The first episode of the TV remake of Fargo aired in the States last night. No one was more excited than Bridget McMahon…
— Bridget McMahon (@biddiesmallz) April 16, 2014
And while the path from film to television is famously treacherous, the FX revamp of the classic Coen Brothers film starring Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton went down a storm as scores of viewers took to Twitter to sing its praises:
As a fan of the Coen Bros, I have to say FX has made one of the best pilots I’ve ever seen. Amazing cast and writing. #Fargo
— Paul Holm (@thatPaulHolm) April 16, 2014
— SheSaidWhat (@SheNanAgains_Oo) April 16, 2014
Well, just saw #Fargo and it's darn tooting great. Martin Freeman is remarkable in (essentially) an iconic role.
— Nelson Cheng (@nelsonkcheng) April 16, 2014
— Jason (@jrmccrank) April 16, 2014
Martin Freeman is such a fantastic actor. He's nailing this role and it's unlike any role he's ever done. #FargoFX
— Keyah Hanwi (@lisbthsalanders) April 16, 2014
The #Fargo pilot was impressive. Was surprised by the level of bloodshed. Martin Freeman is incredible, and the humor is spot on.
— Zac Thompson (@ZacBeThompson) April 16, 2014
Martin Freeman nailing a Minnesotan accent is his greatest acting feat yet.
— Ethan Booker (@Ethan_Booker) April 16, 2014
— Natassja Sage (@natasjasage) April 16, 2014
Martin Freeman with an American accent is soooo odd and I'm waiting for Sherlock to appear lmfao
— Michael Arbitblit (@P_TSHMITTYBITS) April 16, 2014
— Taylor Scaggs (@TScaggins) April 16, 2014
But accent aside, the internet was unanimously in favour of his shirtless scenes…
— Elize (@Allonsy_Elize) April 16, 2014
Martin Freeman in a wife beater and boxers. I was surprised how fit he is. I assumed Lester would be doughy. #Fargo
— jACKEt (@jHYtse) April 16, 2014
I'm sorry, but Martin Freeman is absolutely adorable ?
— Rebecca (@rebeccas287) April 16, 2014
The pilot for Fargo was fantastic. Nice to see Billy Bob Thornton back in top form again.
— Nick Lyons (@TheNickLyons) April 16, 2014
The first episode of #Fargo has me locked in. Billy Bob Thornton is giving a master class in how to be a sociopath, and in hilarious fashion
— Faronheit (@faronheit) April 16, 2014
Ok. Fargo is the new Breaking Bad. #FargoPremier
— Andrée Vermeulen (@DreeAndree) April 16, 2014
So, uh, the first episode of Fargo was really, really good. If it keeps up like this, it could easily reach Breaking Bad-levels of quality.
— Scrafty (@ScraftyDevil) April 16, 2014
— Mike Moeller (@MoellerMD) April 16, 2014
For any UK fans desperate to see what all the fuss is about, you’ve not got long to wait – Fargo premieres on Channel 4 this Sunday at 9pm.