Decades of feuding continues
The 19th-century conflict between the Hatfield and McCoy families became the definitive feud of American history. To this day it provides a shorthand way of describing a hate-laced, unbending, seemingly endless battle between two groups. But what in fact happened between the Hatfields and McCoys?
The History channel offers a very long answer with the three-part miniseries “Hatfields & McCoys,” starring Kevin Costner as “Devil Anse” Hatfield and Bill Paxton as Randall McCoy, the patriarchs of the feuding clans. It premieres from 9 to 11:06 p.m. Monday, 9 to 11:05 p.m. Tuesday and 9 to 11 p.m. Wednesday. History has also tied other programs to the Hatfields/ McCoys theme, including back-to-back episodes of “Pawn Stars” airing at 8 p.m. Monday.
Costner, who is also a producer of the series, has demonstrated a need to take lots of time to tell a story, and “Hatfields & McCoys” follows that pattern. At times, it seems as if the program is going to last as long as the decades consumed by the real-life feud.
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