8.2
3,882 votes
Hell on Wheels

Hell on Wheels

AMC 2011

Hell on Wheels tells the epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on a Confederate soldier (Mount) who sets out to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who have 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 Worst Episodes of Hell on Wheels

Hell on Wheels - S5E6

#1 - Hungry Ghosts

7.49

Season 5 - Episode 6

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

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Hell on Wheels from 878 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S4E6

#2 - Bear Man

7.51

Season 4 - Episode 6

Following an attack by a bear, Elam struggles to survive in a Comanche village and find his way back to Cheyenne.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Hell on Wheels from 743 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S5E4

#3 - Struck

7.52

Season 5 - Episode 4

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

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Hell on Wheels from 872 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S5E3

#4 - White Justice

7.52

Season 5 - Episode 3

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

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Hell on Wheels from 888 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S5E1

#5 - Chinatown

7.52

Season 5 - Episode 1

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

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Hell on Wheels from 930 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S5E11

#6 - Gambit

7.59

Season 5 - Episode 11

Durant's plot to ransom himself takes an unexpected turn when Campbell arrives in town with the Cavalry to coordinate a rescue operation.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Hell on Wheels from 1234 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S5E10

#7 - 61 Degrees

7.60

Season 5 - Episode 10

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

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Hell on Wheels from 1286 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S5E2

#8 - Mei Mei

7.61

Season 5 - Episode 2

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

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Hell on Wheels from 879 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S5E9

#9 - Return to the Garden

7.64

Season 5 - Episode 9

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

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Hell on Wheels from 1294 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S5E5

#10 - Elixir of Life

7.64

Season 5 - Episode 5

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

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Hell on Wheels from 855 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S1E1
#11 - Pilot
7.71
Season 1 - Episode 1

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

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Hell on Wheels from 1049 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S2E1
#12 - Viva La Mexico
7.72
Season 2 - Episode 1

In the Season 2 premiere, Durant and Lily steer the railroad further west, while Cullen and Elam land on opposite sides of the law.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Hell on Wheels from 645 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S4E4
#13 - Reckoning
7.73
Season 4 - Episode 4

Cullen deals with trouble at home as he takes railroad matters into his own hands. Campbell makes a move against Durant and Mickey.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Hell on Wheels from 731 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S5E12
#14 - Any Sum Within Reason
7.76
Season 5 - Episode 12

Chang force Mei to leave Truckee after discovering her secret; Cullen exorcises some old demons during his search.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Hell on Wheels from 1231 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S4E13
#15 - Further West
7.78
Season 4 - Episode 13

As the railroad prepares to leave Cheyenne behind in the Season 4 finale, Cullen returns to Fort Smith to retrieve his family.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Hell on Wheels from 672 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S5E13
#16 - Railroad Men
7.79
Season 5 - Episode 13

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.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Hell on Wheels from 1274 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S4E1
#17 - The Elusive Eden
7.80
Season 4 - Episode 1

Cullen awaits the birth of his baby, laboring under The Swede's thumb at Fort Smith. Durant deals with the fallout from a railroad accident.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Hell on Wheels from 786 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S1E4
#18 - Jamais Je Ne T'oublierai
7.81
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 #8 Worst episode of Hell on Wheels from 722 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S3E5
#19 - Searchers
7.82
Season 3 - Episode 5

Cullen helps Elam track down a dangerous criminal; the town prepares to move down the tracks.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Hell on Wheels from 693 votes.

Hell on Wheels - S2E8
#20 - The Lord's Day
7.83
Season 2 - Episode 8

A new arrival stirs things up in Hell on Wheels, while Eva gets caught between Elam and Mr. Toole.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Hell on Wheels from 585 votes.

Last updated: feb 22, 2021

Comments

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

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

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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.

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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 ?

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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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