The TV industry is obsessed with adapting film ideas for TV series right now, Den of Geek have to keep updating their in development article and right now it stands at 28 shows. Half the films listed really do not need a TV version of spin-off and the others are perfectly good and at times great films that should be left alone.
Which is why a TV show based upon a beloved (and my personal favourite) Coen Brothers film really should not work. Fargo really has no right to be as great as it is but creator Noah Hawley managed the impossible. Fargo the show is both a loving tribute to the film with knowing references to the original and something that stands completely by itself.
In Lorne Malvo we have possibly the devil himself tempting everyman Lester Nygaard who is way more despicable than his nervous behaviour would let on. In Molly Solverson we have one of the strongest and likeable heroes of the year. Molly’s no nonsense approach to the investigation and her sheer determination is what fuels the series.
Fargo quickly became a favourite of mine when it aired and much like True Detective the anthology approach helped bring about a satisfying conclusion to the story. I’m really excited to see what the show does in S2 when it takes a trip back to the 1970s and follows Molly’s father.
Favourite episodes: Buridan’s Ass / A Fox, A Rabbit, And A Cabbage