The much-anticipated History Channel special “Hatfields and McCoys” ran for three nights starting on the evening of Memorial Day. It starred Kevin Costner as Devil Anse Hatfield and Bill Paxton as Randall McCoy, and it shared the true story of the feud between the two families that used to be friends. The History Channel did a good job of syncing most of the important events in the order that they happened. Cultural values of the southern states in the late nineteenth century are displayed in the special, and it’s amazing how they are tied in with today’s events and the values of family.
The Daily News praised the show, saying, “This ambitious six-hour dramatization of America’s most famous and lethal family feud suggests that even when these two families weren’t shooting at each other, life in the back country of Kentucky and West Virginia in the late 19th century was a battle. The food supply was spotty, clothes look uncomfortable and health and well-being seem to be largely a matter of luck. That this ambience comes across says producer/star Kevin Costner and his team have done well. ‘Hatfields & McCoys’ doesn’t just explain a feud, it humanizes the people on both sides and reminds us how differently some of our ancestors lived just a few generations back.”
This spectacular story will be aired again for those that missed it. Parts one, two and three will be aired on the History Channel tonight at 6:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., respectively. I highly recommend that you see it if you haven’t already.