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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Fargo is a 2014 FX crime series based on The Coen Brothers movie of the same name. It also draws inspiration from their entire library of works, while the brothers themselves take the role of executive producers alongside show creator and primary writer Noah Hawley. Originally conceived as a Mini Series, acclaim of the show's first season led to its renewal and evolution into an anthology. Each season focuses on a new set of characters and a different year and plot, but retains similar themes and tropes that ultimately keep them connected.The third season ended airing on June 21, 2017, after which Hawley stated that the show would be going on indefinite hiatus due to his commitments with Legion and several planned feature films, as well as a lack of creative ideas for a fourth season. After a year, it was announced that the show would be getting a fourth season after all. Initially scheduled to premiere on April 19, 2020, but since delayed indefinitely after production shut down due to the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic, Chris Rock has signed on in a leading role. Ben Whishaw and Jason Schwartzman have also been cast.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })There was also a failed television Pilot Movie released in 2003, starring The Sopranos' Edie Falco as Marge Gunderson from the movie, that failed to get picked up in spite of critical praise.SPOILER WARNING: The plot of Fargo is pretty unpredictable, and many tropes on this page and the character page are spoilers simply by their name. Read at your own risk.
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Anyone Can Die: The show isn't shy about bumping off major characters, especially in Season 2. The miniseries format and highly unpredictable nature of the series means that nobody is safe.
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Debut Queue: Due to the show's ten episodes per story format, characters essential to the plot can be introduced anywhere in each season's first few episodes. Pepper and Budge, for instance, don't make their appearance in the first season until the seventh episode, but their role is just as important as Wrench and Numbers before them.
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Massive Multiplayer Crossover
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Massive Multiplayer Crossover / Ultimate Universe: With the number of Expy characters, it really does feel like Coen Brothers: The Series. Word of God has described Season 1 as Fargo meets No Country for Old Men and A Serious Man, while Season 2 is Fargo meets Miller's Crossing and The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) and Season 3 is Fargo meets Raising Arizona and A Serious Man.
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Previously On…: Its own Minnesota Nice variations: "Erstwhile On" and "Precedently On."
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Crapsaccharine World
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Crapsaccharine World: Minnesota and the Dakotas are a friendly, quirky, old-fashioned place. The region is also brimming with bigotry, organized crime, and disturbed and dangerous individuals.
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Noodle Incident: In season 1, Lou Solverson reacts to the recent bloody events by saying, "It's Sioux Falls all over again!" In season 2, we get to see the bloody events of Sioux Falls, during which, Mike Schmidt says, "It's Rapids City all over again!"
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Karma Houdini Warranty
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Karma Houdini Warranty: The show basically runs on this trope, with heavy interest adding up to lethal levels toward the end of each season. Notable examples include Lester Nygaard and Lorne Malvo in season one and the Blumquists and the Gerhardts in season two, though season three seems to take this trope even further due to most of the main cast dying despite the moral ambiguity of quite a few characters. Also, a notable exception occurs in season two, where Hanzee Dent gets away without paying for his crimes, but this is ultimately subverted anyway when it's revealed he died back in season one under a different name.
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Vicious Cycle
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Vicious Cycle: It is repeatedly demonstrated that the power and wealth gained through crime and violence can't be held for long, as Villain Decay and Always a Bigger Fish inevitably come into play. The Fargo underworld was controlled by a mobster named Kellerman until he was killed in 1951 on orders of Otto Gerhardt. The Gerhardt Family then ruled the region with an iron fist until they were destroyed in a Mob War with the Kansas City Syndicate in 1979. Kansas City was then in command until they were ousted at some point by Moses Tripoli's organization. He reigned supreme until he was gunned down in 2006 along with all of his associates. By 2010, V.M. Varga's international criminal network has moved into the region, but it is unlikely they will remain forever. Without fail, "great empires fall and are forgotten."
