To quote the website, “It’s a TV channel.” But if you’ve heard the name before and kind of scratched your head at just what, exactly, Viceland offers, we’re with you. Falling under the Vice Media umbrella, a brand that has tread successfully in the edgy world of the underground and exploring countercultures of every stripe, Viceland offers original programming, mostly in the form of half-hour docuseries.
The confusion may come from the brand’s many other offshoots and platforms — mainly “Vice” magazine and its digital arm Vice.com — and the other half-hour “Vice” docuseries on HBO, produced in part by Bill Maher, which focuses on news and current political events around the world.
The Viceland Network, a joint venture with A&E Networks (and thus a sibling of History and Lifetime, among others), offers a range of alternative programming, offering looks at uncovered worlds from the jungles of Panama to the abandoned corners of the U.S. If you’re a traditional cable subscriber, chances are the Viceland Network falls within your package; you can look for your local channel here. If you’re a cord-cutter, the Viceland Network is available on SlingTV, the upcoming Hulu Live service, and the just-launched Youtube TV service in some areas.
It’s a lot to take in, but worth checking out. Here is just a sampling of what you could, and should, be watching:
Professional skateboarder Rick McCrank explores abandoned places with the people who love them the most, long after the lights have gone out. From an abandoned Olympic bicycle racing track in Detroit to an empty nuclear power plant in the Pacific Northwest, McCrank travels to some of the most fascinating, and overlooked, corners of the country, skateboard always in toe.
Good First Episode: “Two Detroits”
Season 1 is available to stream.
Ever wanted to hang out during an autopsy, just to see what it’s like? Wonder what goes through the mind of a teenage goth? To find out what humanity’s deal is, Thomas Morton, a journalist and “Vice” magazine contributing editor, hangs out with different groups of people, giving their lives a test spin.
Good First Episode: “Mr. Banks Goes to Washington” (with Michelle Obama)
Airs Wednesday nights at 11 p.m. ET/PT.
If the title didn’t tip you off already, this isn’t your standard food show. Action Bronson started as a gourmet chef in NYC until he broke his leg in the kitchen and, while immobile, began to focus on his favorite hobby: Rapping. Now, his Viceland show follows his travels around the world tasting everything from street food to fine cuisine — presumably anything that seems f*cking delicious.
Good First Episode: “A Love Like Wine”
Two seasons are available to stream.
Actress Ellen Page made headlines and stirred hearts when she came out of the closet in 2014, while giving at speech at a Human Rights Campaign event. Now, in her Viceland travel series, she and her best friend, Ian Daniel, set off on a personal journey to explore LGBTQ cultures around the world, telling often untold stories of struggle and acceptance. Viceland’s flagship show, “Gaycation” deserves all the accolades it receives — and is the perfect introduction to what the network is all about.
Good First Episode: “Orlando,” a special that aired between seasons, soon after the massacre in Orlando, Florida.
Two seasons are available to stream.
There’s more to sports than the Big 3: Baseball, Football, and Basketball. “VICE World of Sports” goes deep into the world of Aussie Rules football, e-sports, boxing, and more, exploring compelling stories at the fringe of culture and politics.
Good First Episode: Rivals: “Calcio Storico”
Airs Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT
A step into scripted programming, “Trapped” is an Icelandic murder mystery that begins when a dead body is found aboard a ferry approaching a small, remote Icelandic town. The investigation into the crime rattles the isolated town to its core.
Airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT