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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 6, 2012
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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Universal acclaim- based on 71 Ratings

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  • Summary: Streamed exclusively on Netflix, the Norwegian black comedy series is about a New York mobster (Steven Van Zandt) who moves to Lillehammer, Norway, under the witness protection program.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Feb 8, 2012
    70
    I wouldn't say Lilyhammer is worth signing up for Netflix to see, but if you're already paying for it and you like Van Zandt--and Norwegian knits--it's certainly worth a look.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Feb 8, 2012
    70
    The Norwegians are the foreigners here, and Norway the foreign land. But that remoteness is part of the show's appeal.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Feb 13, 2012
    67
    Lilyhammer splits the difference between lightness and the dark. [17 Feb 2012, p.63]
  4. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Feb 8, 2012
    60
    Lilyhammer is an odd little series with potential.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Feb 8, 2012
    50
    It tries to combine elements of American mob stories and Scandinavian mysteries, seasoned with frequent overt references to "The Sopranos," but the mixture is pretty flat in the first episode.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. Apr 16, 2012
    10
    For the most watched show on TV in Norwegian history, Lilyhammer has terrific writing and a gorgeous cast which is pleasantly Juxtaposed by Van Zandts mafioso character. I really enjoyed the fresh idea and hope to see more great original entertainment from netflix in the future. Expand
  2. Apr 20, 2012
    10
    Very intelligent and often hilarious show. The setting is beautiful and the view of Norwegian life is fascinating. The comparisons between Norwegian society and ours are there to be drawn and that is at least half the fun. For example, the character of the female police officer in Lilyhammer is complicated and wonderfully portrayed. Van Zandt is very very good and his character is wonderfully sympathetic. The most compelling aspects of the show, for me, are the portrayals of gender and parenting--there is no attempt at political correctness or its' opposite, which is refreshing in itself. Rather, we are drawn to Van Zandt's relationship with his girlfriend's son as honest and loving and also about helping a boy become a man. In the midst of edgy entertainment, this is sound psychology and we feel it. Thanks Netflix. Expand
  3. Dec 22, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Love Van Zandts take on Norway. He moves there as his choice for witness protection and it takes off from there. I would prefer that the characters speak english. Expand
  4. May 22, 2012
    10
    This show is a gem. It brings out the charm of the Norwegians and their culture. A key feature of Norwegians is the importance of humility, while Americans are quite the oppositeâ Expand
  5. Jan 6, 2014
    9
    LilyHammer is a promising and notable show that has many ups and very few downs, it is a nice thing to see Steven Van Zandt back in action as a mobster. The idea is one of the most original I have ever heard of and watched and has incredible opportunities as a show. There are some weird moments at times but those pass by quickly and you become shot back into the action. H of The State Credit Expand
  6. Jul 24, 2014
    9
    Visually stunning, with likeable, believable actors and captivating storylines. Van Zandt's character and the polite residents of Lillehammer exchange very different brands of life lessons, great fun to watch from both perspectives. The combination of on-location filming and heavy Norwegian involvement in the production give this series great authenticity; the writing is so good that even the inside jokes make sense to outsider American ears. The stories are so wonderful that if there weren't so many f-bombs dropped, this could make it on prime time network TV... only, it's way too good for that. Great stuff from Netflix... again. Expand
  7. Mar 7, 2012
    3
    OK, first the "pro's": Love the premise and the setting. Still like Steve Van Zandt. Love the quirky writing and a chance to get to know Norwegian culture a little (I know--like watching the Sopranos helps me get to know American culture!). Cons: So far--and I went to the trouble to watch the first six episodes--the message of the series is--1)Think only of yourself and what you want.. 2)Use violence and treachery to get it. 3) Everyone else is an idiot. 4)Teach your employees, business partners, and your girlfriend's naive son to believe and act on #1-3. I won't be watching the next season and if you haven't started watching, there are better ways to use your time. Not recommended. Expand

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