Fargo has become one of the most fascinating crime anthologies around, taking its inspiration from the Coen Brothers’ Oscar-winning film. The show has already dealt with criminal organizations, betrayals, cover-ups, and lots of murders. Now, the Fargo season 5 release date has plunged us once again into the underworld.
Fargo has the ability to reinvent itself due to the ensemble format, with the latest version of one of the best thriller series on our screens following Juno Temple as an apparently ordinary housewife, who’s really anything but normal. We expect plenty of twists and turns as one of the best TV series in the crime thriller world weaves its latest web. Here’s everything you need to know about the new season.
Who’s in the Fargo season 5 cast?
The Fargo season 5 cast is led by Juno Temple, Jon Hamm, Joe Keery, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Temple is best known for her work on one of the best comedy series on Apple TV Plus, Ted Lasso. If you (somehow) haven’t watched it yet, you need to change that immediately. Read our Ted Lasso season 3 review if you need more convincing.
Hamm rose to stardom after appearing as Don Draper in the Emmy award-winning TV series Mad Men. And Keery, of course, is one of the fan-favorites from the Stranger Things cast. Finally, fans may recognize Leigh from her performance in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, which earned her an Oscar nomination. As you can see, it’s an impressive line-up and very on-brand for Fargo.
Here’s the full Fargo season 5 cast list:
- Juno Temple as Dorothy “Dot” Lyon
- Jon Hamm as Sheriff Roy Tillman
- Jennifer Jason Leigh as Lorraine Lyon
- Joe Keery as Gator Tillman
- Lamorne Morris as Deputy Witt Farr
- Sam Spruell as Ole Munch
- Dave Foley as Danish Graves
- Richa Moorjani as Deputy Indira Olmstead
- David Rysdahl as Wayne Lyon
- Jessica Pohly as Agent Meyer
- Nick Gomez as Agent Joaquin
- Lukas Gage as Lars Olmstead
Fargo season 5 release date and reviews
Fargo season 5 started on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, and the season will run until January 16, 2024. So that’s plenty of crime thriller goodness to enjoy.
Thankfully, reviewers have declared that Fargo is back to its best in the new run, with creator Noah Hawley delivering plenty of grubby criminal thrills. That’s just the way we like it.
The Ringer wrote that season 5 is “witty and topical without ever feeling preachy” and said it’s the strongest Fargo has been since its season 2 high point. In a similarly positive take, the LA Times wrote that they expect the season to get crazier than ever as it veers towards a conclusion.
It’s great to hear that one of the most fascinating and twisty series around has found its form again after a fourth season that felt like a departure in terms of both storytelling and quality. We’ll be keeping our eyes glued to the screen as this tale unfolds.
What is Fargo season 5 about?
Fargo season 5 follows Dot Lyon (Juno Temple), a Midwestern housewife with a secretive past who is on the run from law enforcement.
That’s where Jon Hamm’s North Dakota sheriff Roy Tillman comes in, along with his son Gator (Keery) and local nomad Ole Munch (Spruell). Deputies Indira Olmstead (Moorjani) and Witt Farr (Lamorne Morris) are also called in. Roy searches for Dot, whose husband (Rysdahl) and mother-in-law Lorraine (Leigh) seem left out in the cold.
Lorraine, who is the CEO of the biggest debt collection agency in the country and has previously had suspicions about her daughter-in-law, seeks legal counsel (Foley) to help Dot evade the law, not sure of what crimes she may have committed.
Of course, this is Fargo and so there will be dead bodies in both the past and the future. That’s about as sure as we will ever be about anything.
Is there a Fargo season 5 trailer?
The first Fargo season 5 teaser was released on September 26, 2023, and was followed by a full trailer on 25 October, 2023.
The first teaser (above) took place in a small diner, where Jon Hamm wordlessly walks through the room, taking in the surroundings, and even steals someone’s bacon straight from their plate. As the patrons become more aware of him, he stops, turns, and asks: “Who do I have to kill to get a coffee?”
The full trailer (below) gave much more insight as to what the new season holds. It looks like Juno Temple’s Dot survived a house robbery, and actually ended up killing the men herself. (No doubt an alternate take on one of the best scenes in the original movie.) What follows looks like a cat-and-mouse chase as she tries to outrun her dirty secret while being pursued by the law.
Where can I watch Fargo season 5?
You can watch Fargo season 5 weekly on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX. You can stream episodes the next day on Hulu.
In the UK, you’ll have to wait for it to come to Channel 4. For both UK and US fans, you can also head over to Amazon Prime Video to purchase all the past seasons of Fargo.
As for the masterpiece that started it all, the original Fargo is available to stream right now in the US on Max. It still stands among the best movies ever made and it might well be our favorite Coen Brothers film to date. Of course, No Country for Old Men is right up there, but Frances McDormand at the heart of a black-comedy story just hits all the right notes.
How many episodes will be in Fargo season 5?
There are ten episodes in Fargo season 5, which is just one less than the previous season. This is a healthy number considering most prestige TV shows come in at six to eight episodes these days. Critics have only seen six episodes so far, so that leaves plenty of room for huge surprises to come.
For more lawmen and crime, look into the True Detective season 4 release date or head further into one of TV’s best Westerns with our guide to Yellowstone season 5 part 2. There’s also an Alien TV series from Fargo’s creator on the way.
There are plenty of great Westerns on our list of the best movies of all time. Finally, look deeper into the genre with our feature on why the Western has always been a genre for women, too.