The Crocodile's Dilemma
Fargo Season 1



Critic Ratings: 11
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Episode Info

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


Billy Bob Thornton
as Lorne Malvo
Martin Freeman
as Lester Nygaard
Colin Hanks
as Gus Grimly
Bob Odenkirk
as Bill Olson
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
Keith Carradine
as Lou Solverson
Shawn Doyle
as Vern Thurman
Julie Ann Emery
as Idea Thurman
Kelly Holden-Bashar
as Pearl Nygaard
Rachel Keller
as Simone Gerhardt
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Critic Reviews for The Crocodile's Dilemma

One hour in, Fargo the "limited drama series" gingerly distinguishes itself from Fargo the motion picture, before clearly marking its territory with a dizzying series of dubious choices and callous acts.

Oct 9, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I can't wait till next week, can you? Stay warm.

Oct 8, 2015 | Full Review…

What I'm most impressed by, though, is how this episode gets you to identify so thoroughly with Lester-then immediately removes that identification once he kills his wife because she dared insult him.

Oct 7, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

As a reworked version of the Coen Brothers' classic film, the TV Fargo is a funny beast, kind of like watching another, very similar, case unfold in a nearby neighborhood.

Oct 1, 2015 | Full Review…

The first episode of Fargo... which is based on the Coens' 1996 film (arguably their best) of the same name, managed to do more than capture the atmosphere of that masterpiece, which is in itself a large accomplishment.

Oct 9, 2015 | Full Review…

['The Crocodile's Dilemma'] episode nicely sets the audience up with the suggestion that [Molly's] narrative will gather more momentum now that Lester and Malvo have set everything up.

Oct 9, 2015 | Full Review…

While the idea of a Fargo TV series may have had many people saying, "Ah jeez," the new FX series has managed to pull off the nearly impossible... The series has captured the essence and the spirit of the film.

Oct 8, 2015 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

The Crocodile's Dilemma" raises intriguing questions, and like any good mystery, by the conclusion of this first episode, we're left craving a second helping.

Oct 7, 2015 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Billy Bob Thornton is always a pleasure to watch, but the understated mode he's in for this role is perhaps the best use of his particular talents and screen presence.

Oct 1, 2015 | Full Review…

Fargo, the television series, definitely had a similar tone to what I remembered, but it's an entirely different story.

Oct 1, 2015 | Rating: 4.8/5 | Full Review…

The format lends itself to tight storytelling, and with the talented Thornton insinuating his dark character into this salt-of-the-earth community, Fargo is likely to be a wild, snow-covered ride.

Oct 9, 2015 | Full Review…