Vice (TV series)

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Vice title screen.png
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 5
No. of episodes 56 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Bill Maher
  • Shane Smith
  • Eddy Moretti
  • BJ Levin (seasons 1-4)
  • Tim Clancy (seasons 4-present)
Running time 27–43 minutes
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
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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 on 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] On March 25, 2015, HBO announced Vice's renewal through Season 7[5] with a 30-episode fifth season slated to air on February 24, 2017.[6]


The show 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[edit]


The show is executive-produced by Bill Maher, Shane Smith, and Eddy Moretti, and uses CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria as a consultant.[1][7]

Release and reception[edit]

The first episode aired on HBO on April 5, 2013, and was available for free via YouTube.[8] 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.[9][10] Maureen Ryan of The Huffington Post wrote a negative review of the show, due to its presentation.[11] Rolling Stone magazine has written that: "It feels a little like your buddy from the bar just happened to be wandering through eastern Afghanistan with a camera crew."[12] 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[edit]

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

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110April 5, 2013 (2013-04-05)June 14, 2013 (2013-06-14)
212March 14, 2014 (2014-03-14)June 13, 2014 (2014-06-13)
314March 6, 2015 (2015-03-06)June 26, 2015 (2015-06-26)
418February 5, 2016 (2016-02-05)July 1, 2016 (2016-07-01)
529February 24, 2017 (2017-02-24)October 13, 2017 (2017-10-13)
635April 6, 2018 (2018-04-06)TBA

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "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. ^ Kimberly Roots (March 26, 2015). "VICE Renewed for Four Expanded Seasons at HBO, Adds Daily Newscast". TVLine. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  6. ^ Erik Pedersen (December 13, 2016). "'Vice' Gets Season 5 Premiere Date On HBO; Order Upped To 30 Episodes". Deadline. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  7. ^ "HBO gave us our own TV show". Vice Media. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Watch the first episode of our HBO show". Vice Media. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ Flint, Jos. "HBO's 'Vice' news targets Gen Y with edge and absurdity". The Detroit News. Archived from the original on June 15, 2013. Retrieved May 4, 2013. 
  11. ^ Ryan, Maureen. "'Vice' On HBO: News And Stuff, Bro-Style". The Huffington Post. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  12. ^ Van Syckle, Katie. "HBO Courts Danger With Gonzo 'Vice' Show". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 

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