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Fargo: Season 1 Reviews

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 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
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.
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 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 15, 2014
The last half-hour of the 90-minute pilot is the strongest section, because it develops a tone that could be described as Coen-esque, but does so organically, in a way that assures you that it will become its own thing.
April 15, 2014
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.
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.
Top Critic
April 15, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 15, 2014
All of these characters and all of these stories frequently add up to something handsome, funny, and weird. But Fargo is missing the spark of originality that would make it great.
April 14, 2014
FX's Fargo is clever, fun, twisted, and wildly entertaining in the way that fans of not just Fargo, but all of the Coens' work hoped it would be.
April 14, 2014
Like the movie, the series is peculiar, with an irregular rhythm and lots of black humor, and it is also oddly winning.
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
April 14, 2014
What unfolds is less a whodunit than an exploration into the art of telling a story about the dark things people do while also making every other step in that journey hilarious or, at least comically twisted.
April 14, 2014
Relax, this 10-part series (on which the Coens have producer credits) deviates in a story sense, but it is true to the spirit and the grim humor of the original. You betcha.
April 11, 2014
The 10-part FX series doesn't try to repackage an original piece of art. It is based on a new story, with a splendid new cast of characters. Echoes of the 1996 movie are everywhere.
April 11, 2014
The new Fargo bobs, weaves and occasionally unravels a bit. Still, it's never less than entrancing, with the recurring panoramic shots of an unforgiving deep freeze serving as stolid supporting characters.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 11, 2014
Given how much is right about Fargo, the real reason to watch and keep watching is the storytelling, with more surprises per hour than you can count.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 10, 2014
Boasting a stellar cast and hypnotic tone, is Fargo worth a 10-episode commitment? You betcha.