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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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End of the line. (season 5) See more »


Drama | Western


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6 November 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hell on Wheels: L'Enfer de l'Ouest  »

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Thor Gundersen was always referred to as "The Swede" yet he always insisted, "I am Norwegian.". However, at the time this story takes place, Norway was under the Swedish crown, and had been since 1814. So his immigration papers would have had him coming from Sweden/Norway. Norway had its own Constitution, seperate from the Swedish, but did not become independent until 1905. As many Norwegians wanted independence, it is very plausible for Gundersen to consider himself Norwegian instead of Swedish. 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 »


Thomas 'Doc' Durant: Mr. Gundersen, have you ever had your heart ripped out by a woman?
The Swede: I was married once, sir, but she run off with a gypsy. Uh, my heart was not ripped out, but, she did steal my cuckoo clock.
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Composed by Kevin Kiner and Gustavo Santaolalla
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Harsh Realism - with a touch of the things that made America Great.
15 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

Watching this has reminded me of a series of Brutal Western stories I used to read by George G. Gilman called Edge.

Add to that is is reminiscent of my days as a Civl War reenactor.

They've hit the period history right between the eyes.

They have also portrayed the Corruption and the beauty of the times. The Scenes in Kansas are as good as it gets on the small screen. . The west made for hard people, or dead ones. And the writers and directors have pulled no punches in portraying things as they were. The Harlots don't look like they live in downtown Las Vegas, and the Protagenist makes mistakes.

This series has shown extreme promise in its first two episodes, and some Excellent human drama. I'm hopeful the writers will not allow that to go to their heads, and keep it gritty and harsh, without going over the top.

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