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The Trade

The Trade

Photo Credit:  Our Time Projects/Showtime
  • Premiered: 
    February 2, 2018
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  • Network: Showtime
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Crime
  • Tags: drug

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Plot Synopsis

Directed and executive produced by Matthew Heineman, THE TRADE is a five-part documentary series that explores the opioid epidemic from the perspectives of growers, addicts and law enforcement on both sides of the border. This interwoven narrative transcends the headlines to convey -- with humanity and nuance -- the scope and gravity of the crisis. From Columbus, Ohio to Guerrero, Mexico and countless cities in between, the opioid epidemic has ravaged communities on both sides of the border. But what about the lives behind the headlines and statistics? This docuseries crisscrosses North America while seeking to break through the simplistic and often erroneously counterproductive assumptions surrounding the opioid phenomenon by spotlighting those caught in the crisis: friends and neighbors, sisters and brothers. THE TRADE debuted at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival as an official selection of the special events program, where the first two episodes were screened on January 24. One week later, Showtime broadcast the official series premiere on Friday, February 2, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT.
On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT, Showtime premiered the finale of THE TRADE. In Columbus, Ohio, Sergeant Smith zeroes in on a dealer who mixes heroin with Fentanyl; in Mexico, Don Miguel finds himself trapped in the drug trade; back in Atlanta, Skyler signs himself up for long-term treatment.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Our Time Projects