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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 15, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Colin Hanks, Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton
  • 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), 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
  • Creator: Noah Hawley
  • Show Type: Between Seasons
  • Season 1 premiere date: Apr 15, 2014
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 10:00 PM
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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: 56 out of 67
  2. Negative: 8 out of 67
  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 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. Aug 4, 2014
    10
    Top notch. Everything about this show is just that. With the departure of Breaking Bad, the void was surprisingly filled by True Detective, but to have a second show come along so quickly that is of BB caliber is pretty amazing.Can't say one bad thing about Fargo other than I'm not sure how i feel about a second season as the one and done approach is why, I believe, the writers were able to give is a masterpiece with each ensuing episode. Expand
  3. May 5, 2014
    10
    Maybe the best pilot yet. Totally enjoyable from beginning to end. I'm not Billy Bob's biggest fan but he was perfect in this part. If you don't enjoy this show you better stick to The Kids Network or something like The View. Expand
  4. Jul 28, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Has some similar looks with Breaking Bad, black humor, excessive violence, photography ..Billy Bob was amazing, Odenkirk too, but I think some scenes were little unreal, last scene, with his broken leg was incredible...but it captivates us without doubts. Expand
  5. May 14, 2014
    9
    Wow. After Breaking Bad ended, I was looking for a great new show to fill that void, but I was doubtful I could find one. Fargo has filled that void. The amazing casting alone makes this show a success. A lot of the "mainstream" networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, TNT) fill their shows with actors who are bland "model types" - people who are just boring to watch. It's refreshing to find a show that casts interesting actors who aren't just cookie-cutter Ken and Barbie clones. The writing is great, but the interesting and likable actors really take this show to another level. It's great when you can tell the casting director wasn't trying to just fill all the roles with "hot people", but rather trying to find people who were charismatic and believable in their roles. Expand
  6. Aug 3, 2014
    8
    Not my favorite show of the season. I have to say that it is good, though. The acting is great; I particularly loved Martin Freeman's and Allison Tolman's work. Watch it! Expand
  7. Sep 11, 2014
    0
    Tiresome, slow and not at all exciting. What a waste of time. Will not be waiting for Season 2! Probably one of the worst I've ever watched- for all it's good reviews. Oh well! Expand

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