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?


When Vern Thurman (Shawn Doyle) takes the call about the murder of Sam Hess, the scene is evocative of Fargo (1996), when Marge Gunderson takes a late-night phone call about a murder, including a hand being thrown over the body by the respective police officer's spouse. See more »


The chair that appears behind Lester at 06:05 is an IKEA product named Adde, which did not exist in 2006. 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 »


Trip Like I Do
Written by Scott Kirkland and Ken Jordan
Performed by The Crystal Method
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A very pleasant surprise
19 April 2014 | by liammofo-816-651953See all my reviews

There are two films this year being adapted to television. From Dusk Till Dawn and Fargo. Dusk Till Dawn has just adapted the exact plot of the film, stretching 2 hours out over a series, with the TV actors not matching their film counterparts. I gave up after three episodes. Fargo however has taken the decision to recreate the tone rather than plot. And it works. The other 'Ace' for Fargo is the casting. The acting in this pilot is excellent with Billy Bob Thornton offering one of the best performances of his career. (Without going into too much detail, there is a scene where Thornton is pulled over by the police and it had me on the edge of my seat. Something I have not experienced in TV since Breaking Bad's Ozymandias). I am a big fan of the slow burn, to get me emotionally invested, building up to a good dramatic conclusion, and in this the episode does not disappoint. Whether or not you have seen the film, this is definitely worth checking out.

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