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The Best Seasons of Hell on Wheels

Updated July 24, 2020 297 votes 119 voters 5.4k views5 items

All the seasons of Hell on Wheels have been intense, but which seasons really stand out? Who new the construction of a transcontinental railroad would be so dramatic, but Cullen Bohannon joined the mission with revenge on his mind. Some of the most memorable episodes of Hell on Wheels come from different seasons, so picking the top season isn't easy. Some Hell on Wheels seasons focus on Bohannon seeking justice for the death of his family, while other good seasons reveal the institutional conflicts that emerge when creating a railroad. To determine once and for all what the best seasons of Hell on Wheels are, let's rank every Hell on Wheels season from best to worst.

Hell on Wheels is a Western series starring Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Common, and Dominique McElligott. Hell on Wheels premiered on AMC on November 6, 2011. Ending in 2016 with its fifth season, Hell on Wheels aired a total of 57 episodes.

Vote up your favorite seasons of Hell on Wheels, and vote down any seasons that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you loved any individual episodes. Is your favorite season of Hell on Wheels not as high as it should be? Be sure to vote it up so it rises to the top. It can be difficult to put one Hell on Wheels season over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many seasons you like.

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    Hell on Wheels - Season 2

    Hell on Wheels - Season 2
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    The second season of Hell on Wheels premiered on August 12, 2012, and contains 10 episodes. This season finds Bohannon getting imprisoned meanwhile The Swede and a Reverend Cole assist the natives in attacking the railroad.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "Viva la Mexico," "The White Spirit," and "Blood Moon."

    Memorable moments from Season 2 include:

    • Lily admits involvement in Schmidt's murder.
    • Eva tells Toole and Elam of her pregnancy.
    • Toole commits suicide in front of Eva.
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    Hell on Wheels - Season 5

    Hell on Wheels - Season 5
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    The fifth and final season of Hell on Wheels premiered on July 18, 2015, and contains 14 episodes. This season finds Bohannon working for the Central Pacific Railroad.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "White Justice," "Elixir of Life," and "Hungry Ghosts."

    Memorable moments from Season 5 include:

    • Bohannon hires the Swede.
    • Fong's true gender is discovered.
    • The Swede and Phineas plot an assassination.
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    Hell on Wheels - Season 1

    Hell on Wheels - Season 1
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    The first season of Hell on Wheels premiered on November 6, 2011, and contains 10 episodes. This season introduces viewers to former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon who is on a mission to get revenge against Union soldiers he believes were responsible for the death of his family.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "A New Birth of Freedom," "Pride, Pomp, and Circumstance," and "Timshel."

    Memorable moments from Season 1 include:

    • Lily Bell wards off a Native American attack and escapes with her husband's maps.
    • Elam defends Eva.
    • Bohannon kills Harper, then later realizes he is not one of his family's killers.
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    Hell on Wheels - Season 3

    Hell on Wheels - Season 3
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    The third season of Hell on Wheels premiered on August 10, 2013, and contains 10 episodes. This season follows Bohannon as he battles Durant for control of the Union Pacific Railroad.

    This season features several unforgettable episodes including: "Eminent Domain," "One Less Mule," and "It Happened in Boston."

    Memorable moments from Season 3 include:

    • A Mormon member kills the railroad sheriff.
    • Elam learns that his baby with Eva was given off.
    • The Swede reveals himself as part of a Mormon group.
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