On November 6th 2011, U.S TV network AMC broadcasted its highly anticipated fall drama Hell On Wheels. Co-starring Anson MountColm Meaney alongside Hip Hop legend Common, the much talked about show attracted an impressive 4.4 million U.S views on the night of its debut.

The Gayton Brothers-created series is centered around a period shortly after the United States Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation and follows former southern Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannan (Anson Mount) who is out to seek revenge for the death of his wife, at the hands of the northern Union soldiers, during which time Bohannan takes a job with the Union Pacific Railroad company to help with the construction of America’s First Transcontinental Railroad.

In the first episode of the series Cullen Bohannan, himself a former slave owner, travels to Nebraska’s “Hell On Wheels” – a title given to a collection of gambling houses, saloons and brothels that traveled westward as the Transcontinental Railroad was being constructed – and is fast tracked by Union Pacific Railroad employer Daniel Johnson to “walking boss” of a “cut crew” consisting of freed slaves, due to knowing his “way around a Nigger.” After recently being freed from slavery, one of the members of the cut crew, Elam Ferguson (Common) finds it hard to accept that a former slave owner is now his superior and seeks to be the voice of his men.

Disclaimer… Do not watch this if you have a nervous disposition towards violence, blood, talk and history of African slave trade, the murder of Native Americans and acts of vengeance.

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