Cities of the Underworld

Cities of the Underworld

2007 - 2010, History, Other, Science
Series investigating the numerous historic secrets buried beneath the surfaces of modern-day cities.

Episode Guide

  • Cities of the Underworld - Alcatraz Down Under (Season 3 Episode 13)
    Season 3 Episode 13:

    Alcatraz Down Under

    Australia's past had convicts transported from Britain, gold miners and outlaws; a 19th-century prison housed Sydney's most-dangerous criminals; a cave complex sheltered outlaws.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Gods of War (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:

    Gods of War

    A history marked by conquest and conflict leaves a rich mythology of gods and men beneath the soil of Turkey; host Don Wildman investigates the truth behind legends of the Trojan War.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Tomb of the Lost Mummies (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:

    Tomb of the Lost Mummies

    Host Don Wildman explores ancient structures buried beneath the desert sands of Egypt and the streets of Cairo, examines how these engineering marvels survived invasions, and discovers a tomb filled with 2,000-year-old mummies.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Under the Rock (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    Under the Rock

    San Francisco is one of the nation's largest military defense installations with a huge underground ammunition depot, a former nuclear arsenal and Civil War fortifications buried under Alcatraz; human trafficking tunnels in Chinatown.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Secret Holy Land (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    Secret Holy Land

    Christianity evolves in unique ways in Ethiopia's ancient underground engineering marvels and remote, cliffhanging caves; emperors' tombs; subterranean cathedrals; the Queen of Sheba's buried palace; possible site of the Ark of the Covenant.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Gladiators: Blood Sport (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    Gladiators: Blood Sport

    Digging into the secret lives of ancient Roman gladiators, ranging from the depths of the Flavian amphitheater to a buried brothel where they lived their last days; host Don Wildman visits ancient crypts and chambers used for pagan worship.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Land of Manson (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Land of Manson

    Underground Los Angeles includes a haven for killer Charles Manson and his followers, tunnels where corrupt cops secretly ran the city, a dormant subway system, coastal military bunkers and war rooms ready for the next big quake.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Barbarians' Lair (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Barbarians' Lair

    Host Don Wildman tracks down subterranean secrets from Europe's Dark Ages, including a secret society's immense quarries, Templar torture chambers and the tunnels of medieval "ghost knights."

  • Cities of the Underworld - Hitler's Trenches (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Hitler's Trenches

    Host Don Wildman explores the trench systems and fortifications that made World War I one of the most brutal wars in history and helped shape Nazi Germany's Adolf Hitler.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Secret Sin City (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Secret Sin City

    Host Don Wildman explores the secret underground that helped transform Las Vegas from a barren desert into a mobster metropolis; underground vaults; secret surveillance nerve centers.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Real Mafia Underground (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Real Mafia Underground

    Host Don Wildman travels to Sicily to trace the Mafia's roots back to a vigilante secret society in an underground network that was created to put corrupt city officials on trial and execute the guilty.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Tunnels of Hell (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Tunnels of Hell

    Host Don Wildman discovers what it was like to live through World War II's Battle of Okinawa by exploring the Japanese defenders' tunnels, caves and bunkers; diving to a destroyer sunk off Okinawa's coast.

  • Cities of the Underworld - City of Blood (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    City of Blood

    Don Wildman explores London, England, above and below ground to uncover its violent crimes, extreme poverty and lawlessness during the chaotic Victorian period.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Secret Soviet Bases (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    Secret Soviet Bases

    Host Don Wildman digs into the subterranean world of Cold War secrets in Ukraine, where the former Soviet Union stockpiled nuclear weapons, established submarine bases and built underground apartment blocks.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Katrina (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:


    Specialists delve into the New Orleans underground to see how it stands in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and to assess whether the city would be ready for a similar storm in the future.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Stalin's Secret Lair (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    Stalin's Secret Lair

    Reminders of former Soviet leader Josef Stalin's terrifying legacy lie beneath the streets of Moscow in a subterranean web so vast that the Russian capital is in danger of caving in.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Washington, D.C.: Seat of Power (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    Washington, D.C.: Seat of Power

    Exploring the top-secret underground defenses of Washington, D.C.; how the U.S. prepares for the worst possible scenarios, from a nuclear catastrophe to the ravages of disease.

