Vice (TV series)

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Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 22
Executive producer(s) Bill Maher
Shane Smith
Eddy Moretti
BJ Levin
Fareed Zakaria (consultant producer)
Original channel HBO
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original run April 5, 2013 (2013-04-05) – present
External links

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.

On May 7, 2014, HBO had renewed the show for two more seasons, which will air in 2015 and 2016. The episode order will increase during the third season to 12 and the fourth to 14 episodes.[2]


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, and the Chinese one-child policy.

Correspondents, crew[edit]

  • Shane Smith - correspondent, host
  • Suroosh Alvi - segment host
  • Ryan Duffy - segment host
  • Thomas Morton - segment host
  • Bill Maher - executive producer
  • Eddy Moretti - producer
  • David Choe - segment host
  • BJ Levin - producer
  • Fareed Zakaria - consultant producer
  • Fazeelat Aslam - segment host
  • Gelareh Kiazand - segment host[3]
  • Ben Anderson - segment host
  • Vikram Gandhi - segment host


The show is executive produced by Bill Maher, Shane Smith, and Eddy Moretti and uses CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria as a consultant.[1][4]

Release and reception[edit]

The first episode aired on HBO on April 5, 2013, and was available for free via YouTube.[5] 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.[6][7] Maureen Ryan of The Huffington Post wrote a negative review of the show, due to its presentation.[8] 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."[9] In June 2013, the show was covered extensively in mainstream media for documenting a basketball game with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.


Season 1 (2013)[edit]

No. Air date Title Synopsis
1 April 5, 2013 Killer Kids Assassination Nation: Political assassinations in the Philippines; The Killer Kids of the Taliban: Taliban-supported child suicide bombers in Afghanistan.
2 April 12, 2013 Bad Borders 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.
3 April 19, 2013 Guns & Ammo Gun School: Armed preparedness in a New Mexico school; Toxic Iraq: the human toll of post-war toxic waste in Iraq.
4 April 26, 2013 Love & Rockets Chinese Cockblock: The plight of desperate bachelors in China; European Meltdown: ultra-extreme reactions to the economic crisis in Europe.
5 May 3, 2013 Winners & Losers 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.
6 May 10, 2013 Corruption 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.
7 May 17, 2013 Addiction Tobaccoland: Tobacco obsession in Indonesia; Underground Heroin Clinic: treating heroin addiction with hallucinogens in Mexico.
8 May 31, 2013 Fighting Chances Senegalese Laamb Wrestling: Laamb wrestling in Senegal; The World is Sinking: the rising tide of climate change.
9 June 7, 2013 Gangs & Oil Chiraq: Failed state on the south side of Chicago; Nigeria's Oil Pirates: oil drilling in the Niger River Delta.
10 June 14, 2013 The Hermit Kingdom 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)[edit]

On August 17, 2013, Shane Smith confirmed that filming of a second season was going on in Kandahar at that time.[10] Season 2 premiered on March 14, 2014 at 11PM EST.[11]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "About Vice". HBO. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
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  4. ^ "HBO gave us our own TV show". Vice Staff. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Watch the first episode of our HBO show". Vice Staff. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ Flint, Jos. "HBO's 'Vice' news targets Gen Y with edge and absurdity". The Detroit News. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  8. ^ Ryan, Maureen. "'Vice' On HBO: News And Stuff, Bro-Style". The Huffington Post. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ Van Syckle, Katie. "HBO Courts Danger With Gonzo 'Vice' Show". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ Smith, Shane. First and second tweets confirming filming of second season. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  11. ^ Bibel, Sara (January 9, 2014). "HBO Confirms Premiere Dates for 'Game of Thrones', 'Veep', 'Vice' & 'Silicon Valley'". TV by the Numbers (Press release). Retrieved January 9, 2014. 

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