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Post Civil War Horse Breeders in Lexington, Kentucky
I admit it... I had never even seen this show before last week. From the previews last fall, it looked like its target audience was 10-15 year old girls who love nothing more than horses and attractive young men. Then UPN made a smart move and did "Legacy" Week during the Christmas to New Years holidays when every other station was showing reruns or hokey specials. So I decided to give it a try... Hey at the very least it DID have attractive (albeit young) men.
But you know what? This show is GOOD. It is completely underrated. It has great storylines, plots, and it's not wrapped up in that romantic notion of what being a horse-breeder or a farmer is all about. I was pleasantly surprised and by Wednesday found myself eager to get home from work so that I didn't miss the show...
The premise is a family in Lexington, Kentucky post civil war but pre-famous for the Derby. We have a widowed father; his two sons, one of which is trying his hand at tobacco; two daughters, one of which carries the burden of being lady of the house amidst her teenage hormones; an orphan who is trying to find his place in this family; and a host of other characters that intermingle with the family. The interpersonal relations are intriguing, the twists and turns unexpected, and the sense of wholeness that this one family exhudes is staggering.
I highly recommend this show... It's more than mere entertainment but it doesn't stoop to armchair psychology. It is a perfect balance of people interacting in their pre-technological environment.
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