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Fargo (2014) (TV Series)


Fargo (2003) (TV Movie)
Proposed spin-off TV series


Rashômon (1950)
Tonight! (1953) (TV Series)
Psycho (1960)
Seven Days in May (1964)
The name of character Reilly Diefenbach, heard only on the telephone, is a reference to two of the chiefs of staff serving at the Pentagon, Reilly and Diefenbach.. They are only mentioned by name; neither is seen or heard on screen.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
References the old "in and out"
Taxi Driver (1976)
Paris, Texas (1984)
"I can be silent too you know!"
Blood Simple. (1984)
Brazil (1985)
Evil Dead II (1987)
At the hideout towards the end, Grimsrud is watching a soap opera on TV featuring Bruce Campbell. When Grimsrud mentions to Carl that they are supposed to split the Ciera, Carl raves, "How the fuck do you split a car, ya dummy? With a fuckin' chainsaw?" The movie takes place in 1987, the same year that Evil Dead II, starring Bruce Campbell--and a chainsaw--was released.
Woodchipper Massacre (1988) (Video)
Mystery Train (1989)

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Guy (1996)
The name of the movie that Guy and his date go to see.
Saturday Night Live: Chevy Chase/Live (1997) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned during Nightline cold opening.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Deadly Mantis (1997) (TV Episode)
Mike: Ice Station Fargo.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Undead (1997) (TV Episode)
Mike: If this were a Coen brothers film, he'd be in the wood chipper by now.
Saturday Night Live: Mike Myers/Aerosmith (1997) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in Coffee Talk
Siskel & Ebert: The Saint/Inventing the Abbotts/Double Team/That Old Feeling/Chasing Amy (1997) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Chasing Amy" review.
Twin Town (1997)
ReBoot: To Mend and Defend (1997) (TV Episode)
A binome version of Chief Marge Gunderson appears.
100 Years of Comedy (1997) (Video)
Mentioned in film.
Drawn to the Flame (1997)
A movie script is described as being "Leaving Las Vegas meets Fargo."
The Simpsons: Virtual Springfield (1997) (Video Game)
The travel guide "Hats Off to Fargo"
Animaniacs: Hooray for North Hollywood: Part 1 (1998) (TV Episode)
"Fargo 2" is mentioned in the "Variety Speak" song
Siskel & Ebert: Palmetto/Senseless/Dangerous Beauty/Mrs. Dalloway/Nil by Mouth/Live Flesh (1998) (TV Episode)
In his review of "Palmetto" (1998), Gene Siskel mentions two movies that have similar plots, including this one.
Siskel & Ebert: U.S. Marshals/Hush/The Big Lebowski/Twilight/Men with Guns (1998) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "The Big Lebowski" review.
Saturday Night Live: Steve Buscemi/Third Eye Blind (1998) (TV Episode)
mention in the monologue
A Simple Plan (1998)
Clay Pigeons (1998)
Siskel & Ebert: Babe: Pig in the City/Home Fries/Ringmaster/Very Bad Things/Savior (1998) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Very Bad Things" review.
South Park: Prehistoric Ice Man (1999) (TV Episode)
In the ice-man's 1996 habitat, a Fargo poster is on the wall.
Happy, Texas (1999)
William H. Macy's character has a discussion on the phone where he complains he cannot read a smudgy fax, and the message should be mailed, not faxed. This is exactly like a conversation his character has in Fargo.
Siskel & Ebert: Remembering Gene Siskel (1999) (TV Episode)
Gene Siskel praises the movie (in an archive clip).
Kaizokuban Bootleg Film (1999)
Character is asked if he has seen Fargo
Movie Stars: Bittersweet Seventeen (1999) (TV Episode)
"I didn't realize that was his leg sticking out of the wood-chipper in Fargo."
A Slight Case of Murder (1999) (TV Movie)
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
The final shot of the film, with Cage and Arquette in bed, resembles 'Fargo' very closely.
The Best of Film Noir (1999) (Video)
Poster shown.
'The Simpsons': America's First Family (2000) (TV Special)
Referenced by name
Loser (2000)
Paul's roommates laugh at his hat and say "Did the producers of Fargo have a garage sale?"
Invader ZIM: Planet Jackers/Rise of the Zitboy (2001) (TV Episode)
"Would it... kill you to say something?"
