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Hell on Wheels

Hell on Wheels

AMC 2011

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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The 10 Best Episodes of Hell on Wheels

Hell on Wheels - S1E9

#1 - Timshel


Season 1 - Episode 9

A looming railroad deadline throws Cullen and Lily together; Joseph and Elam deal with what their violent mission has wrought.

The episode was rated from 652 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S2E10

#2 - Blood Moon Rising


Season 2 - Episode 10

Cullen fights to save Hell on Wheels.

The episode was rated from 329 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S1E8

#3 - Derailed


Season 1 - Episode 8

Durant dispatches Cullen and Elam on a mission of vengeance. Lily struggles to find her place.

The episode was rated from 642 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S1E10

#4 - God of Chaos


Season 1 - Episode 10

In the Season 1 finale, Cullen's past and future collide, impacting his life on the railroad.

The episode was rated from 652 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S3E6

#5 - One Less Mule


Season 3 - Episode 6

Durant files an injunction against Union Pacific, threatening Cullen's position; Elam deals with a dangerous newcomer.

The episode was rated from 700 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S2E9
#6 - Blood Moon
Season 2 - Episode 9

Cullen prepares for battle while the town celebrates.

The episode was rated from 567 votes.
Hell on Wheels - S4E9
#7 - Two Trains
Season 4 - Episode 9

Cullen goes head to head with the new marshal to recover his arrested railroad workers. Campbell confronts Louise over a story.

The episode was rated from 718 votes.
Hell on Wheels - S3E9
#8 - Fathers and Sins
Season 3 - Episode 9

With General Grant's deadline only two days away, a gang of riders attacks Cheyenne while Cullen and Elam pay Durant a visit.

The episode was rated from 684 votes.
Hell on Wheels - S5E14
#9 - Done
Season 5 - Episode 14

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

The episode was rated from 1192 votes.
Hell on Wheels - S4E10
#10 - Return to Hell
Season 4 - Episode 10

Cullen, Durant, and Campbell try to negotiate a settlement on how the streets will be policed; an act of terror strikes Cheyenne.

The episode was rated from 710 votes.

Last updated: jan 18, 2022



"Hell on Wheels" Review by the Totally RAD Show http://revision3.com/trs/hellonwheels


Definately love the level of detail they put into this show.. Also love the era, comes close to 'deadwood'


I can't help but feel that HoW really stalled in season 4. It's a season that kills characters and doesn't really develop any new ones and certainly lacks the sense of history in the making of the previous seasons. The longer the writers dwelled in Cheyenne, the more lost they got.


I haven't turned off any shows in the past. But after 15 minutes of this I had enough. Don't know, acting felt to soft for this kind of show.. Should I try episode 2 ?


Definitely going to watch this as it goes into its second season.


So this is a strong series. S1,2 & 3 are really strong. However S4 slows down significantly, S5 picks up rather quickly, and the finale is solid. The only weak part of this series is Season 4. But ill leave that to you to decide. I still would recommend watching this series, because it seems very accurate and detailed.


This was a pretty good western show, but didn't reach potential. Anson Mount carried the show though and fit the character perfectly. I'm not sure this show really knew what it wanted to be since it wraps up the first/main story half-way through and then changes the character's motives for the future. It's a bit weird and gets to be a bit of a drag in later seasons. If you enjoy Westerns though, definitely check this show out.


I´m probably one of the few who don´t like it but that is how it is. I watched 24 episodes and, with very few exceptions, struggled through every one of it. And the more I watched the less I cared. Would have loved to see more of the "unprecedented engineering feat". Instead for me this is a soap wrapped in a western setting with the building of the transcontinental railroad in the background. None of the characters were interesting enough to keep me watching. There is nothing unique about them, they seem to be picked from different shows and just put in period clothes. On the plus side the atmosphere is right. It´s dark, gritty, at times brutal. In that regard it is believable. Not enough.


looks like it really is the end of 'hell on wheels' this season. [spoiler] seeing as how the lead characters are getting killed.[/spoiler]


Only started watching this yesterday, no clue why I haven't watched it yet as it is amazing! By far one of my favorite shows set in the past.

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