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Wednesday
Mar072012

Netflix Original Lilyhammer Reviewed

I've been a Netflix customer for several years.  I consider it poor man's cable, and stream it through my Wii.  Most of the streaming offerings are weak, but there are a few diamonds in the rough.  Netflix has created their first original show called Lilyhammer, with 8 episodes.

Lilyhammer stars Steve Van Zandt from Sopranos (and E street band), as a mobster who joins the witness protection plan and moves to Lilyhammer, Norway.  The majority of the actors and locations are in Norway, which makes for a lot of "fish out of water" type scenarios.  Check out the trailer:

I have mixed feelings about Lilyhammer.  On the one hand, I'm stoaked Netflix has made some professional quality, original content with at least one big name.  On the flip side it feels like the production meeting went something like this: "We have a BIG name from Sopranos, and we have a location that offers great tax credits!"  The people of Norway speak English in addition to their native tongue, but much of this series is Van Zandt speaking English and everyone else speaking Norwegian with English subtitles underneath.  This gets annoying at times, but it is forgivable.  The Norse people are decent actors, and it actually looks like a very pretty cool place to visit.

The show is fun, and a little quirky.  Van Zandt opens a bar and runs some back room mobster style deals.  The story is decent, but a little predictable at times.  I enjoyed watching this series because it was new and original which seem to be lacking from the majority of Netflix's streaming library.  Lilyhammer is by no means the same quality as an HBO, FX, or AMC style show, but is definitely better than anything new to network TV.  If you've exhausted the few other gems that Netflix has to offer, I'd give Lilyhammer a watch.

Watch Lilyhammer on Netflix here.