Hatfields & McCoys (miniseries)

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Hatfields & McCoys
Genre Docudrama
Screenplay by Ted Mann
Ronald Parker
Story by Bill Kerby
Ted Mann
Directed by Kevin Reynolds
Theme music composer John Debney
Tony Morales
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 3
Producer(s) Kevin Costner
Darrell Fetty
Herb Nanas
Cinematography Arthur Reinhart
Editor(s) Don Cassidy
Running time 290 minutes
Production company(s) History
ThinkFactory Media
Sony Pictures Television
Original network History
Original release May 28 (2012-05-28) – May 30, 2012 (2012-05-30)
External links
Website www.history.com/shows/hatfields-and-mccoys

Hatfields & McCoys is a 2012 American three-part television miniseries based on the Hatfield–McCoy feud produced by History channel. Each episode aired for two hours on May 28, 29, and 30, 2012.[1]

Cast and characters[edit]


The miniseries was History's first aired scripted drama[2] (the network had previously produced a scripted miniseries in 2011, The Kennedys, but decided against airing it in the US).[3]

Although the story is set in the Appalachians in West Virginia and Kentucky, the miniseries was shot in Romania, just outside Brașov with the Carpathians standing in for the Appalachians.[4][5]


The score for the series was composed by John Debney and Tony Morales, with additional music by Kevin Costner and Modern West.[1] The soundtrack features vocals performed by Lisbeth Scott on The Long Road Down.


Critical reception[edit]

The miniseries met with favorable reviews from US critics. Based on 20 reviews from mainstream critics, it received an average score of 68/100 at Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[6] Linda Stasi of the New York Post commented: "When I first heard about it, my thought was: Why? But that was before I sat through all six hours of this intense saga. Most miniseries this long tend to lose steam somewhere between the beginning of Night 1 and the middle of Night 2. Not this one...The miniseries is full of stand-out performances from great actors... But it's the guys you may not know who will blow you away."[7] Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker gave the series a B+, stating: "In stretching the tale over three nights, the pacing sags at times, and recriminations can get repetitive. It also doesn't help that Reynolds shot the miniseries in that perpetual sepia tone that gives everything a faux-antique look. But overall, Hatfields & McCoys is engrossing, and enlightening about a feud that proves to be a lot more than the bumpkin brawl of pop legend."[8] Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times stated: "Although deftly nailed into its time and place with sets and costumes so vivid you can smell the blue wood smoke and the stink of moonshine sweat, Hatfields & McCoys transcends the confines of its age by revealing the feud's posturing, resentments and callous violence that mirror the dynamics of modern urban gangs... It isn't a perfect piece — when faced with a choice between historic detail and story, Hatfields & McCoys errs on the side of detail, which is both the series' greatest strength and weakness."[9]

Among the negative critics was Verne Gay of Newsday who called the series "violent and dull", adding "What's not to like about Hatfields & McCoys? Simple: the story. It's an uninteresting one, peopled with almost criminally bland characters. In fact, as portrayed here – quite possibly accurately – they're a bunch of bibulous knuckleheads who shoot at each other year after year – or on TV, hour after hour – and have no real idea why. It's an interminable eye-for-eye, tooth-for-tooth narrative."[10] Washington Post's Hank Stuever also gave a negative review: "The point of the entire saga, it seems, is to make you lose track of what the feudin' was about, and how it managed to burn out of control. It will always be tempting to view their story through any modern analogy of one's choosing – such as partisan political stalemates or the red-blue socioeconomic divide. But maybe the story of the Hatfields and McCoys doesn't amount to anything at all. Maybe, since it also doesn't make much of miniseries, it was meant to be a footnote and nothing more."[11]


Hatfields & McCoys received 16 nominations at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, the most since the History Channel began operations.[12] The series was nominated for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie. Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton were both nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, with Costner winning the award. Tom Berenger won Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie and Mare Winningham was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie. Director Kevin Reynolds was nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special. Ted Mann, Ronald Parker, and Bill Kerby were nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special for the second part of the miniseries. The series won three of its nine technical nominations.[13][14]

Award Category Nominee Result
2nd Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Movie/Miniseries Actor Kevin Costner Nominated
17th Satellite Awards Best Miniseries or Television Film Won
Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film Kevin Costner Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Mare Winningham Nominated
19th Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Kevin Costner Won
Bill Paxton Nominated
28th TCA Awards Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries, and Specials Nominated
64th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Miniseries or Movie Barry M. Berg, Kevin Costner, Herb Nanas, Vlad Paunescu, Nancy Dubuc, Dirk Hoogstra, Leslie Greif, and Darrell Fetty Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Kevin Costner Won
Bill Paxton Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Tom Berenger Won
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Mare Winningham Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special Kevin Reynolds Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special Bill Kerby
Ted Mann
Ronald Parker for "Part 2"
64th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie Serban Porupca, Derek R. Hill, John B. Vertrees, and Sally Black Nominated
Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special Fern Champion and Amy Hubbard Nominated
Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special Karri Hutchinson and Adina Bucur Nominated
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or Movie Gabriele Gregorini, Peter Nicastro, and Giorgio Gregorini Nominated
Outstanding Make-up for a Miniseries or Movie (Non-Prosthetic) Francesca Tampieri and Mario Michisanti Won
Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special (Original Dramatic Score) John Debney and Tony Morales for "Part 1" Nominated
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or Movie Don Cassidy for "Part 2" Won
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special Tom Bjelic, John Laing, Darrell Hall, Steve Baine, Michael Mancuso, Dermain Finlayson, Dan Kiener, Kevin Banks, Emilie Boucek, Mark Dejczak, Alex Bullick, John Douglas Smith and Nathan Robitaille for "Part 1" Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or Movie Christian T. Cooke, Brad Zoern, Stanomir Dragos, and for "Part 1" Won
70th Golden Globe Awards Best Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Kevin Costner Won


