Lilyhammer: Season 1 (2012)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

Relying on Steven Van Zandt's wry gravitas, Lilyhammer mines gentle chuckles from its fish-out-of-water scenario, but declines to offer much beyond a culture clash between Nordic and wiseguy caricatures.



Critic Ratings: 15


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User Ratings: 239

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Air date: Sep 11, 2012

Frank becomes Norwegian citizen "Giovanni Henriksen," meets his neighbor (the police chief) and clashes with his new country's bureaucratic culture. -- (C) Netflix

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Air date: Sep 18, 2012

Frank falls for his language teacher Sigrid and opens a nightclub that's a big hit, but he draws unwanted attention from the police and a biker gang. -- (C) Netflix

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Air date: Sep 25, 2012

Now a successful local businessman, Frank joins a lucrative real estate deal but his plans are thwarted by the police, who believe he's a terrorist. -- (C) Netflix

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Air date: Oct 2, 2012

Sigrid learns some surprising news; Frank's deal sours when his partner's son converts to Islam; Geir stumbles on a clue to Frank's identity. -- (C) Netflix

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Air date: Oct 9, 2012

Frank has a fight over a baby carriage but makes a deal to exit his real estate investment; Frank's enemies get an unexpected lead on his location. -- (C) Netflix

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Air date: Oct 16, 2012

Flush with cash, Frank buys a new penthouse and invites Sigrid to move in, while Geir's colleagues get bad news and Mafia hitmen arrive in Norway. -- (C) Netflix

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Air date: Oct 23, 2012

The police chief suspects Frank is the link between a murder and a mysterious beating; Frank beefs up security when he learns he's in jeopardy. -- (C) Netflix

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Air date: Oct 30, 2012

Frank's attempt to rescue Sigrid's son leads to a spectacular shoot-out and a series of shocking revelations that change both his old and new lives. -- (C) Netflix

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In this first original series from Netflix, New York Mafia boss Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano (Steven Van Zandt) testifies against his associates and is relocated with a brand new identity to Lillehammer in Norway, where 'cultural differences' soon become apparent. In the rural town, he befriends a teacher named Sigrid (Marian Saastad Ottesen), and while their relationship develops, she grows suspicious of his secrets.

Cast & Crew

Steinar Sagen
Roar Lien
Fridtjov Såheim
Jan Johansen
Steven Van Zandt
Frank Tagliano
Trond Fausa Aurvåg
Torgeir Lien
Sven Nordin
Julius Backe
Marian Saastad Ottesen
Sigrid Haugli
Anne Krigsvoll
Laila Hovland
Trond Berg-Nilssen
Agnete Thuland
Silje Nordseth
Johan-Fredrik Bødtker
Tone Rønning
Anders Bergland
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Critic Reviews for Lilyhammer Season 1

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (10)

It has a certain charm to it, and Van Zandt is very watchable. I quite like it.

Jan 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Leaves you much as it found you. Van Zandt's performance is as broad as one might expect: he doesn't so much act as do his Silvio thing. It's a mobster caricature.

Jan 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Lilyhammer kept overstepping the line that separates likeably eccentric from plain hokey.

Jan 16, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

It's The Sopranos meets Cool Runnings.

Aug 17, 2018 | Full Review…

A fabulous character comedy-drama that's as unusual as it is entertaining.

Jun 14, 2017 | Full Review…

The show looks good and professional and slick, and it plays; it's perfectly watchable, with a pleasant overlay of processed quirk.

Feb 6, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Overall both the deadpan humor and the occasional bits of violence are tepid.

Feb 6, 2012 | Full Review…

Other fish-out-of-water films and TV series have done it so, so much better and quicker.

Jan 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Not much is played for direct laughs, but Lilyhammer is damn funny and as warm hearted as the setting is cold.

Jan 16, 2019 | Full Review…

It's hackneyed, it's forced, it's silly. But the bad news for Netflix is that it's meh.

Jan 16, 2019 | Full Review…

If you're looking for a well-written, mature series that effectively balances drama and humor, this one fits the bill.

Jan 16, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 6, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lilyhammer: Season 1

  • Jan 02, 2021
    Absolutely loved this show
  • Dec 27, 2020
    Recently I've been hooked in by a couple of Nordic series and gave this one a shot already knowing it was not going to be The Godfather. It takes a while for the cast and director to get a grip and you have to forgive some of the naivete in the early episodes. Eventually though, it steps up gear and as the characters come to life you'll find yourself hooting with laughter. Have some patience. It won't blow you away but it won't waste your time either. Get the popcorn out. It's a worthwhile binge.
  • Dec 21, 2020
    It may sound quite strange, but most comedies today forget thar their main goal should be to make people laugh. Fortunatelly, this is not the case with Lillyhammer. Unapollogetiaclly funny, clever and with beautiful scenery, it is quite hard no to binge it. A truly hidden Netflix gem.
  • Oct 05, 2020
    It's worth a look. I liked it. It's Sopranos super light, but a good binge watch.
  • Sep 13, 2020
    If you liked Steven Van Zandt in Sopranos, I think you'll really like this show.
  • May 25, 2020
    Good character portrayl by Van Zandt Clever Plot lines
  • Feb 13, 2020
    Good series, entertaining and fun
  • Jan 15, 2020
    An amazing very underrated show!
  • May 29, 2019
    Enjoyable. Disappointed there were only three seasons.
  • Mar 02, 2019
    The acting was good and the story and theme kept me interested until the very end. A must watch must watch for fans of mobster movies .

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