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Steve Buscemi's character threatens to put somebody into a wood chipper, which was the fate of his character in Fargo.
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001)
It is mentioned in a newspaper article.
About Schmidt (2002)
The Movie Hero (2003)
The song that Peter Stormare sings during the closing credits is listed as being performed by "Blonde from Fargo." Peter Stormare played a character with bleached blonde hair in Fargo.
Minnesota Nice (2003) (Video)
Making of.
The Simpsons: Brake My Wife, Please (2003) (TV Episode)
Upon meeting Steve Buscemi Homer says "Hey you're that guy who got fed into the wood chipper in Fargo!".
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Cheri Oteri (2004) (TV Special)
Debbie Reynolds (Cheri Oteri) talks about Frances McDormand's performance in "Fargo."
The Venture Bros.: Past Tense (2004) (TV Episode)
This episode's villian, Mike Sorayama is based on the Mike Yanagita character from "Fargo". Aside from sharing similar names, both are Asian-Americans with Minnesota accents who are obsessed with an indifferent woman to the point that they have restraining-orders against them. Furthermore, they are both played by Steve Park.
Dialing Up 'Cellular' (2004) (Video)
This title is referenced.
Hostage (2005)
One of the DVDs visible in Mr. Smith's collection
En la cama (2005)
mentioned once
The Office: The Fire (2005) (TV Episode)
referenced in dialogue
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Richard's agent Stan Grossman is a reference to a character in Fargo by the same name, both of whom are responsible for the main character's plans not working out the way they'd like.
Jeopardy!: 2006 Tournament of Champions Semifinal Game 3 (2006) (TV Episode)
incorrect response in "Memorable Movies" category
Film Noir: Bringing Darkness to Light (2006) (Video)
Roger Deakins is credited as the Cinematographer of this film.
American Dad!: Four Little Words (2007) (TV Episode)
Stan destroys Melinda's corpse in a chipper
No Country for Old Men (2007)
The film features a shot looking over the hotel front desk as Llewelyn runs past it, discovering that the clerk is dead. A similar shot is used in the Coen Brother's earlier film, where Jerry Lundergaard drives past the ticket booth after the botched exchange, to find the clerk dead.
Baghead (2008)
movie on shelf
The Cinema Snob: Woodchipper Massacre (2008) (TV Episode)
"I'll stick with real woodchipper movies - like "Fargo", thank you very much."
Breaking Bad: A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal (2008) (TV Episode)
the episode's title is a reference to a quote from this movie
True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet (2008) (TV Movie)
Mentioned by Claudia
Burn After Reading (2008)
Osborne Cox (John Malkovich) chases and attacks Ted (Richard Jenkins) in a similar fashion to Gaear Grimsrud (Peter Stormare) chases and attacks Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi) in "Fargo", albeit the scene is cut short in the later mentioned scenario.
Shrink (2009)
Watching "Fargo" at the cinema
The Shock Doctrine (2009)
music from the film used
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.165 (2009) (TV Episode)
Included in a $16,000 question
Mic Macs à Tire-Larigot (2009)
DVD is shown in a video store.
Dom zly (2009)
The movie refers to "Fargo" many times, from the topic of greed and senseless violence to the character of a pregnant policewoman.
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.13 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of an $800 clue in the category "Steve Buscemi Films"
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Zombieland/A Serious Man/Whip It (2009) (TV Episode)
Ellen compares this movie to "A Serious Man"
Nostalgia Critic: A Tribute to Siskel and Ebert (2009) (TV Episode)
The music playing during the tribute of Gene Siskel after he died is Carter Burwell's music from Fargo.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Million Dollar Movie Week 3 (2010) (TV Episode)
Included in a $2,000 question
Supernatural: Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (2010) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Jeopardy!: 2010 Tournament of Champions Semifinal 2 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $600 clue in the category "McActors"
