The reality TV format is used to depict the real struggles U.S. border guards face in Border Wars. The serious subject matter makes the National Geographic program more like a documentary than the mindless entertainment reality TV provides. The show delivers just as many thrills and twists as any other program because it follows Homeland Security divisions as they investigate cases.
Border Wars follows any agency that works near U.S. borders along Mexico, Florida or Puerto Rico. This includes customs agents, immigration officers, marines and aviation specialists. The show takes news headlines about drug smuggling and immigration that people might read and lets audiences see the action. This show appeals to viewers who want to stay informed about current events or simply want thought provoking entertainment.
Agents in the volatile climates near the border do not know what challenges they will face each week and this translates to the program. Drug smugglers use many methods to avoid detection while agents work to uncover every deception. Arizona agents discover an underground tunnel for drug smuggling, air agents track teenage drug smugglers and guide field agents to their location and Puerto Rico agents must stop a delivery of cocaine from reaching South Africa. Episodes with drug smugglers lead to tension and elevated levels of danger because many smugglers are heavily armed and willing to try anything to evade authorities.
Immigration agents face different and similar obstacles as those who hunt down drug smugglers. Immigration agents see various types of people who are trying to cross a border into the U.S. illegally. They may see families, women and children. These groups normally have personal reasons for wanting a new life in America. This brings more emotional drama but there is still suspense. Anyone who is trying to illegally enter the country could also be a drug smuggler. Agents must determine the real purpose every person has because they may need to intervene in drug smuggling or terrorist plots. They may not always be tracking down those with weapons and sinister intents, but they must catch suspects while being located on unwieldy terrain. Those seeking to immigrate have thousands of places to hide and agents must investigate everywhere they can before individuals cross the border.
Real life stories fascinate many viewers because the mysteries and situations are true and anything can happen. Agents work to protect themselves and others while stopping criminal plots in Border Wars.
Border Wars Full Episode Guide:
Season 5 (14 full episodes)
Episode 10 - Cash and Corruption
First Aired: January 16, 2013
Episode 9 - Smuggler's Stash
First Aired: January 09, 2013
Episode 8 - Animals on the Frontline
First Aired: January 02, 2013
Episode 7 - 24-Hour Watch
First Aired: December 26, 2012
- Episode 6 - The War Comes Home
- Episode 5 - Rio Grande Rookies
- Episode 4 - Special Ops
- Episode 3 - War on the Streets
- Episode 2 - War Games
- Episode 1 - Traffic
Season 4 (24 full episodes, 9 clips available)
- Episode 12 - Cash in the Tank
- Episode 11 - Cocaine Dump Truck
- Episode 10 - Cocaine Paradise
- Episode 9 - Midnight Drug Trap
- Episode 8 - Tunnel Smoke-out
- Episode 7 - Teenage Drug Mules
- Episode 6 - Cartel Cash Stash
- Episode 5 - Hidden Tunnel
- Episode 4 - Contraband Corridor
- Episode 3 - Meth Mobile
- Episode 2 - Bullets Over the Border
- Episode 1 - Rio Grande Reefer