Hatfields & McCoys

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  • TV-14
  • 2012
  • 1 Season
  • 7.9  (29,224)

In 2012, the History channel premiered Hatfields & McCoys, a miniseries about the legendary feud between two families in West Virginia and Kentucky. The show features an impressive cast, including Kevin Costner as Devil Anse Hatfield and Bill Paxton as Randall McCoy.

The show begins in the years after the Civil War, where the two families are depicted as living peacefully beside each other on opposite sides of the Tug Fork River. However, tensions soon start to rise after a series of misunderstandings and disputes over land usage that eventually escalate into a deadly clash between the two clans.

One of the strengths of the show is its atmosphere and attention to detail in its setting. From costumes to props to filming locations, the show captures the look and feel of the late 1800s in rural Appalachia. The scenery is stunning, with rolling hills and dense forests that add to the sense of isolation and desperation felt by the characters.

The writing and acting are also strong points for the show. The feud comes across as a tragic tale of mutual misunderstanding and stubbornness, with both families struggling to reconcile their differences and uphold their honor. Costner and Paxton give nuanced performances as the two patriarchs, with each conveying a sense of pride and loyalty to their respective families that blurs their judgment and leads to conflict.

The supporting cast is equally impressive, with standout performances from Tom Berenger as Jim Vance, a ruthless Hatfield ally, and Mare Winningham as Sally McCoy, wife of Randall and mother to several of his children. The show also features a number of memorable character actors in smaller roles, contributing to the overall sense of authenticity and verisimilitude.

Another strength of the show is its pacing and structure. Despite the length of the miniseries (it runs for over six hours in total), the plot never feels stagnant or padded out. Each episode builds on the tensions and conflicts established in the previous ones, leading inexorably towards the final showdown between the families.

One of the most interesting aspects of the show is how it explores the larger historical context of the feud. While the Hatfields and McCoys are often portrayed as simple hillbilly stereotypes, the show makes it clear that they were products of their time and place, shaped by the economic and social forces of post-Civil War America. The show touches on themes of poverty, class struggle, and political corruption, highlighting how these factors intersect with the personal vendettas that drive the conflict.

Overall, Hatfields & McCoys is a well-crafted and engaging piece of historical drama. It balances character development, action, and historical context in a way that makes it both informative and entertaining. While the subject matter may not be for everyone (it can be violent and bleak at times), the show rewards those who are willing to dive into the complex web of relationships and motivations that drive the feud.

Hatfields & McCoys is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (3 episodes). The series first aired on May 28, 2012.

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Episode 3
3. Episode 3
May 30, 2012
The Hatfields are driven further into the mountains. Johnse Hatfield sets his eyes on another McCoy woman. The fighting peaks in a New Year's Day battle.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
May 29, 2012
The Hatfields look for revenge after one of their own is murdered by a McCoy. Soon friends and neighbors participate in the fighting and West Virginia and Kentucky are brought to the brink of civil war.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
May 28, 2012
A McCoy is murdered by a Hatfield and a forbidden love affair begins at the start of the legendary Hatfield-McCoy family feud, which nearly brought the states of Kentucky and West Virginia to civil war in the 1880s.
Where to Watch Hatfields & McCoys
Hatfields & McCoys is available for streaming on the History website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Hatfields & McCoys on demand at Apple TV Channels, Peacock Premium, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    May 28, 2012
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (29,224)