Hell on Wheels

10 Best Episodes of Hell on Wheels - Season 1

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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Hell on Wheels - S1E1

#10 - Pilot (Season 1 - Episode 1)

A former confederate soldier journeys to the transcontinental railroad to seek vengeance.

The episode was rated 7.71 from 1049 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S1E4

#9 - Jamais Je Ne T'oublierai (Season 1 - Episode 4)


Cullen's search for the sergeant nears its end; Durant keeps to his hidden agenda while assisting in Lily's recuperation.

The episode was rated 7.81 from 722 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S1E3

#8 - A New Birth of Freedom (Season 1 - Episode 3)

When Lily goes missing, Durant organizes a search party. A subsidiary request prevents Cullen from his continued search for the sergeant involved in the murder of his wife.

The episode was rated 7.83 from 777 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S1E6

#7 - Pride, Pomp and Circumstance (Season 1 - Episode 6)


Durant challenges the Cheyenne to a competition in an effort to bring a halt to ongoing negotiations. Meanwhile, Elam and Cullen try to prevent bloodshed in town.

The episode was rated 7.89 from 657 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S1E5

#6 - Bread and Circuses (Season 1 - Episode 5)

A bare-knuckle brouhaha between Elam and Cullen is spurred by Durant's latest attempt to deal with the railroad's financial crisis.

The episode was rated 7.94 from 695 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S1E2

#5 - Immoral Mathematics (Season 1 - Episode 2)


Lily encounters natives in the wilderness. Cullen is questioned in regards to his recent actions against others. Meanwhile, Durant continues his push for political gain through his persuasions.

The episode was rated 7.95 from 855 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S1E7

#4 - 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.

Hell on Wheels - S1E10

#3 - 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.

Hell on Wheels - S1E8

#2 - 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.

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 8.22 from 652 votes.

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