Fargo: Season 1 Reviews

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April 28, 2014
The show may (inevitably) lack the somber beauty of the Coens' meticulous compositions, but it nonetheless makes for good-looking, borderline-cinematic television.
April 17, 2014
Neither prequel, sequel or remake, this Fargo is instead a tonal accompaniment, a little more than kin, a little less than kind and a whole new breed of television.
April 17, 2014
This new Fargo is a worthy companion piece to the film.
April 17, 2014
A whole new constellation of characters is set against this familiar backdrop, playing out new tales of sordid activity in Bemidji, Minn., where the Minnesota nice is often punctured by bursts of violence and pain.
April 17, 2014
Fargo can't help but live in the shadow of Fargo-but it seems quite happy there, messing around with similar ideas and characters while adding a tongue-in-cheek twist to the proceedings.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 16, 2014
You should overlook the shortcomings and enjoy the series on its own otherwise considerable merits, chief among them, of course, Billy Bob Thornton.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 16, 2018
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.
October 17, 2018
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.
July 23, 2018
This was a brilliant opening episode that hit the ground at a sprint, and the next nine episodes have instantly become mandatory viewing.
July 19, 2018
Utterly unpredictable and left me pondering it for hours afterwards.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 2, 2018
Thorton's Malvo is especially unique, a powerful anarchic force that blows through the sleepy Minnesota landscape, disrupting everything he touches.
December 19, 2017
Let it all boil and stay in on Sundays for the next two months. It'll be worth it. Treat yourself to a little bit of Minnesota nice.
November 3, 2017
It may start like Coens fan-fiction, but Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley quickly proves he has moves of his own.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 28, 2014
It's a perfect joy, and it's a good while since I set my digibox thing to "record whole series", but this promises phenomenally much.
April 21, 2014
The new Fargo... seemed to be brimming with characters and stories all its own.
April 21, 2014
What could have been a disaster, enraging Fargo aficionados, is a respectful homage, and should quench a thirst they had half forgotten they have.
April 17, 2014
It's easy to lose yourself as I did in this world of endless snow, hopelessly flat lands, coffee shops, down jackets, small town facades, brutality, blood, drugs and slaughter.
April 16, 2014
What I find to be best about Fargo... is how well it builds the world in which it's set rather convincingly and rather quickly.
April 16, 2014
It's the kind of thing we've seen before in many a Coen brothers film, yet it never fails to disturb. If the slow roll-out is any indication, there are far more interesting developments to come.
April 16, 2014
This Fargo is too often tedious, a bit of a surprise considering the talent assembled here.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
April 16, 2014
Fargo the series cannot recapture that fission, but it is enjoyable, funny, and, something TV rarely is, weird.
April 15, 2014
The beauty of Fargo is watching its plainspoken inhabitants from above, knowing full well who is responsible for what, and giggling as the worst of them dig themselves deeper and deeper into a hole.
April 15, 2014
Wrap a snowmobile suit around that thin skin of yours, and relish one of the best darn series of the year.
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