Hulu Acquires FX’s ‘Fargo’ Exclusive Streaming Rights Under MGM Pact

Deal also includes two seasons of 'Vikings' and 1,500-plus episodes from MGM catalog

Hulu has snagged exclusive streaming rights to FX’s acclaimed “Fargo” miniseries, as part of an expanded licensing deal with MGM.

All 10 episodes of the first installment of the dark comedy/crime drama will be available to stream on Hulu sometime in 2015, prior to the season two “Fargo” debut on FX (expected next fall at the earliest). Also this week, Hulu announced a broad deal with FX Networks, under which the Internet-video service obtained exclusive SVOD rights for “The Strain,” “Tyrant,” “Married,” “You’re The Worst” and future series from the network, as well as Fox’s upcoming event series “Wayward Pines” from M. Night Shyamalan.

“After announcing our landmark output deal with FX Productions yesterday, this expanded partnership with MGM brings even more hit titles to Hulu,” said Craig Erwich, senior VP and head of content for Hulu.

Fargo” this year won three Primetime Emmy Awards, including outstanding miniseries, after receiving 18 nominations. It has been nominated for five Golden Globes including best miniseries, best actor in a miniseries for Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman, best actress in a miniseries for newcomer Allison Tolman (pictured above), and best supporting actor in a miniseries for Colin Hanks.

Also under the MGM pact, Hulu has licensed all episodes of the first two seasons of History’s “Vikings,” which are now available to Hulu Plus subscribers. Season three of “Vikings” is slated to premiere Feb. 19, 2015, on History. MGM Television serves as worldwide distributor for the show (outside of Ireland and Canada).

In addition, Hulu’s expanded SVOD deal with MGM also includes multiyear, non-exclusive licensing rights to more than 1,500 episodes of TV shows from the studio’s catalog. Those include the three Stargate series (“Stargate Universe,” “Stargate Atlantis” and “Stargate SG-1”); classic TV shows such as “Flipper,” “Green Acres” and “The Addams Family”; more recent titles like “Thirtysomething,” “Dead Like Me” and the ’90s reboot of “The Outer Limits”; and kids series such as “All Dogs Go to Heaven.”

The “Fargo” miniseries was created and written by Noah Hawley based on the 1996 film of the same name from Joel and Ethan Coen, who serve as executive producers on the FX series. Show is produced by MGM Television and FX Prods. for FX in the U.S., with MGM Television serving as the lead studio and worldwide distributor.

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