Hell on Wheels

Hell on Wheels

Hell on Wheels
Hell on Wheels

Hell on Wheels

8.3 | TV-14 | en | Drama

The epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on Cullen Bohannon, a Confederate soldier who sets out to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who killed his wife. His journey takes him west to Hell on Wheels, a dangerous, raucous, lawless melting pot of a town that travels with and services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, an engineering feat unprecedented for its time.

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Seasons & Episodes

EP14  Done
Jul. 23,2016

The golden spike, government hearings and unpredictable actions mean new beginnings and endings for the survivors.

EP13  Railroad Men
Jul. 16,2016
Railroad Men

The race to finish the railroad comes down to inches, forcing all parties to contemplate the end of the line, and what the future holds for them.

EP12  Any Sum Within Reason
Jul. 09,2016
Any Sum Within Reason

Chang discovers Mei's secret and forces her to flee Truckee. Meanwhile, Cullen's search for her brings new realizations while exorcising old demons.

EP11  Gambit
Jul. 02,2016

Mickey's dirty business with Durant leaves him with blood on his hands. Meanwhile, Campbell's return to town complicates Louise's life.

EP10  61 Degrees
Jun. 25,2016
61 Degrees

Cullen's nitroglycerin experiment provides an explosive backdrop for the railroad life in Truckee. Durant's plan turns deadly.

EP9  Return to the Garden
Jun. 18,2016
Return to the Garden

Cullen faces life-changing decisions in Utah as Truckee adapts to life without him.

EP8  Two Soldiers
Jun. 11,2016
Two Soldiers

The Swede's murderous rampage on the Hatch homestead results in a long overdue showdown with Cullen.

EP7  False Prophets
Aug. 29,2015
False Prophets

Cullen and Durant meet with President Grant to discuss the future of the railroad; the Swede puts his plan against the Mormons in action.

EP6  Hungry Ghosts
Aug. 22,2015
Hungry Ghosts

Cullen and Mei escort precious cargo through the California wilderness; Eva nurses Louise back to health.

EP5  Elixir of Life
Aug. 15,2015
Elixir of Life

Unexpected violence erupts in Chinatown during the festival of Tin Hau Don; Cullen confronts the Swede; and Durant involves Maggie in his latest scheme.

EP4  Struck
Aug. 08,2015

Cullen solves a Chinese labor strike in the wake of violence. Meanwhile, Durant pulls Mickey deeper into Union Pacific business.

EP3  White Justice
Aug. 01,2015
White Justice

Cullen contends with violence in Chinatown set off by disgruntled railroad workers. Meanwhile, the Swede manipulates Phineas in his plot against the Mormons.

EP2  Mei Mei
Jul. 25,2015
Mei Mei

Cullen and Fong find themselves in peril as they transport a locomotive over the Sierra Nevada mountains. The Swede gains Phineas' trust.

EP1  Chinatown
Jul. 18,2015

Cullen is in California with the Central Pacific Railroad, and must deal with the new workers.

8.3 | TV-14 | en | Drama , Western , Action & Adventure | More Info
Released: 2011-11-06 | Released Producted By: Entertainment One , Nomadic Pictures Country: United States of America Budget: 0 Revenue: 0 Official Website: https://www.amcplus.com/pages/hell-on-wheels

The epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on Cullen Bohannon, a Confederate soldier who sets out to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who killed his wife. His journey takes him west to Hell on Wheels, a dangerous, raucous, lawless melting pot of a town that travels with and services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, an engineering feat unprecedented for its time.

