Fargo – An Overview of One of the Best Shows on TV

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Fargo Production Art – FX Networks

Twenty-one years ago in 1996, the Coen Brothers wrote, directed, and produced what is probably their greatest film, Fargo. Later, in 2014, then-unknown author and screenwriter Noah Hawley created one of the greatest TV shows of all time, Fargo.

“THIS IS A TRUE STORY…”

Appears in the beginning of the film and every episode of the series, but that claim cannot be more untrue. Amidst the politeness and funny accents of the Minnesota and North Dakota residents depicted on the show, there is a substantial amount of violence, deception, and death.

Season one is set at Bemidji and Duluth, Minnesota, in 2006. A series of suspicious murders occur, and Deputy Molly Solverson and Officer Gus Grimly attempt to solve them. These murders occur when hitman Lorne Malvo passes through and influences insurance salesman Lester Nygaard to commit murder. The season was the perfect homage to the Coen Brothers.

Billy Bob Thornton and Colin Hanks in Season 1 – Chris Large / FX Networks
Martin Freeman and Alison Tolman in Season 1 – Chris Large / FX Networks

Since the show is an anthology series, each season is almost entirely different from the last. Season two has a different setting, plot, actors, and characters from season one, and it is also even crazier.

This season is a prequel to the events of season one and is set in 1979. It follows Minnesota state trooper Lou Solverson (father of Molly from season one) and Sheriff Hank Larsson investigating murders related to an innocuous-looking young couple, a crime syndicate, and possibly aliens.

Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst in Season 2 – FX Networks
Ted Danson and Patrick Wilson in Season 2 – Chris Large / FX Networks

Although season one features some excellent performances, season two’s cast in particular is ridiculously large and stacked, with Kirsten Dunst, Patrick Wilson, Jesse Plemons, Ted Danson, Jeffrey Donovan, Cristin Milioti, Bokeem Woodbine, and more doing career-best work.

After over a year-long wait, there will finally be a season three, which will star Ewan McGregor playing a dual-role of two brothers.

Carrie Coon in Season 3 – FX Networks
Michael Stuhlbarg and Ewan McGregor in Season 3 – FX Networks

For its first two seasons, Fargo received widespread critical acclaim. Nothing short of excellence is expected of the third season.

Watching the series from the beginning is preferred, but because the show is an anthology series, one can watch only the second season or the third season if they wish. However, both seasons of Fargo that are out right now are must-see television, and the third one will likely be must-see as well.

The third season will premiere on Wednesday, April 19, on FX. Seasons one and two are available on demand on Hulu.