Fargo made its debut on FX this week. It was a gripping premiere, full of plenty of the shenanigans we’ve come to love from the Coen catalogue. Having lived in Duluth, Minnesota briefly, I got a kick out of hearing locations like Bemidji and Duluth referred to regularly. Then on Twitter, I saw this banter between IndieWire editor Sam Adams and Daniel Fienberg of HitFix:
Naturally, this led me to wonder what other Minnesota-themed TV shows might be created.
American Horror Story: Lutefisk
Allow me to describe a true horror story. It revolves around a traditional meal served in Minnesota. Lutefisk is made by aging fish, and then treating it in lye. Per Wikipedia, the resulting product (I hesitate to call it a dish) is “gelatinous in texture” and has a pungent odor. It’s smelly, gelatinous, aged fish, treated with lye. Adventuresome palettes are admirable but there are limits.
Two Harbors Five-O
It’s the story of an elite pair of Department of Natural Resource rangers with a keen eye for fishing crimes. There is loads of potential here for sex appeal thanks to the multitude of bikini-clad ice fisherwomen along Minnesota’s scenic north shore. “Book ’em, Danno! Bagging over the limit!”
There’s a vicious struggle for political power within the ranks of organized crime in the Iron Range. Who will rise to the top? The mayor? The lady who runs the True Value? Karl from down at the Bottle Shoppe? Tune in each Sunday to find out.
Minnetonka is a cold town. And when it’s that cold outside, there’s only one way to keep warm inside- through countless acts of meaningless sexual debauchery with buxom Nordic ladies named Heidi. Our hero, Bjorn Gustavson is lewd, crude, and always surrounded by “hotdish”, if you know what I mean. (Actually, I have no idea what that means because in my time living there, nobody really explained to me exactly what ‘hotdish’ is)
I dare you not to watch a show that features cops who ride around on moose, or meese, or… whatever.
Madison Avenue has nothing on the dog-eat-dog world of Mankato’s Riverfront Drive, a place where Hormel bucks fall from the sky and dreams of new snowmobiles are crushed.
Ice Road Commuters
It’s basically just the morning news helicopter hovering over daily traffic in and around the Twin Cities nine months out of the year. You betcha.
This animated tale focuses on a Mille Lacs walleye who solves crimes and doesn’t take any flack. It’s sure to be a hit with… stoners? Probably?