The TV series Fargo was one of the happiest surprises on television last year. Even those rare people who didn’t think the original movie was the Best Thing Ever—and I”m one of them—got caught up sly writing and in the first-rate performances of all three lead characters. It wasn’t great television—the plot was incoherent and illogical, no matter how willing you were to suspend disbelief—but it was a hugely enjoyable way to spend Tuesday evenings in the Spring of 2014.
FX will screen another series of Fargo starting in October 2015. This one is a prequel, set in 1979, and it looks as loopy and lovable as the first series. The cast includes Ted Danson, Jean Smart, Kirsten Dunst, Kieran Culkin, and Jesse Plemons (“Todd” from Breaking Bad, where fans referred to him as “Meth Damon.”)