A massive hit in its native Scandinavia, this exceptional drama examines the emotional fallout of a divorce in a manner that's alternately painful and funny, but always realistic. When the married Lisa had an affair with an equally married Patrik, she didn't intend to tear two families apart. Yet when the two started their own family, that's precisely what happened, and now everyone is only occasionally able to pretend everything is just fine for the kids. More often, the tension shows -- and Bonus Family does an absolutely terrific job of illustrating how the strain of small things can quickly turn a tense situation into a toxic one. In the show's first episode, Wille and Erik are both turning 11. Wouldn't it be nice to throw the boys a joint party, with the whole family in attendance? It sounds like a great idea, until the negotiations drag on for weeks, and the party ultimately results in an accident that lands both birthday boys in the hospital.
The painful truth that Bonus Family understands is that no matter how gently parents handle a divorce, the pain it causes is still real. And even Lisa and Patrik, the two people most committed to the idea that their fairy tale of a love story surely has to end in happily-ever-after, start to understand how their children, and their own relationships to the children, are deeply affected by their actions. But, choices made, everyone's struggling to find a way to make things better, with festering wounds underneath a veneer of fake smiles -- yet also with a deep, real love that occasionally shines through and wins the day. This sharp but sweet show doesn't look or sound like American sitcoms -- and viewers will love it.