Fargo: Season 2 (2015)

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Season 2
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Season two of Fargo retains all the elements that made the series an award-winning hit, successfully delivering another stellar saga powered by fascinating characters, cheeky cynicism, and just a touch of the absurd.

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Critic Ratings: 60

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Air date: Oct 12, 2015

In the second season premiere, a surprising event at a diner disrupts the citizens of a small Minnesota town.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2015

The Gerhardts get an unexpected offer and two surprising murderers try to clean up their mess.

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Air date: Oct 26, 2015

The search for Rye escalates; Lou visits Fargo; and Peggy learns a new theory about the Waffle Hut shooter.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2015

Floyd responds to Kansas City's proposal; Hanzee takes a road trip; and Lou comes to a realization.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2015

Floyd takes action and Charlie tries to prove himself. Also: Peggy and Ed disagree about what to do next and Lou is sidelined during Ronald Reagan's campaign tour.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2015

Lou and Hank try to prevent an altercation; Peggy and Ed defend their choices; and the Gerhardts attempt to get back one of their own.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2015

Lou and Hank investigate in Fargo; the king of breakfast visits Betsy and Molly; Floyd is summoned away; and Bear questions a family member's loyalty.

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Air date: Nov 30, 2015

Hanzee searches for Peggy and Ed while Dodd ends up in unfamiliar territory.

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Air date: Dec 7, 2015

Peggy and Ed follow their plan at the Motor Motel; Lou faces jurisdictional politics; and Hanzee reports to the Gerhardts.

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Air date: Dec 14, 2015

In the season finale, Peggy and Ed try to escape.

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The all new "true crime" case in Fargo's latest chapter takes you back to 1979 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota. "Lou Solverson" (Patrick Wilson), a young State Police Officer recently back from Vietnam, investigates a case involving a local crime gang, a major mob syndicate and a small town beautician "Peggy Blumquist"(Kirsten Dunst) along with her husband "Ed" (Jesse Plemons), the local butcher's assistant. Helping Lou piece things together is his father-in-law, "Sheriff Hank Larsson"(Ted Danson). The investigation will lead them to a colorful cast of characters that includes "Karl Weathers" (Nick Offerman), the town lawyer of Luverne, Minnesota. A Korean War vet, Karl is a flowery drunk blessed with the gift of gab and the eloquence of a true con artist. Three-time Emmy® winner Brad Garrett will play "Joe Bulo," the front man for the northern expansion of a Kansas City crime syndicate. The new face of corporate crime, Joe's bringing a Walmart mentality to small town America. His number two is "Mike Milligan" (Bokeem Woodbine). Part enforcer, part detective, Mike is always smiling -- but the joke is usually on you. Bulo and his crew have their sights set on the Gerhardt crime family in Fargo, currently led by matriarch "Floyd Gerhardt" (Jean Smart). With her husband at death's door, Floyd takes over the family business, frustrating her eldest son, "Dodd Gerhardt" (Jeffrey Donovan). An impatient hothead with a cruel streak to match his ambitions, Dodd can't wait for both his parents to die so he can take over and expand their business from kingdom to empire. "Bear Gerhardt" (Angus Sampson) is the middle son, an intimidatingly large man who, although inarticulate, is the most decent of his clan. "Rye Gerhardt" (Kieran Culkin), the youngest of the Gerhardt clan, views himself as a big shot, but in reality he's just a small dog with a loud bark. -- (C) FX

Cast & Crew

Patrick Wilson
Lou Solverson
Jesse Plemons
Ed Blumquist
Kirsten Dunst
Peggy Blumquist
Nick Offerman
Karl Weathers
Jeffrey Donovan
Dodd Gerhardt
Angus Sampson
Bear Gerhardt
Kieran Culkin
Rye Gerhardt
Jean Smart
Floyd Gerhardt
Bokeem Woodbine
Mike MiIligan
Ted Danson
Sheriff Hank Larsson
Noah Hawley
Executive Producer
Joel Coen
Executive Producer
John Cameron
Executive Producer
Warren Littlefield
Executive Producer
Ethan Coen
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Critic Reviews for Fargo Season 2

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (36)

By giving us a wide array of characters who's brutality and venality are covered with just the right amount of Minnesota nice, "Fargo" shows us all just how a modern TV anthology is supposed to work.

Nov 26, 2019 | Full Review…

The most important thing about what's before us is that Fargo remains a risk-taker.

Oct 9, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Fargo revels in presenting ordinary folk with extraordinary problems, in stripping away their everyday guises and peering long and hard at their dark potential. That it can do this through adaptations of true stories makes it all the more jaw-dropping.

Oct 9, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The cast is excellent, the plot-lines are richer and more neatly interwoven, and the alternating portions of whimsy and menace are served up with extraordinary panache.