Part one drew the largest ever ratings for a History program and one of the biggest in cable TV history. 13.9 million viewers tuned into the first of three parts, making it the most-watched single broadcast on ad-supported cable ever, excluding sports. Demographic numbers were high as well, with 4.8 million viewers in the adults 18-49 demographic and 5.8 million viewers among adults 24-54.[15] Part two was watched by 13.13 million viewers with an adult 18-49 rating of 3.7, the highest rated programming on cable of the night.[16] Part three was watched by 14.29 million viewers with an adult 18-49 rating of 4.0, making it the number-one program of the night.[17]

Effect on tourism[edit]

According to WYMT-TV in Hazard, Kentucky, the series has generated an increase in tourism to the area from people wanting to know about the feud. Pike County Tourism Vice Chair Reed Potter stated: "It's been beyond our expectations. We've been getting requests for brochures that tell about the feud sites and places people can visit at a rate today last I checked of about two per minute."[18]

International broadcast[edit]

Country Networks Series premiere Timeslot
 United Kingdom Channel 5[19] 25/10/2012 21:00
Space[20] 14/01/2013 22:00
 Chile Space[20] 14/01/2013 22:00

The episodes have been split on Channel 5 and Space into hour-long segments rather than playing the two hours straight.

 Finland Yle TV2 04/05/2014 21:00

Series are five parts and shown weekly.

 France Canal+ 21/07/2013 21:00
 Greece Mega Channel 07/01/2014 22:30
 Iran First Channel[21] 27/12/2014 22:15
 Ireland TG4 04/09/2015 22:40

Home video release[edit]

The series was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc formats on July 31, 2012. The bonus material includes a music video of "I Know These Hills" from Kevin Costner and Modern West from their album Famous for Killing Each Other: Music From and Inspired By Hatfields & McCoys.[22]


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  2. ^ Memmott, Carol (May 24, 2012). "History comes out shooting with 'Hatfields & McCoys'". USA Today. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ Belloni, Matthew (January 7, 2010). "EXCLUSIVE: History Channel Pulls 'The Kennedys'; Says Controversial Miniseries 'Not a Fit'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Hatfields & McCoys: Romania Becomes Appalachia". History Channel. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Interview with Kevin Costner on the set of 'Hatfields & McCoys' in Romania". Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
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  8. ^ Tucker, Ken (May 25, 2012). "TV Review – Hatfields & Mccoys (2012)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  9. ^ McNamara, Mary (May 28, 2012). "Review: 'Hatfields & McCoys' has vivid detail, fine acting". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  10. ^ Gay, Verne (May 25, 2012). ""Hatfields and McCoys": It's a bland feud". Newsday. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  11. ^ Stuever, Hank (May 25, 2012). ""Hatfields & McCoys": Brawlers in the holler". Washington Post. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  12. ^ Braxton, Greg (July 19, 2012). "Emmys: 'Hatfields & McCoys' feud draws 16 nominations". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Hatfields & McCoys – Emmys". emmys.com. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  14. ^ "'Games of Thrones' top creative arts Emmy winner". The Denver Post. Associated Press. September 15, 2012. Retrieved September 16, 2012. 
  15. ^ Porter, Rick (29 May 2012). "Hatfields & McCoys makes ratings history for History Channel". Zap2it.com. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  16. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 31, 2012). "Tuesday Cable Ratings: 'Hatfields & McCoys' Wins Night, NBA Playoffs, 'Tosh.0', 'Deadliest Catch', 'Workaholics', 'Real Housewives' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  17. ^ Bibel, Sara (May 31, 2012). "Wednesday Cable Ratings: 'Hatfields & McCoys' Wins Night, NBA Playoffs, 'Hardcore History', 'Restaurant Impossible', 'Melissa & Joey' 'Daily Show' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  18. ^ Burks, Whitney (May 31, 2012). "Tourism increases after Hatfield-McCoy mini-series". WYMT-TV. Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  19. ^ Munn, Patrick (July 20, 2012). "Channel 5 Acquires UK Rights To Mini-Series 'Hatfields & McCoys'". TVWise. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
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  21. ^ tv1.ir
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