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By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Dark drama brings violence to Midwest; strong female leads.

TV FX Drama 2014
Fargo Poster Image: The logo as a cross-stitch

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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 18+

Nudity in season 2

It should be no surprise that this series deals with murder, violence, betrayal, "innocent" people doing bad things, etc. The sex rating here is accurate for season 1. For season 2, though, there's a post-sex scene that shows a woman's bare behind, and almost shows her breasts, in that way where you almost think even more will be shown but something is barely blocked or the camera angle changes. Pushing boundaries like this is all too typical, unfortunately, for TV shows today.
age 16+

Great show with surprising morals

Sure, this show is violent and has treachery around many corners, which makes it unsuitable for kids. But I think Common Sense Media is being unfair with saying it promotes crime and that treacherous people can prosper, because it doesn't really do that. Sure, plenty of people do plenty of bad things, but they never truly get away with it. In the end, the bad guys get caught, and they're punished severely for their crimes. The cops always try to do what is right no matter what, and their persistence always pays off. And what's more satisfying than seeing an interesting bad guy do so many shocking things, yet fail to get away with it? That's life, it's okay to make a mistake, but if you do something truly horrible, don't expect to get away with it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (16 ):

This stellar adaptation of a beloved movie is a heck of a good one, with ambitions that aim much higher than gimmicky "Oh, yahs!" and "You betchas!" Of course, just because Fargo is quality television doesn't mean its violence and bleak messages are a good fit for every family, so viewers should be prepared to see some things that will likely make them wince. More importantly, you should know your kid, know what they can handle, and know that at least there are artful messages about greed, debt, generational injustice, and hope lurking beneath all of the blood.

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