The Fargo Review

"Fargo" on FX

The FX series “Fargo” takes viewers on a true crime* adventure through the snow-swept landscape of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. Based on the Coen Brothers Academy Award winning film “Fargo,” the TV series explores entirely different stories within the same themes of innocence lost, human failings, and the redemptive power of goodness.

But do they get the Minnesota stuff right?

Aaron J. Brown is an author and community college instructor from Northern Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range. He writes the blog, the Up North Report for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and hosts the Great Northern Radio Show on Northern Community Radio. 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 little 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 2 – 2015

Episode 1: Waiting for Dutch (Review) (View episode)

Episode 2: Before the Law (Review) (View episode)

Episode 3: The Myth of Sisyphus (Review) (View episode)

Episode 4: Fear and Trembling (Review) (View episode)

Episode 5: The Gift of the Magi (Review) (View episode)

Episode 6: Rhinoceros (Review) (View episode)

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

Episode 8: Loplop (Review) (View episode)

Episode 9: The Castle (Review) (View episode)

Episode 10: Palindrome (Review) (View episode)

“Fargo” Season 1 – 2014


Episode 1: The Crocodile’s Dilemma (Review) (View episode)

Episode 2: The Rooster Prince (Review) (View episode)

Episode 3: A Muddy Road (Review) (View episode)

Episode 4: Eating the Blame (Review) (View episode)

Episode 5: The Six Ungraspables (Review) (View episode)

Episode 6: Buridan’s Ass (Review) (View episode)

Episode 7: Who Shaves the Barber (Review) (View episode)

Episode 8: The Heap (Review) (View episode)

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

Episode 10: Morton’s Fork (Review) (View episode)