Isn't it against the law to blatantly lie to the viewing public? If the TV series Fargo is not true then why do they say it is?

  • Questions about the law are best answered by lawyers
    – atk
    Commented Jun 16, 2014 at 3:05
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    Lying in general isn't against the law in most/all territories, and Fargo isn't an advertisement. Your point is?
    – iandotkelly
    Commented Jun 16, 2014 at 3:23
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    Is this question really a duplicate? The one that is linked is addressing whether or not the events really are true or not. This question asks how they are able to claim it is true when it is not.
    – sanpaco
    Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 0:27
  • @sanpaco totally agree. does not make sense, and this question deserves an answer!
    – renakre
    Commented Jun 22, 2017 at 19:00

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No. It is not against the law. Otherwise the Coen brothers (and many others) would be in jail.

Also, to just name one other occurrence of the "true story" bit before a movie, eleven years earlier, 1985's Return of the Living Dead also claimed to be based on a true story. The trailer is here, and the movie (for however long it lasts), is here. EDIT : The YouTube version doesn't have the screenshot I was talking about, so I captured it from my DVD copy:

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And that movie is about lucid, fast zombies.

Movies are not encyclopedias. They are not facts overseen by a committee to ensure accuracy. Even docudramas and biopics are not 100% accurate.

Sound advice:

If you're wondering how he eats and breathes

And other science facts,

Just repeat to yourself "It's just a show,

I should really just relax

For Mystery Science Theater 3000."

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