Fargo was one of the most pleasant surprises of 2014.

Following in the Coen brothers’ footsteps is a tall order, but the show managed it beautifully. Maybe it’s the brilliance of Martin Freeman; maybe it’s the amazing Billy Bob Thornton.

Either way, the show feels true to the original without being a copycat. It’s smart, it’s dark, and it’s laugh-out-loud funny at times, and Allison Tolman is truly a revelation.

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