The Curse of Oak Island
|The Curse of Oak Island|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||5 (as of Feb. 9th 2014)|
|Executive producer(s)||Kevin Burns|
|Running time||43 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Prometheus Entertainment|
|Distributor||A&E Television Networks|
|Original run||January 5, 2014– present|
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. 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.
The Curse of Oak Island follows brothers Marty and Rick Lagina originally from Kingsford, Michigan through their effort 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 which featured an article on the Restall family's work to solve the mystery of the so-called "Money Pit."
The series also discusses the history of the island, discoveries, and the sometimes fatal attempts to solve the mystery which has endured for hundreds of years.
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 & 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 the treasure since the 1960s.
The TV show and treasure stories are generally seen as a means for the Langina brothers to promote and drive interest in the Tourism business to Oak Island, which they are now the sole proprietors of.
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||5||January 5, 2014||February 9, 2014|
Season One (2014)
|Title||Original air date|
|1||101||"What Lies Below"||January 5, 2014|
|Brothers Rick and Marty Lagina now own most 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||102||"The Mystery of Smith's Cove"||January 12, 2014|
|A scuba team including Marty's son Alex Lagina dive Smith's Cove and find nonindigenous coconut fibers and anamolous 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||103||"Voices from the Grave"||January 19, 2014|
|As Rick and Marty Lagina begin work 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 rumors of a deadly curse.|
|4||104||"The Secret of Solomon's Temple"||January 26, 2014|
|A visitor to the island presents Rick and Marty Lagina with his theory about where the treasure on Oak Island is located, and that the Menorah might be among the treasure they didn't find yet|
|5||105||"The Find"||February 9, 2014|
|Rick and Marty Lagina find what appears to be an antique Spanish copper coin that is the first evidence that they found on oak island|
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