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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 15, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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Universal acclaim- based on 362 Ratings

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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), 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
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: 47 out of 54
  2. Negative: 6 out of 54
  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. May 7, 2014
    10
    I've never seen a television remake of a successful movie that is true to the original. It only took one episode to hook both my husband and I. If I didn't know better, I would bet that the Coen brothers themselves were producing this quirky, thought provoking escape from reality. Not only does this show require your attention to track the interwoven plots and characters, but also makes it a necessity to watch every week in order to keep track of the back stories, flash backs and homage the incidents in the movie. It's right up there with Lost. Expand
  3. Apr 16, 2014
    10
    Most realistic police story ever.Who wrote this awesome story? .it's strange writers were able to expand dark nature of humans and choices they made and put it in to a TV show.This is way better than true detective and in the same league of Sherlock.When you watch it you don't feel like they acting. Expand
  4. Jun 27, 2014
    10
    A chilling dark comedy that is a stroke of genius. Noah Hawley has created something very special with Fargo, based in the same universe as the 90s classic. Billy Bob Thornton is excellent in this almost perfect show, as is Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Jokey King and Collin Hanks. 9.710 for Fargo. Expand
  5. May 28, 2014
    9
    Fargo is the perfect tv hour to fill your Breaking Bad void, it is a dense show which brings amazing quirk to television. Great casting, great characters and great storyline, Fargo has it all. Expand
  6. Apr 19, 2014
    9
    It is the great character actors that make this such a great pilot. Everyone from Martin Freeman (so great as "Watson") to Billy Bob are spot on. Funny, scary, disgusting, and so much more describes this version of Fargo. The broadcast stations just do not produce anything near as good as the shows we find on the cable stations. Fargo can join with Breaking Bad, Justified, The Walking Dead, and others in the pantheon of television programs. Expand
  7. Jun 5, 2014
    0
    The story is the Wicked/BIZARRE Truth, and some great actors, BUT I’m left totally ripped off of my time trying to watch this mixed up bogus filming filled mostly with COMMERCIALS>> and the stupid REPEATS of all the has happened since DAY ONE
    (as their LAME WAY they are using such to fill in the gaps… as they insult your intelligence with such SLOW-POKE story telling THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN WAY BETTER COMPLETED AS JUST ONE 2 HOUR MOVIE!!) *** NO ONE APPRECIATES WAITING SO LONG TO FIGURE OUT THIS STORY IN THEIR “MOVE A CRUMB STEP FORWARD ONLY TO GET 3-5 STEPS BACK” IN BETWEEN A TON OF COMMERCIALS! EVEN THE COMMERCIALS ARE ALL THE SAME >> AND BORING AS CAN BE!
    I love Billy Bob as a supreme actor, but with this bs, now i worry about his Acting career…settling for such a BORING show.

    This version of FARGO will never reach the level of the movie FARGO, and no way does it even come close to “BREAKING BAD” did, which Breaking Bad controlled me and everyones stay home and TV watching schedules for something AMAZING to give up an hour for!
    What a waste FARGO!
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