10 Best Episodes of VICE

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Written by Sophie and last updated on jan 26, 2023.

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VICE - S3E14

#15 - Cold War 2.0 (Season 3 - Episode 14)

The increasingly strained relationship between Russia and NATO is examined in the Season 3 finale, which includes remarks by U.S. president Barack Obama and vice president Joe Biden.

The episode was rated 8.04 from 170 votes.

VICE - S4E16

#14 - Die Trying (Season 4 - Episode 16)


Battling ALS herself, VICE editor Angelina Fanous meets with patients and top researchers across the U.S. to find out what's being done to tackle this devastating disease and the regulatory hurdles faced by ALS patients and drugmakers alike.

The episode was rated 8.04 from 162 votes.


#13 - Battle for Idlib & Seeking Solitude (Season 7 - Episode 3)

Correspondent Isobel Yeung gains rare access inside Idlib, Syria's last rebel-held territory, as President Assad and his allies mount a brutal bombing offensive that has civilians paying the highest price; Correspondent Dexter Thomas goes on lockdown in South Korea to search for the benefits of isolation -- ironically, just weeks before the rest of the world would join him in their COVID-19 quarantines.

The episode was rated 8.05 from 39 votes.

VICE - S2E10

#12 - Playing with Nuclear Fire & No Man Left Behind (Season 2 - Episode 10)


Investigating the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan; veterans struggling with mental illness and addiction.

The episode was rated 8.07 from 167 votes.


#11 - Mormon Lost Boys/The Fat Farms of Mauritania/Mumbai Slumscraper (Season 1 - Episode 5)

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.

The episode was rated 8.08 from 230 votes.


#10 - The Pink Gang Rebellion & Genetic Passport (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. Delhi’s police department has vowed to hire more female officers and set up a help desk, but these measures are hardly a solution. Rapes in Delhi doubled in 2013, and as bad as it is in Delhi, the Indian countryside is even worse. Instead of investigating rape cases, rural police officers often ignore victims and their families. 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. In an effort to curtail the birth of a new generation of deformed children, a Kazakh doctor recently tried to implement a mandatory “genetic passport” allowing people to know if their genes were damaged by radiation. Thomas Morton goes to Kazakhstan to learn more about this controversial initiative.

The episode was rated 8.09 from 173 votes.


#9 - Crude Awakening & The Enemy of My Enemy (Season 2 - Episode 9)

Shane Smith heads to Louisiana to report on the lasting effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Then, 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 8.11 from 168 votes.


#8 - When the Earth Melts & The Displaced (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 8.11 from 253 votes.


#7 - Rocky Mountain High & North Korean Defectors (Season 2 - Episode 6)

Rocky Mountain High: Impact of legalized marijuana in Colorado; North Korean Defectors: The struggles of North Korean defectors relocating to South Korea.

The episode was rated 8.12 from 186 votes.


#6 - Raised in the System (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 8.15 from 116 votes.

VICE - S4E13

#5 - State of Surveillance (Season 4 - Episode 13)

To find out the government's real capabilities regarding digital surveillance, and whether any of us can truly protect our sensitive information, VICE founder Shane Smith heads to Moscow to meet the man who started the conversation, Edward Snowden.

The episode was rated 8.17 from 295 votes.


#4 - Keepers of the Caliphate & SIM Kids (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 8.22 from 55 votes.


#3 - Fighting COVID & Atomic Atolls (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 8.24 from 42 votes.


#2 - Addiction (Season 1 - Episode 7)


Tobaccoland: Tobacco obsession in Indonesia; Underground Heroin Clinic: treating heroin addiction with hallucinogens in Mexico.

The episode was rated 8.31 from 218 votes.

VICE - S1E10

#1 - The Hermit Kingdom (Season 1 - Episode 10)

Basketball Diplomacy: VICE makes history on a trip to North Korea to play hoops and meet with "supreme leader" Kim Jong-un.

The episode was rated 8.61 from 237 votes.

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