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I didn't know whether to laugh or cry
on December 13, 2015
It took me over 30 years to get around to viewing this one. Was it worth the wait? Well... As far as realism is concerned, I can say that this great grandson of sod-busting pioneers was comforted to know that the people who settled Ohio never had trouble finding plenty of milliners, clothiers, hairdressers, barbers, & pure soap & water. The sketches &, (later) photographs I have of my ancestors suggests a rather more primitive existence. Now that I think of it, this series is less a depiction of the hardships of pioneers than a soap opera set among trees. Still. I have to admit that once I put aside my incredulity, the series did have its enjoyable moments. Not quite a dead loss, just more about histrionics than history.