The Vice Guide to Everything

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Informative but edgy docu show is best for older teens.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series explores issues that aren’t always covered by mainstream media. It also seeks to find alternative points of view about various subjects. Reporting adventures often take a very male perspective -- women are often absent or sexualized in some way.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Vice team takes lots of risks when going into dangerous areas and talking with people who can potentially do them harm. That said, their goal is to inform and educate.


The Vice team often goes to places that are considered dangerous by Westerners, including Yemen, North Korea, and Palestine. Violent groups like the Mafia and Al-Qaeda are discussed. Guns are sometimes visible. Beheadings and other violent acts are sometimes discussed.


Some stories contain sexual content, including stripping.


Words like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.


Brands like Coca-Cola are occasionally visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

During their travels, the Vice team often smokes and/or chews products that are culturally acceptable to the region -- and subsequently get high. Cigarette smoking is visible.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this edgy series follows Vice Magazine team members as they report on political, cultural, and other stories from around the world that may not be covered in the mainstream media. Stories vary by episode but may contain sexual content (like stripping); references to war, terrorism, and beheadings; and other controversial political and social issues. Curses like “f--k” are bleeped.

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What's the story?

THE VICE GUIDE TO EVERYTHING follows Vice Magazine co-founder Shane Smith, intern-turned-correspondent Ryan Duffy, and online editor Thomas Morton as they cover unique stories about the modern world often using a particapatory-journalism approach. The series attempts to define and appeal to today’s contemporary youths by featuring interviews with interesting people, investigating unique subcultures and rituals, and highlighting trends in popular culture from around the world.

Is it any good?

This edgy series, which is based on the popular Canadian alternative magazine, features the kind of offbeat reports and information that the youth culture publication is known for. The magazine initially focused on sex, drugs, and music, but as the show's intro describes, the publishers eventually widened their lens to include politics, art, environment, and other cultural stories -- and this is the approach the show takes. The series often explores political and cultural topics in a way that questions some of the information that the public receives from mainstream media.

The show’s choice of topics definitely makes it interesting. But it also covers plenty of subjects that deal with very mature subject matter -- for example, Mexican drug dealers who make movies glorifying their lifestyle. Although most of these subjects are offered in a specific context, it's best reserved for older teens.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about mainstream versus alternative media. What is alternative media? What purpose does it serve in society?

  • Does alternative media ever become mainstream? What are some of the more popular alternative media outlets today?

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