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PODCAST: ‘Fargo’ Season 2 Is Prestige Must-See TV, So Why Is Buzz (And Ratings) So Low?

PODCAST: 'Fargo' Season 2 Is Prestige Must-See TV, So Why Is Buzz (And Ratings) So Low?

You remember “Fargo,” right? The FX anthology series pulled from the personality of the Oscar-winning Coen brothers’ film? It debuted last year to strong ratings, critical acclaim and became a rival to “True Detective” throughout awards season. You remember. You liked it!

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So what’s going on with Season 2? While the follow-up year is far from crisis mode, the first two episodes have posted the lowest ratings of the series so far, and viewership declined from the Season 2 premiere to its second episode. Moreover, there just seems to be a lack of buzz around the once-hot series. It’s getting less traction online than some other prestige series, and — considering its outstanding cast and rave reviews — it’s a little difficult to understand why, exactly, “Fargo” is being forgotten. 

Enter the Indiewire TV Team. In this week’s episode of Very Good TV Podcast, Indiewire TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller and TV Critic Ben Travers look closely at the new scheduling, new cast and new direction to determine what may have changed for the FX drama. 

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