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Anson Mount , Colm Meaney , Robin McLeavy


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jolleyangel It took me a few seasons, but I think these writers definitely have a bone to pick with Christianity. The first preacher was a weirdo who turned into a drunken whacko. The second preacher was a female (and this is 1860?) who was having sex on the side. Then they bring in the Mormons and totally portray them as vengeful murdering crazy's. Every chance they get they're portraying spirituality incorrectly with an overtone of whackiness. I know bishops and pastors aren't perfect, but they're made to look very hypocritical. It's quite sad. My second big issue was their killing off of lily belle. Honestly it's like getting rid of Hannibal of the A-team. She was a very important character, she made a lot of important decisions, there was no replacing her and the show has suffered. It's definitely less meaningful as it was just barely getting exciting with her and Bohannen.Third issue. Bohannen, the main character starts out as having a strong moral character which you're always so happy when he makes good decisions, because you wind up liking him more and more, but very slowly they have him do things you wish he hadn't. And eventually you wind up asking yourself, why root for anymore.
nvfone This show is full to overflowing with cliches. Do yourself a favor and watch Josey Whales again instead. The main actor is the only thing worth watching here - and the hats, even if they have nothing to do with the time period.
keelhaul-80856 This show was absolutely epic and nearly perfect for several seasons. However, I feel that killed off the main love interest WAY too early. After ALL THAT TENSION AND SUSPENSE about the protagonist and Lily, they let her get whacked with barely one sexcapade. I think this was a HUGE MISTAKE in the series, as they built a ton of development around this romance and Lily's importance to the railroad and fling with Durant, just to kill her off in some weird Indian attack stirred up by an old abolitionist and the creepy Swede guy. Killing Lily in season 2 was just a point where this show sort of jumped the shark. I continued to watch until the end, because I loved the characters, action, Rebel antihero, whores, race relations, and to see how they played out the railroad race in the end. This show had a lot of great things, but it seemed to lose its edge and bearings after a few seasons. Common's character and some of the interesting black characters that made the first season or 2 interesting, were lost in the mix and Common dies. The Irish brothers and their saga were interesting, but again, killing off Lily and then Common was premature. Then Bohannon just keeps leaving and coming back with privileges as if some ex-rebel from the South would have this much clout with big execs on a railroad, or as if he was the only expert on rail construction and security. Yes, he is a bad ass, but some of the plots just got silly.The Swede escaping and taking over the Mormon Fort and manipulating everyone was possible, but not very likely. He became a constant nuisance, and his relationship with Bohannon and others didn't make a whole lot of sense.The Asian girl story near the end of the series was done poorly.Ruth's character didn't do a whole lot for me, either.Joseph's story could have been more developed.The entire final season was released SO STUPIDLY!!! They could have easily condensed the material to a few episodes. There was NO REASON to wait all that time for the 2nd half of the season, which had nothing else of worth to do or say, and was entirely predictable and painful to wait through with no huge payoff or sensible direction. Overall, I am giving it a 9 rating, because it was a really cool story to build around, an unusual hero from the Civil War South, who had owned slaves(almost universally portrayed as the evil sadist in every film or show today), his having to deal with repercussions of the war, deaths, and race relations with a black friend and diverse workers, and a lot of bad ass gun play and smooth remarks from that Southern drawl, and tons of women and whisky and good episodes with grit. However, seasons 3-5 went off the rails, pun intended, and by the end of season 5, the whole thing was more of a 4 or 5. Still, one of the greatest Westerns ever on TV, and up to the AMC caliber we have come to love.
swilliky The epic Western series about the transcontinental railroad came to a close tonight after five seasons, the last split in half. The story of Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) had plenty of twists and turns as he worked and led the crew of the Union Pacific and then the crew of the Central Pacific to cross the straight through the harsh land of the, not yet, United States of America. The show did not shy way from the troubled times that these were and did not lionize any of the iconic characters.Thomas Durant (Colm Meaney) was the corrupt financier of the Union Pacific and with Meaney's acting, this shady individual felt fully fleshed out. At times, I rooted for him and at others despised him. The characters were easy to love including Eva Toole (Robin McLeavy) a young woman captured by Native-Americans and tattooed on her chin, Mickey McGinnes (Phil Burke) Irish bar owner and pimp, Louise Ellison (Jennifer Ferrin) an intrepid reporter who won't even let possibly fatal illness or chance of death stop her from covering the story of the railroad. Plenty of other great characters came and went through the series like Common as Elam Ferguson and Christopher Heyerdahl as the villainous Swede.Check out more of this review and others at swilliky.com