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The Forgotten Travel Mystery Series You Can Find On Hulu

Rob Riggle is a lot of things. He's a comedian. He's a Marine Corps veteran. He's a father. He's a ski master. Most recently, he's a global investigator, traveling all over the world solving history's greatest mysteries. You may not have known about this most recent one, but you can catch up on it now.

Rob Riggle: Global Investigator is a loving parody of travel mystery shows like Expedition Unknown, with ubiquitous comic actor Riggle (The Hangover, 21 Jump Street, Step Brothers) playing the Josh Gates role as he searches for Atlantis or the Holy Grail or buried pirate treasure. Unlike Gates, though, he has no expertise in history or archeology or anything like that, just irrational self-confidence. He's a regular Indiana Jones, if Indiana Jones were a total goofball. 

But Rob Riggle: Global Investigator is not simply a parody of Discovery Channel travel mystery shows: it also really is a Discovery Channel travel mystery show. Riggle actually does travel to historic locations and talk to experts and recount facts in that very specific edutainment show host voiceover cadence. He's just being funny while he does it. If you watch Rob Riggle: Global Investigator, which is now available to stream on Hulu, you'll definitely laugh and you might even learn something.

A comedian solves historical mysteries

Rob Riggle: Global Investigator had a quiet six-episode run on Discovery last spring. It had the unfortunate timing of premiering the week in March when America started shutting down due to the pandemic. People were perhaps not interested in a lighthearted travel show at a moment when global travel was basically impossible. But now travel is starting to seem like it may be possible again relatively soon, and Rob Riggle: Global Investigator is making a splash on Hulu.

Episodes of Rob Riggle: Global Investigator include the series premiere, in which Riggle travels to Greece to search for the ruins of Atlantis, the ancient civilization described by the philosopher Plato, using Plato's writings as a guide. The tone of the show is fun and hard to describe. The character of "Rob Riggle, Global Investigator" is very loose, and there's a lot of the real Riggle in there. They're basically the same guy. It's like anytime he's interacting with a real person, he's pranking them and seriously asking them questions at the same time.

It's a fun show, and it goes by quick. If you like Discovery Channel travel shows, learning about history, and Judd Apatow comedies, you should check out Rob Riggle: Global Investigator.