The BEST episodes of America's War on Drugs

Every episode of America's War on Drugs ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of America's War on Drugs!

The origins of the drug war in the United States, which spans five decades, and its unexpected effects on American culture, institutions and politics.

Last Updated: 12/24/2023Network: HistoryStatus: Ended
Heroin, Terrorists & Kings of Pain
41 votes

#1 - Heroin, Terrorists & Kings of Pain

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 6/21/2017

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Gangs, Prisons & Meth Queens
46 votes

#2 - Gangs, Prisons & Meth Queens

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/20/2017

America's War on Drugs rages on. The Clinton Administration's support of NAFTA inadvertently opens the door to Mexican cartels, and its response to a wave of violence leads to mass incarceration. A celebrity's sister becomes a successful meth lord in the Midwest, as a powerful group of cartels begin a bloody war for dominance. America's streets are flooded with drugs with no end of the war on drugs in sight.

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Acid, Spies, & Secret Experiments
101 votes

#3 - Acid, Spies, & Secret Experiments

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/18/2017

The roots of America's War on Drugs is uncovered. Secret assassination attempts, the CIA's bizarre experiments with LSD, and covert support of heroin traffickers are factors leading up to President Nixons' declaration of war on drugs in America. It's a story of lies and unintended consequences - a gonzo story of gangsters and gurus, war lords and spies, street gangs and politicians - all vying for power and control of a growing new black market for narcotics.

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Cocaine, Cartels & Crack Downs
55 votes

#4 - Cocaine, Cartels & Crack Downs

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 6/19/2017

Cocaine lands in America from secret airports, lining the pockets of violent cartel bosses, and an infamous "black widow", as the CIA's shadow wars have unintended consequences. President Reagan cracks down as crack invades the USA.

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