Hell on Wheels

Hell on Wheels

2011 - 2015, Drama, Western
Western drama following an American Civil War veteran searching for the Confederate soldier who killed his wife. His quest takes him to Hell on Wheels, a lawless mobile encampment peopled by workers constructing the first transcontinental railroad. Starring Anson Mount and Colm Meaney
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Episode Guide

  • Hell on Wheels - False Prophets (Season 5 Episode 7)
    Season 5 Episode 7:

    False Prophets

    Cullen meets Durant in Salt Lake City for an audience with the president to discuss the future of the railroad. The Swede puts his plan against the Mormons into action

  • Hell on Wheels - Hungry Ghosts (Season 5 Episode 6)
    Season 5 Episode 6:

    Hungry Ghosts

    Cullen and Mei go on a dangerous journey after their train is forced to stop, Brigham Young demands that Durant pay his debts, and Eva nurses Louise back to health

  • Hell on Wheels - Elixir of Life (Season 5 Episode 5)
    Season 5 Episode 5:

    Elixir of Life

    Violence erupts during a Chinese festival. Cullen warns Phineas against continuing to work with the Swede, and Durant involves Maggie in a scheme to buy up land in Cheyenne

  • Hell on Wheels - Struck (Season 5 Episode 4)
    Season 5 Episode 4:


    Cullen tries to resolve a crisis when Chang leads the Chinese workers in a strike. Durant is impressed by Mickey's peacekeeping skills and offers him a job as foreman

  • Hell on Wheels - White Justice (Season 5 Episode 3)
    Season 5 Episode 3:

    White Justice

    Cullen deals with violence from disgruntled Irish workers in Chinatown and tries to keep Mei from joining the workforce. The Swede gathers weapons for his plot against the Mormons

  • Hell on Wheels - Mei Mei (Season 5 Episode 2)
    Season 5 Episode 2:

    Mei Mei

    Cullen enlists new workers to help him move a locomotive on a sled; Cullen and Fong must work together; Swede and Phineas fight for survival after being banished to the high country.

  • Hell on Wheels - Chinatown (Season 5 Episode 1)
    Season 5 Episode 1:


    Cullen oversees building the railroad running east, and stands up for the rights of the Chinese labourers. The Swede also arrives in town, having had a revelation

  • Hell on Wheels - Further West (Season 4 Episode 13)
    Season 4 Episode 13:

    Further West

    Cullen goes to Salt Lake City in search of his family, while Campbell is appointed governor of Cheyenne and sets about enforcing the peace

  • Hell on Wheels - Thirteen Steps (Season 4 Episode 12)
    Season 4 Episode 12:

    Thirteen Steps

    Ruth pleads guilty to Sydney's murder, and is sentenced to be hanged. Cullen tries to persuade Campbell to pardon her, but she remains determined to accept her fate

  • Hell on Wheels - Bleeding Kansas (Season 4 Episode 11)
    Season 4 Episode 11:

    Bleeding Kansas

    Cullen tries to keep Sydney alive to spare Ruth the consequences of being his killer. Mickey summons a gang to help him take over the saloon, but finds he cannot control them

  • Hell on Wheels - Return to Hell (Season 4 Episode 10)
    Season 4 Episode 10:

    Return to Hell

    Durant and Campbell come to an arrangement to keep the peace, which leads to Cullen being made marshal. Sydney tries to burn down the church, while Eva gets her chance for revenge

  • Hell on Wheels - Two Trains (Season 4 Episode 9)
    Season 4 Episode 9:

    Two Trains

    Cullen tries to make Sydney release his imprisoned railroad workers before they are sent to prison, while Mickey comes up with a plan of his own to break them out

  • Hell on Wheels - Under Color of Law (Season 4 Episode 8)
    Season 4 Episode 8:

    Under Color of Law

    Cullen comes up with a plan to cross the mountain. Eva helps Charlotte to make a fresh start, Naomi decides to return to the Mormon settlement and Campbell appoints a new marshal

  • Hell on Wheels - Elam Ferguson (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    Elam Ferguson

    Elam returns to the railroad, but does not recognise Cullen. Durant plots his revenge, and is confronted by Delaney's wife, who wants to know the truth about her father's death

  • Hell on Wheels - Bear Man (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    Bear Man

    Elam is mauled by a bear, but is rescued by Comanches who believe he has gained the animals' power. He has suffered brain damage and begins to forget his old life

  • Hell on Wheels - Life's a Mystery (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    Life's a Mystery

    Cullen is reunited with an old friend from the Civil War who is fleeing an attempt on his life. Durant manages to get the better of Campbell, and Jessup takes over the casino

  • Hell on Wheels - Reckoning (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:


