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Lilyhammer logo
Lilyhammer poster
Genre Comedy-drama
Crime drama
Created by Anne Bjørnstad
Eilif Skodvin
Written by Anne Bjørnstad
Eilif Skodvin
Steven Van Zandt
Directed by Simen Alsvik
Geir Henning Hopland
Lisa Marie Gamlem
Ole Endresen
Øystein Karlsen
Tuva Novotny
Steven Van Zandt
Starring Steven Van Zandt
Trond Fausa Aurvåg
Marian Saastad Ottesen
Sven Nordin
Kyrre Hellum
Anne Krigsvoll
Opening theme "Lilyhammer"
Composer(s) Frans Bak[1]
Country of origin Norway
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 24 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Steven Van Zandt
Lasse Hallberg
Producer(s) Agnete Thuland
Trond Berg-Nilsen
Anders Tangen
Location(s) Lillehammer
New York
Cinematography Johan-Fredrik Bødtker
Jakob Ingimundarson
Running time 43-58 minutes
Production company(s) Rubicon TV
Distributor NRK (Norway)
Netflix (United States)
Red Arrow International (Worldwide)
Original channel NRK1
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
First shown in Norway
Original run 25 January 2012 (2012-01-25) – present
External links
SevenOne Lilyhammer Website

Lilyhammer is a Norwegian television series, starring Steven Van Zandt, about a fictional New York gangster, Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano, trying to start a new life in isolated Lillehammer in Norway. The first season premiered on Norwegian NRK1 on 25 January 2012[2] with a record audience of 998,000 viewers (one fifth of Norway's population),[3][4] and premiered on Netflix in North America on 6 February 2012, with all eight episodes available in full for streaming on the service.[5] Lilyhammer was promoted as "the first time Netflix offered exclusive content".[6] The spelling of the series title alludes to Lily—Tagliano's dog—killed in the first episode during an attempt on Tagliano's life, and the way Frank and some other anglophones pronounce the town's name.[7]

A second season was commissioned after the success of the first. However, Van Zandt's schedule with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's Wrecking Ball Tour delayed production. It was announced in January 2013 that guitarist Tom Morello would replace Van Zandt for the Australian leg of the tour, so that filming could proceed.[8] Filming completed in April 2013 and included shoots both in Norway and New York City. Season two premiered 23 October 2013 on NRK1 and 13 December 2013 on Netflix.[9]

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Van Zandt announced he had signed on for a third season of the show, with filming set to begin on 3 January 2014.[10] In September 2014, announced that season 3 would also include appearances by Bruce Springsteen and Tony Sirico. Season 3 premiered 29 October 2014 on NRK1[11] and 21 November 2014 on Netflix.[12]


Season 1

Frank Tagliano (Steven Van Zandt), a former underboss of the American Mafia, is placed in the Federal Witness Protection Program after testifying in a trial against Aldo Delucci (Thomas Grube), the new Mafia head who had ordered a hit on him after succeeding his recently deceased brother, Sally Boy Delucci. Frank requests that he be relocated to Lillehammer, where he believes no one will look for him. His new identity is Norwegian-American immigrant Giovanni "Johnny" Henriksen. On a train journey from Oslo to Lillehammer, Johnny impresses teacher Sigrid Haugli (Marian Saastad Ottesen), her son Jonas (Mikael Aksnes-Pehrson), and a man who later turns out to be a civil supervisor. Johnny befriends the Hauglis after doing them a favor, and sometime later, after he and Sigrid spend the night together, Sigrid learns she is pregnant with his twins.

After a wolf kills Jonas' lamb, and the locals complain that authorities are doing nothing about it, and citizens are prohibited from killing wildlife, Johnny enlists his new friends, brothers Torgeir (Trond Fausa Aurvåg) and Roar Lien (Steinar Sagen), to help him hunt the predator. After killing the wolf and hiding its carcass mob style (by wrapping it in tarp, weighting down the body, and dropping it into an open fishing hole in an ice lake) the hunters hide in a cabin owned by Jan Johansen (Fridtjov Såheim), a local NAV worker with whom Johnny has developed a frictional relationship, and Johnny blackmails him with naked photos of underage girls Johnny took from the cabin.

The supervisor, who heard shots and saw the Lien brothers in the woods the night Johnny killed the wolf, reported them to the police. However, when Johnny's neighbour, police chief Laila Hovland (Anne Krigsvoll), and police officer Geir Tvedt (Kyrre Hellum) question the trio, the supervisor remembering Johnny's favor on the train - says he'd misidentified the Lien brothers; the hunters he saw must have been youth from Oslo.

