lasting effects of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico; Yemen's Houthi rebel movement.
2010"Playing with Nuclear Fire & No Man Left Behind"May 23, 2014
Investigating the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan; Veterans struggling with mental illness and addiction.
2111"Heroin Warfare & The Coldest War"June 6, 2014
The heroin epidemic in Iran; How global warming is re-igniting the Cold War.
2212"Surveillance City & The Forgotten War"June 13, 2014
Futuristic police surveillance in Camden, NJ; Genocide in Sudan leads to overburdened refugee camps and rebel groups preparing for a fight for justice.

Season 3 (2015)

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Title Original air date
231"Our Rising Oceans"March 6, 2015
Shane travels to Antarctica to investigate the West Antarctic ice sheet and see how the continent is melting.
242"To Serve and Protect & Coming to America"March 13, 2015
The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO sparks a series of protests and a fierce debate about the militarization of the U.S. police force; Thousands of Central Americans embark on a perilous journey to emigrate to the United States.
253"We the People & Countdown to Extinction"March 20, 2015
A study lists domestic right-wing groups as two of the top three terrorist threats in America; The global damage caused by overfishing in the oceans.
264"Lines in the Sand & Outsourcing Embryos"March 27, 2015
Exploring the cocaine trafficking hotspots of South America and Africa to determine who is profiting from the increase in cocaine use in Europe; Investigating the commercial surrogacy industry in India.
275"Synthetic Drug Revolution & Transsexuals of Iran"April 10, 2015
Tracking the rise of synthetic drugs; Homosexuals and transsexuals in Iran navigate a terrifying cultural landscape.
286"The Post-Antibiotic World & Indonesia's Palm Bomb"April 17, 2015
The overuse of antibiotics leads to dire consequences, causing scientists to search for new natural sources of anti-bacterial compounds; As the demand for palm oil grows, growers in Indonesia push farther onto rainforest land, torching the forests.
297"Sweet Home Alabama & Haitian Money Pit"April 24, 2015
Alabama passes a harsh anti-immigrant law; Haiti receives billions in aid money after an earthquake.
308"Egyptian Tomb Raiders & Rent a White Guy"May 1, 2015
In Egypt, looters steal artifacts; The white male is seen as a symbol of cultural cachet in China
319"Savior Seeds & India's Water Crisis"May 8, 2015
The effects of planting genetically modified seeds; India struggles to provide adequate clean water and sanitation systems for its growing population.
3210"A Prayer for Uganda & Kidneyville"May 15, 2015
Anti-gay leaders teach intolerance to Uganda's youth; Exploring the thriving illegal market for kidneys in Bangladesh.
3311"Evolution of a Plague & Campus Coverup"June 5, 2015
People attempt to control the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa; Examining the recent rise in reports of sexual assaults on U.S. campuses.
3412"Enemies at the Gates & Global Jihad"June 12, 2015
Saudi Arabia attempts to defend itself against terrorist organizations; Examining why young men and women in Europe are drawn to ISIS.
3513"Afghanistan After Us & La Haine"June 19, 2015
Afghanistan's war against the Taliban; Religious tensions spiral out of control in France.
3614"Cold War 2.0"June 26, 2015
Shane meets with Kremlin officials and American leaders to discuss the rising tensions between the U.S. and Russia. Examining the recent conflict in Ukraine.

Season 4 (2016)

