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Experiencing new television should be like putting on a new pair of shoes or eating an old piece of sushi. You won't know if you like it 'til you try it. But here at TV.com, we've come up with an ingenious way of letting you avoid the metaphorical toe blisters and eruptive diarrhea from sampling new television shows with our patented, copyrighted, trademarked feature Hey TV.com, Should I Watch [Show Title]? The concept is simple: We watch the show first and then we tell you how good (or bad) it is! Don't you wish you had that kind of help last week, when you ate that four-day old unagi-and-cream-cheese roll? Anyway, today we're looking at FX's new series Fargo, in the latest edition of Hey TV.com, Does this Fish Smell Funky to You?


Fargo? Didn't I already see this in 1996?

Yes, but you saw Fargo: The Movie. This here is Fargo: The TV Show. It's set in a similar universe as the movie, and by "similar universe," I mean that it's essentially set in the same place—the great state of Minnesota—as the film. It also has similar characters, and by "similar characters," I mean that features a pushover salesman and some criminal element from out of town." Plus it's got a similar storyline about a murder in a small town and cops who say "Awww geez" at the sight of dead bodies, making for a surprisingly bloody dark comedy. So yes, it's closely related to the movie, but it's different enough that no prior knowledge of it is necessary, and a re-watch of the film beforehand won't do much for your understanding of the show. In fact, I might even argue against re-watching the film beforehand, to more easily view the show as its own entity. 


Who's behind the re-imagining, and who's starring in it?

This version of Fargo is the brainchild of Noah Hawley, whose past credits include creating The Unusuals and My Generation. Both Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan, are credited as producers, so this isn't just a case of a show clinging to the name of an established award-winning property. And while I'm at it, I'll mention that Adam Bernstein (who directed several episodes of Breaking Bad as well as many other shows) and Randall Einhorn (the chief director of FX's Wilfred) directed the first four episodes, and they're both really, really good at their jobs. But the cast is probably the show's main draw. Are you ready? Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, Kate Walsh. Great, right? But I'm not done yet. Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, and Oliver Platt. Yowza! And there are still more! Adam Goldberg, Glenn Howerton, Jordan Peele, and Keegan-Michael Key! Plus you'll get acquainted with the more unknown Allison Tolman, Russell Harvard, and Julie Ann Emery


Geez, when does Fargo debut?

Fargo premieres Tuesday, April 15 at 10pm on FX. It takes the spot left vacant by Justified (which just wrapped up its fifth season) and will run for 10 episodes. Season 1 is a closed-ended deal as the project has been set up as an anthology, meaning a potential second season would tell a different story with new characters.


Who might enjoy Fargo, ya think?

Fans of perverse humor; the show will leave you squirming and laughing at the same time. A lot of early Breaking Bad episodes featured the same types of jokes and thrills. And obviously, if you liked the film, you should be pretty pleased with the TV show as well.


What's real good about Fargo?

The show is incredibly funny if you have a sick sense of humor. People die, and it's kind of comical. But the real fun comes from the problems the characters face through the filter of a Midwestern lens, and the cast's outstanding ability to bring the show's world to life. From top to bottom, each actor, even in the smallest role, shines. The cinematography is equally superb, with wide-angle shots capturing the desolate and snowy Minnesota landscape and reminding those of us on the coasts just how wide-open of a place this is. And Hawley shows off his gift for hilarious deadpan dialogue with gems like this exchange between cops: "What do you want me to put as cause of death?" "Put self explanatory."



What isn't so hot about Fargo?

It's basically a 10-hour indie movie on a television screen, so if you're not into that kind of thing, you won't like it. Other than that, no problems to speak of unless you tend to get overwhelmed by large casts of characters. 


So, should I watch it?

You betcha! The first episode, "The Crocodile's Dilemma," is one of the most entertaining pilots you'll see all year, and Fargo has the potential to become one of television's top shows.


Let's take a look at a trailer!

Okay!


And if you liked that, why not also whet your appetite with the first seven minutes of the series?

Fargo premieres Tuesday, April 15 at 10pm on FX.


