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Fargo
Fargo Season 2 poster
Creator Noah Hawley
Showrunner Noah Hawley
Based on Fargo by Joel and Ethan Coen
Channel(s) FX
Seasons 4
Episodes 32
Original run April 15, 2014 - present

Fargo is a television show on FX, and is based off the film of the same name.

Development

In 2012, it was announced that FX was in the works of developing a new television series based on the Academy Award-winning film Fargo. It was later announced that the adaptation would be a 10-episode limited series.

On August 2, 2013, it was announced that Billy Bob Thornton had signed on to star in the series.

On September 27, 2013, Martin Freeman also signed on to star.

On October 3, 2013, it was announced that Colin Hanks was cast in the role of Duluth police officer Gus Grimly.

Production for the first season began in fall of 2013 with filming taking place in and around Calgary, Alberta.

On July 21, 2014, Hawley announced that Fargo had been renewed for Season 2.[1] He also confirmed that the fate of Betsy Solverson, Molly's mother, would be explored.[2]

Season 3 of Fargo was announced by FX on November 23, 2015.

Cast

Season 1

Main cast

Recurring cast

Season 2

Main cast

Recurring cast

Season 3

Main cast

Recurring cast

Season 4

Main cast

Recurring cast

To be announced.

Episodes

Season 1

The first season focuses on deputies Molly Solverson and Gus Grimly as they investigate a triple homicide in Bemidji, Minnesota in 2006. Two of the victims were killed by a hitman named Lorne Malvo, who was hired by insurance salesman Lester Nygaard, who murders his henpecking wife.

Title Directed By Air Dates U.S. Viewers
(millions)
1. "The Crocodile's Dilemma" Adam Bernstein April 14, 2014 (US)
April 20, 2014 (UK)
2.65
2. "The Rooster Prince" Adam Bernstein April 22, 2014 (US)
April 27, 2014 (UK)
2.04
3. "A Muddy Road" Randall Einhorn April 29, 2014 (US)
May 4, 2014 (UK)
1.87
4. "Eating the Blame" Randall Einhorn May 6, 2014 (US)
May 11, 2014 (UK)
1.70
5. "The Six Ungraspables" Colin Bucksey May 13, 2014 (US)
May 18, 2014 (UK)
1.60
6. "Buridan's Ass" Colin Bucksey May 20, 2014 (US)
May 25, 2014 (UK)
1.80
7. "Who Shaves the Barber?" Scott Winant May 27, 2014 (US)
June 1, 2014 (UK)
1.52
8. "The Heap" Scott Winant June 3, 2014 (US)
June 8, 2014 (UK)
1.86
9. "A Fox, A Rabbit, and A Cabbage" Matt Shakman June 10, 2014 (US)
June 15, 2014 (UK)
1.90
10. "Morton's Fork" Matt Shakman June 17, 2014 (US)
June 22, 2014 (UK)
1.98

Season 2

The second season focuses on the father of Molly, Lou Solverson, and centers around the events of Sioux Falls in 1979. When beautician Peggy Blumquist runs over one of the sons of the Gerhardt Crime Syndicate matriarch, she and her husband Ed Blumquist try to cover their tracks. Meanwhile the Gerhardts squabble over territory with the Kansas City Mafia, as well as the throne between the remaining sons.

Title Directed By Air Dates U.S. Viewers
(millions)
1. "Waiting for Dutch" Michael Uppendahl
Randall Einhorn
October, 12 2015 (US)
TBA (UK)
1.59
2. "Before the Law" Noah Hawley October 19th, 2015 (US)
TBA (UK)
0.96
3. "The Myth of Sisyphus" Michael Uppendahl October 26th, 2015 (US)
TBA (UK)
1.21
4. "Fear and Trembling" Michael Uppendahl November 2nd, 2015 (US)
TBA (UK)
1.28
5. "The Gift of the Magi" Jeffery Reiner November 9th, 2015 (US)
TBA (UK)
1.13
6. "Rhinoceros" Jeffery Reiner November 16th, 2015 (US)
TBA (UK)
1.15
7. "Did You Do This? No, You Did It!" Keith Gordon November 23rd, 2015 (US)
TBA (UK)
TBA
8. "Loplop" Keith Gordon November 30th, 2015 (US)
TBA (UK)
TBA
9. "The Castle" Adam Arkin December 7th, 2015 (US)
TBA (UK)
TBA
10. "Palindrome" Adam Arkin December 14th, 2015 (US)
TBA (UK)
TBA

Season 3

The third season took place in 2010 and focused on the rise of the "selfie-oriented" culture of that time period.

Title Directed By Air Dates U.S. Viewers
(millions)
1. "The Law of Vacant Places" Noah Hawley April 19, 2017 (US)
May 31, 2017 (UK)
1.42[3]
2. "The Principle of Restricted Choice" Michael Uppendahl April 26, 2017 (US)
June 7,2017 (UK)
1.06
3. "The Law of Non-Contradiction" John Cameron May 3, 2017 (US)
June 14, 2017 (UK)
1.17
4. "The Narrow Escape Problem" Michael Uppendahl May 10, 2017 (US)
June 21, 2017 (UK)
1.05
5. "The House of Special Purpose" Dearbhla Welsh May 17, 2017 (US)
June 28, 2017 (UK)
0.98
6. "The Lord of No Mercy" Dearbhla Welsh May 24, 2017 (US)
July 5, 2017 (UK)
1.04
7. "The Law of Inevitability" Mike Barker May 31, 2017 (US)
July 12, 2017 (UK)
1.03
8. "Who Rules the Land of Denial?" Mike Barker June 7, 2017 (US)
July 19, 2017 (UK)
1.14
9. "Aporia" Keith Gordon June 14, 2017 (US)
July 26, 2017 (UK)
1.19
10. "Somebody to Love" Keith Gordon June 21, 2017 (US)
August 2, 2017 (UK)
1.22

Season 4

The fourth season took place in 1950.

Title Directed By Air Dates U.S. Viewers
(millions)
1. "Welcome to the Alternate Economy" Noah Hawley September 27, 2020 N/A
2. "The Land of Talking and Killing" Noah Hawley September 27, 2020 N/A
3. "Raddoppiarlo" N/A October 4, 2020 N/A
4. "The Pretend War" N/A October 11, 2020 N/A
5. "The Birthplace of Civilization" N/A October 18, 2020 N/A
6. "Camp Elegance" N/A October 25, 2020 N/A
7. "Lay Away" N/A November 1, 2020 N/A
8. "To be announced" N/A November 8, 2020 N/A
9. "To be announced" N/A November 15, 2020 N/A
10. "To be announced" N/A November 22, 2020 N/A
11. "To be announced" N/A November 29, 2020 N/A

Trivia

  • Writer Noah Hawley and director Randall Einhorn confirmed that both the series and movie take place within the same universe.
  • Billy Bob Thornton came up with his character's hair cut on his own. The moment Noah Hawley saw him, he knew they were both on the same page regarding the character.
  • This is actually the second TV show spin-off of the movie Fargo. The first was in 2003 starring Edie Falco. A pilot was shot and aired but the series was not picked up.

References

  1. Season 2 announced
  2. Betsy Solverson's fate to be explored
  3. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/daily-ratings/wednesday-cable-ratings-april-19-2017/
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