The second installment of our “Films of the Cowboy Trail” series doesn’t actually cover a film. Instead, we’ll be focusing on the TV series “Fargo.” View the trailer below, and then read on to learn more.
Parts of the TV series Fargo were filmed just west of Calgary at the CL Ranch, which has created a fully stocked rustic western town as a permanent movie set. The property includes creek frontage with an ancient evergreen forest, ponds, rolling hills, and open grasslands at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. The location is forty minutes from downtown and fifteen minutes from Springbank airport.
Season 2 was filmed entirely in Alberta — Didsbury, Fort Macleod, High River. The Waffle Hut was built on the CL Ranch. Areas of Kensington and Calgary’s downtown were also used to portray Kansas City, Luverne and Sioux Falls, South Dakota in Season 2.
Calgary’s rugged winters created an ideal setting for the Fargo episodes, which take place in and around frozen Minnesota. Each season includes intrigue, murder, sleuthing, and dark humor. The small-town, innocent characters must grapple with the gruesome violence they face. The show is inspired by the 1996 film “Fargo,” written and directed by the Coen brothers.
Each season of Fargo features a new cast and is set in a different time frame. The first season premiered in April 2014 and was set in 2006. The second season premiered in October 2015 and was set in 1979.
Although dark, this unique drama has received multiple awards. It won the Emmy Awards for Outstanding Miniseries, Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Casting. It also received fifteen additional nominations including Outstanding Writing, another Outstanding Directing nomination, and acting nominations for Thornton, Tolman, Hanks, and Freeman. Plus, Fargo won the Golden Globe Awards for Best Miniseries or Television Film and Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film for Thornton.
You can find season 1 of Fargo on shomi.