Hell on Wheels

10 Best Episodes of 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.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 02, 2023.

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#15 - Escape from the Garden (Season 4 - Episode 2)

As Cullen plans an exit from Fort Smith, he challenges The Swede; when a new adversary arrives, Cheyenne feels his presence.

The episode was rated 8.01 from 747 votes.

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#14 - The Railroad Job (Season 2 - Episode 5)


Cullen's past catches up with him and threatens the fate of the railroad.

The episode was rated 8.01 from 590 votes.

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#13 - Elam Ferguson (Season 4 - Episode 7)

Cullen attempts to reconnect with Elam upon his return. Durant takes matters into his own hands while putting an old problem to rest.

The episode was rated 8.01 from 753 votes.

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#12 - Revelations (Season 1 - Episode 7)


With Elam's life in the balance, Cullen must decide how much he’s willing to risk. Meanwhile Durant faces financial ruin as Lily confronts the family of her late husband.

The episode was rated 8.04 from 659 votes.

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#11 - Get Behind the Mule (Season 3 - Episode 10)

Cullen grapples with consequences while Elam mounts a rescue attempt. Durant receives Gen. Grant and the U.P. board in Cheyenne ahead of the deadline.

The episode was rated 8.05 from 709 votes.

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#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 8.10 from 710 votes.

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#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 8.11 from 1192 votes.

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#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 8.11 from 684 votes.

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#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 8.11 from 718 votes.

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#6 - Blood Moon (Season 2 - Episode 9)


Cullen prepares for battle while the town celebrates.

The episode was rated 8.11 from 567 votes.

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#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 8.12 from 700 votes.

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#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 8.13 from 652 votes.

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#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 8.16 from 642 votes.

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#2 - Blood Moon Rising (Season 2 - Episode 10)


Cullen fights to save Hell on Wheels.

The episode was rated 8.17 from 329 votes.

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#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 8.22 from 652 votes.

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