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)

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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 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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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




Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Lester (Martin Freeman) rehearsing what he was going to tell Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) when he comes to his house ("What did you do?") is a homage to Jerry rehearsing his phone call to his father-in-law ("I don't know what to do; it's Jean.") in Fargo (1996). See more »


At the motel, Malvo moves the phone from the bedside table to the desk before placing the call. When he does so, he clearly disconnects the cord (phone to wall) which slides off the desk before he dials. 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 »


Sweet Dreams
Written by Don Gibson
Performed by Patsy Cline
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Looking forward to the rest of season one!
22 November 2017 | by RileyOnFilmSee all my reviews

The pilot sometimes determines how good the show will be long term. If that's the case here, I'm a lucky bastard. This show is now in its 3rd season and I'm a binge-watcher by passion. Fargo the film charmed audiences with small town, snowy themes juxtaposed with black deeds like murder and crime. The goofy police with their fluffy hats are out to get their man, and we love seeing if they can.

The characters and story are eerily reminiscent of those in the film. They are just different enough to keep me interested. Skeptics of the series would give it a try. The pilot has made me a believer.

There is a cast of thousands in this film. Every corner turned shows familiar face. They grind down the criminals with the same innocent charm but so far, it's a slow burn. That;s not a bad thing though. I know they can expand a lot on the stories in the manner of a series. My understanding is each season has a new story line and a new set of characters/actors.

I can honestly say I recommend this show, especially to the folks who are fans of the film. I am looking forward to an awesome rest of season one!

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