I write season one assuming that there will be a second season based on the quality of this and what I’ve been able to find online. This series could have been so bad, instead it’s at least as good as the film it was inspired by - and who knows…. it could be better in some regards…. Noah Hawley has nailed the tone set by the Coens, yet he also makes it uniquely his own. This features one of the best ensemble casts of any series ever. From somewhat newcomer Allison Tolman to season veterans Billy Bob Thorton, Oliver Platt, Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Adam Goldberg, to some awesome Canadian stand-outs Shawn Doyle, Joshua Close, Carlos Diaz, and Rachel Blanchard… but the stand-out for me is Martin Freeman. It’s absolutely a career highlight - the transformation he goes through is nothing short of stunning.
The entire season stands on it’s own and is quite serialized - each episode begging you to watch the next. I found very few faults with the series in general outside of… (SPOILER ALERT) if both Lester and Malvo died, how did were the events depicted exactly as they occurred as is stated in the opening credits?… (END SPOILER).
So if you haven’t dug into this and you’re a fan of the Coens work, this is a must watch. I’d say it’s almost like a marriage between Fargo and No Country For Old Men. I loved it, and I can’t wait for season two.