    Cullen offers to help Durant find a route over the mountain, Jessup's men close down the casino, and the Swede tries to escape being sentenced to death by the Mormons

  • Hell on Wheels - Chicken Hill (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    Chicken Hill

    Cullen returns to the railroad camp and tries to get his job back. Durant plans to tunnel through a hill, despite Delaney's misgivings, and Campbell claims territory for himself

  • Hell on Wheels - Escape From the Garden (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    Escape From the Garden

    The Swede fears being unmasked as soldiers arrive at the Mormon settlement, Ruth considers sending Ezra to an orphanage, and a military officer plans to bring order to Cheyenne

  • Hell on Wheels - The Elusive Eden (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    The Elusive Eden

    Durant makes a disastrous attempt to cross a frozen river, jeopardising the future of the railroad. Cullen awaits the birth of Naomi's baby while plotting his escape

  • Hell on Wheels - Get Behind the Mule (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    Get Behind the Mule

    Cullen is captured by the Mormons, led by the Swede. He discovers Naomi is pregnant, and offers to marry her to make peace with her father

  • Hell on Wheels - Fathers and Sins (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    Fathers and Sins

    Maggie tries to persuade Cullen and Durant to settle their differences, while Ruth is racked with guilt following the recent tragedy, and decides to leave town

  • Hell on Wheels - It Happened in Boston (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    It Happened in Boston

    Cullen asks for Durant's help when he is tasked with persuading workers to return to the railroad after they leave for the Mormon fort, while Sean decides the time is right to confess his crimes. Western drama, starring Anson Mount and Colm Meaney

  • Hell on Wheels - Cholera (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:


    Cullen goes in search of a source of fresh water when the settlement suffers a cholera outbreak, and the Swede poses as a Mormon leader

  • Hell on Wheels - One Less Mule (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    One Less Mule

    Durant calls a halt to work on the railroad so that Cullen can be made to stand trial for the men he has killed. Elam deals with a dangerous newcomer in town

  • Hell on Wheels - Searchers (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:


    Cullen delays the next stage of the journey to organise a search for Eva's missing baby, but the freedmen are convinced Declan is responsible

  • Hell on Wheels - The Game (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    The Game

    The railroad's supply of lumber is burned, so Cullen and Elam make a dangerous journey into Kiowa territory to trade for the trees on their land. Durant reveals a secret to Louise. Western drama, starring Anson Mount, Colm Meaney and Jennifer Ferrin

  • Hell on Wheels - Range War (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Range War

    The cattle pens are raided, so Cullen journeys into the prairie to recover the stolen animals. A stranger arrives in town who poses a threat to Elam's family. Drama, starring Anson Mount and Common

  • Hell on Wheels - Eminent Domain (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Eminent Domain

    A reporter from New York writing a story on the railroad comes to Hell on Wheels, and Cullen faces a difficult choice when he discovers a Mormon homestead lies on their route

  • Hell on Wheels - Big Bad Wolf (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Big Bad Wolf

    Cullen and Elam go to New York in search of work after a hard winter, while an imprisoned Durant strives to regain control of the railroad from his cell

  • Hell on Wheels - Big Bad Wolf; Eminent Domain (Season 3 Episode 1/2)
    Season 3 Episode 1/2:

    Big Bad Wolf; Eminent Domain

    Cullen and Elam secure their railroad positions in New York; Durant fights for his legacy from prison.

  • Hell on Wheels - Blood Moon Rising (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    Blood Moon Rising

    Part two of two. Cullen bands together with the railroad workers to save Hell on Wheels from an invading force. The military refuses to help as the town faces the Sioux attack, Lily learns Durant plans to have her killed, and the Swede takes his vengeance

  • Hell on Wheels - Blood Moon (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    Blood Moon

    Part one of two. The townsfolk celebrate the completion of the bridge. Meanwhile Cullen suspects the Sioux are preparing to attack and Durant has a deadly task for Elam

  • Hell on Wheels - The Lord's Day (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    The Lord's Day

    Durant returns to town accompanied by his wife. Lily fears her contributions to running things will be forgotten, and sabotage on the railroad leads to disaster

  • Hell on Wheels - The White Spirit (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    The White Spirit

    The railroad is thrown into crisis in the aftermath of the recent tragedy. Cullen tries to force a confession from the Swede, and Sean gives away a plot of land to the church

  • Hell on Wheels - Purged Away With Blood (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Purged Away With Blood

    Doc is marked for death, but refuses Cullen's offer of help getting to safety so he can attend to a medical emergency. Durant tries to save the railroad while fighting for his own life, and the Swede forms an alliance with Cole and the Sioux

