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."
I'm gonna give it a shot. Pretty bored atm.
Netflix now has season 2 for streaming.
I am so late to this party the coat check girl already had her baby.
This show is amazing...not slow per se, just thoughtful. Great characters.
To the poster that said the lead was one note, that note is pretty damn broad. The amount of close-ups and what he conveys is a film acting lesson. He is quite amazing...never make it in theatah but made for the screen.
Great great show..
I keep in looking for new series to wartch because I love marathons...thought I'd done it...mad this pops up ....just about to start season 2
On the other hand I found Luther which many people liked just unbearable after 3 episodes
‘Hell On Wheels’ Season 4: AMC Renews for Expanded Run in 2014
Anson Mount is straight, and has a bad case of yellow fever. Always plain Asian girls, looking for work as actresses. Don't get it...
Is Ansonius Maximus really Anson Mount on Facebook? Or a person pretending to be him.
Realistic? Oh come on, it's TV.
Yes, Ansonius Maximus is AM, 21.
Looking forward to Season 4! How many seasons, do you think? Hmm???
A. Mount is a grade A a$$hole. Be careful.
Best be careful. If you post anything that he doesn't like, he'll pull the thread. He did it here; he did it over at imdb. Ex friends of both he and his gf have been very vocal about how they really are..their ego, their need for attention, his fetish, her search for a sponsor to stay in the US.
The bigger the ego, the harder the fall. They could have a marriage of convenience. She would have residency, he could keep his fetishes and add "Walking Green Card" to his professional bio.
Ley them pull the threads. The truth c always comes out in the end. ;)
I'd like to mount Anson.
R28. I wouldn't. You'd probably catch something.
 He gets around? Ugh. Maybe he's a decent person. We all have demons. I don't know; I'm not into acting.
Is Common back for season 4, or did the bear really kill him?
Common was at the HOW kick off dinner, so I think he's around this season.
Common and Anson Mount's chemistry is what keeps me returning as a viewer of the show. I love seeing those two in scenes together. You can tell that both are pretty good friends off camera. Honesty, the first season and half of season two was the best, but the show became real shitty around the end of season two, and season three doesn't even deserve to be mentioned.
It's a shame because the show had so much potential to join the ranks with Mad Men and Breaking Bad as another AMC classic.
R33, I agree. The only good thing about season 3 was the appearance of Grant. The actor who played him was very watchable and excellent in the role. Hopefully, the writers will take us on a more even ride. My problem with past seasons has been the uneven episodes. Some great, some mediocre. This might be the last hurrah for HOW.
His new french ie is his way of expanding his fan base. Cute dog.
His new Frenchie is a way to hide. No one peeping into his bidness. No one looking at his lifestyle.
Does he have too much time on his hands? Why does he go on imdb to clean up his image? It's out there, already. Admit you like struggling young Asian students. Unprofessional? Yes. Weird? Yes.
Wowza! A lot of strange people and postings! Very entertaining.
Anson is a good guy - except in the bb (I'm not talking board room). He treats others well ( only to their face). Everyone wants to know him (until they spend 20 minutes with him).
R38. This is a site for pointless bitchery, so I think we're all staying on task. :) He's fine as Bohannon. His other parts are small and really don't stand out.
That double entendre wasn't intended..... :)
This could be the last season of Hell On Wheels. Last season was uneven, and added too many characters that didn't hold interest. It was a yawnfest. Not sure the audience will stick with it. "Outlander" on Starz, will give it some stiff competition.