Brief Film Reviews: My DVD/Blu-Ray Collection (2010) (TV Episode)
DVD cover shown.
Animation Lookback: DreamWorks Animation Part 6 (2010) (TV Episode)
Roger Deakins, the visual consultant of How to Train Your Dragon worked on this Coen brothers film.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
poster seen
The Lawyer (2010) (Short)
A copy of the DVD is on Mary's bedroom shelf
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.111 (2010) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Steve Buscemi was in the film
Fallout: New Vegas (2010) (Video Game)
'Heck Gunderson' is a take on Jerry's line "The heck do you mean?" and Frances McDormand's character, Marge Gunderson.
The Graham Norton Show: Episode #8.6 (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by John Waters.
Disposable Income (2010) (Short)
Jesse suggests they dispose of the body in a woodchipper, al la Fargo
Who Do You Think You Are?: Steve Buscemi (2011) (TV Episode)
A still of Steve Buscemi in "Fargo" is shown.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.109 (2011) (TV Episode)
Rizwan Manji says it was his favorite movie
Rio (2011)
The main character in Rio, Linda Gunderson, is a play on the Fargo characters Marge Gunderson and Linda Kooksey. The story also begins in the small town of Moose Lake, Minnesota, which was the location of the cabin from the famous wood chipper scene.
In Plain Sight: Crazy Like a Witness (2011) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mary.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The ANTI-Social Network (2011) (TV Episode)
The name of one of Catfish's online aliases, to whom Dee sent some of her hair, is Carl Lundegaard. Carl Lundegaard is a combination of the character names of the two main actors in Fargo, Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi) and Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy).
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Sisterhooves Social (2011) (TV Episode)
Rarity's parents are based off of Marge Gunderson and Jerry Lundegaard.
I've Been Everywhere (2011) (Video)
The town is mentioned
This Means War (2012)
Cover seen on shelf in DVD-store
TableTop: Fiasco, Part 1 (2012) (TV Episode)
Wil Wheaton mentions the movie was one of inspirations behind Fiasco.
The Unholy Manipulator (2012) (Short)
Re-enacts Tree Shredder scene.
Criminal Minds: The Good Earth (2012) (TV Episode)
Disposing of victims in a wood chipper.
Talaash (2012)
Poster at Armaan & Sonya Kapoor's house
This Is 40 (2012)
Mentioned in dialogue
Sex. Lies and Flowers (2012) (Short)
Poster on the wall.
Saturday Night Live: Jennifer Lawrence/The Lumineers (2013) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Anthony Crispino on Weekend Update
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)
Mister's favorite movie
The Dirties (2013)
Video case is shown in Matt's room.
Rewind This! (2013)
Video case is shown.
Hellhounds (2013)
The triple homicide scene in the bar is an homage to the triple homicide scene from Fargo
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Slump (2013) (TV Episode)
Amy mentions "Fargo" as one of her top 3 cop movies.
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014)
Kumiko seeks the treasure buried by the fictional characters in this movie.
Psych: Someone's Got a Woody (2014) (TV Episode)
Woody references Polk's home state of North Dakota. Fargo is in North Dakota. Peter Stormare, who plays Polk, was in Fargo.
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Ralph Fiennes/Allison Williams/Mike Birbiglia (2014) (TV Episode)
Mike Birbiglia refers to the film as a documentary that doesn't end well
Fargo: A Muddy Road (2014) (TV Episode)
When Malvo goes to visit Milos, he looks at a painting of a red ice scraper; this is a reference to the ice scraper that was used to mark the location money buried under the snow in the movie "Fargo".
Fargo: Eating the Blame (2014) (TV Episode)
Stavros find a satchel full of cash buried in the snow. This is the same satchel buried by Carl Showalter in the film.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.71 (2014) (TV Episode)
In reference to the television show of the same name, Chelsea mentions putting a dead body into a wood chipper.
