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Cities of the Underworld is a show that deals with cities that are underground either due to the effects of time or due to top secret needs. During the show three areas are visited and explored by the host and a colleague. The areas are usually in caves or underground and in some instances the cameras cannot show how to get in the places as the areas are sill considered needed for top secret security.

One thing to note about the show is that the title is a bit deceptive. While cities are covered other things, such as underground factories, military bases, and rum runner hideouts are also explored.

Topics of Cities of the Underworld range from Roman cities that were built to store wine to a factory built by the Nazis that houses Hitler's doomsday device. The areas are fully explored, though in some instances if the going gets too tough the host and his colleague will turn back.

While in most cases the area will be completely unsuitable, in some cases there is not a need to go cave exploring as the area will still be an operation and will still be quite suitable. These areas are usually military basis or ones that are currently still online. In these instances the host wears his regular clothes as he is shown the workings of the place by the colleague. It is also worth noting that in these instances that the cameras sometimes have to be turned off as the colleague will not want anyway finding out how to get into the top secret building as it could jeopardize national security. However, the cameras are allowed elsewhere in the area.

Cities of the Underworld is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (41 episodes). The series first aired on March 2, 2007.

Where do I stream Cities of the Underworld online? Cities of the Underworld is available for streaming on History, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Cities of the Underworld on demand at Apple TV+, Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, Hulu, History Vault, Sling, iTunes online.

Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on History
3 Seasons, 41 Episodes
March 2, 2007
Documentary & Biography History
Cast: Don Wildman
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Cities of the Underworld Full Episode Guide

  • Don uncovers evidence of a sordid past beneath the hills of San Francisco.

  • Don uncovers the truth behind the mysterious legends of Turkey.

  • Bajo la soleada fachada de Sidney, Australia, yace un oscuro pasado. Creada por convictos, mineros de oro y forajidos, esta nación forjó su libertad desde las profundidades subterr'áneas. Explore el Alcatraz australiano, la prisión del siglo 19.

  • This episode focuses on the underworld of Turkey, including remaining tunnels from invaders and travelers on a trade route. Also included is the legend and lore of the Trojan War.

  • The urban sprawl of Cairo, Egypt belies its history as one of the world's oldest civilizations, where the Pharaohs' ancient secrets lay hidden deep below the vast deserts of the Nile. Explore the massive engineering might of the oldest structures in the world, and learn how they survived a long history of invasions by the Greeks, Romans and Turks.

  • While most people think of San Francisco as a haven for peace-loving hippies, this city by the Bay is actually one of the biggest military defense installations in America. Go beneath its picturesque hills and uncover the biggest ammunitions depot on the West Coast before plunging into a deadly arsenal that once stored nuclear missiles with more than six times the destructive power of the atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima. From the secret Civil War fortification buried beneath Alcatraz to the human trafficking tunnels winding below Chinatown, San Francisco's underground is evidence of its sordid past.

  • Don Wildman goes from underground to 9,000 feet in the air when he visits the East African nation of Ethiopia.

  • An examination of Ancient Rome, focusing on gladiators and the areas they were associated in, including the Colosseum, brothels and crypts. Also, a school in which the gladiators trained to fight and survive.

  • Europe's darkest days lasted 1,000 years, from the swords of barbarian hordes to the guns of the Spanish Empire. After the Roman Empire fell, Europe saw chaos for centuries, with mass bloodshed, rampant disease, and vicious carnage along the streets. But what laid below them was an area cut out by man to help keep people alive...and alert for their enemies. From the immense quarries of a secret society to Templar torture chambers and the tunnels of medieval "ghost knights," Don searches for the darkest secrets of the Dark Continent, which lays beneath Europe's streets.

  • A trip to Belgium's Western Front where Adolph Hitler served in the German army in trenches and tunnels. Host Don shows us the areas where 24,000 Allies would await the enemy for an ambush, to the indestructible fortress that endured thousands of bombs daily. Discover the underground which helped make WWI one of the bloodiest and brutal war in history...and turned Hitler into the terrifying madman of World War II.

  • In 1945, the U.S. Navy unleashed the "Typhoon of Steel " on the Japanese island of Okinawa, the largest naval armada ever used by the U.S.. Instead of the quick victory in which was supposed to happen, it started the bloodiest battle ever seen in the Pacific, which lasted over 3 months and saw thousands more killed on both sides than in both post-atomic Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. But the battle didn't just happen above ground, it was fought underneath it too in a beehive of tunnels in which the American troops faced down the entrenched Japanese army, to the caves in which thousands of civilians fled to hide and hundreds ended up perishing. This episode shows Don Wildman what it was like to live through the Battle of Okinawa. He heads underground to the subterranean tunnels, caves, and bunkers, where few have gone, and dives to explore the lost naval destroyer sunken deep in the waters off Okinawa's coast.

  • London, England is the site for many haunting ghost stories, but behind each myth lies the truth. Victorian times brought with it violent crimes, extreme poverty and lawlessness which forced the Londoners to bond to survive. As the church felt challenged by the medical and scientific advances at the time, and disease and overpopulation drove the poverty stricken to do the jobs only the devil could endure. From body snatchers to serial killers to occult clubs and pagan rituals, Londoners lived both above and below ground to their own set of rules. Don Wildman explores London from the bottom up and tells the stories most would rather remain buried.

  • Don examines the end of the Roman Empire and the dawn of the Dark Ages.

  • A look at the Cold War area of the Soviet Union and their secret underground locations. Included are areas in which nuclear weapons are stored in the Ukraine, submarine bases and apartments.

  • 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.

  • A look at the underground of Moscow, including the areas relating to the Cold War and Stalin's ruthless reign. Includes a glimpse of hidden bunkers, escape tunnels used to hide from Stalin's henchmen.

  • A look underneath Washington D.C., including the national defense and the areas which have been created which are intended to keep the country safe from wars and natural disasters. Included is a look at secret bunkers and the world created below the Capital Mall.

  • A look at the underground dwellings in Jerusalem and its historical legacy as a center of prophecy is explored. Includes an ancient escape route and a bullet factory.

  • An exploration of the underground of Chicago, emphasizing on the cities historical criminal past. Includes a look into vice dens, secret railroad lines and sunken shipwrecks.

  • Before the mysterious disappearance of the ancient Maya, Belize was the nerve center of this advanced civilization. Hundreds of ruins dot the landscape and reveal clues to bloody Mayan rituals and advanced architecture.

  • A look at underground Prague which includes the dungeons of medieval castles, Communist slave camps that were made from abandoned mines, and the storage place of a secret weapon for Hitler, believed to be an old quarry. Also, an investigation of the technology used in the cities underground construction.

  • An investigation of the underground passages in Dublin, Ireland, with a look at subterranean defense tunnels, pagan burial tombs and the mysterious burial crypts that line the underground of the hills. Even the heart of the city contains an underground river flowing through it.

  • See a Vietnam that you've never seen before. During the Vietnam War the media flooded the world with images of soldiers and jungles. What wasn't seen were the tunnels, caves and passageways.

  • Today, New York is the biggest city in the country, but it's got some dark secrets in its past. It was founded by covert groups, overrun with gangs and mob bosses, and ruled by secret societies.

  • A search in Jerusalem for the Battle of Armageddon, looking for evidence of its history of bloody conflicts and the possibility of future clashes. Included: a look at a sacred stone and evidence of John the Baptist's sermons predicting the end of the world.

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