Hell on Wheels
TV Series (2011–2016)
Producers: Peter Chomsky, Thomas Brady, Anson Mount
Creators: Joe Gayton, Tony Gayton
Starring: Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Common
MPAA Rating: TV-14
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
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!
IMDB Rating: 8.3 out of 10 stars!
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 88% like it!
This is a fantastically written show, and the actors are sublime. I don’t always go for western shows or movies, but this really draws you in. Seemingly there are two protagonists, Bohannon and Ferguson. One is a white man who fought in the confederate army and the other, a freed slave, but they find common ground and an alliance is built (of a sorts).
The show has sleazy politicians, human protagonists, humor, dirty gritty real life of building a railroad and forging the west, and of course sex. The writing is complex, and every character is fleshed out completely and humanized, as having both good and bad qualities. The show also has plenty of action for those interested, lots of shooting and killing as well as hard working men to keep everything interesting for the viewers.
The shows initial premise opens on Bohannon looking for those involved in the death of his wife and son. A group came through when he was in the war and killed them (my wording is nicer than the truth). The hunt is exciting as not everyone is whom they seem. All the while the people building the railroad and the settlers are fighting off Indian attacks. Not sure how the show keeps its PG-14 rating, what with the vast prostitutes and sexual scenes, steamy for sure.
This western period drama is well written, exciting and edgy for anyone who wants to check it out.