Theres no denying the series was green-lit because it was an opportunity to carry the Fargo name, but that didnt stop Noah Hawley from delivering on the best series he possibly could. Not to mention, the acting is stellar. Thornton and Freeman along with Colin Hanks, Adam Goldberg and Kate Walsh work double-time to bring these characters to life and infuse them with a major dose of personality.
In a novel spin, Fargo the TV show echoes the mood and approach of the Coen brothers Oscar-winning film of the same name but offers up a different, more sprawling story. Part of the suddenly popular limited series movement in TV, it, too, follows a true crime that takes place in Minnesota but branches out in other directions. And, as with the original, it offers humor both black and broad, characters silly and strong, and bursts of sudden, often surprising violence. Grade: B+