Fargo: Season 1 (2014)

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Critic 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.

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Episodes

1
Air date: Apr 15, 2014
2
Air date: Apr 22, 2014
3
Air date: Apr 29, 2014
4
Air date: May 6, 2014
5
Air date: May 13, 2014
6
Air date: May 20, 2014
7
Air date: May 27, 2014
8
Air date: Jun 3, 2014
9
Air date: Jun 10, 2014
10
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.

Cast

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…
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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…
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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

KameronW

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ChrisB

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½

The Coen brothers adapt their Academy Award winning film Fargo into a black comedy–crime drama television series. In Season one a mild mannered insurance agent named Lester Nygaard murders his wife after a chance meeting with a hitman who's on his way to a job, but before long both the police and the mob are on their trails. Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, and Colin Hanks, the series features an impressive cast. And the show does an extraordinary job at capturing the tone and spirit of the original film, and includes a number of homages and callbacks. The writing is also quite good, particularly the dialog, which has a real Coen brothers flare to it. Incredibly smart and full of thrills, Fargo proves to be a worthy successor to the film and delivers an extraordinary first season.

DannM

Super Reviewer

Slick, clever and violent, Fargo is a creative modern fable set in the universe of the film of the same name. It features a talented cast portraying the quirky characters as the characters try to unfold the mystery of a murder gone wrong.

SylvesterK

Super Reviewer

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