Cities of the Underworld, Season 1Closed Captioning
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Cities of the Underworld peels away the layers of time — often literally hundreds of feet thick — to expose the incredible pasts lurking beneath some of the most populous cities on earth. Paris, New York, Rome, Shanghai — each of these ancient cities harbors long-submerged networks that have served crucial functions throughout history. Utilizing the latest in scientific technology, The History Channel unearths archaeological secrets ranging from eerie catacombs and clandestine hideouts to ancient aqueducts and underground societies. Cities of the Underworld examines these mysterious realms as well as the technological feats that allowed their construction and the enigmas that have hovered around them for centuries.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoCatacombs of Death||Paris, France is Europe's famous "City of Lights," but an alternate world thrives in the shadows of this capital city. Crypts filled with the bones of former residents, ancient waterfronts, waste-filled sewers, and hundreds of miles of limestone tunnels snake beneath Paris' charming neighborhoods and bustling streets. Host Eric Geller has special access to this dark underworld, where both the secrets of the living and the sins of the dead are revealed. We're peeling back the layers of time on Cities of the Underworld: Catacombs of Death.||42:34||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoRome's Hidden Empire||Rome, Italy is a city where the past meets the present on every street, and below them. Caesar. Augustus. Nero. Rome has had some of the most infamous rulers, and each one of them has left their mark on the city - and left remnants of his reign underground. A secret cult practiced right next to the Circus Maximus, and their temple still remains beneath the street. The famous Piazza Navona sits on top of Domitian's Stadium. Pieces of Trajan's Basilica can be found under a gallery owned by fashion dynasty, Fendi. Rome's underground is filled with evidence of life during the Empire. Join host Eric Geller as he discovers what life was like during Nero's tyranny and Augustus' reforms. We're peeling back the layers of time on Cities of the Underworld: Rome's Hidden Empire.||43:02||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoHitler's Underground Lair||Berlin, Germany was the battlefield of the 20th century. And today, sealed up and forgotten beneath its streets are remnants of this dark past. Walk anywhere in the city and you could be walking directly on top of one of the over 1000 Nazi bunkers engineered into Berlin's sandy soil, lost remnants of Hitler's ill-fated Germania or even beer brewing plants that inspired the Nazis' journey into the underground. Join host Eric Geller as he travels through the dark and damp recesses of Berlin's secretive soil. We're peeling back the layers of time on Cities of the Underworld: Hitler's Underground Lair.||44:08||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoScotland's Sin City||Edinburgh, Scotland is a thriving metropolis in the heart of the United Kingdom. But take a look into its past, and you'll find it has led a double life - the sophisticated and educated surface city blossomed above while a darker, seedy world expanded below. From plague victims getting buried alive under the streets to body snatchers, illegal distilleries and castle dungeons, Edinburgh's underground has many stories to tell. Host Eric Geller investigates these stories, deciphering fact from fiction, while uncovering the engineering marvel of Edinburgh's underground - created when the city actually changed its street level. We're peeling back the layers of time on Cities of the Underworld: Scotland's Sin City.||43:04||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoCity of Caves||Budapest, Hungary is a burgeoning Easter European metropolis sitting on top of an ancient secret - a secret that dates back to the dawn of time. The caves beneath Budapest were formed during the ice age and everyone from the cavemen to the communists have moved their city into the depths of this parallel world. Host Eric Geller has special access into this sealed up time capsule - where he'll uncover a top secret WWII hospital, find the source of the boiling healing water used by both the Romans and the Turks, and see the layers of support added throughout the centuries to keep today's world from falling into the one buried below. We're peeling back the layers of time on Cities of the Underworld: City of Caves.||42:46||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoLondon's Lost Cities||London, England is Europe's largest city, and for thousands of years, has been among the most powerful cities in the world. Pieces of history can be found throughout London's busy streets and marketplaces. But there's another city hiding below the surface - Roman baths, secret crypts, lost rivers and indestructible bunkers that could hold 8000 people - virtual underground cities. Join host Eric Geller as he discovers the subterranean secrets found below London's most famous landmarks and even finds Winston Churchill's hidden war rooms. We're peeling back the layers of time on Cities of the Underworld: London's Lost Cities.||42:26||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoNew York||The underworld of New York City is a living, breathing complex of engineering, history and secrets that could only exist in America's largest city. From a classified World War II site where death awaited unfortunate trespassers to the original rivers and aqueducts that led to this great city's ascent, New York City may just have more stories below ground than it does above. Join host Eric Geller as he braves this massive urban labyrinth where the past, present and future collide.