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Hell on Wheels: Season 1 (2011-2012)



Critic Consensus: Its Old West setting and central revenge plot may be overly familiar, but Hell on Wheels holds just enough intrigue to keep things interesting.


Air date: Nov 6, 2011
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Air date: Dec 11, 2011
Air date: Dec 18, 2011
Air date: Jan 1, 2012
Air date: Jan 8, 2012
Air date: Jan 15, 2012

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Former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) and his quest for revenge on the Union troops who killed his wife are followed in this Western series. Season 1 sees Cullen head west to take a job helping to construct the first transcontinental railroad, a project spurred by scheming entrepreneur Thomas "Doc" Durant (Colm Meaney). After being hired as a foreman, Cullen meets crewman Elam Ferguson (Common), an emancipated slave who butts heads with Cullen after impeding Cullen's search … More

Genre: Drama
Network: AMC
Premiere Date: Nov 6, 2011
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Anson Mount
as Cullen Bohannon
Colm Meaney
as Thomas "Doc" Durant
as Elam Ferguson
Ben Esler
as Sean McGinnes
Phil Burke
as Mickey McGinnes
Philip Burke
as Mickey McGinnes
Eddie Spears
as Joseph Black Moon
Tom Noonan
as Rev Nathaniel Cole
Wes Studi
as Chief Many Horses
Ted Levine
as Daniel Johnson
Gerald Auger
as Pawnee Killer
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Critic Reviews for Hell on Wheels: Season 1

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (21)

Taking on a titanic subject, Hell on Wheels has a lot of potential, but needs work to reach it.

Full Review… | November 6, 2011
IGN Movies

The net result is only fitfully compelling, and for a series about trains periodically runs out of narrative steam.

Full Review… | November 6, 2011
Top Critic

It could become the kind of cult success that inspires fierce fan loyalty and runs for a long time

Full Review… | November 6, 2011
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

It's not original, not witty, and not creative.

Full Review… | November 6, 2011

Hell on Wheels is a big and ambitious stab at the genre, with a lot going on and much to recommend.

Full Review… | November 6, 2011
Uncle Barky
Top Critic

Like a runaway train plowing into a station, Hell on Wheels is all noise and flash and blood and guts - and never mind surviving the ride, let alone enjoying it.

Full Review… | November 6, 2011
USA Today
Top Critic

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