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Title Original air date
371"Boko Haram & Unnatural Selection"February 5, 2016
The Nigerian government is determined to drive militants from a terrorist group out of the country; A new gene-editing method allow scientists to change the genetic traits of plants and animals.
382"Escape to Europe & Cycle of Terror"February 12, 2016
Following the refugee trail from the Syrian border to Europe; The global reaction to the terrorist attack in Paris impacts the fight against terrorism.
393"Right to Die"February 19, 2016
Exploring the moral, political and personal questions raised by euthanasia.
404"Beating Blindness & White Collar Weed"February 26, 2016
Doctors and researchers make incredible strides in the fight against blindness; Struggling small-scale marijuana farmers face corporate takeovers as the end of the pot-prohibition nears
415"Meathooked & End of Water"March 4, 2016
Examining the environmental harm of industrial meat operations; Assessing the depths of the world's water crisis.
426"Return to Yemen & Church and States"March 11, 2016
Examining the conflict in Yemen; Exploring the ongoing battle for LGBT equal rights in the United States.
437"Palestine Now & Viva Cuba Libre"March 25, 2016
Exploring the lives of young Palestinians today; Examining the political thawing of relationships between Cuba and the United States.
448"Afghan Women's Rights & Floating Armories"April 8, 2016
Violence and oppression are still a fact of life for women in Afghanistan; Private military contractors protect global commerce.
459"The Future of Energy"April 15, 2016
Examining the future of how to make and use energy and how to meet the growing demand as carbon emissions are cut.
4610"Trump in Dubai & China in Africa"April 22, 2016
The plight of migrant workers in Dubai; Examining the increasingly prominent business relationship between China and Africa.
4711"The Deal & City of Lost Children"April 29, 2016
Exploring the recent Iran deal from both sides; Tribes of homeless children live along the tracks in Kolkata, India.
4812"The End of Polio & Collateral Damage"May 6, 2016
Health workers put their lives on the line in Pakistan to eradicate polio; Examining the devastating effects of unexploded ordnance in Myanmar and Laos.
4913"State Of Surveillance"May 27, 2016
Shane travels to Moscow to meet with Edward Snowden and discuss government surveillance programs.
5014"Heroin Crisis & New Age of Nukes"June 3, 2016
At the center of the drug crisis in America is an explosion in heroin use; The U.S. government embarks on a large nuclear modernization effort.
5115"Flint Water Crisis & Libya on the Brink"June 10, 2016
Examining the effects of the water crisis in Flint, Mich.; In Libya, rival militias fight to save the country.
5216"Die Trying"June 17, 2016
Patients and top researchers across the U.S. discuss recent measures taken to tackle ALS; Exploring the regulatory hurdles faced by ALS patients and drugmakers.
5317"Student Debt & Fecal Medicine"June 24, 2016
The correlation between student-loan borrowing and the soaring cost of college tuition; A medical revolution involves using stool from a healthy person to treat severe intestinal infections in others.
5418"The New $pace Race & Closing Gitmo"July 1, 2016
NASA and a growing community of private companies decide to prepare for Mars exploration; Ex-detainees reveal what really happens behind the walls of the American prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


Title Original air date
"Vice Special Report: Killing Cancer"February 27, 2015
Shane explores how common diseases are being used to fight cancer.
"Vice Special Report: Fixing the System"September 27, 2015
The impact of America's approach to crime and imprisonment. President Obama tours a federal correctional institution in Oklahoma.
"Vice Special Report: Countdown to Zero"December 1, 2015
Examining the search for a cure and a preventative vaccine that could eliminate AIDS.
"Vice Special Report: Fighting ISIS"January 31, 2016
Journalist Ben Anderson gains access to three front lines in Iraq, where Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish forces are battling the Islamic State.
"Vice Special Report: A House Divided"December 9, 2016

See also


  1. 1 2 "About Vice". HBO. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  2. "HBO's 'VICE' Wins Emmy for Outstanding Informational Series or Special". Sounds & Picture. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  3. "Our HBO Show Has Been Renewed for Two More Seasons". Vice Media. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  4. "Watch 'Vice' on HBO's Special Report: Killing Cancer". Vice Media. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  5. "HBO gave us our own TV show". Vice Media. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
  6. "Watch the first episode of our HBO show". Vice Media. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
  7. Goodman, Tim. "Vice brings its brand of provocative, let's-go-find-danger journalism to HBO as a half-hour newsmagazine.". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
  8. Flint, Jos. "HBO's 'Vice' news targets Gen Y with edge and absurdity". The Detroit News. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
  9. Ryan, Maureen. "'Vice' On HBO: News And Stuff, Bro-Style". The Huffington Post. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
  10. Van Syckle, Katie. "HBO Courts Danger With Gonzo 'Vice' Show". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
  11. Dinsmore, Jef (January 3, 2016). "VICE on HBO Season 4 Debuting in February". HBO Watch. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
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