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Samuel K. (Solvanda)
Reviewed on 12/8/2018...
Fargo is officially classified as an American black comedy–crime drama anthology television series. The humor is wry and tongue in cheek, quirky, absurd, oddly twisted, much of it being the simple style and fashions of previous decades shoved in one's face. This series is ten times better than the movie, IMO. And yeah, the people really do talk like that. I've visited North Dakota several times, but really, the accent is a Northern Midwest sort of thing. Alexandria, Minnesota is actually the Norwegian capital of the U.S. And they really do say "Uff da" there as in the series, as well. Folks are straight with each other and straight to the point, just as portrayed.
Every single season of Fargo has been Sterling so far, and it is close to being the best show on television nowadays. The quality of the show is film-like, as is the music. Each episode begins with the superimposed text: "This is a true story. The events depicted took place in Minnesota in [year]. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred." This is a ploy, of course, as in the original film, which the scripts continue to utilize.
K. K. (GAMER)
Reviewed on 12/6/2015...
Absolutely fantastic series. Billy Bob Thornton was the best! A must see for crime thriller series fans!
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Reviewed on 1/16/2015...
I've watched only the first three episodes so far, but unless it goes WAY downhill later (and Amazon reviewers who've watched the whole series say it doesn't), it's a winner. If you liked the movie Fargo, you will like this TV series.
I remember when I first heard about this project: "A TV series based on the movie Fargo? Huh? How can that work?" Well, it does, and very well. From the beginning, it's clear this is no ordinary TV show - the production quality approaches that of a big-budget movie. The script pays homage to the original movie without duplicating it, and I find the new script highly entertaining. Each role was cast well, with Billy Bob Thornton stealing the show, imo. Thornton plays the (taken directly from the 1st episode introduction) "rootless, manipulative man" perfectly. By the way, even though this was a TV series, it's still late-night material, not for the kiddies. Maybe the home video release is 'uncensored'? It's not advertised that way, but when initially broadcast it HAD to at least have had the 'this program is intended for mature audiences - viewer discretion is advised' warning. It's not R rated, but close.
I understand the first season ends with a 'conclusion', so I'm guessing Thornton's (and some other) characters will not be available for season 2, yet a season 2 is being planned. I'm already saying "Huh? Season 2? Season 1 was great, but do you really expect to duplicate its success?" Well, I was wrong about Season 1, so maybe I'll be wrong about Season 2 as well :)