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Season 1

Number of episodes: 10
Original run: November 6, 2011 to January 15, 2012
DVD release: May 2012
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Season 1 of Hell on Wheels premiered on November 6, 2011 and concluded its ten episode run on January 15, 2012.


Starring cast

  1. Anson Mount as Cullen Bohannon
  2. Common as Elam Ferguson
  3. Dominique McElligott as Lily Bell
  4. Colm Meaney as Thomas Durant
  5. Ben Esler as Sean McGinnes
  6. Phil Burke as Mickey McGinnes
  7. Eddie Spears as Joseph Black Moon
  8. Tom Noonan as Reverend Nathaniel Cole

Recurring cast

  1. Christopher Heyerdahl as Thor Gundersen, also known as "the Swede"
  2. Robin McLeavy as Eva
  3. Kasha Kropinski as Ruth, Reverend Cole's daughter
  4. April Telek as Nell
  5. Duncan Ollerenshaw as Gregory Toole
  6. James D. Hopkin as Senator Jordan Crane
  7. Wes Studi as Chief Many Horses
  8. Gerald Auger as Pawnee Killer


Hell on Wheels was created by Joe and Tony Gayton. The Gaytons, Jeremy Gold, John Shiban, and David Von Ancken serve as the series executive producers. Paul Kurta, Chad Oakes, and Michael Frislev are producers, while Jordan Feiner and Keri Young are associate producers. Writers for the first season include Tony Gayton, Joe Gayton, John Shiban, Jami O'Brien, Mark Richard, and Bruce Marshall Romans. Directors include David Von Ancken, Phil Abraham, Alex Zakrzewski, Adam Davidson, Michael Slovis, and Michelle MacLaren.


Image Title Season # Writer(s) Director Original airdate
Cullen-Revenge1.jpg "Pilot" 1 Tony Gayton and Joe Gayton David Von Ancken November 6, 2011
Former Confederate soldier, Cullen Bohannon, seeks revenge on Union soldiers, leading him to Nebraska and the Union Pacific Railroad's westward construction of the first transcontinental railroad.
ImmoralMathematics.jpg "Immoral Mathematics" 2 Tony Gayton and Joe Gayton David Von Ancken November 13, 2011
Cullen Bohannon must defend himself against murder charges while Lily Bell, wounded and weary, struggles to survive after the Cheyenne attack on the survey camp.
A New Birth of Freedom.jpg "A New Birth of Freedom" 3 John Shiban Phil Abraham November 20, 2011
Cullen Bohannon resumes his quest of vengeance by learning the name of one of the men responsible for wife's death. His plans change when he crosses paths with Lily Bell and Joseph Black Moon. She has been wounded from a Cheyenne attack on her camp that also killed her husband. Joseph has been seeking answers from his former tribe, including his own brother, about the savage attack.
Jamais Je Ne T'oublierai.jpg "Jamais Je Ne T'oublierai" 4 Jami O'Brien Alex Zakrzewski November 27, 2011
Cullen Bohannon continuing his vengeful quest of justice for his wife's murder. Lily Bell arriving at Hell on Wheels to learn more about her deceased husband's employer, Thomas Durant, and his railroad. Elam Ferguson finding solace in the arms of another social outcast, Eva, a prostitute.
Bread and Circuses.jpg "Bread and Circuses" 5 Mark Richard Adam Davidson December 4, 2011
Joseph Black Moon and Reverend Nathaniel Cole travel into Cheyenne territory in hopes of a peace talk, while Joseph's brother Pawnee Killer, endures a native ritual. Lily Bell and Thomas Durant continue to discuss the future of the railroad construction; and Cullen Bohannon and his crewman Elam Ferguson settle their differences in a public fight.
Pride, Pomp and Circumstance.jpg "Pride, Pomp and Circumstance" 6 Bruce Marshall Romans Michael Slovis December 11, 2011
Senator Jordan Crane arrives in town for an arranged peace talk with the Cheyenne, and to discuss the Union Pacific Railroad's future with Thomas Durant. Cullen Bohannon is put in charge of security while the natives are in town. He prevents Lily Bell from causing a scene, after she spots a female native wearing Lily's dead husband's hat.
Revelations.jpg "Revelations" 7 Tony Gayton and Joe Gayton Michelle MacLaren December 18, 2011
Thomas Durant and Lily Bell travel by train to Chicago, for different reasons; the Irishmen from Hell on Wheels intend to kill Elam Ferguson for entertainment purposes; and Cullen Bohannon interferes and helps Elam escape.
Derailed.jpg "Derailed" 8 Mark Richard David Von Ancken January 1, 2012
A train is derailed by the Cheyenne and Thomas Durant orders Cullen Bohannon to lead a team to track them. Lily Bell moves out of Durant's coach and into her own tent beside the brothel, which allows her to become fast friends with Eva; and tension mounts for Cullen's team in the pursuit of the renegade Indian tribe.
Timshel.jpg "Timshel" 9 John Shiban John Shiban January 8, 2012
Cullen Bohannon and the search party find the Cheyenne who attacked the surveyor's camp and later derailed a train. Elam Ferguson and Eva discuss their future, before getting a strange visitor; and the railroad crew reaches the important 40-mile mark.
God of Chaos.jpg "God of Chaos" 10 Tony Gayton and Joe Gayton David Von Ancken January 15, 2012
Thomas Durant and Lily Bell conspire to gain arriving investors' interests, after she pleads for Cullen Bohannon to not let his vengeful path ruin him; Sean and Mickey McGinnes exact their own revenge on Thor Gundersen; and Elam Ferguson and Eva each begin to see the future differently.
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Critical Reception[]

Rotten Tomatoes gave season 1 of Hell on Wheels a 62%, with 21 out of 34 rating the season as "fresh".[1]


  1. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/hell-on-wheels/s01/ Rotten Tomatoes TV: Hell on Wheels Season 1 (retrieved 17 Sept 2013)