A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this entertaining made-for-streaming Netflix series contains some mature content, including some sexual references (including nudity), and very strong language ("c--ksucker," "f--k", etc.). Drinking, smoking, and shooting (animals and humans) is visible, though the blood is minimal. The main character is a reformed gangster, so some of his dealings are borderline illegal or refer to past illegal activities.
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What's the story?
LILYHAMMER is a dramatic comedy that follows a mobster-turned-witness who moves to Norway hide from his enemies. After voluntarily testifying against Aldo Delucci (Thomas Grube), Frank Tagliano (Steve Van Zandt) asks to be relocated to the Nordic town of Lillehammer, thanks to his memories of watching the 1994 Winter Olympics on television. Now an unemployed immigrant in a new country, Frank, known now as Giovanni Henricksen, begins building a quiet life and making friends among the locals, including the Lien brothers (played by Trond Fausa Aurvåg and Steinar Sagen) and Sigrid Haugli (Marian Saastad Ottesen). But he can't seem to shake his gangster instincts, which raises the suspicions of his neighbor, Laila Hovland (Anne Krigsvoll), who just happens to be Lillehammer's Chief of Police.
Is it any good?
The series, which is Netflix's first original program, features an ensemble cast of characters who are likable and quirky. Frank's (AKA Giovanni's) personality adds depth to the show, thanks to his unique combination of warmheartedness and street-smart mobster tactics.
Despite the mixture of English and Norwegian conversations (some of which requires subtitles), the story is both easy to follow and entertaining to watch. If you're looking for a well-written, mature series that effectively balances drama and humor, this one fits the bill.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it is like to move to another country. What are some of the benefits of doing so? What are some of the challenges? What is it like for folks from other countries moving to the U.S.?
Many of the tactics the main character uses to help his community are against the law. Do the ends justify the means?