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Cullen Bohannon, a former soldier and slaveholder, follows the track of a band of Union soldiers, the killers of his wife. This brings him to the middle of one of the biggest projects in US... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 8 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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 Cullen Bohannon (55 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Thomas 'Doc' Durant (52 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Eva (50 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Mickey McGinnes (49 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 The Swede / ... (40 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Psalms / ... (38 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Elam Ferguson (32 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Ruth / ... (31 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Sean McGinnes (28 episodes, 2011-2013)
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 Louise Ellison (24 episodes, 2013-2016)
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Cullen Bohannon, a former soldier and slaveholder, follows the track of a band of Union soldiers, the killers of his wife. This brings him to the middle of one of the biggest projects in US history, the building of the transcontinental railroad. After the war years in the 1860s, this undertaking connected the prospering east with the still wild west. Written by cc ardbeg

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Blood will be spilled. Lives will be lost. Men will be ruined. See more »

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Drama | Western

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6 November 2011 (USA)  »

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Hell on Wheels: L'Enfer de l'Ouest  »

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"Hell On Wheels Main Title" Written by 'Kevin Kiner' and 'Gustavo Santaolalla' See more »

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The show has the Cherokee using stirrups. The plains Indians did not use stirrups. They were, therefore, limited to operating as light cavalry. See more »

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Sean McGinnes: I came to America to build a life in this world, not the next.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #30.78 (2014) See more »

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Ruth and Joseph Kiss
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Composed by Kevin Kiner and Gustavo Santaolalla
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No Holds Barred Brilliance
16 January 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

If you are squeamish and don't like harsh and realistic violence, give this a miss. This show is not for the faint hearted.

The violence though, is not overdone IMO and gives the viewer a likely realistic view of what happened in the Wild West with no holds barred.

Cullen Bohannan is the lead character in the series and he is played brilliantly by Anson Mount with his brooding good looks and fearless portrayal of a man trying a avenge the murder of his wife near the end of the Cival War.

So many characters make this a stand out series and I look forward to each episode.

The story of Hell On Wheels may not be original or anything new but it is brilliantly put together and does not hold back where it needs to.

The best show of 2011 for me and I hope it continues for more than one season.


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