The 3rd season of FX’s Fargo was my favorite so far. It was also possibly the most “Fargoesque”, since The Coen Brothers film from 1996.
Noah Hawley (Legion) is the creator of the show and has done an amazing job with all 3 seasons. He has managed to come up with original stories, yet keeps them grounded in the same universe as the original Fargo film. Each season is stand alone, yet set in a different time period. However, they are all loosely connected, and connected to the events of the original film as well.
Each season has an ensemble cast, but I will go so far as to suggest, this is the best cast and collection of actors I have ever seen on network TV. Carrie Coon has had quite the impressive couple of months. Coming off a great final season of Leftovers, her role here as police chief Gloria Burgle was just as impressive. Ewan McGregor (Star Wars prequel trilogy) was also amazing playing vastly different twin brothers. I would not be surprised to see either of them rewarded come Emmy or Golden Globe time.
The rest of the cast was nothing to sneeze at either. Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) created the iconic smart, badass criminal Nikki Swango. And David Thewlis (Harry Potter series/Wonder Woman) was the amazing villain of the season, V.M. Varga. Michael Stuhlbarg, and Shea Whigham (both from Boardwalk Empire), and Mary McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica) had great, yet smaller roles. Also, Ray Wise (Twin Peaks/RoboCop/Reaper) and DJ Qualls (Road Trip/The Man in the High Castle) had quick guest roles. That’s an amazing amount of acting talent for 10 episodes!
If you haven’t gotten on the Fargo train yet, I highly suggest you check it out. If you’ve never seen the film, go check that out too, you won’t regret it. Season 3 was great, but each season has featured great writing and acting performances. Also, since they are standalone stories, they are perfect for binging a season at a time. Once you get sucked into Fargo, you won’t be able to miss an episode.