Dec 052013

Bonnie and Clyde-Go Down TogetherInspired by the success of its miniseries Hatfields and McCoys (2012), the History Channel has teamed up with Lifetime (both are part of the A & E network) to produce a two-part miniseries on Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who robbed banks and grocery stores during the Public Enemy Era (1933-1935).

Hatfields and McCoys was a hit because of its mix of grit and tragedy, as well as its honest depiction of a nasty feud between two families. Since Bonnie and Clyde will be shown on Lifetime as well as History, I suspect that the gritty aspect will be toned down in favor of the romance of young lovers on the run. The real Bonnie and Clyde left a trail of dead police officers and grocery store owners behind them as they tried to live the good life. Hopefully, the miniseries will show the cost of the young couple’s career choice, instead of glorifying them like the movie Bonnie and Clyde (1967).

Anyway, it is nice to see some history on the History Channel. Bonnie and Clyde will air on back-to-back nights on December 8 and 9 on the A & E, History and Lifetime channels.