Fargo, Noah Hawley’s acclaimed FX crime drama, leaves Netflix before next season.
by Matteo Creith | Published
When the dark drama Fargo debuted in 2014 on FX, was seen by many at the time as a nostalgic take by fans of the original 1996 film Fargo. Developed for television by Noah Hawley, the Coen brothers’ adaptation saw high ratings in its first season (starring Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman) as an anthology series that appears to have improved over the course of four seasons. After running on FX, Fargo premiered on other streaming service platforms, ultimately leading to the first three seasons shown on Netflix. Now, it appears that Fargo will leave Netflix, making it almost impossible to debut on the streamer of the most recent seasons.
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Since the show premieres first-run episodes on FX and the network is part of the Hulu and Disney family, it makes sense that all episodes of Fargo it may be available to stream on Hulu rather than Netflix in the future. The series is known for featuring characters with some season-to-season connection. However, many plots and actors change between seasons to reflect a more established dark comedy anthology platform. Fargo was recently renewed for a fifth season that will take the concepts of the series into a new era, with characters set in the year 2019. The cast of the final season includes Jon Hamm, Stranger things star Joe Keery, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Ted Lasso extraordinary Temple of Juno. Noah Hawley will return to the series as showrunner, while a date for the premiere of the fifth season has yet to be confirmed.
Before Fargo made available to stream on Netflix, the show had become one of the most popular series of the modern era. This is a significant achievement, given the critical acclaim the original film amassed in the 1990s, but the television series Fargo has made great strides with critics and audiences over the past four seasons. To date, the show has been nominated for 55 Primetime Emmy Awards, with the first season winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series. Billy Bob Thornton also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie in Season 1. The show has often been a space where great actors can extend their craft into various performances, tending to lean towards darker characters and mysterious events. With the show coming out of Netflix in October, audiences around the world still have time to catch up on a great series.