The Fargo Review

Noah Hawley’s “Fargo” is one of the greatest TV series of all time. This not-quite-true crime adventure darts through the snow-swept landscape of Minnesota, exploring different stories within ancient dramatic themes. But do they get Minnesota right? Welcome to Aaron Brown’s episode-by-episode guide to “Fargo.”

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Aaron J. Brown is an author and community college instructor from Northern Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range. He writes the blog MinnesotaBrown.com, a column for the Hibbing Daily Tribune, and contributions to publications like the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He hosts the Great Northern Radio Show on Northern Community Radio and co-hosts the public affairs podcast “Dig Deep.” His book is “Overburden: Modern Life on the Iron Range.”

Aaron reviews every new episode of “Fargo” after it airs, with a critical eye not only for its substance, but for the details that only someone who lives on the end of a dirt road in the woods of Northern Minnesota would notice. As the host of a traveling radio variety show about the true story of small Minnesota towns, he knows the state’s rural counties like old friends and speaks the the local dialect without irony.

“Fargo” Season 4 (2020)

E’myri Crutchfield as Ethelrida Pearl Smutny narrates Season 4 of “Fargo,” a tale set in 1950 but that sprawls across generations of crime families in Kansas City. (PHOTO: Elizabeth Morris/FX)

Episode 1: Welcome to the Alternate Economy (Review)

Episode 2: The Land of Taking and Killing (Review)

Episode 3: Raddoppiarlo (Review)

Episode 4: The Pretend War (Review)

Episode 5: The Birthplace of Civilization (Review)

Episode 6: Camp Elegance (Review)

Episode 7: Lay Away (Review)

Episode 8: The Nadir (Review)

Episode 9: East/West (Review)

Episode 10: Happy (Review)

Episode 11: Storia Americana (Review)

“Fargo” Season 3 (2017)

Bridge-playing ex-con Nikki Swango (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Eden Valley police officer Gloria Burgle (Carrie Coons) find themselves on opposite sides of the law in Fargo’s third season.

Episode 1: The Law of Vacant Places (Review)

Episode 2: The Principle of Restricted Choice (Review)

Episode 3: The Law of Non-Contradiction (Review)

Episode 4: The Narrow Escape Problem (Review)

Episode 5: The House of Special Purpose (Review)

Episode 6: The Lord of No Mercy (Review)

Episode 7: The Law of Inevitability (Review)

Episode 8: Who Rules the Land of Denial? (Review)

Episode 9: Aporia (Review)

Episode 10: Somebody to Love (Review)

“Fargo” Season 2 (2015)

FARGO — Pictured: (L-R) Ted Danson as Hank Larsson, Patrick Wilson as Lou Solverson. CR: Chris Large/FX

Episode 1: Waiting for Dutch (Review)

Episode 2: Before the Law (Review)

Episode 3: The Myth of Sisyphus (Review)

Episode 4: Fear and Trembling (Review)

Episode 5: The Gift of the Magi (Review)

Episode 6: Rhinoceros (Review)

Episode 7: Did You Do this? No, You Did It (Review)

Episode 8: Loplop (Review)

Episode 9: The Castle (Review)

Episode 10: Palindrome (Review)

“Fargo” Season 1 (2014)

Molly Solverson (Allison Tollman) was the breakout star of Season 1 of “Fargo” on FX. Now we learn that Season 3 will be set a couple years after her storyline.

Episode 1: The Crocodile’s Dilemma (Review)

Episode 2: The Rooster Prince (Review)

Episode 3: A Muddy Road (Review)

Episode 4: Eating the Blame (Review)

Episode 5: The Six Ungraspables (Review)

Episode 6: Buridan’s Ass (Review)

Episode 7: Who Shaves the Barber (Review)

Episode 8: The Heap (Review)

Episode 9: A Fox, a Rabbit, and a Cabbage (Review)

Episode 10: Morton’s Fork (Review)