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"Fargo" review by Suzanne
Series premiere Tuesday, April 15 at 10pm on FX

This is a really good show and does remind one of the movie "Fargo". Both the movie and the show take place in Minnesota, near Fargo, and have quirky characters  (a lot of whom speak with funny accents). There's a lot of dark humor, murder, and dedicated local police. The writing and acting is spectacular. Those are the things that the show has in common with the movie. Other than that, it's completely different. It has different characters and a different plot.

The cast has some major movie and TV stars in it, including Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, Glenn Howarton, Oliver Platt, Bob Odenkirk, Adam Goldberg and Keith Carradine. There are many other actors as well (this is a huge cast!) and they keep up with the old pros we've heard of. It's better than "Mad Men". Also, it's a limited run series, so there are only 10 episodes and then it's over. If it comes back for another year, it will have another cast and be a different "true crime"-like story.

It's worth watching just for the acting alone, but it also a really good, twisting story, where many surprising and unusual things happy, with fun dialogue and lots of humor.

You don't want to miss this fabulous series! I don't have time to watch any more shows, but I'll just have to find the time...

My Interview with Billy Bob Thornton

My Interview with Martin Freeman

An original adaptation of the Academy Award-winning feature film, "Fargo" features an all-new "True crime" story and follows a new case and new characters, all entrenched in the trademark humo, murder and "Minnesota nice" that made the film an enduring classic. Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton stars as "Lorne Malvo", a rootless, manipulative man who meets and forever changes the life of small town insurance salesman "Lester Nygaard," played by BAFTA Award winner and Emmy-nominated Martin Freeman.  Colin Hanks plays Duluth police deputy "Gus Grimly," a single dad who must choose between his own personal safety and his duty as a policeman when he comes face-to-face with a killer.  Allison Tolman also stars as "Molly Solverson," an ambitious Bemidji deputy.

Rounding out Fargo's colorful cast of recurring characters are Emmy winner Bob Odenkirk as "Deputy Bill Oswalt," Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated Oliver Platt as "Stavros Milos," Screen Actors Guild Award winner Kate Walsh as "Gina Hess," Glenn Howerton (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphi) as "Don Chumph," Joey King as Greta Grimly," Peter Breitmayer as "Lieutenant Schmidt," Tom Musgrave as "Bo Munk," Josh Close as "Chazz Nygaard," Russell Harvard as "Mr. Wrench," Adam Goldberg as "Mr. Numbers," Keegan-Michael Key as "Bill Budge" and Jordan Peele as "Webb Pepper."

A 10-episode limited series, Fargo is written by Noah Hawley. Emmy Award-winning director Adam Bernstein directed the first two episodes. hawley, Warren Littefield, Joel  & Ethan Coen and Geyer Kosinski serve as executive producers. Fargo is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions.

The first four episodes:

Episode 1 - "The Crocodile's Dilemma" (Airs April 15 at 10:00pm ET/PT) - A rootless, manipulative man (Billy Bob Thornton) meets a small town insurance salesman (Martin Freeman) and sets him on a path of destruction.  Written by Noah Hawley; directed by Adam Bernstein.

Episode 2 - "The Rooster Prince" (Airs April 22 at 10:00pm ET/PT) - Molly begins to suspect that Lester is involved with the murders, but her new boss points her in a different direction.  Meanwhile, Malvo investigates the blackmail plot against a man known as the Supermarket King. Written by Noah Hawley; directed by Adam Bernstein.

Episode 3 - "A Muddy Road" (Airs April 29 at 10:00pm ET/PT) - Malvo flips the script on the blackmail operation. Molly sets a trap, and Gus debates whether he should come clean. Lester's return to work has complicated repercussions. Written by Noah Hawley; directed by Randall Einhorn.

Episode 4 - "Eating the Blame" (Airs May 6 at 10:00pm ET/PT) - When Gus tries to right a wrong, Malvo embraces his alter ego. Lester finds himself in a surprising situation, and Molly uncovers a promising lead. Written by Noah Hawley; directed by Randall Einhorn.

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