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In this docuseries, photography and high-tech visualizations reveal the secrets of natural wonders and man-made spectacles at the bottom of the sea. The 10-episode series debuted in 2018 on the National Geographic cable network.

National Geographic Channel
3 Seasons, 44 Episodes
May 28, 2018
Documentary & Biography
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Drain the Oceans Full Episode Guide

  • Chicago's extraordinary past emerges from the waters of Lake Michigan.

  • New insights from the seabed reveal how the Allies won World War II.

  • The American Civil War stretched far beyond the battlefield, into American rivers, along coastlines and out into the world’s oceans.

  • Hi-tech graphics and newly discovered wrecks reveal forgotten stories from the American Revolution.

  • Long-lost shipwrecks reveal the true story of piracy on the Caribbean.

  • Uncovered wrecks reveal how Britain defeated Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.

  • Existing only in legend, an ancient Egyptian city lies buried beneath the waves of the Mediterranean; after 2,000 years, secrets are revealed.

  • After vanishing in the Baltic over 450 years ago, a formidable battleship reveals secrets.

  • Atomic explosions on ships at sea. The USA's largest thermonuclear bomb. A new survey using extraordinary CGI explores the dawn of the Nuclear Age.

  • Archaeologists investigate a wreck that could be the last ever slave ship to bring Africans to American soil through the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

  • Stories of clandestine missions conducted beneath the waves have remained hidden from prying eyes for decades, until now.

  • Underwater secrets of Loch Ness, the California Gold Rush, and ancient Egypt.

  • The story of how Rome dominated the world for 500 years by conquering the sea.

  • How Japan dominated the Pacific during World War II, crushing the Allies.

  • Maritime archaeologists and historians go in search of the biggest wrecks ever sunk beneath the seas; new scientific data combines with cutting-edge computer graphics to drain the oceans to investigate the world's most awe-inspiring wrecks.

  • Shedding new light on Hitler's reign of terror and ultimate demise.

  • Emptying the lake to finally reveal the monster's identify.

  • London's secret history is revealed.

  • A new 3D survey of the Thai cave in Tham Luang reveals how 12 boys were rescued after being trapped.

  • A high-tech expedition searches for the iconic lost wrecks of the Battle of the Pacific.

  • Spain's attempted conquest of England fails when the Armada is defeated. By draining the ocean we reveal how the English then stole ship technology to build their own empire.

  • For over fifty years the world's two greatest superpowers, the United States and Soviet Union, pour their resources into a terrifying array of doomsday weapons and military machines. The Cold War is the world's first nuclear armed confrontation. Remarkably, it's also the greatest clandestine war in the history of mankind - conducted in secret beneath the waves. Now, with access to daring expeditions, precision data and classified information, we use ground-breaking computer-generated-images to drain the ocean and reveal the shocking secrets of the nuclear-armed Cold War.

  • The land battles of the American Civil War are well known, but it's the war on the seas that shaped the outcome of the war. Maritime archaeologists and historians go in search of Civil War secrets, hidden deep underwater. Scientific data combines with computer graphics to drain the oceans to investigate the lost wrecks of the war.

  • Lost ships reveal the race to look for gold in the Klondike and California gold rushes.

  • Draining the oceans sheds light on the world's first stealth weapon - German U-Boats.

  • A look at the secrets of New York City.

  • A survey of the D-Day shipwrecks sheds light on the biggest amphibious invasion in history.

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