Cities of the Underworld

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  • TV-PG
  • 2007
  • 3 Seasons
  • 8.0  (741)

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.

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Unearthing San Francisco's Secrets
15. Unearthing San Francisco's Secrets
February 19, 2019
Don uncovers evidence of a sordid past beneath the hills of San Francisco.
At the Center of It All
14. At the Center of It All
February 19, 2019
Don uncovers the truth behind the mysterious legends of Turkey.
Alcatraz Down Under
13. Alcatraz Down Under
February 9, 2009
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.
Gods of War
12. Gods of War
February 2, 2009
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.
Tomb of the Lost Mummies
11. Tomb of the Lost Mummies
January 26, 2009
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.
Under the Rock
10. Under the Rock
January 12, 2009
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.
Secret Holy Land
9. Secret Holy Land
December 22, 2008
Don Wildman goes from underground to 9,000 feet in the air when he visits the East African nation of Ethiopia.
Gladiators: Blood Sport
8. Gladiators: Blood Sport
December 15, 2008
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.
Land of Manson
7. Land of Manson
December 8, 2008
Los Angeles was a city which was kept in fear and paranoia as the most notorious murders in U.S. history roamed around free. It was Charles Manson and he lived on the deserts of Los Angeles and hoped that the underground would be his safe haven. But Manson and his followers weren't the only dangers lurking beneath the streets of LA. Corrupt cops secretly ran the city, and a subway system laid in waste. The 9-million plus who live there are ready for anything, along with shores which have military bunkers for protection and subterranean disaster-relief war rooms surveying the next big quake, LA's underground holds the key to its survival.
Barbarians' Lair
6. Barbarians' Lair
December 1, 2008
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.
Hitler's Trenches
5. Hitler's Trenches
November 23, 2008
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.
Secret Sin City
4. Secret Sin City
November 16, 2008
Welcome to Las Vegas, where fortunes are made and lost each day through gambling. Casino's first priority has always been to keep it's money safe by use of an intricate security system. From underground vaults to secret surveillance nerve centers, Don Wildman uncovers how the latest technology beats the cheaters. But in the early days, things were not so hi-tech. Don shows how a sandy desert was built up into a mobster metropolis where the show was run by running through tunnels underground since the days of Prohibition. And just as it seemed the city would die and all the thugs were behind bars, Vegas made a stellar comeback. It's the only city in the world where you can be in Egypt one moment and Italy the next, thanks to a secret underground that allows the show to get bigger and better every time.
Real Mafia Underground
3. Real Mafia Underground
November 9, 2008
The world fears the mafia and that includes Sicily, where it's presence cannot be ignored. But did you know the mafia got their start underground? Don travels to Sicily where a secret society once held meetings underground in which corrupt city officials were put on trial and the guilty were executed. Don tracks down ancient subterranean waterways where mob bosses used to make their escape, and discovers a bone-crypt that holds the key to Sicily's violent past. He'll also expose how the mafia teamed up with the Allies during WWII, undermining the Axis' line of bunkers deep within the hillside and embedding themselves into Sicilian society for good.
Tunnels Of Hell
2. Tunnels Of Hell
November 2, 2008
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.
City Of Blood
1. City Of Blood
October 26, 2008
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.
Fall of Rome
101. Fall of Rome
February 26, 2019
Don examines the end of the Roman Empire and the dawn of the Dark Ages.
Cities Of The Underworld
Cities Of The Underworld

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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 April 23, 2007.

Where to Watch Cities of the Underworld

Cities of the Underworld is available for streaming on the History website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Cities of the Underworld on demand at Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, Hulu, History Vault, FuboTV, Sling and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    April 23, 2007
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (741)