Drain the Oceans

Continuing Monday / 7:00pm National Geographic 60 min.
Maritime mysteries -- old and new -- come to life in this 10-episode series, combining scientific data and digital re-creations to reveal shipwrecks, treasures, and sunken cities on the bottom of lakes, seas and oceans around the world. Innovative technology allows viewers to see what lies on the floors of large bodies of water such as the Gulf of Mexico, the Nile, the Indian Ocean, the Baltic Sea and the Atlantic Ocean as if they had been drained. Then, in a quest to explain natural wonders and man-made catastrophes, stories tell of how vessels sank, what ancient geological formations reveal about life on Earth, where Nazi secrets now reside, and why so many continue to search for the legendary city of Atlantis.

Season 5

6 Episodes

TBA 5x06
Dec 20 2022
TBA 5x05
Dec 13 2022
TBA 5x04
Dec 06 2022
Draining Hawaii reveals Japan's secret weapons, from mini subs to fighter planes, with the wreck of USS Arizona serving as a reminder of the forces unleashed.
Nov 29 2022
The discovery of a wreck in the Baltic Sea leads to a treasure hunt, but what they find is even more precious: the story of Germany's Dunkirk.
Nov 22 2022
Through digital re-creations, scientists uncover mysteries from the bottom of the ocean.
Nov 15 2022

Season 4

10 Episodes

The Black Sea is a place of myth and legend and ships have sailed on its waters for millennia. Three wrecks unlock secrets of this mysterious sea.
Aug 23 2021
The mysterious sinking of Australia's "Titanic", a warship on a dangerous mission, and a ROV expedition searching for clues at the bottom of the reef.
Aug 23 2021
Remnants of colonization attempts, a revolutionary refugee ship and submerged subway cars reveal hurricanes' impacts on America's past and its future.
Aug 16 2021
From a steamboat in a cornfield to the true story behind Hurricane Katrina's floods, new discoveries reveal how the Mississippi river shaped America.
Aug 16 2021
A 14th-century galley entombed in mud, a 16th-century hoard of luxury cargo, and a gruesome discovery reveal the rise and fall of the Venetian Empire.
Aug 09 2021
Clues from a 13,000-year-old skeleton and a submerged coastline reveal surprising insights about the first humans to arrive in the Americas.
Aug 09 2021
From a buried film set to a WW1 Navy ship and old fishing barge, we discover the role these ruins played in Hollywood movie-making history.
Aug 09 2021
From a long lost US base beneath the Arctic ice cap, to a sunken Soviet submarine, the Cold War's toxic legacy is both fascinating and terrifying.
Aug 02 2021
Archaeologists and treasure hunters battle it out over half a billion dollars worth of gold and silver. Who will win the Battle for the Black Swan?
Aug 02 2021
Uncovered clues from a famous Montana battleground, a 19th-century steamboat and a frontier ghost town reveal surprising truths about the Wild West.
Aug 02 2021

Season 3

10 Episodes

Chicago 3x10
Underwater exploration reveals astonishing secrets: terrifying disasters, war-winning heroics and an engineering marvel that saves the city.
Jun 23 2020
Hitler’s latest weapons sink during a top-secret U-boat mission. An American aviation breakthrough brings victory to the Allies in the Pacific.
Jun 16 2020
Draining American rivers, seas and oceans reveals military tactics from the American Civil War that rewrote the rules of warfare forever.
Jun 09 2020
Forgotten wrecks from the American Revolution are discovered. Cutting-edge computer graphics shed new light on the struggle for independence.
Jun 02 2020
Uncovering the long-lost shipwrecks of legendary captains reveals why the Caribbean — more than all other seas — became famous for pirates.
May 26 2020
In summer 1940, Great Britain stood alone against the Nazis. Now we uncover the wrecks that reveal the truth behind the Battle of Britain.
May 19 2020
A legendary ancient Egyptian city, lost beneath the waves for 2,000 years, finally gives up its secrets.
May 12 2020
After vanishing in the Baltic over 450 years ago, a formidable battleship reveals secrets.
May 05 2020
A high-tech survey reveals the dark secrets of U.S. nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll.
May 05 2020
Maritime archaeologists and historians go in search of the crucial component in the Atlantic Slave Trade: the slave ship. An armoured, floating fortress operating for over four centuries, capturing and transporting over 12 million Africans, who were sold and forced to work in brutal conditions in the New World. By draining we reveal the cruel technology on-board, gain an insight into the horrific conditions and ID a wreck in Alabama that could be the last ever slave ship to bring Africans to American soil.
Nov 07 2020

Season 2

15 Episodes

The story of how Rome dominated the world for 500 years by conquering the sea.
Oct 14 2019
How Japan dominated the Pacific during World War II, crushing the Allies.
Oct 07 2019
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.
Sep 30 2019
Shedding new light on Hitler's reign of terror and ultimate demise.
Sep 23 2019
Emptying the lake to finally reveal the monster's identity.
Sep 16 2019
London's secret history is revealed.
Sep 09 2019
A new 3D survey of the Thai cave in Tham Luang reveals how 12 boys were rescued after being trapped.
Sep 02 2019
A high-tech expedition searches for the iconic lost wrecks of the Battle of the Pacific.
Aug 12 2019
Spain's attempted conquest of England fails when its Armada is defeated; by draining the ocean, it is revealed that the English stole shipbuilding technology to build their own empire.
Aug 05 2019
Using computer-generated imagery, the Cold War's lost nuclear weapons are revealed on ocean floors, along with evidence of secret nuclear confrontations
Jul 29 2019
Maritime archaeologists and historians search for the lost wrecks of the American Civil War.
Jul 22 2019
Winners took all in the race to get rich in the California and Klondike gold rushes; unearthing the ships involved reveals the risks taken to go west.
Jul 01 2019
Shedding light on German U-Boats, the world’s first stealth weapons.
Jun 17 2019
Submerged shipwrecks and subterranean secrets reveal the story of New York City’s rise.
Jun 10 2019
Sonar technology heads beneath Normandy's waves for a powerful look at the hundred plus ships wrecked during the largest amphibious invasion ever.
Jun 03 2019

Season 1

10 Episodes

Where is Malaysian Airlines flight MH370? CGI reconstruction reveals the challenges of locating an aircraft that goes missing in the deep ocean.
Jul 30 2018
The hidden secrets of WWI's powerful weapons are revealed by draining the North Sea.
Jul 23 2018
The China seas are the most fiercely contested and mysterious waters on the planet. We expose the remains of the biggest battleship ever put on the water.
Jul 16 2018
The Nile was central to ancient Egypt. Draining its water reveals a lost wonder and the origins of the Egyptians’ obsession with the afterlife.
Jul 09 2018
The Ring of Fire is an area in the Pacific Ocean where volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis form; the ocean is drained to reveal the geological forces behind natural disasters and to uncover threats along the coast of Seattle, Tokyo and New Zealand.
Jul 02 2018
Exciting evidence emerges of civilizations lost under the waves. But are these ancient cities the long sought-after Atlantis or accidents of geology?
Jun 25 2018
Treasure hunting has captured our imaginations for centuries. Draining the oceans reveals the richest wrecks ever found.
Jun 18 2018
The secrets of lost ancient civilizations come to light when the Mediterranean is drained.
Jun 11 2018
Draining the Gulf of Mexico brings deadly secrets back to the surface. Stories of piracy, war, slavery and a dinosaur-killing asteroid are revealed.
Jun 04 2018
The hidden secrets of the Nazis are revealed when the oceans covering them are drained using CGI animation.
May 28 2018