The Curse of Oak Island

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The Curse of Oak Island
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Genre Reality
Country of origin  Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 15 (as of January 13, 2015)
Production
Executive producer(s) Kevin Burns[1]
Camera setup Multiple
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s) Prometheus Entertainment[1]
Distributor A&E Television Networks[1]
Broadcast
Original channel History
Original run January 5, 2014 (2014-01-05) – present
External links
Website
Production website

The Curse of Oak Island is a reality television series. The series premiered in the United States on the History Channel on January 5, 2014, and in Canada on History (Canada) on January 26, 2014.[2][3][4] The show follows the innovative and often expensive efforts of two brothers from Michigan (US) in their attempt to use modern technology to discover unknown treasure or historical artifacts, believed to perhaps be buried on Oak Island.

Oak Island is located off of the south shore of Nova Scotia, Canada.[5][6]

Background[edit]

The Curse of Oak Island follows brothers Marty and Rick Lagina, originally from Kingsford, Michigan, through their efforts to find the speculated—and as of yet undiscovered—buried treasure believed to have been concealed through extraordinary means on Oak Island. The brothers became fascinated with the island after reading the January 1965 issue of Reader's Digest magazine that featured an article on the Restall family's work to solve the mystery of the so-called "Money Pit".[7]

The series also discusses the history of the island, discoveries, and the sometimes fatal attempts to solve this mystery, which has endured for hundreds of years.[8]

Marty, an energy businessman, and his brother Rick, a retiree and lifelong student of the isle, gained a controlling interest of Oak Island Tours, which reportedly owns most of the island. As seen on the show, Rick and Marty have engaged the assistance of father-and-son team Dan and Dave Blankenship, permanent residents of the island who have likewise been searching for treasure since the 1960s.[9]

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 5 January 5, 2014 (2014-01-05) February 9, 2014 (2014-02-09)
2 10 November 4, 2014 (2014-11-04) January 13, 2015 (2015-01-13)

Season 1 (2014)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date
1 1 "What Lies Below" January 5, 2014 (2014-01-05)
Brothers Rick and Marty Lagina now own most of Oak Island. Determined to resurrect the 200-year-old search for treasure, they explore an abandoned shaft called 10X and use water pressure to pump material to the surface. What they find gives them reason to believe that the stories of something buried on the island may very well be true.
2 2 "The Mystery of Smith's Cove" January 12, 2014 (2014-01-12)
A scuba team that includes Marty's son Alex Lagina dives Smith's Cove and finds non-indigenous coconut fibres and anomalous stones. These findings appear to be evidence of unexplained activity in what has been conjectured to be an ancient, engineered shore area. Meanwhile, metal fragments and cat bones are found in the slurry from 10X.
3 3 "Voices from the Grave" January 19, 2014 (2014-01-19)
As Rick and Marty Lagina begin working to drain a swamp, they are visited by a woman who lost her father and brother to a tragic accident on Oak Island that gave rise to rumours of a deadly curse.
4 4 "The Secret of Solomon's Temple" January 26, 2014 (2014-01-26)
A visitor to the island presents Rick and Marty Lagina with his theory about where the treasure on Oak Island is located and the idea that the Menorah might be among the treasures for which they are searching.
5 5 "The Find" February 9, 2014 (2014-02-09)
Rick and Marty Lagina find what appears to be an antique Spanish copper coin that is the first evidence of treasure on Oak Island.

Season 2 (2014–2015)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date
6 1 "Once In, Forever In" November 4, 2014 (2014-11-04)
After dating the Spanish coin they found last summer to 1652, brothers Rick and Marty Lagina return to Oak Island and the strange triangle-shaped swamp to look for more clues to this 200-year-old mystery.
7 2 "Return To The Money Pit" November 11, 2014 (2014-11-11)
As Rick and Marty Lagina begin excavating the infamous Money Pit, a visitor shows them evidence that the treasures from King Solomon's Temple could be buried on Oak Island.
8 3 "The Eight-Pointed Star" November 18, 2014 (2014-11-18)
After hearing that a treasure of biblical proportions was buried on Oak Island 2500 years ago, Rick and Marty Lagina look for evidence to prove it while also trying to locate the original Money Pit.
9 4 "The Breakthrough" November 25, 2014 (2014-11-25)
Rick, Marty and the Oak Island team make a potentially historic discovery in the Money Pit.
10 5 "The 90-Foot Stone" December 2, 2014 (2014-12-02)
A visitor comes to the island suggesting that he has discovered a secret method of getting to the treasure.
11 6 "Seven Must Dye" December 9, 2014 (2014-12-09)
Rick searches for man-made flood tunnels; Marty and Alex visit Europe to track down a lead.
12 7 "The Trail of the Templars" December 16, 2014 (2014-12-16)
While work begins in the swamp, Rick and Marty travel to Scotland to investigate an incredible theory about the construction of the Money Pit.
13 8 "X Marks the Spot" December 23, 2014 (2014-12-23)
Rick and Marty search the swamp for an alternate entrance into the Money Pit.
14 9 "A Dangerous Dive" January 6, 2015 (2015-01-06)
Rick and Marty take a team of divers to Oak Island.
15 10 "The Big Reveal" January 13, 2015 (2015-01-13)
Rick and Marty use sonar to map out the bottom chamber of the 10X borehole.

Reception[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "History to Premiere New Series 'The Curse of Oak Island', 1/5". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ Hinckley, David. "'The Curse of Oak Island': TV Review". Daily News (New York). Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ Ritchie, Kevin. "History Commissions 'The Curse of Oak Island'". Real Screen. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ "'The Curse of Oak Island'". History Canada. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda. "History Announces New Series 'The Curse of Oak Island'". Zap2It. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Treasure Hunters: U.P. Natives on History Channel tonight". The Mining Journal (Marquette, MI). Associated Press. January 5, 2014. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ Matthes, Ilsa (February 8, 2014). "Treasure or Money Pit?: History Channel Star Visits Escanaba School". Daily Press (Escanaba, MI). 
  8. ^ "About 'The Curse of Oak Island'". History Channel. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ Conaton, Chris (January 5, 2014). "'The Curse of Oak Island': Slow Going". PopMatters. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 

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