Fargo: Season 1 - TV Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Fargo: Season 1 Reviews

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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
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.
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.
April 16, 2014
Big in scope, morbid hilarity and intrigue, Fargo's series premiere episode "The Crocodile's Dilemma" excellently sets up the rest of the season.
April 15, 2014
One of the show's biggest advantages is that it's a 10-episode limited series... The one-and-done format allows a danger in the storytelling that long-running shows simply can't play with.
April 15, 2014
Like the 1996 movie that inspired it, this Fargo is filled with quirky but fascinating characters. A stellar supporting cast... does a wonderful job of bringing them to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 15, 2014
All of the performances here, from Billy Bob Thornton to Martin Freeman to Colin Hanks to newcomer Allison Tolman, are strong enough to almost make you forget the original altogether (especially if it's been way too long since your last viewing).
April 15, 2014
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.
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.
April 13, 2014
Between the dark nature of the story, the twisted humor and the violence, Fargo is well suited for FX, and worth watching for those who like their drama bloody, gritty and a little bit funny all at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 15, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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 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 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 14, 2014
The show's pace is slow in spots, but the dark humor and twisted tone make it oddly compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
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 15, 2014
What if you could live inside your favorite movie, or simply have it go on longer - maybe five times as long. That's the case with Fargo.
July 18, 2018
Utterly unpredictable and left me pondering it for hours afterwards.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 15, 2014
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.
April 15, 2014
FX's Fargo uses landscapes better than any TV drama since Breaking Bad; its frozen lakes and snowpack vistas and boundless blue skies feel exposed, as if an all-powerful eye is constantly watching. And maybe it is.
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