Fargo : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 15, 2014
Season #: 1, 2, 3
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  • Summary: The series based on the Coen brothers’ Oscar-winning film begins with the arrival of Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) to Minnesota town. Lorne's actions brings major changes to the lives of insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman); Officer Molly Solverson (Alison Tolman), theThe series based on the Coen brothers’ Oscar-winning film begins with the arrival of Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) to Minnesota town. Lorne's actions brings major changes to the lives of insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman); Officer Molly Solverson (Alison Tolman), the daughter of former chief (Keith Carradine); and single father Duluth Deputy Gus Grimly (Colin Hanks). Other people in town include grocery chain owner Stavros Milos (Oliver Platt), widow Gina Hess (Kate Walsh), and Deputy Bill Oswalt (Bob Odenkirk). Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Reviewed by: Kevin Fallon
    Apr 11, 2014
    100
    A perfectly mixed cocktail equally parts menacing and suspenseful, washed down with surprising notes of hilarious satire and pulpy violence, FX’s version of Fargo is most certainly not a pale imitation of the gruesome dark comedy.
  2. Reviewed by: Vicki Hyman
    Apr 15, 2014
    100
    For fans of the original movie, there are a number of callbacks to savor.... We're looking forward plenty of long, cold winters.
  3. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Apr 15, 2014
    100
    This Fargo, built to last for 10 [hours], allows the drifting menace of Thornton's character to take us for a much twistier slay ride.
  4. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Apr 14, 2014
    88
    The show’s pace is slow in spots, but the dark humor and twisted tone make it oddly compelling.
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Long
    Apr 9, 2014
    83
    The tone wavers here and there--a pair of teen brothers are too broadly drawn--but holds true for the most part.
  6. 80
    The pilot can be alienating, and not in a good way. It's often too schematic, too obvious.... The next three episodes get incrementally weirder, stronger, and more original, to the point that you forget to measure this Fargo against its namesake, or against any of the Coens' masterworks, and simply enjoy the odd, sour, frightening, occasionally splendid thing in front of you.
  7. Reviewed by: Emily Nussbaum
    Jun 25, 2014
    40
    Only a fool would deny Fargo’s polish and verve, its stylized razzle-dazzle. But, for me at least, after a year of gulping down chili peppers, it takes more to make a meal.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 93
  2. Negative: 9 out of 93
  1. Apr 16, 2014
    10
    We've been talking about this for years now, but it's a sad state of affairs when the first episode of a TV season is better than 90% of allWe've been talking about this for years now, but it's a sad state of affairs when the first episode of a TV season is better than 90% of all movies released in a given year. This is truly superb stuff. Brilliant casting, serious as a heart attack, and yet has the light comedic touches of the film. They certainly didn't waste any time getting into the nasty bits. Expand
  2. Jul 22, 2014
    10
    Absolutely amazing show. Perfectly cast. Brooding, dark, but cerebral instead of in your face. Shows the nature of humanity with some darkAbsolutely amazing show. Perfectly cast. Brooding, dark, but cerebral instead of in your face. Shows the nature of humanity with some dark humor too. Show is better than almost any movie you could see, and there are 10 episodes already! Absolutely no reason not to binge watch immediately. Expand
  3. Sep 19, 2014
    10
    This is a must-see if you have a fundamental understanding of good film/TV making. It's well written, brilliantly directed, artisticlyThis is a must-see if you have a fundamental understanding of good film/TV making. It's well written, brilliantly directed, artisticly beautiful, funny, painful and disturbing. All at once. Every scene gushes precision. Many scenes do things I have never seen before. Also, I read some of the bad reviews here, and I can say is don't trust them. You can tell they're the types not to enjoy this type of production. Expand
  4. May 20, 2014
    9
    Up to now, the series is great. The actors are terrific and the storytelling is slow but very good. The dark humor of the Coen brothers filmUp to now, the series is great. The actors are terrific and the storytelling is slow but very good. The dark humor of the Coen brothers film is well use. There's maybe the charm of the music and the wide shots of characteristics places that were used in the movie that would have been a great plus but overall it's great. Expand
  5. May 3, 2014
    9
    Писати рев'ю суржиком на англомовному сайті? Вмію, практикую, як то кажуть. Сезон тільки розпочався, але сюжет захоплює з перших хвилинПисати рев'ю суржиком на англомовному сайті? Вмію, практикую, як то кажуть. Сезон тільки розпочався, але сюжет захоплює з перших хвилин пілота. Каст теж вражаючий: мені достатньо Біллі Боб Торнтона та Мартіна Фрімена, але й Кіт Керредін, Колін Хенкс з Декстера та Боб Оденкірк з ББ органічно вписалися в сюжетну павутину. Маст вотч цього року! Expand
  6. Apr 20, 2014
    8
    I'm remaining skeptical until I see the rest of the season but the first episode was pretty great. The first 30 minutes were a bit slow but itI'm remaining skeptical until I see the rest of the season but the first episode was pretty great. The first 30 minutes were a bit slow but it picked up. Billy Bob Thornton's acting was fantastic as well, not a big fan of Martin Freeman's accent but it didn't take me out of the show. Expand
  7. Jun 16, 2015
    0
    Fargo, great movie eh,? Witty, well acted, choose your superlatives...If you have not seen it go do so now! As for the TV show, well, did youFargo, great movie eh,? Witty, well acted, choose your superlatives...If you have not seen it go do so now! As for the TV show, well, did you diligently keep on watching South Park while others tuned out over a decade ago? Do you use sandpaper in the lavatory? I could tell you how great Billy Bob Thornton is, but through my eyes he is still living down Chopper Chicks In Zombie Town, which btw, I would still recommend over this show. If you think I'm not funny, try watching the show! Expand

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