The Best Episodes of Hell on Wheels

Last Updated: Nov 29, 2018

Hell on Wheels tells the epic story of post-Civil War America, focusing on a Confederate soldier (Mount) who sets out to exact revenge on the Union soldiers who have killed his wife. His journey takes him west to Hell on Wheels, a dangerous, raucous, lawless melting pot of a town that travels with and services the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, an engineering feat unprecedented for its time.

Timshel

#1 - Timshel

Season 1 - Episode 9

A looming railroad deadline throws Cullen and Lily together; Joseph and Elam deal with what their violent mission has wrought.

star 8.23
678 votes
Directors: John Shiban
Writers: John Shiban
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Blood Moon Rising

#2 - Blood Moon Rising

Season 2 - Episode 10

Cullen fights to save Hell on Wheels.

star 8.17
319 votes
Directors: John Shiban
Writers: John Shiban
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Derailed

#3 - Derailed

Season 1 - Episode 8

Durant dispatches Cullen and Elam on a mission of vengeance. Lily struggles to find her place.

star 8.17
665 votes
Writers: Mark Richard
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God of Chaos

#4 - God of Chaos

Season 1 - Episode 10

In the Season 1 finale, Cullen's past and future collide, impacting his life on the railroad.

star 8.13
675 votes
Writers: Joe Gayton, Tony Gayton
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Return to Hell

#5 - Return to Hell

Season 4 - Episode 10

Cullen, Durant, and Campbell try to negotiate a settlement on how the streets will be policed; an act of terror strikes Cheyenne.

star 8.13
692 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Jami O'Brien
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Blood Moon

#6 - Blood Moon

Season 2 - Episode 9

Cullen prepares for battle while the town celebrates.

star 8.13
570 votes
Writers: Mark Richard, Jami O'Brien
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Two Trains

#7 - Two Trains

Season 4 - Episode 9

Cullen goes head to head with the new marshal to recover his arrested railroad workers. Campbell confronts Louise over a story.

star 8.12
708 votes
Directors: Marvin V. Rush
Writers: Bruce Marshall Romans
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Fathers and Sins

#8 - Fathers and Sins

Season 3 - Episode 9

With General Grant's deadline only two days away, a gang of riders attacks Cheyenne while Cullen and Elam pay Durant a visit.

star 8.10
683 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: John Wirth, Reed Steiner
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Done

#9 - Done

Season 5 - Episode 14

The golden spike, government hearings and unpredictable actions mean new beginnings and endings for the survivors.

star 8.10
1,156 votes
Writers: Jami O'Brien, Thomas Brady
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One Less Mule

#10 - One Less Mule

Season 3 - Episode 6

Durant files an injunction against Union Pacific, threatening Cullen's position; Elam deals with a dangerous newcomer.

star 8.10
701 votes
Writers: John Wirth, Lolis Eric Elie
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Get Behind the Mule

#11 - Get Behind the Mule

Season 3 - Episode 10

Cullen grapples with consequences while Elam mounts a rescue attempt. Durant receives Gen. Grant and the U.P. board in Cheyenne ahead of the deadline.

star 8.07
704 votes
Directors: Neil LaBute
Writers: Mark Richard, Jami O'Brien
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Revelations

#12 - Revelations

Season 1 - Episode 7

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.

star 8.04
686 votes
Writers: Joe Gayton, Tony Gayton
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The Railroad Job

#13 - The Railroad Job

Season 2 - Episode 5

Cullen's past catches up with him and threatens the fate of the railroad.

star 8.02
603 votes
Directors: Michael Nankin
Writers: Mark Richard
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Elam Ferguson

#14 - Elam Ferguson

Season 4 - Episode 7

Cullen attempts to reconnect with Elam upon his return. Durant takes matters into his own hands while putting an old problem to rest.

star 8.01
737 votes
Directors: Rod Lurie
Writers: Mark Richard, Tom Brady
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Eminent Domain

#15 - Eminent Domain

Season 3 - Episode 2

An unexpected roadblock forces Cullen to make a difficult choice as a reporter arrives in Hell on Wheels. Elam struggles with his new boss.

star 8.01
516 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: John Wirth
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Escape from the Garden

#16 - Escape from the Garden

Season 4 - Episode 2

As Cullen plans an exit from Fort Smith, he challenges The Swede; when a new adversary arrives, Cheyenne feels his presence.

star 8.00
730 votes
Directors: Neil LaBute
Writers: Mark Richard
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The Game

#17 - The Game

Season 3 - Episode 4

Cullen and Elam try to secure a new lumber source following a railroad accident; Durant tells Louise a secret about Cullen.

star 7.97
693 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Jami O'Brien
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Slaughterhouse

#18 - Slaughterhouse

Season 2 - Episode 3

Cullen struggles to maintain order while Mickey's and Sean's lives are endangered; Lily and Elam clean up a mess of their own doing.

star 7.96
607 votes
Writers: Jami O'Brien, Bruce Marshall Romans
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Big Bad Wolf

#19 - Big Bad Wolf

Season 3 - Episode 1

After a hard winter, Cullen and Elam travel to New York to secure their positions on the railroad as Durant fights for his legacy from prison.

star 7.96
741 votes
Writers: Mark Richard
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Immoral Mathematics

#20 - Immoral Mathematics

Season 1 - Episode 2

Lily encounters natives in the wilderness. Cullen is questioned in regards to his recent actions against others. Meanwhile, Durant continues his push for political gain through his persuasions.

star 7.96
875 votes
Writers: Tony Gayton, Joe Gayton
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Bread and Circuses

#21 - Bread and Circuses

Season 1 - Episode 5

A bare-knuckle brouhaha between Elam and Cullen is spurred by Durant's latest attempt to deal with the railroad's financial crisis.

star 7.95
710 votes
Directors: Adam Davidson
Writers: Mark Richard
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Purged away with Blood

#22 - Purged away with Blood

Season 2 - Episode 6

Despite fighting to save his own life, Durant must try to keep the railroad from going under. Meanwhile, Cullen comes to the aid of an old comrade.

star 7.95
604 votes
Directors: Joe Gayton
Writers: Tony Gayton, Tom Brady
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Cholera

#23 - Cholera

Season 3 - Episode 7

When a cholera epidemic hits Hell on Wheels, Cullen must find fresh water before his workers die. Durant faces political fallout.

star 7.93
688 votes
Directors: Deran Sarafian
Writers: Tom Brady
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Range War

#24 - Range War

Season 3 - Episode 3

Cullen and Elam search for their stolen food on the prairie; a stranger's arrival threatens Elam's family.

star 7.93
698 votes
Directors: Dennie Gordon
Writers: Mark Richard, Reed Steiner
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Life's a Mystery

#25 - Life's a Mystery

Season 4 - Episode 5

Cullens's family is at risk when a stranger arrives, stirring up old feelings; The Swede faces the consequences.

star 7.92
714 votes
Directors: David Straiton
Writers: Mark Richard, Tom Brady
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