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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 6, 2012
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
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  • Starring: Steve Van Zandt, Anne Krigsvoll, Kyrre Hellum
  • 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: 30 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  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 byFor 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. Feb 11, 2012
    10
    A must watch for anyone who's seen The Sopranos! It's basically Silvio Dante in Norway. Steven Van Zandt deserves an Emmy for his performanceA must watch for anyone who's seen The Sopranos! It's basically Silvio Dante in Norway. Steven Van Zandt deserves an Emmy for his performance in this show. 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. Dec 22, 2013
    10
    Steven Van Zandt has created a gem here. Say hello to Lilyhammer, say goodbye to Sopranos! The cross-cultural comedic parts mixed with greatSteven Van Zandt has created a gem here. Say hello to Lilyhammer, say goodbye to Sopranos! The cross-cultural comedic parts mixed with great writing and story lines become a new form of the somewhat worn-out NY mobster media. Van Zandt shows real emotions and a complex character that surprises the viewer with sometimes touching moments... mixed with the occasional "fix-it" job in between. All in all, everyone who's anyone should be watching the show! Expand
  5. Jan 24, 2014
    9
    The series gets funnier with each episode. Steve Van Zandt is hilarious. The nods to other mob series and movies adds to the in joke andThe series gets funnier with each episode. Steve Van Zandt is hilarious. The nods to other mob series and movies adds to the in joke and soundtrack that only Van Zandt as "underground garage" DJ could provide. Expand
  6. Feb 15, 2014
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Lillyhammer is a fun comedy/ crime series that knows exactly how silly its premise is and runs with it, brilliantly satirizing famous scenes from classic gangster movies. It's not a deep exploration of what it means to lead a life of crime, but there are plenty of other shows and movies that do that already. Steven Van Zandt is great as Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano, a mobster who rats on his mob boss and uses witness protection to relocate to Norway, where he changes his name to Giovanni Henriksen and opens a popular nightclub called the Flamingo. In a lot ways you could argue that the character Mr. Van Zandt plays is a more comical version of Silvio Dante from "The Sopranos", but that's not a bad thing. However, be warned: if you hate reading subtitles, this is not the series for you, because while Steven Van Zandt's dialogue is in English most of the rest of the cast speak in Norwegian. 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 knowOK, 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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