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Fargo

Fargo

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Photo Credit:  Chris Large / FX
  • Premiered: 
    April 15, 2014
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  • Network: FX
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Dramedy
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Inspired by the 1996 film (Fargo) by The Coen Brothers 
  • Subject Matter: Crime
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Plot Synopsis

Inspired by the Coen Brothers' film of the same name, each season of FARGO features a different all-new "true crime" story that has a connection to Fargo, North Dakota. Season 1 focuses on Lorne Malvo, a manipulative stranger, who meets and forever changes the life of Lester Nygaard, a small-town insurance salesman in Bemidji, Minnesota. Shortly after Lorne's arrival, Deputy Molly Solverson suspects that Lester is involved with a string of recent murders, including the death of local trucking boss Sam Hess. Even though she never wanted to land the big case or work with the FBI, she has no choice in the matter now. As she investigates the crimes, uncovers promising leads, and sets traps, she works with and encounters others, like: highway patrol officer Gus Grimly, a single dad and Duluth police officer, who must choose between his own personal safety -- including the future of his daughter, Greta -- and his duty as a policeman when he comes face-to-face with a killer; Deputy Police Chief Bill Oswalt, who has seniority over the younger, smarter and more ambitious Molly; Lieutenant Schmidt, Gus's superior officer; Stavros Milos, the Supermarket King of Minnesota and self-help book author, whose secret past has suddenly returned, threatening to destroy the way of life he has built up over the past 25 years; Gina Hess, a widowed mother to twins (Mickey and Moe) and a former Vegas stripper, who realizes her mistake moving to Minnesota 15 years earlier, and will now use whatever charms she has left to move the hell out; Mr. Wrench, a deaf contract killer employed by a Fargo Crime Syndicate, who is sent in to find out who killed Sam Hess and dispose of the problem; Mr. Numbers, the partner of and sign language translator for Mr. Wrench, who is the mouth to Mr. Wrench's muscle; Lou Solverson, Molly's father, who was also a state police officer for nearly two decades but is now retired and the owner of a local coffee shop; Don Chumph, a dim-witted and ambitious personal trainer, who is eye candy to many of the middle-aged women in Duluth's local gym but has bigger goals; Chazz Nygaard, Lester's younger and more successful brother; Bo Munk, Lester's boss at the Bo Munk Insurance Shop; and FBI partners Webb Pepper and Bill Budge, who, after a violent run-in with Malvo, become obsessed with finding him again and arrive in Bemidji hot on his trail. FARGO returned for its 10-episode second season on Monday, October 12, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT on FX with a new story and cast for the show's second installment. Season 2 travels back to 1979 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota. Lou Solverson, a young State Trooper recently back from Vietnam, investigates a case involving a local crime gang, a major Mob syndicate and a small town beautician Peggy Blumquist and her husband Ed, the local butcher's assistant. Helping Lou piece things together is his father-in-law, Sheriff Hank Larsson. The investigation leads them to a colorful cast of characters that includes: Karl Weathers, the town lawyer of Luverne, Minnesota, who is a Korean War vet and a flowery drunk blessed with the gift of gab and the eloquence of a true con artist; Joe Bulo, the front man for the northern expansion of a Kansas City crime syndicate, who is the new face of corporate crime bringing a Walmart mentality to small town America; and Joe's number two, Mike Milligan, who is part enforcer, part detective, and is always smiling -- but the joke is usually on you. Bulo and his crew have their sights set on the Gerhardt crime family in Fargo, currently led by matriarch Floyd Gerhardt. With her husband at death's door, Floyd takes over the family business, frustrating her eldest son, Dodd. An impatient hothead with a cruel streak to match his ambitions, Dodd can't wait for both his parents to die so he can take over and expand their business from kingdom to empire. Bear is the middle son, an intimidatingly large man who, although inarticulate, is the most decent of his clan. Rye, the youngest of the Gerhardt family, views himself as a big shot, but in reality he's just a small dog who barks big. The season ender, "Palindrome," may shed light on some of the mysteries about the events at Sioux Falls mentioned in the first series. Peggy and Ed decide they have no option but to make a run for it as the series of events started by Rye Gerhardt in the Waffle Hut diner reach a startling climax. Midway through this season, FX picked up a third season of FARGO, which series creator Noah Hawley revealed to "Entertainment Weekly" will "take place a couple years after the first season." Season 3 of FARGO premiered on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT on FX, with Ewan McGregor playing dual roles. Set in 2010, the third installment centers on Emmit and his slightly younger brother Ray Stussy. Emmit, the Parking Lot King of Minnesota, sees himself as an American success story, whereas Ray is more of a cautionary tale. Forever living in his more successful brother's shadow, Ray is a balding and pot-bellied parole officer with a huge chip on his shoulder about the hand he's been dealt -- and he blames his brother. Their sibling rivalry follows a twisted path that begins with petty theft but soon leads to murder, mobsters and cut-throat competitive bridge. Gloria Burgle, a newly divorced mother and the steady chief of the local police department, is trying to understand the new world around her, where people connect more intimately with their phones than with the people around them. Ray's girlfriend, Nikki Swango, is a crafty and alluring recent parolee with a passion for competitive bridge. V.M. Vargas is a mysterious loner and true capitalist whose bosses plan to partner with Emmit, whether The Parking Lot King likes it or not. In the 90-minute season opener, "The Law of Vacant Places," the petty sibling rivalry between the two brothers escalates and brings chaos to a small Minnesotan community.
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On Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT, FX premiered the Season 3 finale of FARGO. In the 90-minute season ender, "Somebody to Love," Gloria follows the money, Nikki plays a game and Emmit learns a lesson about progress from Varga.

Cast

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by MGM Television
  • Produced by FX Productions

Settings

  • - Bemidji, Minnesota USA

Births, Deaths & Weddings

  • April 15, 2014: Sam Hess dies