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Hell on Wheels: Season 1 (2011-2012)

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Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 13

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

67

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 7

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

audience

65

liked it
Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 37

My Rating

Season Info

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

Genre: Drama

Network: AMC

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Episodes

1
Air date: Nov 6, 2011

Pilot

"Pilot" A former Confederate soldier journeys to the Transcontinental Railroad to seek vengeance. Season 2 premieres 8/12 on AMC.

2
Air date: Nov 13, 2011

Immortal Mathematics

"Immoral Mathematics" Cullen fights for his life as he answers for his deadly actions. Lily struggles to survive in the wilderness, as Durant attempts to spin tragedy for political gain. Season 2 premieres 8/12 on AMC.

3
Air date: Nov 20, 2011

A New Birth of Freedom

"A New Birth of Freedom" Cullen's search for the sergeant is diverted by an unexpected obstacle. Durant organizes a search party to retrieve the missing Lily Bell. Season 2 premieres 8/12 on AMC.

4
Air date: Nov 27, 2011

Jamais Je Ne T'oublierai

"Jamais Je Ne T'oublierai" Cullen gets closer than ever to the sergeant. Durant pursues a hidden agenda while helping Lily recuperate. Season 2 premieres 8/12 on AMC.

5
Air date: Dec 4, 2011

Bread and Circuses

"Bread and Circuses" Durant's answer to the railroad's latest financial problems spurs a bareknuckle brawl between Cullen and Elam. Season 2 premieres 8/12 on AMC.

6
Air date: Dec 11, 2011

Pride, Pomp and Circumstance

"Pride, Pomp and Circumstance" Durant attempts to end ongoing negotiations with the Cheyenne by challenging them to a competition. Meanwhile Cullen and Elam scramble to prevent bloodshed in town. Season 2 premieres 8/12 on AMC.

7
Air date: Dec 18, 2011

Revelations

"Revelations" With Elam's life in the balance, Cullen must decide how much he's willing to risk. Meanwhile Durant faces financial ruin as Lily confronts the family of her late husband. Season 2 premieres 8/12 on AMC.

8
Air date: Jan 1, 2012

Derailed

"Derailed" Durant dispatches Cullen and Elam on a mission of vengeance. Lily struggles to find her place in Hell on Wheels. Season 2 premieres 8/12 on AMC.

9
Air date: Jan 8, 2012

Timshel

"Timshel" It's all hands on deck as Cullen and Lily work to meet the railroad's looming deadline. Elam and Joseph deal with the consequences of their violent mission. Season 2 premieres 8/12 on AMC.

10
Air date: Jan 15, 2012

God of Chaos

"God of Chaos" Cullen's new life on the railroad is put in jeopardy when he is forced to choose between his past and his future. Season 2 premieres 8/12 on AMC.

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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (13)

Too often, this show goes all gassy and fizzles: a humorless Blazing Saddles.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

Wheels just feels like a hell of a long, glum slog.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

Whatever its destination, I won't be along for the ride.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

Hell on Wheels will eventually gather enough steam to get somewhere.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: RedEye
RedEye

Solid cast, intriguing premise, and - best of all - the Old West.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

This one's hell by any measure.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post

Likely to earn the nickname "Dull on Wheels," the show moves at a glacial pace and introduces a bevy of unconnected characters.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It's not quite good (other than The Swede), but it's also not especially bad (though it has occasional terrible moments), and I'm a sucker for Westerns.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: HitFix

If you're a viewer in the market for a straight-ahead Western drama with some basic-cable violence and darkness, you may find it a serviceable visionist Western.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

This ambitious but wildly uneven cable drama is a drearily paced collection of cowboy cliches, saddle-sore plot twists and hackneyed characters with all the appeal of stale oats.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Damned if the thing didn't have its hooks in me.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club

Co-creators Joe and Tony Gayton have turned out a solid series that got stronger with each of the five episodes I watched.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

It gets moving quickly in the subsequent episodes, and turns into a grim frontier revenge saga, with intriguing personalities and interconnecting storylines.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

At the end of the day, Hell on Wheels is beautifully-filmed project that offers exceptional attention to detail on everything but the main character.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

The show at its best is compelling enough that you may root for it, hoping that it can pull its sprawling plot threads together in a way that will make it all add up to something greater than the sum of its parts.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club

Hell On Wheels might not be groundbreaking, but it is captivating and eager to tell multiple stories of the men and women struggling to find purpose after the end of the Civil War.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Fanatic
TV Fanatic

As familiar as this tableau may be, Hell on Wheels finds enough beauty, danger and emotion to make some part of every episode seem fresh and worth waiting for.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal

Maybe it's good to know your limits.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

The characters - including Meaney's monster - are promising, the racial tensions are bracing, and the atmosphere is transporting.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

Cue the music, enter Anson Mount as Cullen Bohannan on AMC's new and intriguing Western, Hell on Wheels.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post

The pilot isn't very good. It's flat, has flashes of action, then ends with a thud.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

Though imbued with epic sweep, Hell on Wheels is a western at heart, even if that heart is cold.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

For all the unlikely things the Gaytons make happen in order to get their characters into place, and the dogged refusal of a couple of those characters to become interesting at all, the show gathers steam as it goes on.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

Its failings go far deeper than the phony words coming out of the mouths of an otherwise able cast.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

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

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

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

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

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

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture

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

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

However predictable, there are plenty of things to enjoy in Hell on Wheels, and sex and violence are only two of them.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

None of Hell on Wheels' juicy eruptions of pulp or sporadic glimpses of soul impedes the myth-belching progress of a story about the little engine of empire that could.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Slate

A dark, complex and intense drama about a group of damaged people who come together after the Civil War to help build the Transcontinental Railroad.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

May prove to be just interesting enough: justice served Western-style, with a quick draw or sharp knife, as evil men get their due.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

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

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

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