Fargo: Buridan's Ass (2014) (TV Episode)
Stavros goes to the Gustafson parking garage to make the drop. This parking garage actually was the project Jerry Lundegaard proposed in the original film to his father-in-law Gustafson, finally taken by his company and now named after him.
Fargo: Who Shaves the Barber? (2014) (TV Episode)
The Fargo Syndicate is located in a building titled "The Showalter Block". "Carl Showalter" was one of the original kidnappers in the 1996 film.
Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.89 (2014) (TV Episode)
Chelsea mentions Fargo and woodchippers.
Fargo: Morton's Fork (2014) (TV Episode)
The music used at the end of the episode is taken from Carter Burwell's score for the Fargo movie. In both cases, it's played over the main characters watching television as life returns to normal.
Undateable: Daddy Issues (2014) (TV Episode)
Danny calls Justin "Fargo".
Hit by Lightning (2014)
mentioned in dialog
Nostalgia Critic: Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (2014) (TV Episode)
"The Saturday morning version of Fargo is a lot different than I thought it would be."
Let's Kill Ward's Wife (2014)
Amanda mentions the film while the group is discussing how to dispose of the dead body.
Archer: Edie's Wedding (2015) (TV Episode)
Musical theme over the last shot of Barry''s endosceleton; also the whole thing plays in rural Minnesota with lots of people with Swedish names
The Oscars (2015) (TV Special)
Title is referenced in the opening theme "Moving Pictures"
Far-Gone (2015) (Short)
A Fargo job is referenced, and is the main plot of the film.
Noe som skjedde på veien (2015) (Short)
Rural setting, crime gone wrong, offbeat characters, dark comedy.
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Princess Spike (2015) (TV Episode)
A pony's features and voice resembles the Frances McDormand character in this film.
De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #6.17 (2015) (TV Episode)
Part of a question
Nostalgia Critic: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) (TV Episode)
Fury Road scored just above this movie on RT
Fargo: Before the Law (2015) (TV Episode)
Body in the chopper
Fargo: The Gift of the Magi (2015) (TV Episode)
The song "Let's find each other tonight" is played in both.
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Sam Rockwell/Cristin Milioti/Neil Cavuto/Jeremy Gara (2015) (TV Episode)
Cristin Milioti talks about the movie which inspired her series, and how her father took her to the movie when she was a child
The Graham Norton Show: Ice Cube/Kevin Hart/Hugh Laurie/Olivia Colman/Sir David Attenborough/Elle King (2016) (TV Episode)
Olivia Colman mentions Frances McDormand was pregnant in this movie, referring to her own pregnancy in The Night Manager (2016)
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
In this film, the briefcase with the ransom money is ultimately lost at sea. An earlier film by the Coen brothers "Fargo", also features a briefcase with ransom money being lost.
Late Night with Seth Meyers: David Spade/Marcia Clark/Noah Hawley/Tim Alexander (2016) (TV Episode)
Noah Hawley talks about adapting his series from the movie
500 Questions: Episode #2.5 (2016) (TV Episode)
correct answer to a Lightning Round question
Beyond the Gates (2016)
VHS tape on video store shelf.
Don't Hang Up (2016)
During prank call Brady goes by the same last name of Marge's character and puts on the same accent.
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.84 (2017) (TV Episode)
correct response in "A Film Classic" category
Fargo: The Law of Vacant Places (2017) (TV Episode)
"It's a lot of money". "A heck of a lot of money". "Don't know him don't vouch for him"
Fargo: The Principle of Restricted Choice (2017) (TV Episode)
Emmit mentions running an idea by Stan Grossman.
Noe som skjedde på jobben (2017) (Short)
Inspired by
Worst Cooks in America: Social Media Food Failures (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Melissa Peterman.
Cash Trapped: Episode #2.25 (2017) (TV Episode)
Question subject.
Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 12 January 2018 (2018) (TV Episode)
Ben says that he loves the film.
The Oscars (2018) (TV Special)
mentioned by announcer when Frances McDormand won the Best Actress Oscar


