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A New York mobster goes into hiding in rural Lillehammer in Norway after testifying against his former associates.
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Series cast summary:
Steven Van Zandt ...  Frank Tagliano / ... 24 episodes, 2012-2014
Trond Fausa ...  Torgeir Lien 24 episodes, 2012-2014
Steinar Sagen Steinar Sagen ...  Roar Lien 23 episodes, 2012-2014
Marian Saastad Ottesen ...  Sigrid Haugli 21 episodes, 2012-2014
Tommy Karlsen Tommy Karlsen ...  Arne / ... 21 episodes, 2012-2014
Fridtjov Såheim ...  Jan Johansen 21 episodes, 2012-2014
Robert Skjærstad Robert Skjærstad ...  Roy 'Fingern' Aass / ... 18 episodes, 2012-2014
Nils Jørgen Kaalstad ...  Dag Solstad 12 episodes, 2012-2014
Anne Krigsvoll Anne Krigsvoll ...  Laila Hovland 12 episodes, 2012-2014
Mikael Aksnes-Pehrson Mikael Aksnes-Pehrson ...  Jonas Haugli 11 episodes, 2012-2014


Frank Tagliano (Steven Van Zandt) is a former New York mobster, who after testifying in a trial in the United States, joins the witness protection program. Intrigued by the place after watching the Winter Olympics in 1994, he is relocated to Lillehammer in Norway. The transition from being a feared and respected gangster in New York, to becoming an unemployed immigrant in Norway, is not simple. Frank soon discovers that in order to succeed in this rural Norwegian society, he must resort to his old ways. Written by Anonymous

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A New York mobster in Norway. (season 2) See more »


Comedy | Crime | Drama


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Norway | USA

Release Date:

25 January 2012 (Norway) See more »

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Lilyhammer See more »

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New York, USA See more »


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NOK 34,000,000 (estimated)
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Rubicon TV AS See more »
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16:9 HD
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Angelina 'The Ex' Tagliano is portrayed byMaureen Van Zandt, married to Steven Van Zandt (Frank/Johnny) since 1982. Maureen Van Zandt also played Steven Van Zandt on screen wife in the hit show The Sopranos (1999). See more »


Although Norwegian police are issued firearms they are not carried during the normal course of duty. Their firearms are stored, locked, in their patrol cars and can only be removed with the permission of someone in authority (the local police chief for example). They are not, as shown in the show, routinely carried. See more »


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Lilyhammer--where life is not all black and white
20 December 2013 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

Netflix has scored again with Lilyhammer. This show is primarily a comedy and I find myself laughing out loud during every episode.

Imagine a cross between Al Pacino and Archie Bunker and you have a fair understanding of the main character, Frank Tagliano (Steven Van Zandt)--a mobster who turns state's evidence and goes into the Witness Protection Program in, of all places, Norway. This is a fish-out-of-water story that gives Frank plenty of cultural differences to deal with. He is a guy who leads with his fists inserted into a pacifist environment.

Before he leaves the states, he is warned that if he gets in trouble with the law in Norway, he is on his own. So we know up-front, that this story can go either of two ways. In Lillehammer, Frank deals with an eccentric cast of characters and the viewer never knows which direction the story will take. The series finds humor in the most interesting places.

Much of the humor has an agenda. It takes a playful jab at anti-terrorist paranoia, for example. Bureaucracy is often the target.

The scenery is beautiful. The music is eclectic and very enjoyable. The cast does a good job with the multi-cultural narrative. The dialogue is in both English and Norwegian, but subtitles are used and it is never difficult to understand what is happening.

There are unmistakable reminders of Fargo. And the quirkiness of the locals might remind you of Local Hero (a great film to emulate). Frank's approach to "justice" is reminiscent of Walking Tall or Death Wish or the other vigilante movies.

I am midway through the second season and enjoying the ride very much. I do not recommend the series to anyone squeamish about violence or raw language. For anyone else, I highly recommend Lilyhammer.

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