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Hatfields & McCoys: A Feud Story for the Record Books

Feud story with ties to Civil War breaks cable TV viewing records and there's more to come this weekend.

The History Channel's three-night saga "Hatfields and McCoys" ended Wednesday night and has been the topic around water coolers ever since. 

The finale of the historic TV miniseries was the most-watched of the three nights, with just over 14 million viewers tuning in. According to MSN Money, that makes it the No. 1 non-sports and non-news program to air on ad-supported cable.

Given the Civil War interest in the area, the show was a hit with history buffs as the feud had it's origins connected to the Civil War. Largely historically accurate, it is still only a six-hour drama (with the assumed dramatic license) starring actors Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton (and with some details omitted or suspect). 

So if you want a more historically accurate presentation be sure to check out the documentary America's Greatest Feud:The Hatfields and McCoys airing  Saturday at 4 p.m. on the History Channel. 

Descendants and historians will breakdown the critical facts and fiction surrounding the feud in the two-hour factual documentary. Costner's series repeats immediately after for those who can't get enough, want to compare, or missed it this week.  

There are other movies available on the feud, most notably "The Hatfields and McCoys," a 1975 TV movie starring Jack Palance and Steve Forrest.  If you are looking for summer reading that is more factual in content consider books from feud experts Lisa Alther, author of “Blood Feud: The Hatfields and the McCoys: The Epic Story of Murder and Vengeance" and historian Altina Waller, professor emerita at the University of Connecticut, and the author of “Feud: Hatfields, McCoys and Social Change in Appalachia, 1860-1900.″  Also an early 1940's history of the feud is a book by Virgil Carrington Jones, an author with ties to Northern Virginia, titled "Hatfields and Mccoys."

michael moore June 01, 2012 at 03:52 PM
I would have never guessed that so many Country Hick-Trash even knew there was a history channel. I am proud to say that at least one educated person valued more interesting material than Rednecks who speak with such bad grammar and use guns to resolve their issues. The only thing missing in the HC promos was a lynching.
michael moore June 01, 2012 at 03:54 PM
I feel like we are the laughing circus for the rest of the world.
Erin Gibson June 01, 2012 at 03:58 PM
What can I say people love to watch things with sex and violence, and this series has a lot of it, especially violence.
Alan Sullivan June 01, 2012 at 06:26 PM
I loved the series as it opened my eyes to what living back then was like and how we take things for granted these days.
Erin Gibson June 01, 2012 at 08:21 PM
I agree Alan, we certainly have come a long way! It is interesting that nowadays the two families actually get a long and have a joint family reunion. And several family members married someone from the other family.

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