Is 'Fargo' a True Story? Don't Be Fooled By the Show's Opening Disclaimer

The first season of FX's Fargo has wrapped, but we still have a few lingering questions. Well, a lot of questions actually, but let's focus on a major one: Is Fargo a true story? At the beginning of every episode of the 10-episode first season, there is the same disclaimer:

So, is is really true? Was there really a man as cold-hearted as Lorne Malvo and a husband as twisted as Lester Nygaard? Did two cops from different counties fall in love over finding clues about the same case? Hate to break it to you, Fargo-truthers, but the answer is a resounding no. Executive producer Noah Hawley explains that everything about the show is fabricated, even the "This is a true story" disclaimer. He said:

The movie Fargo, which is entirely different than the show, had a similar disclaimer. That story was supposedly based off a series of events that took place in Minnesota, but the T.V. series adopted the disclaimer without any intentions of telling a true tale.

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