  • Hell on Wheels - The Railroad Job (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    The Railroad Job

    Hawkins plots to rob the railroad office, an ambitious undertaking that leads to Durant being shot and putting the town's future in peril. Meanwhile, Doc Whitehead discovers that Cullen is still alive, and The Swede employs harsh measures to keep Cole from drinking

  • Hell on Wheels - Scabs (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:


    A railroad sentry is killed by Sioux defending their sacred land, prompting the rest of the workers to rebel. Meanwhile, Lily tries to persuade Durant to change the route, and Elam gets some interesting news from Eva

  • Hell on Wheels - Slaughterhouse (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:


    Mickey and Sean are taken captive by Germans who believe they are behind the recent act of vigilante justice. While the mob is incited to murder them, Lily confesses to her involvement in the foreman's death

  • Hell on Wheels - Durant, Nebraska (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Durant, Nebraska

    A Sioux war party attacks the town and Cullen is tortured in a bid to make him inform on his fellow criminals. Taking the initiative, Eva turns to Elam for help in bringing the murderer to justice

  • Hell on Wheels - Viva La Mexico (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Viva La Mexico

    Cullen falls in with bandits and attacks the payroll train in the hope of funding a colony in Mexico, while a murder is committed in the town. With Lily now a major force in the design of the railroad, she and Durant push it west. Virginia Madsen guest stars

  • Hell on Wheels - Blood Moon; Blood Moon Rising (Season 2 Episode 9/10)
    Season 2 Episode 9/10:

    Blood Moon; Blood Moon Rising

    Cullen prepares for battle while the town celebrates; Cullen fights to save Hell on Wheels.

  • Hell on Wheels - God of Chaos (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    God of Chaos

    Cullen believes a war veteran in town is the man who killed his family, and must choose between his desire for revenge and the new life he has made for himself. Elsewhere, Durant and Lily conspire to gain investors' interests, while Elam and Eva each begin to see the future differently

  • Hell on Wheels - Timshel (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:


    Cullen and Lily strive to ensure the railroad meets its deadline as it approaches the important 40-mile mark, and Elam and Joseph face the consequences of their violent actions

  • Hell on Wheels - Derailed (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:


    A train is derailed by the Cheyenne, so Durant orders Cullen to track the offenders down. Lily moves into her own tent beside the brothel, and soon befriends Eva. Western, starring Colm Meaney, Anson Mount and Dominique McElligott

  • Hell on Wheels - Revelations (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:


    Cullen must decide how much he is willing to risk as Elam's life hangs in the balance. Durant faces financial ruin after hearing from government officials, and Lily confronts her dead husband's family. Western, starring Colm Meaney, Anson Mount and Dominique McElligott

  • Hell on Wheels - Pride, Pomp and Circumstance (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Pride, Pomp and Circumstance

    Durant hopes to resolve his peace negotiations with the Cheyenne by issuing them with a challenge, while Cullen and Elam race to prevent an outbreak of violence in the town. Western, starring Colm Meaney, Anson Mount and Dominique McElligott

  • Hell on Wheels - Bread and Circuses (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Bread and Circuses

    Joseph and Rev Cole travel into Cheyenne territory in the hope of brokering a peace deal. Cullen and his crewman Elam settle their differences in a public fight, while Lily and Durant continue to discuss the future of the railroad. Western, starring Eddie Spears and Tom Noonan

  • Hell on Wheels - Jamais Je Ne T'oublierai (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Jamais Je Ne T'oublierai

    Former Confederate soldier Cullen gets closer to tracking down the sergeant, and Durant helps Lily recover from her ordeal, but has a hidden agenda. Elsewhere, Elam finds solace in the arms of social outcast Eva. Western, starring Anson Mount, Colm Meaney and Dominique McElligott

  • Hell on Wheels - A New Birth of Freedom (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    A New Birth of Freedom

    Durant organises a search party to find Lily, who is still lost in the wilderness, and Cullen encounters an unexpected obstacle as he looks for the missing sergeant. Western, starring Colm Meaney, Dominique McElligott and Anson Mount

  • Hell on Wheels - Immoral Mathematics (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Immoral Mathematics

    Cullen fights for his life as he answers for his terrible actions, and Lily struggles to survive in the wilderness. Elsewhere, Durant tries to wring political gain from the recent tragedy. Western, starring Anson Mount, Dominique McElligott and Colm Meaney

  • Hell on Wheels - Pilot (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:


    Western drama following an American Civil War veteran searching for the Confederate soldier who killed his wife. His quest takes him to Hell on Wheels, a lawless mobile encampment peopled by workers constructing the first transcontinental railroad. Starring Anson Mount and Colm Meaney

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