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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 8 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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 Cullen Bohannon (55 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Thomas 'Doc' Durant (52 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Eva (50 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Mickey McGinnes (49 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 The Swede / ... (40 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Psalms / ... (38 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Elam Ferguson (32 episodes, 2011-2014)
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 Sean McGinnes (28 episodes, 2011-2013)
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 Louise Ellison (24 episodes, 2013-2016)
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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. Written by cc ardbeg

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Hell Ain't Civilized See more »

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6 November 2011 (USA)  »

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Hell on Wheels: L'Enfer de l'Ouest  »

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Features Wes Studi, Tom Noonan, and Ted Levine. All of whom appeared in Heat together, and are regulars of Michael Mann films. See more »

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The show has the Cherokee using stirrups. The plains Indians did not use stirrups. They were, therefore, limited to operating as light cavalry. See more »

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Sean McGinnes: I came to America to build a life in this world, not the next.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 17 September 2015 (2015) See more »

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Cullen the Hero
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Composed by Kevin Kiner and Gustavo Santaolalla
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Harsh Realism - with a touch of the things that made America Great.
15 November 2011 | by (Puyallup, WA (USA)) – See all my reviews

Watching this has reminded me of a series of Brutal Western stories I used to read by George G. Gilman called Edge.

Add to that is is reminiscent of my days as a Civl War reenactor.

They've hit the period history right between the eyes.

They have also portrayed the Corruption and the beauty of the times. The Scenes in Kansas are as good as it gets on the small screen. . The west made for hard people, or dead ones. And the writers and directors have pulled no punches in portraying things as they were. The Harlots don't look like they live in downtown Las Vegas, and the Protagenist makes mistakes.

This series has shown extreme promise in its first two episodes, and some Excellent human drama. I'm hopeful the writers will not allow that to go to their heads, and keep it gritty and harsh, without going over the top.


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