I guess one should use the Gaussian distribution when it comes to TV series, as "Fargo" is for sure one of the finer offerings of the medium. To tackle the Coens sounds stupid and redundant on paper, but it works like a charm. I actually prefer this to the movie. Funny, tragic, serious, exhilarating... Plus Billy Bob simply slays.
You would think it'd be a fool's errand to try and adapt one of the Coen Brothers' most singular films to the small screen, but against the odds Noah Hawley delivered one of the most imminently watchable series of this Peak TV era. Less a "Fargo" show and more of a serialized window into the Coen Brothers Universe, Season One manages a pitch perfect balance between violent crime thriller and absurdist humor. Bravo.
Besides the scenery-chewing Key & Peele's incongruous cameo subplot and a few tacky references to the film, this is perfect. As much "No Country" as it is "Fargo;" Billy Bob is absolutely out of control as the most acrimonious, derisive, existential serial killer since Javier Bardem's Anton Chigurh. Compelling, sprawling and thrillingly unpredictable.