||42:45||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoFreemason Underground||Boston and Philadelphia are renowned for their part in America's revolutionary saga, but these cities harbor an unseen connection...the Freemasons. From the whispers of hidden tunnels and tombs beneath Boston's North End, to the incredible waterworld still intact under Philadelphia, the legendary secret society has left behind the blueprints to America's rise. And their enigmatic influence stretches from the Revolutionary Battles of Fort Mifflin to the secret struggles of the Underground Railroad. Host Don Wildman receives exclusive access to newly discovered sites and clues, and delves into a part of America's past that can only be revealed in the underworld. We're peeling back the layers of time on Cities of the Underworld: The Freemason Underground.||43:00||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|9||Closed CaptioningVideoBeneath Vesuvius||Naples, Italy narrowly escaped meeting the same fate as its neighboring city, Pompeii in 79 AD when Mount Vesuvius wiped out everything around it. The wind saved Naples that day, but life in the shadow of this massive volcano is unlike any other - and so is its underground. For centuries, Neapolitans have carved out their underground, creating a parallel world where their secrets are safe. Entire neighborhoods line the underworld, time capsules of ancient life - with banks, bakeries and homes preserved below. From repelling into an ancient Greek cavern to uncovering Nero's famous stage underneath a modern apartment, Don Wildman steps back almost 2000 years to discover the world hidden beneath this volcano. We're peeling back the layers of time on Cities of the Underworld: Beneath Vesuvius.||43:06||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|10||Closed CaptioningVideoDracula's Underground||In and around the city of Bucharest, Romania is ripe with legends, folklore, and tales of the unknown. But its most famous tale is of the real-life Dracula, also known as Vlad the Impaler, who once ruled this land with a bloodthirst like no other known in history. But for all the myth that swirls on the surface, the real truth about this infamous Romanian ruler rests, appropriately, underground. From the secret prisons of his tortured victims, to escape tunnels he carved into the mountains, to the ancient caves and mines that provide the breeding ground for the legend, Romania's subterranean stretches through centuries to bring us face-to-face with the ruthless Impaler himself. Host Don Wildman braves the confines of caves, the depths of dungeons, and the very uncommon ground of the "Son of the Devil". We're peeling back the layers of time on Cities of the Underworld: Dracula's Underground.||42:30||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|11||Closed CaptioningVideoSecret Pagan Underground||As one walks through today's modern cities not a thought is given to the fascinating city that lies below. Come and explore these layers as ancient dungeons, eerie tombs and even underground shipwrecks are revealed. Join host Eric Gellar as he discovers history that has been lost for hundreds of years and is sometimes buried hundreds of feet deep.||42:59||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|12||Closed CaptioningVideoUnderground Bootleggers||Portland, Oregon is famous for its beer and its music, but 100 years ago, it was a city full of vice. By the early 1900's, Portland was known as the most dangerous port in the world, a place where you could just as soon get your fix of drugs and illegal liquor as find yourself trapped in a cell buried beneath the ground. From the nefarious expanses of the Shanghai tunnels, where men were sold into slavery on the high seas, to the hidden dens of opium runners and the sly speakeasies of Prohibition, Portland had it all. Host Don Wildman ventures beneath the refined modern streets above into a covert world of slave tunnels, fight clubs, gambling dens, and into an ingenious modern water system that literally keeps the city from drowning in its own filth. We're peeling back the layers of time on Cities of the Underworld: Underground Bootleggers.||42:44||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|13||Closed CaptioningVideoRome: The Rise||Rome, Italy is known for great food, edgy fashion...and its history. The Roman Empire was the largest and most powerful in history, and pieces of this great Empire can be found under practically every street in Rome. But how did ancient Rome achieve its greatness? The answer lies underground. From entire underground neighborhoods and one of the oldest sewer systems in the world, to aqueducts and underground theaters, the secret to how Rome became so powerful can be found beneath the streets. Many modern engineering marvels are based on ancient Roman design, and the proof is found in these subterranean locations. Join host Eric Geller as he goes back to the founding of the Empire and traces technology back to the beginning. We're peeling back the layers of time on Cities of the Underworld: The Rise of Rome.||42:40||$1.99||View in iTunes|
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Five Stars is NOT ENOUGH!!!!
By far the most interesting episode is "Scotland's Sin City". I love it when Eric talks about the "Red Devil King" who spoke the immortal words "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea"- Outstanding