Oct 9, 2015 | Full Review…

Despite its endlessly flat landscape, FX's Fargo is elevated by the most spellbinding direction of any drama currently on TV. Season 2 achieves new heights, thanks to writer-director Noah Hawley.

Oct 9, 2015 | Full Review…

The dialogue in season two of Fargo might be even sharper than season one.

Oct 9, 2015 | Full Review…

An exciting take on family affairs and mobsters, in the Fargo stage of tradition, violence, and snow. [Full review in Spanish].

Oct 1, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Hawley's reinvention of the classic Coen brothers flick...feels like a terrifying new burlesque where endearing townsfolk and pitiful town fools, honest cops and underhand businessmen, petty criminals and unstoppable killers all clash like mice in a maze.

Jul 23, 2020 | Full Review…

The second season has maintained the high bar of the first and the film. With memorable characters like those ordinary types caught in the spiral of violence. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 15, 2018 | Full Review…

As a whole, this year's ensemble provides an humorous and dark array of characters that, together, help fill the holes of Hawley's strung out script.

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

It's weird and wonderful and elegantly done. Expect lots of snow, blood and great dark humour.

Apr 26, 2017 | Full Review…

Every scene in Fargo is compelling, because the show is generously populated with characters so interesting, they could all star in their own spinoff.

Oct 9, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fargo: Season 2

  • 4d ago
    Utterly frustrating. Excellent acting stymied by ludicrous character choices and - if you can believe it - aliens. Overrated scarcely covers it.
  • 6d ago
    One of the best seasons of any show ever?
  • May 02, 2021
    Considering season 1 was a 5 star rating for me, this season is really disappointing. I am struggling to get through it. Simply put, Fargo Season 2 just tries way, way, way too hard that. It is way over-styled, over-thought, over-written and over-acted (because of the silly writing of the characters). It's as if a newly graduated film student makes a movie and mixes ALL their ideas and ALL their most favourite aspects from ALL their favourite movies into their first film. [SPOILER ALERT]. There is so much unnecessary material here that goes nowhere: needless Ronald Regan scenes--actually more that one! References to UFOs; the introduction of an annoying narrator FOR NO REASON near the end! Lots of time spent on irrelevant and unlikeable characters. Switching of cinematic styles and devices throughout. And MOST annoying of all--constant use of split screens for NO REASON! Oi! Split screens yank you out of the escapism to remind you you are watching a movie. All these desperate attempts to impress come off as complete affectations. I mean there is actually a scene where two characters sitting beside each other in a car are split-screened... with each other! The premise of the ENTIRE season makes absolutely ZERO sense-- a regular, normal woman accidentally hits a man with her car, so she and her regular normal husband obviously kill the man, chop him up into pieces and kidnap and murder along the way as they try to cover it up. It's way over-stylised. The music is annoying. And every chance they get the writers put in a reference to the era, in case you forgot since the last time they did it 30 second previous. This isn't Fargo; this is trying to be Fargo plus about 10 other things, including Kill Bill. Season 2 crosses the line and becomes silly. The treatment of the characters comes off as arrogantly urban and mean-spirited; they aren't just quirky, but feels like we are invited invited to make fun of them. Fargo Season 1 and the film skated that line so well; but season 2 is tedious and too clever by half.
  • Apr 06, 2021
    There have been few better limited series of television through time than Fargo Season two. An A list cast, new storylines, colorful production design and cinematography lead to a flawless season of television.
  • Mar 19, 2021
    WAY too much Peggy. And not sure about the flying saucer.
  • Feb 27, 2021
    Retains the same vibe and generally strong style from season one. There are more major characters and there's more general tension and unpredictability. The characters differ a lot in personality, there is both heart and cold-bloodedness at play. In short: bigger and better.
  • Feb 27, 2021
    One of the best seasons of television you'll ever watch.
  • Dec 30, 2020
    Another solid season for Fargo. Every moment is dark, full of colorful personalities, very dark humor and sheet load of keeling's, superb!
  • Dec 22, 2020
    It started off so incredibly stupidly I could scarcely believe what I was seeing. Many sharks were jumped like ten times in the first fifteen minutes. I was aghast after season one, with Billy Bob holding it down expertly. I have never seen such a horrible turn in any piece of entertainment in my life. There is no one here to hold anything down. Forever not a fan after halfway through the first episode. Pandering, terrible... sorry, these are weak to describe how bad this is.
  • Dec 01, 2020
    Even better than the excellent first season, the story line here was riveting. There's another stellar cast giving us knockout performances, led by Woodbine, Wilson, Plemons, the great Jean Smart, Danson, and Durst (who just keeps getting better). Not to forget the work of Offerman and Culkin who do not fail in giving life to such cool figures as Karl and Rye. Fascinating story, riveting and funny dialogue, and great pacing- Ooh, and Rachel Keller is just smoldering. 4.5 stars

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