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Hell on Wheels is a gritty modern drama about bringing a new technology through an inhospitable land. Set in Nebraska after the Civil War, Hell on Wheels is a new take on the Wild West. Scarred by the Civil War, yet fresh with hope, America was trying to move forward. The characters reflect the dual nature of the time; many are fleeing the ravaged east to find new hope out west, while others are dragging the horrors of the war with them.

The term Hell on Wheels is used to describe the name of the camp that follows the leading line of the railroad. This swampy huddle of canvas tents is where the modern east, with its genteel manners and finery meet the harsh realities of the lands that they have set out to conquer. The filth and mud in a sea of pristine waving grasslands is a telling juxtaposition and the perfect background for the events that unfold there.

The stories are ripped from the times and come alive as people trying to escape their pasts drag them west along the ribbons of steel. The politics of the time act as catalysts for the action, which is bold and moving. Hell on Wheels is composed of dreamers and schemers, all trying to find their place in the wild unknown.

Cullen Bohanan played by Anson Mount is the embittered revenge-driven hero who rides into Hell on Wheels seeking vengeance for the murder of his family by soldiers during the war. He is an old time southern gentleman in a world that is disdainful of him and his kind. The war has driven him west and he brings it with him wherever he goes.

Thomas Durant (Colm Meaney) known to everyone as Mr. Durant is the steel that is building the railroad. He has put his reputation and financial future into the building of the railroad. He sees in Bohanan the enforcer he needs to drive the workers harder to get the rails laid. He alone lives in opulence, a train car at the end of the line serves as his office and parlor.

The other characters are well conceived and well executed. Their stories are believable and engender compassion. Hell on Wheels is a gritty new take on a classic genre of American story telling.

Saturday 9:00 PM et/pt on AMC
5 Seasons, 57 Episodes - Currently Airing
November 6, 2011
Action & Adventure, Drama
8.3/10
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Hell on Wheels Full Episode Guide

  • The golden spike, government trials and surprising actions result in new beginnings and endings for the survivors.

  • The race to finish the railroad comes down to inches, forcing everyone involved to think about the end of the line and what the future holds for them.

  • Chang learns about Mei's secret and forces her to leave Truckee. Also, Cullen's search for her brings new realizations while driving out old demons.

  • Chang learns Mei's secret and makes her flee Truckee. Also, Cullen's pursuit for her brings new realizations while driving out old demons.

  • Cullen's nitroglycerin experiment leads to an explosive backdrop for the railroad life in Truckee. Also, Durant's plan becomes deadly.

  • Cullen is faced with life-changing choices in Utah as Truckee adjusts to life without him. Also, Durant's untruthfulness compromises his new partner.

  • The Swede's killing rampage on the Hatch homestead results in a very much overdue showdown with Cullen.

  • Cullen and Durant join up in Salt Lake City to discuss the railroad's future with President Grant. Swede follows through with his plan against the Mormons.

  • Cullen and Mei embark on a dangerous expedition through the California back country. Eva helps Louise heal.

  • Unexpected violence strikes during the festival of Tin Hau Don in Chinatown. Cullen confronts The Swede. Durant involves Maggie in his latest scheme.

  • Cullen handles a Chinese labor strike, while Durant pulls Mickey deeper into Union Pacific business.

  • Disgruntled railroad workers create violence in Chinatown that Cullen has to deal with.

  • Cullen needs help moving a locomotive so he enlists new workers to aid him.

  • In California, Cullen has to work with the Central Pacific Railroad and its new workers.

  • The railroad is getting ready to leave Cheyenne. Cullen goes back to get his family.

  • Cullen tries to handle Ruth's unexpected decision. Louise puts her reputation on the line to stand for something she believes in.

  • Cullen and Durant fight for the life of a criminal. Louise provides support to Ruth while she copes with a great loss.

  • Cullen, Durant and Campbell deliberate over policing the streets when an act of terror occurs.

  • After the death of Elam, the world feels darker for Cullen. Cullen faces a dilemma.

  • Cullan defends his family. Campbell hires a new federal marshall.

  • Cullen tries to reconnect with Elam. Durant decides to put an old problem to rest his way.

  • Following a bear attack, Elam struggles to survive in a Comanche village and make his way back to Cheyenne.

  • Cullen's family is threatened. The Swede must pay consequences.

  • Cullen is in trouble at home after he tries to take control of a situation by himself. Campbell makes his move against Durant and Mickey.

  • Cullen returns to work on the railroad, and gets off on the wrong foot with his new boss; Durant and Campbell battle over valuable real estate.

  • As Cullen plots an exit from Fort Smith, he challenges The Swede; Cheyenne is aware of the new adversary in town.

  • In the fourth season premiere, Cullen awaits the birth of his baby; Durant must deal with the consequences of a railroad accident.

Most Popular Hell on Wheels Episodes

  • Season 5 Episode 8 Two Soldiers 6/11/2016
  • Season 5 Episode 9 Return to the Garden 6/18/2016
  • Season 5 Episode 14 Done 7/23/2016
  • Season 2 Episode 4 Scabs 9/02/2012
  • Season 5 Episode 12 Any Sum Within Reason 7/09/2016

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Preview: AMC's 'Hell on Wheels' Debuts Sunday Night (Video)

"The Walking Dead." "Mad Men." "Breaking Bad." While AMC has recently done a pretty lousy job as of late at keeping the cast and crews of its highly rated and critically acclaimed shows happy, there's no denying the network's prowess at picking quality programming options. That's just one of the reasons the network's latest original drama "Hell on Wheels" sounds so promising.

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Hell on Wheels Video Clips & Extras

Mei Mei Preview (00:31) Inside Episode 210 Hell on Wheels: Blood Moon Rising Clip (07:02) Inside Episode 209 Hell on Wheels: Blood Moon Clip (06:58) Inside Episode 206 Hell on Wheels: Purged Away With Blood Clip (06:01) Inside Episode 204 Hell on Wheels: Scabs Clip (06:00) Inside Episode 203 Hell on Wheels: Slaughterhouse Clip (06:16) Inside Episode 202 Hell on Wheels: Durant, Nebraska Clip (05:31) Inside Episode 201 Hell on Wheels: Viva La Mexico Clip (05:37)