The BEST Episodes of Declassified: Untold Stories Of American Spies

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 23, 2021

Network: CNN

Hosted by former U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers, also the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, each episode features a newly declassified mission told first-hand by the agents who lived it, providing viewers with unprecedented access to the riveting and secret world of espionage. Declassified covers missions set in fascinating locations and time periods from Cold War era Moscow to modern day Iran, from the streets of 1980s Cuba to today’s bustling Beijing. All 16 intelligence agencies from the CIA to the FBI are represented, revealing the unbelievable true stories of America’s covert operations in the United States and around the world.

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Hunting War Criminals

#1 - Hunting War Criminals

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 20, 2019

star 8.22
9 votes
The Spy Game: Russian Espionage

#2 - The Spy Game: Russian Espionage

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 27, 2019

star 8.13
8 votes
Haji Bagcho: The Godfather of Heroin

#3 - Haji Bagcho: The Godfather of Heroin

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 12, 2017

Elite DEA agents hunt down the world's biggest heroin trafficker amidst the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan.

star 8.09
11 votes
Red Storm Rising

#4 - Red Storm Rising

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 28, 2016

Engineer Chi Mak was allegedly leaking Naval secrets to the Chinese government back in 2004 and was pursued by the FBI and NCIS.

star 7.92
39 votes
The Merchant of Death: Viktor Bout

#5 - The Merchant of Death: Viktor Bout

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 10, 2019

star 7.89
9 votes
Tracking Terror: The 9/11 Subway Plot

#6 - Tracking Terror: The 9/11 Subway Plot

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 29, 2019

The NSA and FBI work together to thwart an Al-Qaeda terrorist plot to blow up the New York City subway on the Anniversary of 9/11.

star 7.88
8 votes
Crack 99: Defense Secrets for Sale

#7 - Crack 99: Defense Secrets for Sale

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 2, 2017

A group of Homeland Security Investigations special agents work together with the elite Defense Criminal Investigative Service to identify and capture a Chinese software pirate who threatens US national security.

star 7.87
15 votes
Hijacked: Terror in the Sky

#8 - Hijacked: Terror in the Sky

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 5, 2017

On November 23, 1985, Egypt Air Flight 648 left Athens, Greece bound for Cairo, Egypt. It would never reach its final destination. This is the story of that ill-fated flight, told firsthand by a passenger lucky enough to survive, a CIA officer who witnessed the event, and the FBI agents tasked with bringing the perpetrator to justice.

star 7.81
16 votes
The Nicholsons: A Spy and His Son

#9 - The Nicholsons: A Spy and His Son

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 9, 2017

In a story of betrayal against family and country - the FBI and CIA embark on a decade-long effort to catch the highest ranking CIA officer to ever commit espionage and his son, who also joined the spy game.

star 7.80
10 votes
The Norte Valle Cartel

#10 - The Norte Valle Cartel

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 6, 2019

star 7.69
13 votes
Cross International: The Billion Dollar Black Market

#11 - Cross International: The Billion Dollar Black Market

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 14, 2016

Investigations begin on an undercover sting operation to stop illegal arms; led by ICE and Homeland Security.

star 7.64
39 votes
Zarqawi: The Father of Isis

#12 - Zarqawi: The Father of Isis

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 3, 2016

President George W. Bush and the Joint Special Operations Command prioritize stopping violent Al-Qaida leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi from killing more innocent people.

star 7.59
74 votes
Hunting the Order: An American Terrorist Story

#13 - Hunting the Order: An American Terrorist Story

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 19, 2017

In 1984, a young charismatic leader, Bob Mathews, built an army of white supremacists with the goal of eliminating Jewish people from the face of the earth and overthrowing the U.S. government. The group, known as The Order, went on a crime spree- stealing millions and murdering an outspoken Jewish radio host. A group of FBI agents in the pacific northwest works to find and capture one of the largest domestic terrorist syndicates the US has ever seen.

star 7.58
12 votes
The Taliban's Double Agent

#14 - The Taliban's Double Agent

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 21, 2016

A Taliban double agent was instrumental in securing the release of foreign nationals held hostage in Afghanistan by the Taliban.

star 7.55
40 votes
Trigon: The KGB Chess Game

#15 - Trigon: The KGB Chess Game

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 19, 2016

The CIA recruits Soviet diplomat Aleksandr Ogorodnik, codename TRIGON, to capture intelligence on the Soviet Union during the peak of the Cold War conflict.

star 7.53
123 votes
Cuba: Traitor on the Inside

#16 - Cuba: Traitor on the Inside

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 10, 2016

The FBI and Defense Intelligence Agency team up to capture DIA Senior Analyst Ana Montes for allegedly passing sensitive intelligence to Cuba.

star 7.48
64 votes
Operation Ghost Stories: The Spies Next Door

#17 - Operation Ghost Stories: The Spies Next Door

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 22, 2017

Deep cover Russian sleeper agents have infiltrated the US and are living seemingly normal "American" lives. To neutralize this threat, the FBI begins one of the largest counter intelligence investigations in its history.

star 7.44
25 votes
The Terrorists Next Door: Operation Smokescreen

#18 - The Terrorists Next Door: Operation Smokescreen

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 13, 2019

star 7.42
12 votes
The Peacock: Merchant of War

#19 - The Peacock: Merchant of War

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 29, 2017

After trying for more than two decades to take down infamous arms trafficker Monzer Al-Kassar, the DEA's elite Special Operations Division devises a way to infiltrate his inner circle with an unprecedented and risky sting operation.

star 7.30
20 votes
Hexagon: The Secret Satellite

#20 - Hexagon: The Secret Satellite

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 4, 2016

During the Cold War, the U.S. military races against time to recover classified footage from a top secret surveillance satellite that crashed into the Pacific Ocean before it falls into enemy hands.

star 7.29
45 votes
The Hunt for Saddam

#21 - The Hunt for Saddam

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 26, 2016

The U.S. military makes finding Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein its number one priority before events led to catastrophe.

star 7.16
80 votes
Operation Firewall: The Takedown of Shadowcrew

#22 - Operation Firewall: The Takedown of Shadowcrew

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 17, 2019

star 7.00
5 votes
Buried Secrets, Unbreakable Codes

#23 - Buried Secrets, Unbreakable Codes

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 3, 2019

star 6.88
8 votes
The Myers: Fidel's Personal Spies

#24 - The Myers: Fidel's Personal Spies

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 26, 2017

After arresting the most notorious Cuban spy of all time, the intelligence community is shocked to learn that classified information is still being transmitted to Cuba. A new investigation focused on The State Department uncovers a husband and wife team engaged in a sophisticated web of espionage.

star 6.00
8 votes