Fargo … is inspired by the 1996 film of the same name written and directed by the Coen brothers, who serve as executive producers on the series. It premiered on April 15, 2014, on FX. Future seasons will follow an anthology format with each season being set in a different era along with a different story, cast and set of characters.
The first season, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, and Martin Freeman, was met with considerable acclaim. It won the Emmy Awards for Outstanding Miniseries and Outstanding Directing, and received fifteen additional nominations including Outstanding Writing, another Outstanding Directing nomination, and acting nominations for Thornton, Tolman, Hanks, and Freeman. It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film for its first season.
On July 21, 2014, FX renewed Fargo for a ten-episode second season to premiere in fall 2015. …
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Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo was crazy scary. Of course Billy Bob is always scary. He won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries.
Similar to the original film, each episode begins with the superimposed text:
“This is a true story. The events depicted took place in Minnesota in 2006. 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.”
However, like the film, this claim is completely fictional …
It’s very good. But very violent.