I had heard good things about FX's new TV series Fargo (2104), based on the Coen brothers film of the same name from 1996. But I was unprepared to see the all star cast when I tuned in: Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, Oliver Platt, Bob Odenkirk, Adam Goldberg, Colin Hanks, and Kieth Carradine among the most notable. But the real surprise was in the writing and directing. The creator Noah Hawley has done an excellent job of taking the mood (black humor, violent amoral evil versus good) in the writing and the production values expressed by the direction. A compelling story and interesting, atypical TV characters produced in a slick package that resembles film more than TV, something akin to this year's earlier excellent crime series in HBO True Detective. Fortunately, it has been renewed for a second season. Too bad, it won't have Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton in it though.