Has anybody watched this show? I'd never heard of it until yesterday when an acquaintance suggested I would like it due to my interest in history and westerns. It sounds intriguing. I don't watch much TV (I'm more of a cinephile), but I'm thinking of checking it out. Also, anything gay in it?
Saw the first season, and rather liked it. I'm originally from the Midwest, so seeing such a raw, debauched, lawless version of Nebraska was pretty funny. If half of this is true, American territories in the mid-19th century were absolutely terrifying.
And JESUS, did they drink.
I love Lilly.
I'd check it out OP. I find the characters very interesting.
Season 1 was fantastic. I highly recommend it. It's slow, but has great characters. Season 2 lost its way at the beginning, but by Ep 3 or 4 gets back on track and shocked me a few times. I think it's the most underrated show on TV.
Excellent show that flies under the radar- kind of like Justified does. A very gritty realistic depiction of the building of the transcontinental railroad right after the Civil War. There's nothing gay about it, but the lead is hunky. I definitely would recommend it.
Thanks! I've added it to my Netflix queue.
Is it anything like Deadwood? I loved that show.
Actually, it's very similar to Deadwood in tone.
Lead is a one note actor whoever he is. Sexy but not at the same time.
Thanks again for the recommendations; I'm midway through the first season and loving it. A shame that it doesn't get more praise, it's solidly written and acted, and the direction often has an almost cinematic quality to it.
Also, as I student of history, I'm very impressed with its portrayal of the time period. Unlike, say, "Downton Abbey," which is filled with anachronisms, "Hell on Wheels" makes me feel like I'm really there, with all the snobbish Christian piety and prejudices.
And I think I'm in love with Anson Mount.
R11 Has Anson Mount gotten that much older looking or is it hair & makeup?
r12, I have no idea, but he's one of those guys who definitely looks better with a beard. And the salt and pepper hair is sexy.
Oh, and one thing: it woulda been cool if the Irish duo had been secret lovers instead of brothers -- since they don't look anything like each other.
One more thing: one episode featured possibly my favorite piece of dialogue I've heard years, said by Joseph, the "civilized" Native American:
"I don't know if I have enough hate to be a good Christian."