Television shows have improved by leaps and bounds in recent times and one clear proof is a show like ‘Fargo’. Inspired by the 1996 movie of the same name, that was written and directed by the Coen Brothers, this series is made by Noah Hawley, who is also famous for ‘Legion‘. This black comedy–crime drama tackles a different story in each season, and up until now, the first season has been the strongest, in my opinion, and has also won several awards at the Emmys and the Golden Globes. Each season has a unique set of aesthetics to it, with elements of absurdism being tied in with extremely intelligent storytelling. The performances are truly remarkable. ‘Fargo’ is one of those shows that manages to achieve what it set out to do. A fourth season is now in the pipes and will begin filming late in 2019.
Do we have your interest yet? Good, so we’ll tell you where to watch ‘Fargo’, but before that, allow us to walk you through the stories in the show.
What is Fargo About?
‘Fargo’ tackles different stories in each season, and they all have their own set of quirky characters, dark humor, and a set of odd twists that will leave you open-mouthed in wonder.
So first off, we have what is, according to me, the strongest season of the show. It is set in the year 2006, and we have Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton), who has been likened to the devil due to his characteristics. Malvo seems to be a sort of a hitman-cum-fixer, who is passing through Bemidji, Minnesota. He has an inexplicable influence on the community and stirs up trouble for everyone. Malvo is full of deception, malice, and violence, and he unleashes all of this on the otherwise peaceful community, leaving a trail of bodies in his wake.
One of the most notable victims of Malvo who descends into a life of crime, somewhat, is an insurance salesman named Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman). Lester used to live a simple life, although he was a little henpecked. Once he crosses paths with Malvo, his life is turned upside down. In the meanwhile, law enforcement seems to be closing in, although they are wonderfully inept. We have Deputy Molly Solverson (Alison Tolman) who teams up with a Duluth police officer, Gus Grimly (Colin Hanks). They try to solve a series of murders that they believe are connected to Malvo and Lester.
In the second season, which, according to me, is the weakest season of the show, we have a story set in 1979. A beautician named Peggy Blumquist (Kirsten Dunst) and her husband Ed Blumquist (Jesse Plemons), who is a butcher, find themselves in quite a pickle. Set in Luverne, Minnesota, the pair have to cover up Peggy’s hit and run and murder, which has one victim – a certain Rye Gerhardt (Kieran Culkin). There is only one problem with their plan: Rye happens to be the son of Floyd Gerhardt (Jean Smart), who is the matriarch of the Gerhardt crime family in Fargo, North Dakota. Obviously, people are sent to investigate the matter, and these people are not the kind to ask nicely. Soon, the law enforcement is alerted as State Trooper Lou Solverson (Patrick Wilson), along with his father-in-law, Sheriff Hank Larsson (Ted Danson), has to investigate a triple homicide connected to Rye, that takes place in a diner.
The third season, which has some of the most brilliant performances in a television show, is set in 2010 in St. Cloud, Minnesota. It revolves around a probation officer named Ray Stussy (Ewan McGregor) and his girlfriend Nikki Swango (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), who is a parolee. They dream of a better life, and in order to have this better and wealthier life, they attempt to steal a vintage stamp from Ray’s older brother, who is more successful. This brother, Emmit, also played by McGregor, is the self-proclaimed king of parking lots in Minnesota. Our aspiring and ambitious couple soon finds their plan horribly backfiring, as they become involved in two deaths, one of which includes the stepfather of the former Eden Valley police chief Gloria Burgle (Carrie Coon).
Emmit, meanwhile, is shown to be in bed with a shady company from whom he borrowed money two years back. This company and its employees are led by a man called V.M. Varga (David Thewlis), whose performance is almost comparable to Lorne Malvo’s. Varga and his associates seem to have other plans in store for Emmit, and the plot becomes even darker.
‘Fargo’ does not shy away from surprises, and you are in for a treat. So now, let us tell you where to watch the show.
Is Fargo on Netflix?
Netflix has an amazing collection of films and television shows which can cater to everyone’s needs. ‘Fargo’ is also available in some regions, but not in the US. Don’t let this get you down, though, since the premier content platform has got you covered. If you want black comedy, nothing beats ‘In Bruges‘, but if you are looking for the special Coen Brothers’ aesthetic, then check out ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs‘.
Is Fargo on Hulu?
Hulu is a brilliant platform that keeps adding to its library smartly, in order to stay ahead of its competition. Luckily for subscribers, ‘Fargo’ is available on the platform. You can stream it here.
Is Fargo on Amazon Prime?
Amazon Prime has an enviable library that can perhaps only be bested by Netflix. ‘Fargo’ might not be directly available to Prime subscribers, but the platform gives you the option to buy episodes of ‘Fargo’ individually, or to buy the entire season. Considering that each season has 10 episodes, it is most wise if you purchase the entire season for $9.99 and save a lot of money instead of purchasing episodes individually. Check it out here.
Where Can I Stream Fargo Online?
The internet is a vast place, so you obviously have the option to stream ‘Fargo’ elsewhere if you want. Just head over to Fubo Tv and you can stream all three seasons of the show. Of course, you need to be subscribed to the platform first.
Where Can I Watch Fargo Online For Free?
Yes, freeloaders are in luck, because you can watch ‘Fargo’ for free. Head over to Fubo Tv or Hulu and use their free trial periods to watch the show. Since there are 3 seasons with 10 episodes in each season, you have to binge it, but we have a hack for you. Use both the platforms’ free trial periods to split your viewing experience and get more time to watch the show.
However, as usual, we urge all the readers to pay for any art that they consume.