History Channel Looks at an Infamous Feud

The History Channel's new mini-series, Hatfields & McCoys, is a ratings hit, drawing a network record almost 14 million viewers its first night.  It's a popular tale about the feud between two Southern American families after the Civil War and the cast is outstanding -- Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Tom Berenger, Jena Malone and others.

Costner teams up once again with director Kevin Reynolds who gave us the laughable Waterworld but also Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, which, despite its flaws, I actually enjoyed. 

The saga of the rivalry between the Hatfields and the McCoys has become ingrained in the public imagination as the epitomy of blood feuds. What is real historic fact and what is now embellished legend?

I'm always happy to see a good Western so I welcome the series.  I'm glad to see it's doing well and attracting a lot of viewers.