  • Cities of the Underworld - New York: Secret Societies (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    New York: Secret Societies

    Dan Wildman explores the gangs, mob bosses, covert groups, and secret societies of early New York City; Wildman delves into the secret world of "sand hogs," mobster hideaways, hidden tunnels, and escape routes.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Prophecies From Below (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Prophecies From Below

    Delving into Jerusalem's subterranean landscape uncovers an ancient escape route, a secret bullet factory, and data linked to the holy city's most-mysterious, most-enduring prophecies.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Mob Underground (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Mob Underground

    A history of Chicago reveals vice dens, secret railroad lines, shipwrecks, and the spark that led to the atomic bomb.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Mayan Underground (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Mayan Underground

    Explorers uncover Mayan tombs, sacrificial altars, caves and entrances to the ancient civilization's underworld in the jungle of Belize, where hundreds of ruins dot the landscape.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Hitler's Last Secret (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Hitler's Last Secret

    Prague, Czech Republic: quarries in which Adolf Hitler may have stored his most powerful secret weapon; mines that doubled as Communist slave camps.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Viking Underground (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Viking Underground

    Exploring mysterious tombs, defense tunnels and an underground river beneath Dublin, Ireland.

  • Cities of the Underworld - A-Bomb Underground (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    A-Bomb Underground

    Technology beneath the streets of Tokyo is to protect the city from natural disasters; Hiroshima's underground affords shelter from World War II's most powerful bombs; the secret life of Japanese ninjas.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Vietnam (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:


    Exploring Vietnam War-era tunnels, passages and secret caves used as shelters; the massive Cu Chi tunnel system; superbunkers.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Underground Apocalypse (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Underground Apocalypse

    Evidence of the apocalypse is under the holy city of Jerusalem; host Don Wildman gains special access to a sacred stone said to protect the world from ultimate chaos.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Rome: The Rise (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:

    Rome: The Rise

    The ancient neighborhoods, sewer systems, aqueducts and theaters that lie beneath the modern streets of Rome.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Underground Bootleggers (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    Underground Bootleggers

    Beneath the modern streets of Portland, Ore.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Secret Pagan Underground (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Secret Pagan Underground

    Discovering the ancient kingdom of Cappadocia.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Dracula's Underground (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    Dracula's Underground

    The mysteries of Vlad the Impaler lie beneath the city of Bucharest, Romania.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Freemason Underground (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Freemason Underground

    Freemasons leave behind hints about their role in the rise of America in tunnels beneath Boston and in a water world still intact in Philadelphia.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Beneath Vesuvius (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Beneath Vesuvius

    Exploring the neighborhoods, banks, bakeries and other structures carved beneath Naples by ancient Neopolitans.

  • Cities of the Underworld - London's Lost Cities (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    London's Lost Cities

    The subterranean secrets below London's most famous landmarks; Winston Churchill's hidden war-rooms; host Eric Geller.

  • Cities of the Underworld - City of Caves (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    City of Caves

    Beneath the city of Budapest, Hungary.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Catacombs of Death (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Catacombs of Death

    Snaking quarries, hidden catacombs and mushroom-harvesting tunnels lie beneath the city of Paris.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Rome's Hidden Empire (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Rome's Hidden Empire

    Discovering what life was like during Nero's tyranny and Augustus' reforms; host Eric Geller.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Hitler's Underground Lair (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Hitler's Underground Lair

    Exploring Nazi Germany's World War II bunkers beneath the streets of Berlin.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Berlin (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:


    Exploring Nazi Germany's World War II bunkers beneath the streets of Berlin.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Scotland's Sin City (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Scotland's Sin City

    The hidden history of Edinburgh, Scotland, includes body snatchers, illegal distilleries and castle dungeons.

  • Cities of the Underworld - Istanbul (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:


    Beneath Istanbul, Turkey.