Vice (TV series)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||15|
|Executive producer(s)||Bill Maher
Fareed Zakaria (consultant producer)
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original run||April 5, 2013– present|
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, and covers topics such as political assassinations, young weapons manufacturers, and child suicide bombers using an immersionist style of documentary filmmaking. It premiered April 5, 2013, on HBO. Rolling Stone wrote that the show "feels a little like your buddy from the bar just happened to be wandering through eastern Afghanistan with a camera crew."
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.
- Shane Smith - correspondent, host
- Suroosh Alvi - correspondent, host
- Ryan Duffy - segment host
- Thomas Morton - segment host
- Bill Maher - producer
- Eddy Moretti - producer
- David Choe - segment host
- BJ Levin - producer
- Fareed Zakaria - consultant producer
Zakaria of CNN (pictured 2007)
Release and reception
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. Maureen Ryan of The Huffington Post wrote a negative review of the show, due to its presentation. 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." 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)
|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)
|1||March 14, 2014||Afghan Money Pit & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & North Korean Defectors||Rocky Mountain High: ; North Korean Defectors:|
|7||May 2, 2014|
|8||May 9, 2014|
|9||May 16, 2014|
|10||May 23, 2014|
- "About Vice". HBO. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
- Van Syckle, Katie. "HBO Courts Danger With Gonzo 'Vice' Show". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
- "HBO gave us our own TV show". Vice Staff. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
- "Watch the first episode of our HBO show". Vice Staff. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
- 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.
- Flint, Jos. "HBO's 'Vice' news targets Gen Y with edge and absurdity". The Detroit News. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
- Ryan, Maureen. "'Vice' On HBO: News And Stuff, Bro-Style". The Huffington Post. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
- Smith, Shane. First and second tweets confirming filming of second season. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
- 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.