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Lilyhammer: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
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After Frank The Fixer Tagliano (Steven Van Zandt, The Sopranos) testifies against his Mafia boss in New York, he enters the Witness Protection Program and makes an unusual demand: He wants to be set up with a new life in the Norwegian small town of Lillehammer or as he calls it, LILYHAMMER.
Thrust into a brand new world, Frank is confronted with a colorful cast of characters totally unlike the New York variety. But as he soon finds out, the past always has a way of catching up with you, especially when it concerns the Delucci family.
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About the Actor
Steven Van Zandt was born on November 22, 1950 in Winthrop, Massachusetts, USA as Steven Lento. He is an actor, known for The Sopranos (1999), Lilyhammer (2012) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992). He has been married to Maureen Van Zandtsince December 31, 1982.
Trond Fausa was born on December 2, 1972. He is an actor and director, known for The Bothersome Man (2006), Gone with the Woman (2007) and Nissene på låven (2001).
Steinar Sagen was born on February 24, 1975. He is an actor and writer, known for Black & White (2001), Lilyhammer (2012) and Curling King (2011).
Top Customer Reviews
"If I didn't watch the Olympics in 94!" Frank "The Fixer" opts for witness protection in Norway. An important distinction is that Lilyhammer is not a program about the Mafia or even crime. What the show is about and what makes it work is the cultural differences. Steven Van Zandt to his credit does not try to create a new mob persona and plays Frankie as he played Sil.
While the cultural differences are the base of the show, it is the subtle and not so subtle comedic moments (including the facial expressions of Steven Van Zandt) that make the show a pleasure to watch. Whether it is the jail cell that looks like a college dorm room (along with a guard that apologizes for locking the door) or the Employment Counselor that is genuinely offended when Frankie (AKA Johnny) attempts to bribe to get a liquor license, so that he can purchase a bar, the ancillary cast of characters keep the show fresh.
I watched all 8-episodes in 2-sittings. While YMMV, the show is uniquely originally.
Season 2 is in the works.
TV.....not an American audience (although it translates well). Ignore the silly comments about "no
subtitles"....they are right here on the DVD just like they are right there on Netflix if you have that
The story is very simple, Frankie the Fixer rolls over on his mob boss, is offered his choice of places
to relocate and fixes on Lillehammer (because he saw it on the Olympics and thought it was cool). Once
he arrives, he soon finds out things are done differently in Norway, and the show is basically about how
Frankie (now Giovanni/Johnny) figures out his own solutions to the daily obstacles of life in Norway that
are constantly being tossed in his way. For example, he finds from the local constable that his drivers
license is invalid and left to walk back to town only to be told by the local DMV that it takes 6 months to
get a license in Norway. But as usual, a solution presents itself to the ever vigilant and opportunistic
If you've seen the Sopranos, then you've seen the character being portrayed here by Steve Van Zandt,
probably with a little more charm and a little less "stugatz" than on Sopranos. But thats where any
comparison ends. This show is funny, there is intrigue, romance, adventure, JR Ewing style wheeling
and dealing, and a rare and accessible view into a culture that is in many ways similar to ours, but a
world apart in reality. 4.5 Stars
BTW, Netflix just announced the show has been picked up for Season 3, a testament to the popularity
of this terrific series! (8 episodes per season)
Obviously the fictional townfolk of Lilyhammer are different to the real Lillehammer (spelt different) people, the town is portrayed as a lot smaller and less populated for one. But name an American, Australian or UK production that has ever accurately portrayed whatever city or town you live in when basing a series or movie there? So for me this isn't a big deal and the other characters are all played by Norwegian actors. Lilyhammer isn't quite as Fargo like as I had anticipated but it is still a very good dark humour TV show.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing show. I really want to own the rest of the series I've seen every episode of all of them now has a few of the characters from the Sopranos in it. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Rosemarie Frangipane
Steve Van Zandt has done so many movies and series about mobsters, his is almost a poster boy of a NYC wise guy. In this series, he plays wise guy is exile. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eugenia
I loved it. Husband not so much
Stick with all the episodes. It is GOOD
Binge watched the entire series in two weeks. Really disappointed they canceled the series.Published 2 months ago by William Hay
Disappointing and a bit strange series....why did I buy it? I guess I didn't look at enough reviews beforehand.Published 5 months ago by JoAnn Bryson Emery
This is a very unique dark comedy. It is very well written and acted.Published 6 months ago by railrunner130