‘Fargo’ Cast List and Episode Guide (2014 TV Series) Channel 4

Fargo is a dark comedy-drama based on Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1996 Oscar-winning film of the same name.

Bullied all his life and stuck in a loveless marriage, Lester Nygaard’s life changes drastically after a chance meeting with drifter Lorne Malvo. If you’ve yet to start watching Fargo, believe the hype and give it a look, you won’t be disappointed.

UK Premiere Date

This 10-part television series premieres in the UK on Channel 4 at 9:00pm on Sunday, 20 April, 2014.

Season 1 Episode Guide

SPOILER ALERT: Though these episode descriptions aim not to give too much away in terms of specific plot details, avoid reading on if you like to go in fresh. Cast and character information follows after the episode guide.

Episode 1/10 – The Crocodile’s Dilemma – 20/4/2014

Following an encounter with malicious drifter Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton), Minnesota based insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) sets out on a path of destruction. After being bullied and disrespected all his life, and now on the point of breaking, Lorne helps Lester realize he no longer has to smile and take other peoples crap. The pairs chance meeting flips a switch in Lester’s mind, seemingly offering a solution to his constant ill treatment.

Episode 2/10 – The Rooster Prince – 27/4/2014

Sheriff’s deputy Molly Solverson (Allison Tolman) begins to suspect that Lester is involved in the murders, but Dep Bill Oswalt (Bob Odenkirk) takes a more sympathetic approach towards the apparent victim, assigning Molly a seemingly unrelated case. Meanwhile, Lorne gets involved on both sides of a blackmail plot against Stavros Milos, a man known as the Supermarket King.

Episode 3/10 – A Muddy Road – 4/5/2014

Lorne flips the script on the blackmail operation, Molly sets a trap for Lester, and Gus debates whether or not he should come clean on his failure to apprehend Lorne when he had the chance. Meanwhile, Lester’s return to work leaves him wishing he’d stayed at home.

Episode 4/10 – Eating the Blame – 11/5/2014

When Gus takes the opportunity to correct his earlier mistake, Lorne once again slips through the officers fingers, this time by adopting an alter ego. Meanwhile, Lester finds himself in a surprising situation, and Molly uncovers a name and a promising lead in her investigations.

Episode 5/10 – The Six Ungraspables – 18/5/2014

With Mr Numbers and Mr Wrench all set to dispose of the man they think killed Hess, Lester somehow makes a last minute escape. Molly makes an unorthodox decision. Meanwhile, Duluth Police Deputy Gus Grimly weighs up some cryptic neighbourly advice as Lorne gets a little too close to home.

Episode 6/10 – Buridan’s Ass – 25/5/2014

As the blizzard takes control, Molly and Gus team up in their search for justice. About half a dozen steps ahead of everyone else, Lorne uses Don Chumph as an unwitting pawn, putting his master plan into action. Despite trying to put things right, things go from bad to worse for Stavros. Meanwhile, Lester sneaks out of his guarded hospital room in order to frame brother Chaz for the murder of Pearl and the chief of police.

Episode 7/10 – Who Shaves the Barber? – 1/6/2014

Lorne takes revenge on those who sent hitmen Mr Wrench and Mr Numbers after him, while Lester exacts further revenge of his own on by tricking Gina Hess into bed. Lester’s plan to set-up Chaz succeeds in fooling Chief Bill Oswalt, if not everyone. Meanwhile, officer Gus Grimly desperately tries to make up for accidentally shooting Molly, who’s recuperating in hospital.

Episode 8/10 – The Heap – 8/6/2014

Lorne tracks down his one surviving assailant Mr. Wrench, only to show a rare moment of mercy. Fast-forwarding in time by a year, Gus and Molly finally get it together. Everything also seems to be going right for Lester in both his professional and personal life with new wife, insurance work college Linda Park.

