Hatfields & McCoys (TV miniseries). Review

Hatfields & McCoys (TV miniseries). Review
Ignacio Zara

Hatfields & McCoys (TV miniseries) has been presented in Europe last week.

Hatfields & McCoys TV miniseries

Hatfields & McCoys TV miniseries

Western, drama, action… Hatfields & McCoys (TV miniseries) has been a big success in America. Read Yareah magazine review.


Hatfields & McCoys tells the rivalry, hatred and revenge of two American families.

Story just starts in the moment that American Civil War is finishing and keeps on telling the lives of two good brothers in arms during the war: ‘Devil Anse’ Hatfield and ‘Randall’ McCoy and their extensive families.

They are neighbors in civil life, farm owners, and respected patriarchs. Devil Anse is richer than Randall. Randall much more religious. When competition for land and businesses start, the violence will be their maxim, each with a different style, always fatal.

Although the story is set in the Appalachians in West Virginia and Kentucky, the miniseries was actually shot in Transylvania, Romania, just outside of Brașov with the Carpathians standing in for the Appalachians. Doesn’t matter, the setting and photography are excellent.

In fact, the plot is based on a real happening, although it could be a Shakespearean’s play, with impossible love stories and betrayals. However and fortunately, their descendants live today in peace.

Casting is fantastic, specially Kevin Costner (Devil Anse) and Tom Berenger (the psychotic uncle of Devil Anse, Jim Vance).

Precisely, it was Tom Berenger who was in Madrid last week to present the minisiries. ‘Without conflict, nothing happens,’ he said.

Hatfields & McCoys is a three-part 2012 television miniseries produced by History channel which has become a modern symbol of the perils of family honor, justice and vengeance.. Each episode aired for two hours.


– Kevin Costner as William Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield

– Bill Paxton as Randolph “Randall” McCoy

– Tom Berenger as Jim Vance

– Matt Barr as Johnson “Johnse” Hatfield

– Jena Malone as Nancy McCoy

– Sam Reid as Tolbert McCoy

– Powers Boothe as Judge Valentine “Wall” Hatfield

– Andrew Howard as “Bad” Frank Phillips

– Sarah Parish as Levicy Hatfield

– Lindsay Pulsipher as Roseanna McCoy

– Ronan Vibert as Perry Cline

– Joe Absolom as Selkirk McCoy

– Noel Fisher as Ellison “Cotton Top” Mounts

– Boyd Holbrook as William “Cap” Hatfield

– Tom McKay as Jim McCoy

– Mare Winningham as Sally McCoy

– Michael Jibson as Phamer McCoy

– Greg Patmore as Good ‘Lias Hatfield


The Hatfield–McCoy feud (1863–1891) involved two families of the West Virginia and Kentucky area along the Tug Fork, off the Big Sandy River. The Hatfields of West Virginia were under William Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield and the McCoys of Kentucky were under the leadership of Randolph “Ole Ran’l” McCoy. People involved in the feud were descended from Ephraim Hatfield (born c. 1765) and William McCoy (born c. 1750). The feud has entered the American folklore lexicon as a metaphor for any tragic feuding rival parties. More than a century later, the story of the feud keepson in the traditions of the area and tourists visit the relics.

If you like strong stories based on real happening, don’t miss this TV miniseries. One of the best I saw in last times.

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Ignacio Zara

Assistant Managing Editor at Yareah® Magazine

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