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In 1996, Fargo was brothers Joel and Ethan Coen’s entry for the Cannes Film Festival. The black comedy crime film directed, written and produced by the siblings won Joel the Best Director Award for the festival. The film was also recognized by other award-giving bodies such as the Academy Awards.
A black comedy crime anthology series was announced in 2012, with the Coen brothers serve as executive producers along with series creator Noah Hawley. Hawley serves as the writer as well.
The first season premiered on April 15, 2014 on FX and the success of the show paved the way for season 2. Season 2 premiered on October 12, 2015, became a bigger hit than its predecessor and paved the way for season 3. The third season premiered on April 19, 2017 and had a successful run as well.
The show is currently on an indefinite hiatus with Hawley citing lack of creative ideas for the fourth season as the reason behind it. When asked how long it will take for another season to come out he estimated about three years.
The first season is set in 2006 and revolves around a crime committed by Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) and Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman). They are joined by actor Colin Hanks as Gus Grimly and actress Allison Tolman as Molly Solverson.
The second season is set in 1979 and revolves around husband and wife Ed (Jesse Plemons) and Peggy (Kirsten Dunst) Blumquist who cover up the hit-and-run murder of Rye Gerhardt (Kieran Culkin). They are joined by actress Jean Smart as Floyd Gerhardt, actor Patrick Wilson as Lou Solverson and actor Ted Danson as Sheriff Hank Larsson.
The third season is set in 2010 where actor Ewan McGregor plays two characters, brothers Ray and Emmit Stussy. Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays Ray’s girlfriend Nikki Swango. Ray and Nikki’s plan to steal from Emmit backfires, and they find themselves involved in a bigger crime scene.
The three seasons feature different casts and different story lines with plots interconnecting with each other and with the movie.