Fargo: Season 2 (2015)

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Season 2
Fargo

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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: 57

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Episodes

1
Air date: Oct 12, 2015
2
Air date: Oct 19, 2015
3
Air date: Oct 26, 2015
4
Air date: Nov 2, 2015
5
Air date: Nov 9, 2015
6
Air date: Nov 16, 2015
7
Air date: Nov 23, 2015
8
Air date: Nov 30, 2015
9
Air date: Dec 7, 2015
10
Air date: Dec 14, 2015

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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
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Critic Reviews for Fargo Season 2

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (32)

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…
Top Critic

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…

The eerie winter landscapes have lost none of their power. That's just one of the trademarks of Fargo that we're happy to see again. It isn't easy to keep a brand both recognizable and fresh. For that, FX, thanks a bunch!

Oct 8, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

  • Jun 28, 2019
    Virtually everything I loved from season one makes its transition to its second, as Fargo probes the causes and effects of a crime, populating 70's Minnesota with intriguing characters and providing more showcase for stellar work behind the camera. Oh yeah, it's also a little bizarre at times, as it should be!
  • Jun 15, 2019
    My favourite TV-Show. Great actors and a marvelous plot. 10/10
  • May 24, 2019
    Fargo's second season felt weaker due to too many "wild card" characters who have it all figured out. The formula of one event causing ripples of chaos doesn't work when there are 4 or 5 of those events, in my opinion.
  • Mar 14, 2019
    big step down from the first season. my guess for the biggest reasons are (1) the music in season 1 is amazing, but for season 2 they decided to go with music from the era, wasn't a fan of a lot of it, at best it was ok. (2) billy bob played an amazing bad guy in season 1, this season had the bokeem woodbine character who didn't do it for me. the way he spoke was not believable. he kept responding with random stories. it was annoying (1 viewing) SPOILERS eventually ohanzee becomes the main badass, and he was awesome. but bokeem's character was the antagonist for most of the season. and what was up with the alien stuff. i adore sci-fi, but i can't understand what purpose it served in this story. lots of open questions. we'll see if season 3 answers some. 1) what was the purpose of the ufo 2) what was the purpose of the symbols the daughter found in the sherrif's home 3) what were they implying with the face change with ohanzee while they were watching kids play baseball who were communicating using sign language. season 3 answers none of these questions: 1) i did some research, and the answer is basically nothing 2) i could not find a reason for this 3) hanzee became the fargo crime boss from season 1. i watched season one a few days before season 2, and i didn't remember who that was. this is because he was a tiny character that had almost no screentime. he could have been taken out of season 1 and it would have been the same. so i ask... why even bother with this connection. not to mention that it is very far fetched. the season 1 actor has a completely different skin tone, hair, etc. it was a terrible decision by the writers. i also found out that these aren't actually based on true stories. seems super shady to put the intro text. and on top of that, i've tried to explain lots of little things as "well it actually happened so temper your disbelief" for these reasons, i'm dropping it to 3.0. there is still lots of good in it, and i was invested in the story, but man, some of this other stuff is bad
  • Nov 02, 2018
    White people's lies.
  • Sep 20, 2018
    I don't think I like it as much as the first season, but it's really close. Fargo Season 2 builds tension with each episode and blows up with the much anticipated Sioux Falls Massacre, though the season finale is kinda anti-climatic but not bad. It also has great acting and writing like the first season and has that same dark quirky humor reminiscent of other Coen brothers movies.
  • Sep 12, 2018
    Incredibly overrated. I won't bother going into detail as everyone earth apparently disagrees with me. But I was not impressed with the writing or direction. The acting was for the most part top notch though. The only thing I will expound upon is it is just trying to be what people consider edgy, crazy t.v. I guess it worked.
  • Mar 21, 2018
    Again, a stellar season filled with lots of suspense and excitement. the acting is very good and makes the show feel genuine and authentic. the story is very unique, may be an obvious fact because it's a true story. once again fargo creates an interesting and captivating show.
  • Feb 10, 2018
    absolute class show. All the way. Second season is possibly even the best.
  • Jan 01, 2018
    WOW! Fargo remains one of my all time favorite tv series in every way. Story, acting, screenwriting - KILLER! A Must see.

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