The History Channel’s, docu-reality-drama, “The Curse of Oak Island,” is must-see TV for the armchair adventurer with an appetite for living vicariously as ordinary people experience, and live through, the most extraordinary things in the most photogenic places on earth.
This one hour weekly series that began in 2014 follows the compelling real-life family drama that plays out during a highly sophisticated, multimillion dollar quest to find lost treasures of epic proportions in and around the dazzling, rugged Canadian Maritimes.
Young Michigan brothers Marty and Rick Lagina became fascinated with Oak Island, Nova Scotia after reading an article about the legendary Canadian land mass in a 1965 Reader’s Digest magazine.
The article described the real-life treasure island in such vivid detail, that it turned out to be pure catnip to the young boys’ wild imaginations.
Their fixation with possible Oak Island treasure persisted into adulthood, and when they learned in 2006 that part of the island was for sale, their adventure-seeking DNA went into overdrive. Currently they are the majority-landowners on the infamous island.
Fast forward a few decades, and today the brothers, along with a crew of friends and family of all ages and all walks of life, have spent their summers digging, probing, and excavating the island in the ardent hope that it will give up its secrets. Did I mention that this band of merry adventurers have spent millions (and millions, many, many millions actually!) of their own dollars to fund the expedition?
This is no fly by night operation, the brothers are in it for the long haul, and viewers will be too. In addition to getting an up close view each week of the progress made in the island’s swamps, pits, and coves, viewers get to see the endearing dynamic of two brothers who are investing their entire beings into solving a childhood mystery together.
After a failed experiment in one episode, older, stoic brother Rick ultimately surmised, “I’m all in.” But when younger, more emotional brother Marty said he wants to, “quit,” Rick gives him a hilariously evil stink eye reserved only for the most annoying, and beloved, of relatives!
So, just what do they expect to find on this 140 acre speck floating in the Atlantic Ocean you ask? Only the Arc of the Covenant, The Holy Chalice, the Golden Menorah, irreplaceable historical documents like Shakespeare’s lost manuscripts, plus millions of dollars of pirate’s gold. And that’s just the treasure they know about!
And lest you think they’ve naïve crackpots searching for fool’s gold, they have two centuries of historical activity and lore to back up these wild claims.
Over the years many well-known and reputable adventurers have traipsed across, and invested in, the island in search of the rumored treasures buried there, including a young Franklin Roosevelt, and the actors John Wayne and Errol Flynn.
Are you hooked yet? Be sure to catch the latest episode of, “The Curse of Oak Island,” on The History Channel this Tuesday night at 9/8c. Could this be the episode in which the brothers make one of the biggest treasure discoveries of all time? Be sure to tune in and find out!