Fargo The TV Series

Promotional logo from FX for Fargo TV series 2014

Promotional logo from FX for Fargo TV series 2014

The Coen Brothers gave their blessing to FX to create a TV series from their famous 1986 film Fargo that starred Frances McDormand and William H. Macy. They shouldn’t have. The ratings for the first episode was “modest” at 2.65 million viewers and the second episode had less than that at 2.04 million viewers. Will it continue to decline?

I watched the season opener, The Crocodile’s Dilemma” and wasn’t all that impressed. It has the same look and feel as the original film but that’s where the similarity stops.

I was drawn to Fargo the TV series because another Hollywood actor looking for meaty roles decided to do a little TV work – Billy Bob Thornton. The commercials weren’t bad either.  No doubt he’s good but I’m undecided if I want to watch more of this series.

After HBO’s  True Detective, guess the bar was set too high for anyone else to follow. Kidding! I’ll just keep recording it.

15 thoughts on “Fargo The TV Series

  1. This aired over the weekend here in the UK. i haven’t yet watched it but have recorded the whole series. Was looking forward to it, maybe slightly less so after reading your less than glowing piece. Loved the original film, especially McDormand and Buscemi. Will let you know what I think after watching.

    • I am usually very dismissive early on in a series. I misjudged Justified before watching it again a few years later so please take my opinion with a grain of salt. Love the movie too but this series from the start sounded like a bad idea to me.

    • Well, its still early yet but yes, I am not very enthusiastic or even curious about the series but will try to watch a few more episodes before fully dismissing it. It just didn’t capture my interest like True Detective did from the start or even Orphan Black.

  2. Keishon – Sorry to hear it didn’t live up to your hopes. But of course, the film itself was so very, very good… Still, who knows? It may improve…

    • Yes, it may well improve which why my opinion should be taken with a grain of salt. You can’t judge an entire series from one episode but I’m hoping it gets better.

  3. I didn’t watch it or record it – mostly because I couldn’t quite wrap my mind around how they were going to turn it into an on-going series. A defined arc of X number episodes (like True Detective)? Sure. But on-going for (hopefully) multiple seasons? I just couldn’t quite wrap my head around that.

  4. Interesting review, Keishon. I believe that they weren’t trying to reproduce the film but do something new. I’m going to give it a go sometime.

    • Hi Sarah,

      I wasn’t expecting them to duplicate the film. I looked at this as a separate entity or as a new series that was inspired by the film. I’m just not engrossed at this time and not inspired to watch more. Others seem to like it so maybe you will as well.

  5. I haven’t watch it yet, but I did watch the original movie some weeks ago and loved it. Every time I said I was writing a PhD on crime fiction and had never watched “Fargo” I got told off, so finally I did! I haven’t read your post because I want to watch the episode this week, but I read that Kate Walsh is on it, and I love her. I hope she adds to the quality of the production.

    • If you ever watch and enjoy “Fargo” then you must follow it up with “A Simple Plan.” Both movies are excellent. I’m told “Fargo” the series gets better so I plan to watch it all when it concludes.

  6. We have so many series to catch up with, one less will not matter. I will wait and see if you change your mind.

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