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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 is a Reality series that is currently running and has 7 seasons (69 episodes). The series first aired on January 10, 2010. It has moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.2.

Border Wars is available for streaming on the National Geographic website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Border Wars on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, iTunes online.

Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on National Geographic
7 Seasons, 69 Episodes
January 10, 2010
Cast: Bill Graves
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Border Wars Full Episode Guide

  • As migrants and drugs enter the US illegally, sting operations catch them before they reach a final destination.

  • The agents hunt down drug runners and illegal immigrants trying to cross the U.S. border.

  • In the sixth season premiere, take a look at the highest valued multi-million dollar drug busts along the border.

Border Wars Video Clips & Extras

Fence Jumpers | National Geographic Clip (03:00) Brown Heroin SUV | Border Wars Clip (02:20) Heartbreaking Stories | National Geographic Clip (02:48) Ultralight Drug Drop | National Geographic Clip (01:55) Border Cadavers | National Geographic Clip (02:52) Trapped in a Drug Tunnel | National Geographic Clip (01:45) Border Wars Returns! | National Geographic Clip (00:31) Border Wars - Coming Soon | National Geographic Clip (00:31)