Previously Aired Episode

AIRED ON 12/14/2015

Season 2 : Episode 10

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Martin Freeman in a dark suit? Come on down GW Bush!
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It somehow feels like that Martin Freeman's career was leading up to this, he fits so well into the Fargo universe it's incredible. I haven't seen the show yet but i'm sure it's the perfect casting.
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I watched the movie the other night and yeah I think the Coens should have maybe not tried to replicate as much of the setup. But I still think it will be good.
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I am not sure I can get over my severe dislike of Billy Bob Thorton. I will read up on the reviews as to whether it is good or not. I might power watch it when it is all over.
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I'm definitely giving this a try. The promos were very funny. Besides, Billy Bob Thornton?! Yes please lol.
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If you liked the movie, then go for it. I would.
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If only for the cast, I'll definitely give this a try.
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You really needed to ask, Tim? A no-brainer, this one.
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I think this is gonna be great, Freeman, Odenkirk, Platt, and other great actors. But what´s with Odenkirk? Will he be working both on this and Better call Saul at the same time, or is Fargo really only 10 hours of television?
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It's a 10 episode mini, so yeah, only 10 hours.
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The show is supposed to take place in North Dakota. Is the show in Minnesota or is that comment about the "Minesseota" landscape just wrong?
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Fargo is on the border of ND and Minn. so similar/same landscape.
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Martin Freeman is an excellent actor, but no thanks. By the way,

eating an old piece of sushi. You won't know if you like it 'til you try it.

You won't like it and you'll get the trots.
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I'm watching and hope it will near the amazing Breaking Bad show. I know it's lots to ask, but I want it too!
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I liked the movie. I'm still iffy on how you can make that into a TV series, but you betcha I'm givin this a try.
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I didn't like the movie but I'm gonna try this cause Martin Freeman is in it.
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Whoa whoa whoa - Glenn Howerton is in this? Does he use the D.E.N.N.I.S. system here too?
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As most trailers do, it looks great and, it's got Martin Freeman. So I'm in, you betcha.
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If it says Cohen on it - I'm in !
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mehh,hummmm,no?,may be?
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Definitely going to watch this. I don't think comparing the show to the movie is a good thing though, they will probably be two different creatures. The cast looks amazing.
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Well, it looks like I will either love it or hate it, so I better try it :)
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I still have the watch the original movie, so I'll be sure to do that first.
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The movie was eh, at best and it had great actors, so telling me that it could be worth watching because of the acting involved means squat to me. And if a 2 hour movie was eh, to me, 10 hours will not improve on that. I'll pass. Besides, I'd rather see Martin Freeman go back to and do more Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch.
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OK, ya sold me. Not sure if I can take that much BBT, but I'll give it a try. The movie is one of my All Time Top 10.
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Wouldn't miss it for the world. I have been looking forward to this one for a while.
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Sure I am going to watch it.... I can't wait
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Alright Tim, I'm putting a lot of faith in you here. I didn't actually like the movie all that much, I didn't hate it but I didn't get as much out of it as most folks. So if I don't enjoy it, I demand a refund, an hour of life.
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This is going to be great!
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The cast looks terrific. the show looks like it is going to be funny. That being said, I already watch several shows on Tuesday that overlap, so I have to record them and watch later, and I am not being paid to do so. So having a bit of a break at 10pm now that Justified is done for the season has become something that I have enjoyed, I wasn't lloking to fill it with a new show...at least not right away. Maybe in a couple of months I will catch up. But for now I am taking the breather.
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I will always watch anything with Martin Freeman, the fact that you say the rest is pretty good too seals the deal! :-)
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This looks like it will be a very classy show but I'm still apprehensive about it. There's no way it can be as good as the movie and I'm worried about Martin Freeman. He's a very polarising actor for me and I think he needs very specific roles to flourish. He was outstanding in The Office and Sherlock but I couldn't stand him in The Hobbitses. I'll watch the pilot but I don't know what I'll think of it.
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I'm in, you betcha
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Bad review or good, I've been a fan of Martin Freeman since I first saw him in The Office 13 years ago so I wouldn't have missed this.

(Also Fargo is one of my favorite films)
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I wasn't planning on watching it, since I'm not a big fan of the movie, but I'll give it a try just for the cast. In other news, is the anthology format officially becoming a TV trend?
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I thought it was North Dakota?
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Most of the movie was set in Minnesota (although Fargo's in North Dakota) so the show probably will be too.
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Much was filmed here in my city, Calgary, Alberta. I think we had the snow...
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