The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) (TV Series)
As Carl and Gaear watch TV with the prostitutes at the motel, the "Tonight Show" theme is heard
Generations (1989) (TV Series)
Gaear watches it on TV while eating.

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Siskel & Ebert: Jerry Maguire/Daylight/Everyone Says I Love You (1996) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown during "The Revolving Thumb" segment.
The Oprah Winfrey Show: Summer Movie Reviews (1996) (TV Episode)
Clip is shown in order to spotlight Steve Buscemi.
Siskel & Ebert: The Best Films of 1996 (1997) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown. Siskel and Ebert both pick the film as the best of 1996.
The 69th Annual Academy Awards (1997) (TV Special)
Siskel & Ebert: Memo to the Academy - 1997 (1997) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown. Gene Siskel believes William H. Macy should be nominated for an Oscar - even though Siskel doesn't believe it can happen.
The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998) (TV Special)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: America's Greatest Movies (1998) (TV Special)
This film is #84 on the list.
Siskel & Ebert: Best of the '90s (2000) (TV Episode)
#4 on Ebert's list.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies (2000) (TV Special)
This film is #93 on the list.
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) (TV Special)
Minnesota Nice (2003) (Video)
Clips are shown.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains (2003) (TV Special)
Marge Gunderson is #33 on the "Heroes" list.
This Is a True Story (2003) (TV Short)
Doco discusses an urban legend connected with "Fargo"
The Slanted Screen (2006)
20 to 1: Movie Saints and Sinners (2007) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment on Marge Gunderson.
Cleanflix (2009)
clip shown
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Million Dollar Movie Week 5 (2010) (TV Episode)
Clip featured in a $3,000 video question
Nostalgia Critic: Secret of NIMH 2 (2011) (TV Episode)
clips shown to refer to William H. Macy's most famous role.
These Amazing Shadows (2011)
Clips from this film are shown in These Amazing Shadows.
Hollywood's Top Ten: Let Me Go! (2011) (TV Episode)
Nostalgia Critic: What's with the Princess Hate? (2013) (TV Episode)
clip shown
Nostalgia Critic: When Is a Movie Just a Movie? (2014) (TV Episode)
clips shown
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014) (Short)
A scene is presented
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014) (TV Movie)
Clip shown
Nostalgia Critic: The Dark Age of Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
clip shown
Desmontando el HD (2015) (Short)
clip shown
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Tom Hiddleston/Maisie Williams/Rooney (2016) (TV Episode)
Clip of the wood chipper scene in the segment A Closer Look
Renegade Cut: Fargo (2017) (TV Episode)
movie is discussed and analyzed
History Buffs: Based On vs Inspired By (2017) (TV Episode)
clips shown


The Shining (1980)

Spoofed in 

Troops (1997) (Short)
Animaniacs: Hooray for North Hollywood: Part 2 (1998) (TV Episode)
Dot parodies Marge Gunderson in their film "Hooray for North Hollywood".
Mafia! (1998)
in the end with the planeticket
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XIX (2008) (TV Episode)
Krusty the Klown is killed by being sucked into the wood chipper.
Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)
Woodchipper scene.
Keanu (2016)
Mock up parody of scenes from the movie are shown on a poster.
LA to Vegas: The Yips and the Dead (2018) (TV Episode)
Peter Stormare pronounces "pancakes house" the same way in each.
Nostalgia Critic: Jack and Jill (2018) (TV Episode)
The opening spoofs William H. Macy near the end of Fargo when he gets arrested.

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