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HBO 2013

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The 10 Best Episodes of VICE

VICE - S1E10

#1 - The Hermit Kingdom

8.61

Season 1 - Episode 10

'Basketball Diplomacy' - U.S. relations with North Korea have been strained to the breaking point by the country’s disturbing nuclear-weapons threats, backed by “supreme leader” Kim Jong-un’s anti-American rhetoric. Fortunately, Kim shares one of his late father’s passions: American basketball. With that in mind, and through official and backdoor channels, VICE organized an unlikely, highly publicized trip to North Korea, hoping to thaw out relations through some hoops diplomacy. With NBA great Dennis Rodman and a trio of exuberant Harlem Globetrotters in tow, VICE traveled to the capital of Pyongyang for a surreal tour of the city, a basketball clinic with under-18 players, an exhibition game witnessed by Kim and 10,000 adoring fans, and - most surprising - a first-ever meeting between the baby-faced leader and an American delegation.

The episode was rated from 236 votes.

VICE - S1E7

#2 - Addiction

8.30

Season 1 - Episode 7

'Tobaccoland' - The dangers of smoking are no secret in the U.S., but in Indonesia, the tobacco industry is virtually unregulated. The result? Over two-thirds of all men are smokers, and it is commonplace for children as young as six to take up the habit. Tobacco is a $100 billion industry here, with TV and print ads everywhere. Investigating this phenomenon in Malang, VICE visits a clinic that promises cures to a plethora of modern ailments through tobacco and smoking – with our intrepid correspondent getting the full smoke-therapy treatment. 'Underground Heroin Clinic' - Heroin is the most addictive drug on earth, and some people will do anything to kick the habit. Enter Ibogaine – a drug made out of the African iboga root, whose intense, hallucinogenic properties make it a Type-A felony drug. But many swear it's the most effective way to kick heroin addiction – especially when combined with a voodoo-type ritual that involves face paint and chanting. VICE follows the journey of a heroin addict who travels to Mexico, where Ibogaine is legal, to try to finally quit.

The episode was rated from 215 votes.

VICE - S7E7

#3 - Fighting COVID & Atomic Atolls

8.18

Season 7 - Episode 7

Following front-line healthcare workers as they take on the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis; the nuclear legacy of the United States' atomic weapons testing in the Marshall Islands and the negative impacts on its people.

The episode was rated from 40 votes.

VICE - S7E1

#4 - Keepers of the Caliphate & SIM Kids

8.17

Season 7 - Episode 1

VICE correspondent Hind Hassan explores the resurgence of ISIS, as brigades of radicalized ISIS women have started to regroup within al-Hol camp, where tens of thousands of women and children who once lived under The Islamic State and are now held; VICE correspondent Krishna Andavolu examines the unlikely origins of what some call the perfect crime, and explores the urgent implications for personal security, digital identity, and the persistent industry inaction on SIM swapping.

The episode was rated from 52 votes.

VICE - S4E13

#5 - State of Surveillance

8.15

Season 4 - Episode 13

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked details of massive government surveillance programs in 2013, igniting a raging debate over digital privacy and security. That debate came to a head this year, when Apple fought an FBI court order seeking to access the iPhone of alleged San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook. Meanwhile, journalists and activists are under increasing attack from foreign agents. To find out the government’s real capabilities, and investigate whether any of us can truly protect our sensitive information, founder Shane Smith heads to Moscow to meet Snowden.

The episode was rated from 293 votes.

VICE - S6E1
#6 - Raised in the System
8.11
Season 6 - Episode 1

Emmy-nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams embarks on a personal journey to expose the root of the American mass incarceration crisis: the juvenile justice system.

The episode was rated from 112 votes.
VICE - S2E6
#7 - Rocky Mountain High & North Korean Defectors
8.10
Season 2 - Episode 6

'Rocky Mountain High' - The legalization of marijuana in the United States is now a reality. Businessmen, and even lawmakers are trying to capitalize on the potential success of the end of marijuana prohibition. David Choe looks at the rising entrepreneurs and businesses of this ever-growing trade. 'North Korean Defectors' - Last season, VICE on HBO followed the lives of the North Korean defectors on their perilous journey escaping the Hermit Kingdom. Vikram Gandhi follows the paths of these defectors and their new lives in the highly modernized society of South Korea.

The episode was rated from 184 votes.
VICE - S5E3
#8 - When the Earth Melts & The Displaced
8.10
Season 5 - Episode 3

“When the Earth Melts” - VICE Correspondent Ben Anderson travels across the Arctic to examine the devastating impact of thawing permafrost--and the astonishing solution that might keep it frozen. “Displaced” - VICE Correspondent Gianna Toboni follows the journey of refugees journeying across the Mediterranean Sea who have been left in limbo due to the tightening borders of an increasingly nationalist Europe.

The episode was rated from 251 votes.
VICE - S2E9
#9 - Crude Awakening & The Enemy of My Enemy
8.08
Season 2 - Episode 9

'Crude Awakening' - Shane Smith heads to Louisiana to report on the lasting effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, where four years later, mass quantities of oil still wash ashore. 'The Enemy of My Enemy' - Ben Anderson goes deep into Houthi-controlled territory to learn about the group that’s fighting, and beating, Al Qaeda in the east, Saudi Arabia in the north, and Yemen’s central government in the south.

The episode was rated from 165 votes.
VICE - S2E7
#10 - The Pink Gang Rebellion & Genetic Passport
8.08
Season 2 - Episode 7

'The Pink Gang Rebellion' - The brutal details of a 2012 gang rape on a Delhi bus focused international attention on India’s rampant rape issue. Inept law enforcement, the social stigma associated with rape, and a patriarchal social structure have allowed sexual assaults to plague Indian women. But one woman, Sampat Pal, has galvanized a group of rural women into the Gulabi Gang, or Pink Gang, to combat the injustice of sexual assault. Gelareh Kiazand heads to rural Indian to investigate the issue and embed with this revolutionary gang. 'Genetic Passport' - From 1949 to 1989, the Soviet Union, determined to prepare for nuclear warfare, detonated more than 450 nuclear bombs in an area of Kazakhstan known as the Semipalatinsk Test Site. For hundreds of thousands of Kazakhs, radiation not only surrounded them, but became part of their DNA. Thomas Morton goes to Kazakhstan to learn more about this controversial initiative.

The episode was rated from 171 votes.

Last updated: may 14, 2021

Comments

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This is such a great, great show. Talk about brave journalism. It's really admirable what these are doing and it leads to an amazing program.

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Quite an interesting format, reporting about issues not often enough talked or reported about in the "mainstream media". Tho I think some of the hipsters working there seem kinda unfit for the job, I'm nonetheless looking forward to the coming episodes and issues tackled there!

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The series, as of season 7 airs on SHOWTIME in the US, not HBO

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I enjoy watching the episodes despite disagreeing with their blatant liberal bias. We are all people of different opinions, but I prefer being told the facts, rather than how to feel about them from a third party. With that said, keep it up Shane, I've been a long time fan of your work.

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HBO just ordered 2 new seasons, great news! :)

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I have no idea if this is the show I'm looking for, but hopefully it is.. This is what I'm hoping for; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X51rPtxmd3Y&hd=1 http://www.hbo.com/vice?cmpid=ABC1325

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