Created and written by Noah Hawley, Fargo is an American crime drama series that premiered on FX on April 15, 2014. The series is currently in its second season, which premiered on October 12, 2015. Both the seasons followed different storylines, had new characters, and a fresh star cast. After every season, the show is rebooted, with no connection to the previous season. The show is inspired by the 1996 movie of the same name, which was directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The Coen Brothers are also very much a part of the TV series in the capacity of executive producers.

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The first season of the show is set in Bemidji, Minnesota in the year 2006. The story revolves around Lester Nygaard (played by Martin Freeman), who is an insurance salesman and is not particularly excited by how his life has turned out. He feels stuck between his boring job, an annoying wife, a successful brother (which again is a reminder of his failed life), who he does not have the best relationship with, and with no friends to make his life any better. Amidst the already frustrating daily routine that his life has turned out to be, he bumps into his high school bully, who again assaults him. This incident sends him to the emergency ward, where Lester meets Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton). Malvo is undoubtedly a strange guy, who “implies” that Lester should just eliminate all the problems in his life. This sets Lester on a violent and dark road that would bring out a completely different personality. At the same time, Deputy Molly Solverson (Allison Tolman) and another police officer, Gus Grimly (Colin Hanks) come together to solve the murders that have been taking place in their jurisdiction. This is the plot of the first season.

The second season of the show, however, is set in 1979. It follows the beautician and butcher couple of Peggy (Kirsten Dunst) and Ed Blumquist (played by Jesse Plemons), and how they cover a hit and run case of Rye Gerhardt in Minnesota. Now, what is interesting is that the victim is the son of Floyd Gerhardt (Jean Smart), who belongs to an influential crime family in Fargo in North Dakota. Meanwhile, officers on the case, state trooper Solverson (Patrick Wilson) and Sheriff Larsson (Ted Danson) investigate a triple murder case in the area that may be connected to the hit and run. This season also features the campaign of the Ronald Reagan, who was running for the President at the time. The two officers are also on Reagan’s security detail, while he is on the Fargo leg of the campaign.

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The first season of the show saw stunning performances by all actors including Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, and Martin Freeman. They really made the characters stand out and tell their story. The characters also evolve as the story grows, which is really interesting to watch. The second season of the show received an overwhelming response and has so far picked up compliments for the performance of its cast. However, the final verdict is yet to come out.

The TV series has been praised for its direction and acting. The first season of the series was a huge hit and won both Emmy and the Golden Globe Awards. It is an enticing and exciting story of murder, deceit, fear, duty and everything in between. The story is twisted and the accompanying dark humor gives it another interesting dimension. The pace of the story might be slow for some, but there are so many highs to the show that the wait is worth it.  Sign up for one of these Charter Cable Package Deals so you dont miss any episodes.

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