The Coen brothers: ‘We’re not fans of the ‘Fargo’ TV series’

Noah Hawley FX show recently picked up two Golden Globe Awards

The Coen brothers have admitted they are not fans of the spin off TV series of their 1996 crime movie Fargo

Despite the Noah Hawley created FX show picking up a series of awards including two Golden Globes, the pair said they didn’t feel any connection to the programme.

“We’re just not very interested,” Joel Coen told The Radio Times. “I mean, we’re perfectly happy with it.We have no problem with it. It just feels divorced from our film somehow.”


He added: “We work short. Our longest movie [No Country For Old Men] is 2 hours, 2 minutes. It’s just not how we think about stories. I mean, after two hours with a character we feel we’re pretty much done with them.”


The original movie starred Frances McDormand as a pregnant sheriff in a sleepy North Dakota town and William H Macy as a car salesman who hatches an ill-fated plan to have his wife kidnapped. 

The movie was a major critical success for the filmmaking duo, who won the Best Director prize when they took it to the Cannes Film Festival and an Oscar for their screenplay. McDormand won the film’s second Oscar for her performance as the sheriff.

Each season of the TV series follows an anthology format, in a different era along with a different story, cast, and set of characters.  The first season was set in 2006 and starred Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, and Martin Freeman.

The second series was set in 1979 and featured Kirsten Dunst, Patrick Wilson, Jesse Plemons, Jean Smart, and Ted Danson.

Fargo is moving ahead with a third season expected to air in 2017 on FX in the US and Channel 4 in the UK.