A Misanthrope’s Guide to Television: Fargo


This week marked the premier of the new FX series, Fargo. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Fargo is a movie, not a TV show. The author of this post is wrong.” False, I am never wrong and FX is, in fact, airing a 10-episode miniseries based on the Coen Brothers’ film. This past Tuesday, the first one hour episode aired and it was about as dark as you’d expect.

First thing’s first: Fargo is NOT based on a true story. Bits and pieces of the plot were taken from a few real events, but this movie is fictional and if one more person tries to convince me its not, I’m going to force their body through a wood chipper (sorry, maybe spoilers?). Yes, at the beginning of the movie (and TV show), some words pop up on the screen and tell you that what you are about to see is based on real events. You know what other movie has a bunch of words that pop up on the screen at the beginning and tell you a bunch of “facts”? Star Wars. If you don’t believe me, maybe you’ll believe the only source worth believing: Wikianswers.

Anyways, the first thing to know about the series is that the cast is stacked. None of the original performers are back, but my guess is that that text conversation looked something like:

Frances McDormand: So sorry but I’m going to have to turn down the part. I just feel like the character evolved so much in the–

Studio Execs: Whatevs, we got Billy Bob Thornton, lol we don’t care. l8er.

Frances McDormand: I’m glad everything worked out.

Studio Execs: R U even in movies anymore? lol.

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