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'Fargo' is back tonight with season 2 – and people are loving it

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Who knew the snow-covered fields of Luverne, Minnesota, were so well-liked by outsiders?

Season two of FX's Coen brothers-inspired series "Fargo" debuts Monday night at 9 p.m. CST.

The first season, which aired in 2014, won the Emmy and Golden Globe awards for best mini series, while picking up a number of other awards and nominations. It also appeared at or near the top of some year-end lists, such as HitFix’s Television Critics’ Poll.

Reviews for this season are, so far, even more glowing.

As of Monday morning, "Fargo" season two has an average score of 95/100 on Metacritic – that's the top score in 2015, and well ahead of perennial favorites like "Game of Thrones" (91/100), "Mad Men" (83/100), "The Walking Dead" (78/100), and "House of Cards" (76/100).

Side note for those wondering: TV critic Andy Greenwald tweeted you don't need to have seen season one to watch season two – you won't miss anything, but watching season one may enrich this upcoming tale.

It's also 100 percent "certified fresh" on RottenTomatoes.

The new season, if you haven't heard, is loosely connected to the first – it jumps from the presnt-ish setting of the first run, back to 1979, and brings the action from Bemidji to Luverne. (For more on the plot and previews, check out this earlier story.)

Review snippets

"And it’s good. It’s so, so good. The only thing stopping me from saying it’s great is (a) a Midwestern humility that befits the subject matter, and (b) that I’ve only seen four episodes. Trust me when I say I’m counting the days until I can see more."

Andy Greenwald, Grantland.

"It’s a complex, character-driven thriller — there’s a sequence in episode three that literally had me on the edge of my seat. ... I’ve watched four episodes and if I had four more I’d be watching them right now. I can’t wait to see where this dark, fascinating journey goes next."

Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

"Showrunner Noah Hawley and his collaborators employ a gamut of imaginative and mischievous strategies to create an allegory for a fragmenting and fogged culture at an ideological crossroads, from split-screen storytelling, to a myriad of competing personal narratives, to UFOs as symbols of personal doom and worldview flux, to Reagan himself."

Jeff Jensen, Entertainment Weekly

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