Black Market: Dispatches

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  • TV-14
  • 2016
  • 1 Season
  • 7.8  (60)

Black Market: Dispatches from Viceland is a documentary series that premiered on Viceland in 2016. The show is hosted by Michael K. Williams, best known for his roles in The Wire and Boardwalk Empire. The series explores the illegal and underground markets that exist all over the world.

Over the course of the series, Williams travels to various locations around the world to investigate black market activities. The show covers a wide variety of topics, including the illegal trade in exotic animals, counterfeit luxury goods, stolen bicycles, and even human organs.

Each episode of the show focuses on a different topic, with Williams diving deep into the murky world of each illegal market. He meets with the people involved in each trade, including smugglers, dealers, and buyers, to get an inside look at how the black market functions. Williams also talks to law enforcement officials who are working to stop these illegal activities.

One episode of the show focuses on the trade in exotic animals, which is a huge and lucrative market. Williams visits Thailand, where he meets with smugglers who trade in rare and endangered animals, including tigers, bears, and exotic birds. He also talks to activists who are working to stop the trade in wildlife.

Another episode covers the trade in counterfeit luxury goods, which is a multi-billion dollar industry. Williams travels to China, where he visits factories that produce knockoff designer goods. He also talks to people who buy counterfeit goods, and explores the impact that this industry has on the global economy.

In addition to exploring the illegal markets themselves, Black Market: Dispatches also looks at the human toll of these activities. Williams meets with victims of human trafficking, people who have been forced into prostitution or other forms of slavery. He also talks to people who have lost loved ones to drug addiction, which is often fueled by the illegal drug trade.

Overall, Black Market: Dispatches is a compelling and eye-opening look at the shadowy world of illegal markets. The show is well-researched and informative, and Williams is a skilled and engaging host. Through his travels and investigations, viewers are given an inside look at how these illegal markets operate, and the impact that they have on people around the world.

While the show does not shy away from the darker aspects of these markets, it also offers a glimmer of hope. Williams talks to people who are working to stop these illegal activities, whether through law enforcement, activism, or simply refusing to buy into the black market. By shedding light on these underground trades, Black Market: Dispatches encourages viewers to think critically about the impact of their choices and actions, and to consider the broader consequences of the global economy.

Black Market: Dispatches is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (10 episodes). The series first aired on August 16, 2016.

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Where to Watch Black Market: Dispatches
Black Market: Dispatches is available for streaming on the Viceland website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Black Market: Dispatches on demand at Amazon, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    August 16, 2016
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (60)