June 18, 2014
“Fargo” is a comedy-crime drama television series set in the wintry landscape of rural Minnesota, an “original adaptation” of Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1996 film, that won Oscars for best screenplay and best actress.
“I sold the show to FX as, ‘It’s the best of America versus the worst of America,'” series creator and writer Noah Hawley tells Fresh Air’s Dave Davies. “And I think what people like is this romantic idea that you go off and you face evil and you come back and your reward is to lead a simple life. And you don’t have to go on this dark journey where you’re some demon-hunter who is haunted.”
Fargo has received broad acclaim from television critics, and currently has a Metacritic score of 87 out of 100 based on 38 reviews, indicating “universal acclaim.”
Filled with dark humor and a mix of quirky and menacing characters, Fargo blends whimsy and tragedy in a highly watchable mix. It’s easily the best produced work ever from writer Noah Hawley.
A perfectly mixed cocktail equally parts menacing and suspenseful, washed down with surprising notes of hilarious satire and pulpy violence, FX’s version of Fargo is most certainly not a pale imitation of the gruesome dark comedy.
Currently Fargo is available on Netflix (Netherland), Hulu (US), Vudu (US), iTunes (Australia, Canada, US, UK) and Channel 4 On Demand (UK, Free, Episodes 5-9)
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