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Fargo: Season 2 (2015)

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Critic Consensus: 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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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

Kirsten Dunst
as Peggy Blomquist
Patrick Wilson
as Lou Solverson
Ted Danson
as Hank Larsson
Jean Smart
as Floyd Gerhardt
Jesse Plemons
as Ed Blomquist
Zahn McClarnon
as Hanzee Dent
Angus Sampson
as Bear Gerhardt
Brad Mann
as Gale Kitchen
Bokeem Woodbine
as Mike Milligan
Nick Offerman
as Karl Weathers
Cristin Milioti
as Betsy Solverson
Rachel Keller
as Simone Gerhardt
Kieran Culkin
as Rye Gerhardt
Jeffrey Donovan
as Dodd Gerhardt
Brad Garrett
as Joe Bulo
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Critic Reviews for Fargo: Season 2

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (28)

Fargo 2.0 promises to be every bit as fun, surprising and thought-provoking as the original.

June 14, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The fingerprints of writer Noah Hawley and director Randall Einhorn​, who worked on the first season, are all over this, and that could explain the smoother transition from season one to season two.

October 4, 2016 | Full Review…

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

October 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.

October 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.

October 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.

October 9, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fargo: Season 2

½

SeanT.

Super Reviewer

½

Fargo season 2 was more violent than ever, the story was engaging and the characters were fun. The changes in narrative can be a bit annoying but it was incredibly fun to watch.

SylvesterK.

Super Reviewer

Brilliantly conceived and executed, Fargo season two proves to be a near redefinition of the capability of television, building on its first season and transporting us to a ten episode arc very in-keeping of the ground broken by the feature film for which it takes its’ name. Executively produced by the Cohen brothers, one can feel their fingerprints all over this season. The humor is at time irreverent, at other times cold and colored with intelligent cynicism. It works as a drama, a dark comedy, and on many more levels of theme ranging from the corporatizing of the criminal justice system, nihilism, futility, and the inescapable power of unintended consequences. The dialogue is rich, the acting stunning, and the flow impeccable. A cross between Fargo and No Country for Old Men, and a rich collaboration of talent. A must see. 5/5 Stars

JeffreyM.

Super Reviewer

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