Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Hatfields and McCoys on History Channel

Well if you missed last night's opening episode of The Hatfields and McCoys on The History Channel you should make sure to get the DVR set up to catch the reruns.  Luckily, it won't be hard to find the three episodes.  The History Channel is bombarding us with them this week.  Rightfully so though, as the the first episode was wonderful.

It is a three part mini-series featuring Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton as the heads of their respective families.  Paxton leads the more religious McCoy family while Costner leads the financially savvy Hatfields.  Both have huge families all living in the area on either side of the river.  The McCoys live across the river in Kentucky and the Hatfields are in West Virginia.

The two families are at odds from the very beginning and the little tussles begin to escalate into legal battles, fist fights and  murders.  All the physical drama is overshadowed though when the Hatfield boy and the McCoy girl fall in love to the horror of both fathers.  The battle ensues and I will leave it for you to discover the entertainment that is the Hatfields and McCoys.  Check it out on The History Channel this week.


Anonymous said...

It's hard to believe HBO did not grab this. I am sure it was pitched to them and somehow ended up with The History Channel. Seems HBO could have turned this into a "Boardwalk Empire" type series.

Ecoistabode said...

Wow I agree. That would have made a great three year mini-series on HBO. With everything that happened over the three nights there could have easily been a full HBO season for each two hour History Channel episode. Then we could have really seen the characters get developed in a meaningful way.