Cullen Bohannon finds himself a stranger in a strange land: Truckee, California. Home to the headquarters of the Central Pacific railroad, this rough mountain railroad town teems with thousands of Chinese workers who are foreign in language, culture and traditions. While grappling with the challenges of corralling his new workforce, Cullen leads the Central Pacific’s herculean effort to tunnel through the Sierra Nevada mountains, sometimes achieving only inches a day in the race to complete America’s first Transcontinental Railroad.
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With Thomas "Doc" Durant back in control of the Union Pacific Railroad, civilization makes its way west to Cheyenne, Wyoming - the "Magic City of the Plains." Conflict between the government, ranchers, homesteaders, and the railroad arises as they compete for control of this newborn city that quickly became the most important railroad hub in the United States.
The second season of the AMC television series Hell on Wheels, created and produced by Joe and Tony Gayton, premiered on August 12, 2012. The second season follows Cullen Bohannon as he tries to find himself again while continuing to drive the westward expansion of Union Pacific Railroad, under Thomas "Doc" Durant. The season's tagline is: "Still fighting ... still searching ... still raising hell."
The first season of the AMC television series Hell on Wheels premiered on November 6, 2011 and concluded on January 15, 2012. The series was created and produced by Joe and Tony Gayton and centers on the settlement that accompanied the construction of First Transcontinental Railroad, referred to as "Hell on Wheels" by the Union Pacific company men, surveyors, support workers, laborers, prostitutes, mercenaries, and others who make the mobile encampment their home. It stars Anson Mount as Cullen Bohannon, a former Confederate soldier who works as a foreman on the railroad as he tries to track down the Union soldiers who murdered his wife. Hell On Wheels' first season received "generally favorable" reviews from critics. Metacritic gave it a score of 63 out of 100 based on 27 reviews. The Washington Post's Hank Stuever rated the show highly, commenting, "Hands down, the most intriguing show on the fall slate. Though imbued with epic sweep, 'Hell on Wheels' is a western at heart, even if that heart is cold. Plenty of guns, knives, arrows, scalpings – mixed with the incendiary socio-psychological wounds left in the Civil War’s wake." Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times says the show "takes its cues more from the movies than from life ... Still, for all the unlikely things [the creators] 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." The Wall Street Journal's Nancy Dewolf Smith considers the series "like a bag of unpolished stones ... Despite striking performances even in many of the smaller roles, the actors sometimes are made to symbolize very modern obsessions, e.g., with race and gender." Brian Lowry of Variety thinks "while the diverse mix of characters could work to the program's advantage over the long haul, jumping to and fro among them creates a diluted, herky-jerky ride in the early going."
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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 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.
Blood will be spilled. Lives will be lost. Men will be ruined. (season 1)
Hell ain't civilized. (season 4)
Outlaw in charge. (season 3)More
All roads lead to hell. (season 5)
Raise hell. (season 2)
End of the line. (season 5)