Fargo: Season 1 (2014)


Season 1

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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: 60


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User Ratings: 4169

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Air date: Apr 15, 2014

A manipulative drifter preys upon a small-town insurance salesman in the opener of this adaptation of the 1996 Coen brothers film.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2014

Molly becomes suspicious of Lester. Meanwhile, Malvo investigates a blackmail plot.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2014

Molly sets a trap. Meanwhile, Gus thinks about coming clean; and Lester returns to work.

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Air date: May 6, 2014

Gus tries to fix a mistake. Meanwhile, Molly uncovers a promising lead.

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Air date: May 13, 2014

Molly makes an unorthodox decision after Lester has a close call.

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Air date: May 20, 2014

Gus and Molly team up. Meanwhile, Malvo puts his master plan into motion.

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Air date: May 27, 2014

Malvo seeks answers. Meanwhile, Molly and Gus have a setback in their investigation.

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Air date: Jun 3, 2014

Molly faces pressure to close the case. Meanwhile, things are looking up for Lester.

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Air date: Jun 10, 2014

Lester has an unexpected encounter. Meanwhile, Malvo changes course.

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Air date: Jun 17, 2014

Malvo eyes a new target in the series finale. Elsewhere, Gus pursues a hunch; and Lester manipulates a situation.

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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
Russell Harvard
as Mr. Wrench
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 (60) | Top Critics (31)

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

A great take on an original story that we didn't know we needed. [Full review in Spanish].

Apr 28, 2020 | Full Review…

Fargo is an attempt to adapt the sensibilities and quirks of its movie counterpart, while creating some sort of fresh dramatic tension that makes the show worth watching.

Feb 19, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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

  • Aug 07, 2020
    Brilliant adaptation of the original Fargo film. Amazing setting, great characters and endless black comedy twists and turns - when you think it can't get any worse, the digging just keeps on! An absolute must watch.
  • Jul 24, 2020
    A gripping blend of dark comedy, allegory, and crime drama. All the characters have clear, completed story arcs that balance and complement each other. Highly recommended for those that like quirky, realist fable.
  • Jun 09, 2020
    Great season! Been hearing great things about it for ages and finally made the leap and just watched it. Binged the entire season. The story telling is so amazing, love the relationship between Molly and Gus. It describes the classic male and female gender roles with so much more nuance then I ever see.
  • May 28, 2020
    This was absolutely perfect. I haven't seen an spin off done this well since Ash vs The Evil Dead.
  • May 26, 2020
    Added flavor living nextdoor to Minnesota and hearing the accent
  • May 22, 2020
    Love it. Wanted to binge the whole season in one sitting! Decided to savor one episode a day. Billy Bob Thorton was phenomenal! His performance was simply brilliant. Like a force of pure evil and genius coming over this small town and it's residents. Freeman is equally captivating as we watch the evolution of his character Lester from unlucky, passive, and inconsequential to sociopathic ego maniac. It's also hilarious and wickedly clever. Outstanding!
  • May 03, 2020
    When I first watched the Series 1 E 01 had no idea what this series headed for, no sooner till the 2nd series end, I was blown way by the brilliance of the ambience of the whole series. This is something very distinctive to other stories we see in any mode.
  • Apr 02, 2020
    The beginning of the best show on television, Fargo, starts towards the end of the timeline played by one of the most likable characters ever put to screen who also just happens to be, y'know, a murderer. Heck, aren't they all? Cause I'm not talking about Billy Bob Thornton over here. This is one of the tightest (and most tragic) plots yet on the show, the humor and drama balancing out the odd crime shenanigans that could only happen where everyone's Minnesota Nice. Just try it, please. Don'cha know it has a 97% on Rotton Tomatoes from both critics AND audiences?!
  • Feb 23, 2020
    Incredible! I love almost everything HBO touches -- and "Fargo" is definitely something they've perfected.
  • Jan 29, 2020
    One of best limited TV series I've ever watched. Billy Bob Thornton was chilling as Lorne Malvo. Allison Tolman [Molly Solverson] and Martin Freeman [Lester Nygaard] also provided unforgettable performances. Add a stunningly good screenplay to the mix and you have Fargo Season One. It just doesn't get any better than this.

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