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Photo Credit:  VICE Productions
  • Premiered: 
    April 5, 2013
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  • Network: HBO
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Newsmagazine
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Updated version of The Vice Guide to Everything 
  • Subject Matter: Current Events
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Plot Synopsis

Hosted by Shane Smith, founder of new-media company VICE, this newsmagazine showcases a mix of stories from around the globe, with each 30-minute episode exploring two issues. Feature stories in Season 1 included: the out-of-control political assassinations in the Philippines; senior members of the Taliban manipulating children into carrying out suicide bombings; North Korean defectors using a modern-day underground railroad in South Korea; the precarious nuclear staredown in Kashmir; the sumo/Mixed Martial Arts craze that has swept Senegal; and many more. Bill Maher is an executive producer, while Fareed Zakaria is a consultant. VICE returned for its second season on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 11pm ET/PT on HBO, with stories about rampant U.S. military waste and corruption in Afghanistan and extortion, torture and killing in Rio de Janeiro's favelas. Subsequent episodes in Season 2 covered these stories: terrorist training in Dagestan; Evangelical Christians' support of Israel; high temperatures causing parts of Greenland to melt, raising sea levels; laborers working in Pakistan's brick kilns; and much more. Along with Shane Smith, 2014 correspondents include: VICE Media co-founder Suroosh Alvi; conflict-zone journalist, documentary filmmaker and author Ben Anderson; Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist Fazeelat Aslam; VICE Media editor-in-chief Rocco Castoro; artist David Choe; filmmaker and producer Vikram Gandhi; Iranian photojournalist and filmmaker Gelareh Kiazand; and longtime VICE correspondent Thomas Morton. Season 3 premiered on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 11pm ET/PT on HBO. The season opener, "Our Rising Oceans," features a 45-minute extended report about Earth's rising waters. With human use of hydrocarbons skyrocketing waters around the globe are getting hotter, and now the warm sub-surface water is washing into Antarctica's massive western glaciers, causing them to retreat and break off. Antarctica hold 90% of the world's ice and 70% of its freshwater, so even if a small fraction of the ice sheet melts, the resulting sea level rise will completely remap the world. In the last decade, some of the most significant glaciers have tripled their melt rate. VICE founder Shane Smith travels to the bottom of the world to investigate the instability of the West Antarctic ice sheet and see firsthand how the continent is melting. VICE also follows the rising oceans to Bangladesh for a glimpse into the world's underwater future. From the UN Climate conference to the People's Climate March to the forces that deny the science of global climate change, this extended report covers all sides of the issue and all corners of the globe, ending in an interview with Vice President Joe Biden. Subsequent episodes in the show's third season explore topics like the state of American policing, the movement of families fleeing gang violence in Central America, and new drug trafficking routes from South America to Africa. VICE returned for its fourth season on Friday, February 5 at 11pm on HBO. In the season opener featured two stories: Boko Haram: The terrorist group Boko Haram is responsible for thousands of deaths in Nigeria. Now, the government is determined to drive these militants from the country. But is the hunt for insurgents causing as much harm as it's preventing? Former Navy SEAL and new VICE correspondent Kaj Larsen travels to Nigeria to see what this cat-and-mouse game means for the people caught in the middle of the fight. Unnatural Selection: For centuries, scientists have been working to change the genetic traits of plants and animals. Now, a new gene-editing method called CRISPR has made that process astonishingly simple -- so simple that it could easily be used on humans. Isobel Yeung reports from Brazil, Scotland, China, and the United States on the technological advances that could reshape evolution as we know it. On Friday, February 24, 2017 at 7:30pm and 11pm ET/PT, HBO premiered the 29-episode fifth season of the weekly series VICE. With a wide-ranging mix of international and domestic stories, the new season takes viewers from conflict zones in the Middle East and Africa to the frontlines of lifesaving medical and tech breakthroughs. The new season opens with correspondent Isobel Yeung traveling through regime-controlled Syria and VICE Media founder and CEO Shane Smith uncovering the true economic stakes of decades of climate denial. On the second edition, Emmy-nominated correspondent. Gianna Toboni meets U.S. families and doctors who are rewriting the rules as they decide when and how to start medical intervention before trans youth hit puberty. Veteran war correspondent Ben Anderson and rising stars Isobel Yeung and Gianna Toboni return for Season 5, which also features VICE Media founder Suroosh Alvi, Hamilton Morris and Thomas Morton. Eddie Huang, Wilbert Cooper, Charlet Duboc, Taylor Wilson, Cord Jefferson and Ben Ferguson join the team as correspondents this year.
HBO premiered the Season 5 finale of VICE on Friday, October 13, 2017 from 7:30-8:10pm ET/PT on HBO. The 40-minute season finale features these stories:

"After ISIS": The fight to retake Mosul, the biggest city in ISIS' so-called caliphate, lasted more than ten months and was the biggest urban battle since World War II. As civilians of Mosul endured the impossible choice of hiding in their homes or fleeing and running the risk of being killed by ISIS, the war raged on, destroying everything in its path. With unparalleled access, VICE followed the Iraqi army as it fought the terrorist group, room to room, house to house and street to street, often fighting for days on end and suffering horrendous casualties on a slow crawl to liberation

"Cubs of the Caliphate": Now that most of Iraq has been liberated from ISIS control, the daunting task of what to do with civilians who lived under their brutal regime remains. Nowhere is this issue more complicated than in the case of children, particularly those who were recruited to fight with the Islamic State. Correspondent Isobel Yeung meets Iraqi youth who both lived and trained under ISIS as they try to rebuild their lives while facing an uncertain future.