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The first episode of FX's Fargo series begins with the disclaimer-

THIS IS A TRUE STORY. The events depicted took place in Minnesota in 2006. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of the respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred.

However in case of Fargo, the movie which uses a similar disclaimer. According to Richard Deakins the director of photography the events were inspired by multiple incidents which took place in Minnesota and around. So how close is the TV series to the reality?

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As close as you want it to be. Neither the TV show nor the movie have any basis in truth, and the Coen brothers have admitted as such. The "disclaimer" intro was marketing, nothing more. – JohnP Apr 22 '14 at 16:25
@JohnP Actually it had nothing to do with marketing, and was never part of the movies marketing. It was a "joke" that was/is really commentary on the realism trend/claim in media. – RBarryYoung Jun 16 '14 at 21:42

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The TV show is just copying the disclaimer in the original movie, although the date has been changed to 2006. But, in the case of the movie, the Coen brothers just made that up as a joke:

See this link from for more info

So I think it's safe to assume that the events in the TV series are fictional as well.

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This is late, but the TV show does include a disclaimer in the credits, although they flash it for a second (giving people no time to read it.) Here's a screencap. – remyabel May 30 '14 at 18:01

In my opinion they're taking the attitude of the police force towards Lester from the way Ed Gein was treated, but I'm sure it's just a wrapped up bunch of dramatization and mixed events with a date slapped on it. Still pretty good so far though.

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Idk, judge for yourself. This says the movie was based off a true story, and tells the basic story.

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Hollyweird "true story" appears that both are total pulp fiction, the film and tv series. IMO good entertainment is all-for gullible viewers

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Do you have any links or anything to back up this statement? – Paulster2 May 10 '14 at 11:25

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