First Look: Netflix’s Original Series ‘Lilyhammer’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated January 5th, 2012 at 1:43 pm,

Steve Van Zandt Lilyhammer Netflix First Look: Netflixs Original Series Lilyhammer

Before Netflix launches its big guns with the highly anticipated new season of Arrested Development and House of Cards from David Fincher and Kevin Spacey, the rental/streaming service will test the waters with its first original series, Lilyhammer.

Next month, Netflix members will be able to watch all eight episodes of Lilyhammer through the company’s popular streaming service.

The series brings back to television the familiar face of Steve Van Zandt who – when not playing guitar for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band – played New Jersey mobster Silvio Dante on HBO’s The Sopranos during its six-season run. In Lilyhammer, Van Zandt stars as New York mobster Frank ‘The Fixer’ Tagliano, who is shuffled into the witness protection program after dropping a dime on his former boss. Rather than be shipped off to Kansas or New Mexico, Frank insists on calling the host of the 1994 Winter Olympics home – and the Feds move the gangster off to the Norwegian town of Lillehammer.

Of course, Frank’s vision of an idyllic, snow-capped getaway filled with gorgeous women and the lifestyle to which he’s grown accustomed, turns out to be a far cry from the actuality of his new situation. From what we can see in the trailer, the series looks to be a blend of drama and comedy – not unlike certain aspects of The Sopranos – with much of the central storyline focusing on the stranger-in-a-strange-land aspect.

Take a look at the trailer for Lilyhammer below:

In addition to the aforementioned House of Cards and Arrested Development, Netflix is readying original programs from Eli Roth (Hostel, Inglorious Basterds) and Jenji Kohan (Weeds), entitled Hemlock Grove and Orange is the New Black, respectively. Reportedly, the company is also courting Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant in the hopes of reviving the Comedy Central series Reno 911!

This is undoubtedly a big move for Netflix, and one that couldn’t come at a better time. Certainly, the company has been licking its wounds after a less-than-stellar year that included a hefty price increase for a subscription, and the embarrassing debacle over the short-lived (and wisely abandoned) Qwickster service. While it’s too soon to tell whether Lilyhammer, or any of Netflix’s planned original programs can convince those who left the service behind to come back, perhaps the larger question is whether this is the first real salvo in the upcoming war between online and cable television.

Now, with 2011 firmly in the rearview, perhaps Netflix can get back to providing its customers with the service they know, and hopefully include some enticing new content most subscribers never even knew they wanted.


The entire eight-episode season of Lilyhammer debuts exclusively on Netflix February 6, 2012.

Source: Netflix via The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. I’ll probably give it a try if only to encourage Netflix to keep up the idea.

    • I have always thought netfliX got a bad wrap…i mean everybody raises their prices all the time from giant corporations all the way down to mom and pop stores…Netflix explained that it needed to raise its prices because the owners of the shows and movies were raising their prices on the content significantly. Everybody made such a big freakin deal over what amounted to like 70 bucks a yr? i didnt get it ive always loved netflix, they are getting alot of great content now. I get a movie in the mail every four to five days plus all the online content and now an exclusive show or two that im excited about…i think its a great value.

  2. The trailer actually got me pretty excited for it!

    • I think he meant that at one time they were JUST a rental service. Should be clarified though, I agree.


  3. The netflix dude is an idiot. He had people by the short hairs with reasonable online content plus anything you could want with old tech. He had it all and decided to split them to get a few more bucks. He lost millions. He’s an idiot.

  4. I like the idea of releasing eight episodes at once…no waiting for the next episode in a week or having a lengthy holiday hiatus. I’m hoping more shows do this.

  5. I was one of the long time customers that dropped at the price increase. I understand that Netflix had to do what they did, but they handled it badly. Now I’m wondering, after seeing this trailer (and I’m rewatching the Sopranos right now at home) if re-upping my sub would be worth it. Has NF expanded their streaming library any? And with decent shows and not just junk from the 70′s and 80′s?

    • They update their streaming library all the time. But that’s the wrong question. You need to know if they have movies you like, not just more movies. The only way you can find that out is to go to their web site and look.

      God knows, at $7.99, the price is right.

    • The newest movies are still those released on the Starz network but I’m unsure how long that will be since Starz didn’t sign up for a new deal with Netflix. However, Netflix has picked up quite a few television shows from AMC, FOX, and the CW. Also, Netflix has hours of WWE entertainment that my wife won’t let me watch. I’m one of the few people who stuck with Netflix through this mess they created. I couldn’t argue with their rate hike, I looked into other services that were comparable with a fee that was more. I stuck with Netflix. Like OldRogue said, for $7.99 you really can’t go wrong.

  6. Haha, this looks both cool and hilarious. Can’t wait!

  7. Lilyhammer is a breath of fresh air. It’s different ,quality acting. I like that Netflix is starting to produce it’s own shows. As long as they don’t get foolish and go nuts with cost. I’ll subscribe to them for many more years. I really don’t miss paying a load of $ for junk I don’t want. Finally having a busy family it is nice when we have a chance to sit down and watch good programming. Keep up the good work (don’t get greedy).

  8. This is a really good show. I’m on episode 3 right now and I am hooked. It has a good blend of plot progression and very light dramatic/comic relief. Being on NetFlix, it’s a good unwinder where you pick your time.

    I’m wondering where the story goes over the long term, after the new boy in town bit wears off. As an aside, I particularly like the well photographed, beautiful panoramic scenes of countryside and such. It is good break, and brings the viewer to the remoteness of the land, and the charm of the locality. There are already too many small-world, internet reveals all wet blankets. Funny how our lead says “I’m from New York” and nobody looks at New York newspapers from Lillyhammer.

    The casting is great, particularly of the female Fargo-esque police chief.

  9. I just finished watching all 8 episodes and I’m hooked. I came on this site to find out when the next series of episodes will be released?

  10. I too watched all 8 episodes is there going to me more?