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Politically Incorrect Villain
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Politically Incorrect Villain: Villains tend to be very conservative in their views. Dodd Gerhardt and Yuri Gurka in particular hate women, and V.M. Varga is quite hostile to minorities, the overweight, refugees/migrants, and especially the poor.
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Arc Words
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Arc Words: "I'm the victim here."
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Expanded Universe
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Expanded Universe: The series is this to the original film, and there is a subtle web of connections between the film and the different seasons: Season 1 shows what happens to the money Carl Showalter buried in the film. Season 2 includes a number of characters from Season 1 (Lou and Molly Solverson, Ben Schmidt, Mr. Tripoli, Mr. Numbers and Mr. Wrench) and shows the events surrounding the oft-mentioned Sioux Falls massacre. Season 3 has a mention of Stan Grossman from the film and Mr. Wrench from Season 1 appears.
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Those Two Bad Guys
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Those Two Bad Guys: In the spirit of Carl and Grimsrud from the film, each season has a pair: Mr. Numbers and Mr. Wrench in Season 1, the Kitchen brothers in Season 2, and Yuri and Meemo in Season 3.
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Minnesota Nice
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Minnesota Nice: Characters from Minnesota and the Dakotas almost always affect a chipper and upbeat tone even when they're criticizing or insulting each other.
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Ambition Is Evil
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Ambition Is Evil: A theme that carries over from the film; the heroic characters are happy because they appreciate what they have, and care more about each other than money or status. The villains are willing to throw anyone and everyone under the bus to get what they want, and inevitably come to a sticky end.
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Stupid Crooks
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Stupid Crooks: As with the film, a large part of the plot for each season involves very clumsy attempts at criminality.
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Mordor
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Mordor: Fargo itself is portrayed as this, the seat of organized crime in the Midwest, bringing its corruption into otherwise peaceful towns and people.
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Good Cannot Comprehend Evil
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Good Cannot Comprehend Evil: A Central Theme from the film that carries into the show.
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Idiosyncratic Episode Naming
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Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Season 1 uses logical paradoxes and Zen Buddhist koans. Season 2 uses literary and artistic allusions ("Did You Do This? No, You Did It!" would seem to be an exception, but ties to an anecdote about Pablo Picasso.)
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Based on a Great Big Lie
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Based on a Great Big Lie: In a Shout-Out to the original film, every episode opens with a declaration that it's based on a true story with the names changed. The caption even holds the word "true" onscreen for a second or two after the rest have faded. Season three starts to change this, showing "true" fade out before the rest, with only "story" remaining.
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Thematic Series
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Thematic Series: Each season takes place in a different time period with a different group of characters, but they all share a continuity that includes the events of the movie, as well as a common setting of rural Minnesota. A What Happened to the Mouse? from the movie is addressed in the series, and season 2 details the Sioux Falls case that Lou Solverson referenced several times in season 1.
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Shout-Out
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Shout-Out: Has enough to the original film and other Coen Brothers movies to warrant its own page.
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Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane
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Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: As the series goes on, there's a surprising addition of more fantastical elements sprinkled throughout. While season 1's comparison of Lorne to the Devil may have just been Lorne being poetic, season 2 features aliens and season 3 delves into some surreal elements. They blur the line between being real supernatural events happening in an otherwise grounded story or just being the themes of the series manifesting in odd ways not meant to be taken literally.
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Struggling Single Mother
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Struggling Single Mother: There are few instances of both parents being around in any given family. Most families have a single parent or deal with the impending loss of a parent. In season 1, Gus lost his wife a few years back and raises his daughter by himself. The fact that she has no one else but him is a strong motivator against taking risks. Molly's mother is also deceased, and she has only her father Lou. In the prequel second season, Molly's mother is still terminally ill. Molly's mother also has only a single father for a parent. The Gerhardts also deal with the terminal illness and eventual death of their family patriarch, leaving their mother single and the leadership of the family up in the air. In season 3, Gloria raises her son as a single parent.
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True Crime
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True Crime: What it claims to be and how it structures its stories. However, like the film, it is fictional. It starts playing with this in Season 3.
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