Hell on Wheels

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  • TV-14
  • 2011
  • 5 Seasons
  • 8.3  (55,607)

Hell on Wheels is a Western drama television series that aired on AMC from 2011 to 2016. Set in the aftermath of the American Civil War, the show follows a former Confederate soldier named Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) as he seeks revenge on the Union soldiers who murdered his wife.

Bohannon finds himself working on the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, which is a complex and dangerous undertaking that involves navigating treacherous terrain and dealing with rival railroad companies. Along the way, he encounters a diverse cast of characters, including Irish immigrant and railroad foreman Thomas "Doc" Durant (Colm Meaney), Bohannon's love interest Lily Bell (Dominique McElligott), and Native American chief Pawnee Killer (Gerald Auger).

As the series progresses, themes of race, class, and politics are explored in depth. Hell on Wheels is known for its attention to historical accuracy, as well as its depiction of the harsh realities of life in the Old West. The show features stunning vistas and beautiful cinematography, transporting viewers to a bygone era with its dusty towns and sprawling wilderness.

One of the show's most prominent themes is the clash between cultures and the struggle for power that arises when different groups attempt to stake their claim on land, resources, and political influence. This is exemplified in the tensions between the Chinese workers on the railroad and the white authorities who mistreat them, as well as the conflict between the railroad workers and the Native Americans whose land they are encroaching upon.

While the show's central character is Bohannon, the ensemble cast is what truly sets Hell on Wheels apart. Characters such as Mr. Toole (Dohn Norwood), Elam Ferguson (Common), and Mickey McGinnes (Phil Burke) all have their own storylines and struggles, adding depth and complexity to the show's world.

Overall, Hell on Wheels is a gripping and immersive series that delivers on both its thrilling action and its deep themes. Whether you're a fan of Westerns, character-driven dramas, or historical narratives, this show is a must-watch.

Hell on Wheels is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (57 episodes). The series first aired on November 6, 2011.

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14. Done
July 23, 2016
The golden spike, government trials and surprising actions result in new beginnings and endings for the survivors.
Railroad Men
13. Railroad Men
July 16, 2016
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.
Any Sum Within Reason
12. Any Sum Within Reason
July 9, 2016
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.
11. Gambit
July 2, 2016
Chang learns Mei's secret and makes her flee Truckee. Also, Cullen's pursuit for her brings new realizations while driving out old demons.
61 Degrees
10. 61 Degrees
June 25, 2016
Cullen's nitroglycerin experiment leads to an explosive backdrop for the railroad life in Truckee. Also, Durant's plan becomes deadly.
Return to the Garden
9. Return to the Garden
June 18, 2016
Cullen is faced with life-changing choices in Utah as Truckee adjusts to life without him. Also, Durant's untruthfulness compromises his new partner.
Two Soldiers
8. Two Soldiers
June 11, 2016
The Swede's killing rampage on the Hatch homestead results in a very much overdue showdown with Cullen.
False Prophets
7. False Prophets
August 29, 2015
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.
Hungry Ghosts
6. Hungry Ghosts
August 22, 2015
Cullen and Mei embark on a dangerous expedition through the California back country. Eva helps Louise heal.
Elixir of Life
5. Elixir of Life
August 15, 2015
Unexpected violence strikes during the festival of Tin Hau Don in Chinatown. Cullen confronts The Swede. Durant involves Maggie in his latest scheme.
4. Struck
August 8, 2015
Cullen handles a Chinese labor strike, while Durant pulls Mickey deeper into Union Pacific business.
White Justice
3. White Justice
August 1, 2015
Disgruntled railroad workers create violence in Chinatown that Cullen has to deal with.
Mei Mei
2. Mei Mei
July 25, 2015
Cullen needs help moving a locomotive so he enlists new workers to aid him.
1. Chinatown
July 18, 2015
In California, Cullen has to work with the Central Pacific Railroad and its new workers.
Where to Watch Hell on Wheels
Hell on Wheels is available for streaming on the AMC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Hell on Wheels on demand at Apple TV Channels, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    November 6, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    8.3  (55,607)