*Yours truly dressed in western regalia is standing by a fence.*
Good evening. My name's Steinman. I've been kicking around for some time, now. I've seen and read a lot of Western comics and stories, and I think they're great. So great, I even decided to write my own series. People ask me; "why?" And I say to 'em; "It's never been done before, so it wouldn't really hurt to try and make one myself." They say to me; "You can't," but I say to them, "There's no need to call me anything". What is my series, you ask? It's the best of its kind to come around since Gunsmoke, Have Gun Will Travel, Maverick, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Bonanza or Alias Smith and Jones. I call this series Tar Heel. It's got everything there is that any western could offer; it's honest, adult, realistic and very much down to earth. It deals with every single topic and subject matter in a way like never before and of course there are lessons to be learned. And now, I am proud to present...Tar Heel.
Tar Heel concerns of a young man from North Carolina moving out west hoping to find opportunities as well as working the long cattle drives in and around the Southwestern States. The timeline in the series is set between 1865 to 1885 (1865 -after the American Civil War and Abraham Lincoln's presidency; 1865 to 1877 - during the Reconstruction Era; 1869 to 1877 - during Ulysses Grant's presidency; 1873 to 1879 - the Long Depression; 1877 to 1881 - Rutherford Hayes' presidency; 1881 to 1885 - Chester Arthur's presidency).
Although a comedy-drama series, it also deals with serious themes, topics and subject matter (race (S2E9 - 'A House Divided'; S416 - 'Hick'), religion, drug abuse, date-rape, prison-life, murder, suicide, arson (S3E8 - 'No Smoke Without Fire'), women's suffrage (S1E4 - 'Jude the Dude'), prostitution, child labour (S3E15 - 'Bobby Kelly and the Dickens Twist'), sexuality (S4E11 - 'Two Lonely Men'), immigrants (S3E2 - 'Top o' the Morning' which deals with Irish Catholics; S5E10 - 'When in Rome' which deals with Italians), young offenders (S4E5 - 'Invention of an Outlaw'), war veterans (S5E16 - 'A Different Kind of War'), the economy (S3E15 - 'When is Today But Payday?'), employment/unemployment (S1E3 - 'The Last Postman'), disability, poverty, runaways (S3E21 - 'A Home to Call Your Own'), dysfunctional families (S5E12 - 'Unhappy Families'), spiritualism (S4E7 - 'That Old Black Magic'; S3E5 - 'The Curse of Justice'; S6E8 - 'Ghost Town') and Native American Indians (S2E11 - 'Tanto'; S4E17 - 'The Golden Eagle Feather').
More episodes to come soon.