The BEST Episodes of Cities of the Underworld

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2021

Network: History

BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU WALK - HISTORY'S AFOOT! In major cities all around the world today, skyscrapers loom overhead, taxis honk their horns and street vendors peddle their wares. But below lays city upon city - each with its fascinating and unknown history. CITIES OF THE UNDERWORLD explores these layers, which are often hundreds of feet deep, to examine a city's ancient cisterns, dank dungeons, eerie tombs, clandestine hideouts, and even underground shipwrecks that have been lost for hundreds of years. How did (and do) engineers build layer upon layer up to today's city streets? CITIES OF THE UNDERWORLD reveals the technological marvels that allowed the construction of one city upon another - literally.

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Washington D.C.: Seat of Power

#1 - Washington D.C.: Seat of Power

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 15, 2008

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.

star 8.13
8 votes
Real Mafia Underground

#2 - Real Mafia Underground

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 9, 2008

Underground Sicily and the origins of the Mafia are explored. Included: the escape route of a mob boss; a bone crypt; and bunkers used during World War II by the Axis powers.

star 8.10
10 votes
Viking Underground

#3 - Viking Underground

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 25, 2008

Dublin, Ireland is much more than a city full of pubs and pints. Burial tombs, defense tunnels, and mysterious burial crypts line the underground below the rolling hills.

star 8.00
11 votes
Secret Holy Land

#4 - Secret Holy Land

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 22, 2008

Underground Ethiopia is explored. Included: tombs of emperors; subterranean cathedrals; and the palace of the Queen of Sheba. Also: theories regarding the possible resting place of the Ark of the Covenant.

star 8.00
4 votes
Tomb of the Lost Mummies

#5 - Tomb of the Lost Mummies

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 26, 2009

Underground Cairo is explored, focusing on ancient structures that have withstood time and countless invasions. Included: a step pyramid built a century before the Giza pyramids; and a tomb containing 2000-year-old mummies. Also examined: the Book of the Dead.

star 7.92
12 votes
Under the Rock

#6 - Under the Rock

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 12, 2009

Underground San Francisco is explored. Included: an ammunitions depot; a former repository for nuclear missiles; Civil War fortifications beneath Alcatraz; and tunnels below Chinatown.

star 7.88
8 votes
City of Blood: London, England

#7 - City of Blood: London, England

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 26, 2008

The third-season opener explores Victorian-era London, when hard times forced many to take extreme measures to procure food and shelter.

star 7.83
18 votes
Freemason Underground

#8 - Freemason Underground

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 25, 2007

Discover the fascinating and unknown history that lies below major cities around the world today. Explore these layers, which are often hundreds of feet deep. Discover everything form dank dungeons to underground shipwrecks that have been lost for centuries.

star 7.80
10 votes
A-Bomb Underground

#9 - A-Bomb Underground

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 11, 2008

Tokyo, Japan is a city straight out of the future, above ground and below. Go beneath the busy streets to see the latest technology that will save the city from the many natural disasters ready to strike. From there go back in time to World War II to see how Hiroshima's underground offered protection from the most powerful bombs.

star 7.80
10 votes
Hitler's Trenches

#10 - Hitler's Trenches

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 23, 2008

Underground Belgium is explored, focusing on the trenches and tunnels of World War I.

star 7.80
10 votes
Dracula's Underground: Bucharest, Romania

#11 - Dracula's Underground: Bucharest, Romania

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jul 9, 2007

Visit the city of Bucharest, Romania and learn about its most famous citizen, Vlad the Impaler, more commonly known as Dracula. Travel underground as secret prisons, caves and dungeons are revealed. Only through the bleak subterranean stretches can one come face-to-face with the truth about this infamous Romanian ruler.

star 7.78
9 votes
Underground Bootleggers

#12 - Underground Bootleggers

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jul 23, 2007

100 years ago Portland, Oregon was a city full of vice, considered the most dangerous port in the world. It was a place where you could get drugs or booze or wake up trapped in a cell beneath the earth.

star 7.75
8 votes
Hitler's Underground Lair

#13 - Hitler's Underground Lair

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 30, 2007

Go beneath the streets of Berlin and unearth the remains of the Nazi bunkers.

star 7.70
74 votes
Hitler's Last Secret

#14 - Hitler's Last Secret

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 3, 2008

Prague is a city cloaked in mystery, with an underground to match. Medieval castles line the streets & dark dungeons lie deep below them. From quarries where Hitler may have stored his secret weapons to mines that doubled as Communist slave camps, Prague has surprising stories to tell.

star 7.67
9 votes
Underground Apocalypse

#15 - Underground Apocalypse

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 28, 2008

For billions across the globe, Jerusalem is considered ground zero for Armageddon. While most of the world's population considers it a holy land, it's also one of the bloodiest cities the world has ever known. From a hidden occult city built by the Knights Templar to the hiding place for the Dead Sea Scrolls, the evidence of the apocalypse is buried all over the holy city.

star 7.64
11 votes
Prophecies from Below

#16 - Prophecies from Below

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 24, 2008

The ancient world was shaped by people who believed they foresaw the will of God. Jerusalem is at the heart of all their fiery prophecies. From bloody wars to the birth of saviors, Jerusalem has been at the center of prophetic revelations.

star 7.64
11 votes
Land of Manson

#17 - Land of Manson

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 7, 2008

Underground Los Angeles is explored. Included: Charles Manson's subterranean hideaways; tunnels used by corrupt cops; the subway system; and military bunkers.

star 7.64
11 votes
Barbarian's Lair

#18 - Barbarian's Lair

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 1, 2008

Exploring life beneath the streets in Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire.

star 7.62
13 votes
Maya Underground

#19 - Maya Underground

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 10, 2008

Visit the center of Mayan civilization. Hundreds of ruins scatter the landscape & reveal clues to bloody rituals, advanced architecture & belief in an unforgiving underworld of Mayan gods.

star 7.60
10 votes
Tunnels of Hell

#20 - Tunnels of Hell

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 2, 2008

Exploring the Japanese island of Okinawa and its complex system of subterranean tunnels, caves and bunkers that was used during World War II.

star 7.58
12 votes
Gods of War

#21 - Gods of War

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 2, 2009

Underground Turkey is explored, focusing on the remnants from invasions and travelers on the trade routes. Included: the lore of the Trojan War.

star 7.58
12 votes
Katrina Underground

#22 - Katrina Underground

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 29, 2008

The New Orleans underground after Hurricane Katrina

star 7.56
9 votes

#23 - Istanbul

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 2, 2007

Journey beneath the streets of Istanbul and discover the hidden world left by the Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans.

star 7.49
68 votes
Directors: Emre Sahin
Writers: Sarah Wetherbee
Stalin's Secret Lair

#24 - Stalin's Secret Lair

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Apr 22, 2008

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.

star 7.45
11 votes
Alcatraz Down Under: Sydney, Australia

#25 - Alcatraz Down Under: Sydney, Australia

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 9, 2009

Underground Sydney is explored. Included: a 19th-century prison; caves that were once home to fugitive outlaws; gold mines. Also: a secret World War II storage place for chemical weapons is toured by those who once worked there.

star 7.40
10 votes