Overview

For those who have enjoyed it, Fargo is a classic addition to their streaming library. This show falls into the genres of comedy, drama and crime – essentially offering something for everyone.

Originally, this concept came from the film which came out in 1996. Quite some time elapsed between the movies and the series, as Fargo made its debut in April 2014.

This show has received nominations for various awards, including 15 at the Primetime Emmy Awards. Furthermore, it has won a number of Golden Globe Awards. Here is the full lowdown on this critically acclaimed show.

Premise

A lot of action goes down in each season of Fargo. For example, season one sees Lorne Malvo take over a community in Minnesota with various lies and violent acts. Nygaard is a suspect alongside Malvo for a number of murders, according to two police officers.

In season two, more murder is encountered – this time when Peggy and her husband accidentally kill Rye Gerhardt in a hit and run. There is also a triple homicide which takes place at a local diner.

The third season focuses on Ray Stussy and Nikki Swango – played by Ewan McGregor and Mary Elizabeth Winstead respectively – aiming to have a higher quality life full of riches. They decide to pursue their endeavours by stealing a vintage stamp from Ray’s brother. However, two deaths come about, and the pair find themselves fighting to cover up their involvement in the crimes.

In season four, Chris Rock is the main star of the show. He is at the helm of a criminal organisation full of black migrants who are escaping the Jim Crow South. Furthermore, they have a difficult relationship with the mafia in Kansas City. This season is set in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1950. At the time of writing, this season is delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cast and characters

  • Billy Bob Thornton – Lorne Malvo
  • Allison Tolman – Deputy Molly Solverson
  • Colin Hanks – Officer Gus Grimly
  • Martin Freeman – Lester Nygaard
  • Kirsten Dunst – Peggy Blumquist
  • Patrick Wilson – State Trooper Lou Solverson
  • Jesse Plemons – Ed Blumquist
  • Jean Smart – Floyd Gerhardt
  • Ted Danson – Sheriff Hank Larsson
  • Ewan McGregor – Emmit and Ray Stussy
  • Carrie Coon – Gloria Burgle
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead – Nikki Swango
  • Goran Bogdan – Yuri Gurka
  • David Thewlis – VM Varga
  • Chris Rock – Loy Cannon
  • Francesco Acquaroli – Ebal Violante
  • Andrew Bird – Thurman Smutney
  • Gaetano Bruno – Constant Calamita
  • Jessie Buckley – Oraetta Mayflower
  • Emyri Crutchfield – Ethelrida Pearl Smutney
  • Salvatore Esposito – Gaetano Fadda
  • Jeremie Harris – Leon Bittle
  • Jack Huston – Odis Weff
  • Amber Midthunder – Swanee Capps
  • Jason Schwartzman – Josto Fadda
  • Glynn Turman – Doctor Senator
  • Ben Whishaw – Rabbi Milligan
  • Anji White – Dibrell Smutney
  • Corey Hendrix – Omie Sparkman
  • Matthew Elam – Lemuel
  • Timothy Olyphant – Dick ‘Deafy’ Wickware
  • Karen Aldridge – Zelmare Roulette

Filming locations

The first season of Fargo was filmed in and around Calgary, Alberta. When the series was renewed, it was revealed that it would focus on Sioux Falls in South Dakota. A number of locations served as the settings for this season – namely Fargo, North Dakota, Sioux Falls, Minnesota and Luverne.

Production

The concept of Fargo was introduced back in 2012, when FX announced that they were developing a series based on the movie of the same name alongside the Coen brothers.

Initially, the series was labelled as a limited one with 10 episodes. This show is set in the fictional world seen in the movie – in other words, in the year 1987 in Minneapolis and Brainerd, Minnesota. While there are a number of references made to the film – such as buried ransom money – the series serves as a standalone creative adaptation.

Episodes and reception

The first season of Fargo was subject to high praise, with Rotten Tomatoes giving it a 97% critics rating and Metacritic serving it a score of 85 out of 100.

The second season did even better, with a 96 from Metacritic and 100% ‘certified fresh’ as the rating from Rotten Tomatoes.

Similarly high praise was received with the following season, as Metacritic awarded it a score of 89 while Rotten Tomatoes settled on 93% as their rating.

In total, Fargo has received 226 award nominations and won 51 of this number. Notably, this figure includes 8 nominations each for the Primetime Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards. For a change of pace, why not check out Bates Motel or Better Call Saul?

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