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.


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Air date: Nov 6, 2011
Air date: Nov 13, 2011
Air date: Nov 20, 2011
Air date: Nov 27, 2011
Air date: Dec 4, 2011
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 for his wife's killer. The actions of Lily Bell (Dominique McElligot), the wife of a railroad surveyor killed by the Cheyenne, also play a prominent role in the season.


Anson Mount
as Cullen Bohannon
Colm Meaney
as Thomas "Doc" Durant
as Elam Ferguson
Ben Esler
as Sean McGinnes
Philip Burke
as Mickey McGinnes
Phil Burke (II)
as Mickey McGinnes
Eddie Spears
as Joseph Black Moon
Wes Studi
as Chief Many Horses
Ted Levine
as Daniel Johnson
Tom Noonan
as Rev Nathaniel Cole
Gerald Auger
as Pawnee Killer
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Critic Reviews for Hell on Wheels Season 1

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (21)

This one's hell by any measure.

Nov 6, 2011 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 6, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

Nov 6, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

Nov 6, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

Nov 6, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

Nov 6, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The folks who make this show are clearly playing a long game, and I'm unsure if I found myself dazzled throughout the season; entertained, for sure, but not blown away.

Mar 2, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 6, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

Nov 6, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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

Nov 6, 2011 | Rating: 7.2/10 | Full Review…

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