Fargo (2014– )
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The Crocodile's Dilemma 

A ruthless, manipulative man meets a small town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction.


Adam Bernstein


Noah Hawley, Noah Hawley (created for television by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Bob Thornton ... Lorne Malvo
Allison Tolman ... Molly Solverson
Colin Hanks ... Gus Grimly
Martin Freeman ... Lester Nygaard
Bob Odenkirk ... Bill Oswalt
Keith Carradine ... Lou Solverson
Kate Walsh ... Gina Hess
Joshua Close ... Chaz Nygaard (as Josh Close)
Joey King ... Greta Grimly (voice)
Shawn Doyle ... Vern Thurman
Brian Markinson ... Bruce Gold
Kelly Holden Bashar ... Pearl Nygaard
Tom Musgrave ... Bo Munk
Julie Ann Emery ... Ida Thurman
Rachel Blanchard ... Kitty Nygaard


A ruthless, manipulative man meets a small town insurance salesman and sets him on a path of destruction.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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The title refers to a paradox in which a crocodile steals a child, and promises the father that his son will be returned if he can correctly predict whether or not the crocodile will return the child. If the father thinks that it will not, the crocodile loses the deal no matter what. If the crocodile wants to give him back, it has to keep him. If it wants to keep him, it has to give him back. See more »


The car Lorne is driving has a Minnesota license plate with seven numbers (6286-330). A standard Minnesota license plate has three numbers followed by three letters. See more »


Sam Hess: Lester... Niggered.
Lester Nygaard: Now, come on, Sam. It, it's Nygaard. Just like in highschool.
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References The Big Lebowski (1998) See more »


Fargo End Theme
Written by Jeff Russo
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User Reviews

Just Hope Billy Bob Doesn't Show Up at Your Door
6 September 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is the setup episode for a television show that uses the essence of the wonderful movie brought to us by the Coens. In this one, a timid, long suffering life insurance agent (the excellent Martin Freeman) meets a sociopath (Billy Bob Thornton) after being assaulted by a town bully who has persecuted him since high school. The guy seeks permission to kill his adversary. The insurance agent never agrees, but, then, must face the fact that he has hooked up with a nut. We are introduced to other characters, including a female cop who is trying to find her way. The episode, however, is dominated by Thornton who manages to manipulate every situation. He's also homicidal maniac. Good start. I look forward to seeing all the first year episodes.

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Release Date:

15 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nomadic Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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