Fargo: Season 1 (2014)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

Based on the film of the same name in atmosphere, style and location only, Fargo presents more quirky characters and a new storyline that is expertly executed with dark humor and odd twists.



Critic Ratings: 56


Audience Score

User Ratings: 4018
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Air date: Apr 15, 2014
Air date: Apr 22, 2014
Air date: Apr 29, 2014
Air date: May 6, 2014
Air date: May 13, 2014
Air date: May 20, 2014
Air date: May 27, 2014
Air date: Jun 3, 2014
Air date: Jun 10, 2014
Air date: Jun 17, 2014

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A drifter named Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) brings trouble to small-town Minnesota and influences insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) into murder. Meanwhile, a pair of local police officers are trying to piece together a series of murders which they believe is connected to Malvo and Nygaard.


Billy Bob Thornton
as Lorne Malvo
Martin Freeman
as Lester Nygaard
Colin Hanks
as Gus Grimly
Bob Odenkirk
as Deputy Bill Oswalt
Adam Goldberg
as Mr. Numbers
Allison Tolman
as Molly Solverson
Glenn Howerton
as Don Chumph
Joey King
as Greta Grimly
Joshua Close
as Chazz Nygaard
Kate Walsh
as Gina Hess
Oliver Platt
as Stavros Milos
Peter Breitmayer
as Lieutenant Schmidt
Rachel Blanchard
as Kitty Nygaard
Tom Musgrave
as Bo Munk
Rachel Keller
as Simone Gerhardt
Keith Carradine
as Lou Solverson
Julie Ann Emery
as Idea Thurman
Shawn Doyle
as Vern Thurman
Barry Flatman
as Wally Semenchko
Kelly Holden-Bashar
as Pearl Nygaard
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Critic Reviews for Fargo Season 1

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (28)

Wrap a snowmobile suit around that thin skin of yours, and relish one of the best darn series of the year.

Apr 15, 2014 | Full Review…

There's a considered cleverness and kindness to his [Hawley] scripts that would never fit into the tight margins of a motion picture; it lights this Fargo from within.

Apr 15, 2014 | Full Review…

There is at least one significant link - you'll hoot in recognition - that could be the linchpin of the anthology. We're looking forward plenty of long, cold winters.

Apr 15, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…

He [Hawley] makes us care about a wildly exaggerated situation involving characters who, by themselves, would be either 1) dull, 2) psychotic or 3) dumb as a stack of snowballs.

Apr 15, 2014 | Full Review…

The acting and directing are uniformly strong, and the script, by Noah Hawley, proves that everyone who has ever described the Coen brothers' sensibility as "inimitable" was wrong.

Apr 15, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The series, is funnier than the film, more bleakly so. The Coens got brilliant performances out of their film actors and they do here as well -- Thornton especially, who is a magnificent sociopath-monster. Freeman simply reminds everyone how good he is.

Apr 15, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The cast is simply excellent. Who knew that Peter Stormare's assassin could be outdone by Billy Bob Thornton? He steals every scene he's in during the first season.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The cast is uniformly terrific, so strong and smartly assembled that praising every actor worthy of praise could turn this review into a long laundry list of greatness.

Oct 17, 2018 | Full Review…

This was a brilliant opening episode that hit the ground at a sprint, and the next nine episodes have instantly become mandatory viewing.

Jul 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Utterly unpredictable and left me pondering it for hours afterwards.

Jul 18, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fargo: Season 1

  • Jun 15, 2019
    One of the highest rated television shows of all time and it's pretty easy to see why that is. If you haven't seen it, you're genuinely missing out. This series makes me want to move to Canada?
  • May 26, 2019
    Really interesting story and actors play their characters really well! A must see TV series!
  • Mar 10, 2019
    beastly season with an intriguing story and awesome music. lots of intense scenes, including scenes with only talking. great cast (1 viewing)
  • Jan 23, 2019
    The best Fago Season.
  • Sep 15, 2018
    Brutal but captivating
  • Sep 09, 2018
    Season 1 of Fargo keeps the same tone that the movie it's based on had with great writing, great acting, some quirky and dark humor, and some scenes of intensity.
  • Jul 09, 2018
    I watched all 10 episodes even though incould tell within the first 10 minutes i hated it. I only continued because someone i greatly admire and continuously have similar taste for content told me it was good. Well its not. Its below average at best. Colin hanks is awful. Every character besides billy bob is awful. The acting is awful. It looks like any other cheap network show. The dialogue and accents are awful. And the worst part is i already know the outcome from the fantastic movie so no pay off there. Huge waste of time. I have no idea how its rated so high. Has anyone seen the sopranos? This is no where near s good, not one aspect even comes close.
  • Jun 17, 2018
    Binged It All In One Weekend. It was heavy going in parts, due to the explicit level of violence, it really should be rated R (18+ only) and carried a MA-rating here in Australia. The first 5-episodes are masterfully paced and put together. It falters at episode-6 and definitely fades a bit in episode-7 into 8…picks up again in 9 and 10 really brings it home. The tension build is done well with some nice long-lense (on location) work connecting with the isolation of the location. The one-shot drawn-out dialogue bits also allow some very talented actors, (Thornton, Colin Hanks, Martin Freeman, Oliver Platt, Keith Carradine, Adam Goldberg) to light up the script and drive some gritty story-telling. I’d recommend it but it is only for fan’s of violent works by Tarintino (Pulp Fiction) or Scorsese (Goodfellas / Casino)
  • Apr 21, 2018
    Probably one of the best endings in tv i've experienced. Billy bob was incredible in his performance as were all of the actors.
  • Mar 21, 2018
    Some of the best dark comedy television available

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