Episode 9/10 – A Fox, A Rabbit, and A Cabbage – 15/6/2014

Lester’s time in Las Vegas leads to a chance reunion with Lorne, but Lester’s desire to reminisce is far from reciprocated. With everything currently going Lester’s way, his new-found level of confidence may be blinding him to the dangers of a world he briefly escaped. Despite Malvo having previously shown something of a soft spot for Lester, the new insurance salesman of the year is quickly reminded Lorne is not a man to be pushed. Not that Lester himself is above manipulating others these days, especially when it comes to self preservation. Meanwhile, the resulting carnage in Vegas leads to a new investigation for Molly that winds up leading her down a familiar path.

Episode 10/10 – Morton’s Fork – Series Finale

Lorne eyes up a new target, Gus pursues a hunch, and Lester manipulates a situation.

Fargo Main Recurring Cast List

Character – Actor/Actress

Lorne Malvo – Billy Bob Thornton

Lester Nygaard – Martin Freeman

Officer Molly Solverson – Allison Tolman

Officer Gus Grimly – Colin Hanks

Deputy/Chief of Police Bill Oswalt – Bob Odenkirk

Chaz Nygaard (Lester’s brother) – Joshua Close

Kitty Nygaard (Chaz Nygaard’s wife) – Rachel Blanchard

Gina Hess (Sam Hess’s wife) – Kate Walsh

Linda Park (Lester’s work college) – Susan Park

Stavros Milos (Supermarket King) – Oliver Platt

Mr. Wrench (the tall, death hitman) – Russell Harvard

Mr. Numbers (the bearded hitman) – Adam Goldberg

Lou Solverson (Molly’s dad) – Keith Carradine

Don Chumph (the personal trainer) – Glenn Howerton

Greta Grimly (Gus’s daughter) – Joey King

Bo Munk (Lester’s insurance company boss) – Tom Musgrave

Ida Thurman (Police Chief Vern Thurman’s wife) – Julie Ann Emery

Additional Fargo TV Series Cast by Episode of First Appearance

Episode 1

Police Chief Vern Thurman (the original chief of police) – Shawn Doyle

Sam Hess (Lester’s bully) – Kevin O’Grady

Pearl Nygaard (Lester’s wife) – Kelly Holden

Gordo Nygaard – Spencer Drever

Naked Man – Dave Trimble

Dep Hank Auerbach – Graham Littlefield

Dep Knudsen – Gary Valentine

Bruce Gold – Brian Markinson

Mickey Hess – Atticus Dean Mitchell

Moe Hess – Liam Green

Moe – Liam Green

Cindy – Chantal Perron

Paprika – Lori Ravensborg

Episode 2

Wink Jourdain – Peter Strand Rumpel

Helena Milos – Allegra Fulton

Dmitri Milos – Gordon S. Miller

Mail Clerk – David LeReaney

Young Man 2 – Graeme Black

Olaf Creech – James Dugan

Wink Jourdain – Peter Strand Rumpel

Lenny – Paul Braunstein

Bartender – Sarah Elias

Perky Checkout Clerk – Marty Ronaghan

Rachel Ziskind – Leah Cairns

Episode 3

Lieutenant Ben Schmidt (Duluth Police Department) – Peter Breitmayer

Episode 4

Young Stavros Milos – Carlos Diaz

Young Helena Milos – Eve Harlow

Episode 5

Ari Ziskind (The neighborhood watch guy) – Byron Noble

Episode 6

Mr Jergen (Fargo Mob) – Andy King

Episode 7

Agent Buchwald – Christopher Rosamond

FBI Agent Budge – Jordan Peele

FBI Agent Pepper – Keegan-Michael Key

Herc – Tayden Marks

Aquasizer – Bud Klasky

Episode 8

Louise Weezy Canton – Jennifer Copping

Gunter – Daniel Rousell

Episode 9

Burt Canton – Stephen Root

Jemma Stalone – Helena Mattsson

Episode 10

Ray Almond – Lorne Cardinal

Where was the Fargo TV series filmed?

Beginning in the Autumn of 2013, filming for Fargo took place in various locations in and around Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The show is mainly set in the cities of Fargo, North Dakota and Bemidji, Minnesota, USA.

What’s the name of the Fargo TV series theme tune?

As far as I can see, the main classical piece of music used during the opening/title sequences of some episodes, is an original song composed for the television series soundtrack.

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