10 Best Episodes of VICE - Season 1

A documentary news series with a taboo-breaking team who deliver incredible news stories from around the world.

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

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#10 - Assassination Nation/The Killer Kids of the Taliban (Season 1 - Episode 1)

Assassination Nation: Political assassinations in the Philippines; The Killer Kids of the Taliban: Taliban-supported child suicide bombers in Afghanistan.

The episode was rated 7.69 from 427 votes.


#9 - Escape from North Korea/World's Most Dangerous Border (Season 1 - Episode 2)


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.

The episode was rated 7.79 from 331 votes.


#8 - Fighting Chances (Season 1 - Episode 8)

Senegalese Laamb Wrestling: Laamb wrestling in Senegal; The World is Sinking: the rising tide of climate change.

The episode was rated 7.87 from 171 votes.


#7 - Corruption (Season 1 - Episode 6)


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.

The episode was rated 7.88 from 224 votes.


#6 - Gun School/Toxic Iraq (Season 1 - Episode 3)

Gun School: Armed preparedness in a New Mexico school; Toxic Iraq: the human toll of post-war toxic waste in Iraq.

The episode was rated 7.90 from 241 votes.


#5 - Chinese Cockblock/European Meltdown (Season 1 - Episode 4)


Chinese Cockblock: The plight of desperate bachelors in China; European Meltdown: ultra-extreme reactions to the economic crisis in Europe.

The episode was rated 7.94 from 228 votes.


#4 - Gangs & Oil (Season 1 - Episode 9)

Chiraq: Failed state on the south side of Chicago; Nigeria's Oil Pirates: oil drilling in the Niger River Delta.

The episode was rated 7.97 from 227 votes.


#3 - 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.


#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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