Now, the legendary clans are trying to put aside their hateful history and come together, even as old tensions run high. "HATFIELDS AND McCOYS: WHITE LIGHTNING", premiering Thursday, August 1 at 10 p.m. on HISTORY®, follows the current real-life descendants of Randall McCoy and Devil Anse Hatfield as they face an opportunity that could rewrite history – or further propel their hatred well into the 21st century.
With moonshine now legal in West Virginia, seasoned liquor executive Monsell Darville is looking to bring an authentic new moonshine brand to market. He approaches McCoy patriarch Jim Quick, a direct maternal descendent of Randall McCoy, to boldly propose a business partnership with the Hatfields – one that would create a Hatfield & McCoy moonshine. This would require Jim to work alongside patriarch Mark Hatfield, the great-great-great grandson of Devil Anse Hatfield. It would also demand that both families reveal their secret moonshine recipes, supply their legendary well water and most importantly – work together and get along!
The Hatfields and McCoys are true American originals. A stubborn streak runs a mile wide in these parts, and long-held grudges can even pit brother against brother. Grannies talk trash and tote guns. Long-suffering wives try to keep hot-headed husbands in line. But nobody trusts an outsider. (Source: The History Channel)
The families organize a special Hatfield & McCoy Demolition Derby to promote the Grand Opening of the Hatfield and McCoy Distillery. Meanwhile, Mark and Jim are shocked to find themselves locked out and served with an eviction notice from their new landlord. Leaving everyone to wonder if this Grand Opening is really going to happen?