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Hell on Wheels 

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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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Complete series cast summary:
...  Cullen Bohannon 55 episodes, 2011-2016
...  Thomas 'Doc' Durant 52 episodes, 2011-2016
...  Eva 50 episodes, 2011-2016
...  Mickey McGinnes 49 episodes, 2011-2016
...  The Swede / ... 40 episodes, 2011-2016
...  Psalms / ... 38 episodes, 2011-2016
...  Elam Ferguson 32 episodes, 2011-2014
...  Ruth / ... 31 episodes, 2011-2014
...  Sean McGinnes 28 episodes, 2011-2013
...  Louise Ellison 24 episodes, 2013-2016


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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All roads lead to hell. (season 5) See more »


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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David Von Ancken directed the first and last episode of the show. See more »


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 »


Lily Bell: It's not your manners, Mr. Bohannan, it's your manner.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 17 September 2015 (2015) See more »


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So far, the best TV western I have ever watched.
11 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

I have watched TV westerns since the mid 1950s, and, after five episodes I can state categorically "Hell on Wheels" is the best I have seen. How could it not be, combining a perfect cast, production values and the classic elements,so far of the masterpiece westerns, "The Outlaw Josey Wales," "Dances With Wolves," "Unforgiven" "Once Upon a Time in the West and, to a lesser extent, "The Searchers".

The characters are complex and completely credible. The writing is so top notch, I have yet to predict what will happen next. The pacing is nearly flawless, the music, appropriate, memorable and entertaining. The camera work and production has the grit and majesty of the best Sergio Leone westerns, along with faces memorable and recognizable from scene to scene. The camera work even incorporates Leone's extreme closeups, but only when necessary. If there is any one actor who stands out "by a hair's breath" from the uniformly excellent cast, he is Colm Meaney, as the railroad Tycoon, Durant, and this is perfectly appropriate for for the epic story of the building of the first intercontinental railroad and the scoundrel/visionaries who built them. I dare not overpraise this series, because I do not want anyone to go in with expectations that cannot be met by his our her own tastes or subjectivity. However, in the case of "Hell on Wheels," that would be pretty difficult.

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