Hovland and Tvedt become suspicious of Johnny when he opens his nightclub, the Flamingo. When the local biker gang attempts to start a war with Johnny, he hires them to deliver the club's alcohol supply. Johnny invests in an apartment complex and is promised his own penthouse. Eventually, Johnny is told the apartments are meant for families, and he is kicked out of the deal. Meanwhile, Geir edits a photo of Johnny to make him appear as a terrorist and presents it to Laila, who dismisses it. Geir is later suspended after he mistakes a toy gun Johnny is holding for a real one during a local ski race and interrupts the race to tackle him. Laila gifts Geir a trip to Graceland in Memphis to visit the home of his idol, Elvis. While stopped in New York, Geir learns that Johnny bears a similarity to vanished criminal Frank Tagliano and attempts to investigate.

In New York, Geir befriends a trans woman, who uses her knowledge of CIA Agent wanted by the criminals from his past.

Eventually, Robert and Jerry kidnap Jonas, and Johnny gives chase through a nearby museum. Jonas manages to escape, and Robert kills Jerry. Johnny makes a deal with Robert, providing his ring as evidence for Aldo, in New York, that Johnny died in a mutually fatal shootout with Jerry. Laila discovers the two burying Jerry's body, but allows them to go after learning that Jerry was responsible for Geir's death. When Sigrid learns of Jonas' abduction, she breaks up with Johnny.

Season 2

Eight months later, British thief Duncan Hammer (knitting needle, and the Flamingo gang hires Arne to dispose of the body.

Johnny relocates Indian IT employee Gareth to Lillehammer, to become his crew's hacker. African refugee Balotelli (Momodou Lamin Touray) is about to deported back to Africa, when Jan and Johnny intervene. They employ Balotelli as the Flamingo's head chef. Duncan's brother Tony (Tony Pitts) and uncle Terry (Alan Ford) arrive in Lillehammer to find Duncan. Eventually, Tony and Terry kidnap Roar, and hold him for ransom. Johnny and Torgeir lure the gangsters to an ice lake, where they rescue Roar and leave Tony and Terry to freeze to death.

Johnny wins Citizen of the Year, and Torgeir befriends local millionaire Lars Olafsen (Henrik Mestad). Lars becomes an investor in the Flamingo and convinces Johnny to fire Torgeir. Reluctantly, Johnny agrees and fires him. However, he later re-hires Torgeir and cuts Lars out of the club's future investments. Meanwhile, a bank robbery in Oslo results in the thieves' stealing files on Johnny's relocation. Laila moves to Oslo and becomes a successful writer. She is replaced by Mette Hansen (Silje Torp Færavaag), who sleeps with Torgeir and leads a raid on the Flamingo. Johnny hires his old friend, criminal Thomas Aune (Kyrre Haugen Sydness), to help him track down the thieves.

Torgeir and Roar's mother, Belinda (Maylen Feragen), returns home and begins dating Swedish gangster Stanley Olsson (Viktoria Winge). She suggests they race the reindeer herd down Lillehammer's main street. She says that relationships between teachers and parents are forbidden, so Johnny takes the twins out of the kindergarten. Johnny informs Lars of the idea, and they begin promoting the Reindeer Race. In New York, Robert learns of Thomas' presence, kills him, and hides the file from Delucci. Jan returns to the refugee centre and tells Randi to rescind the complaint report. Randi refuses, and Jan accidentally pushes her into a wall, killing her.

Having discovered Randi's body and suspecting Jan, Johnny meets with him to which a tearful Jan confesses. Johnny advises Jan to disappear somewhere that he couldn't possibly be found, prompting Jan to emigrate to Iraq through his connections. Robert appears in Lillehammer and tells Johnny to return to New York to kill Delucci. Johnny, Torgeir and Roar pose as Norwegian tour guides and attend a party held by Delucci in his restaurant. On the restaurant balcony, they corner Delucci and shoot him before pushing him off the balcony. They return to Lillehammer, and Torgeir wins the lead in a local tribute to Glee. Eight months later, the Reindeer Race is a success. Johnny and his friends watch from the Flamingo's rooftop and Johnny embraces his twin infants.

Season 3

The third season premiered Friday, November 21, 2014, on Netflix.

The third season begins with Torgier and Roar visiting Rio de Janerio in order for Roar to meet in-person a woman he has met online. Roar falls head over heels for the beauteous dark-haired Alex(andra), of course. The happy couple are about to be married in Rio when, back in Lillehammer Johnny gazes out his window at a Norwegian holiday festival with costumed participants walking on the street below. A boy in a tiger costume is one of the participants. Johnny then glances up at a window across the way and spies a beautiful, blonde woman dressed in a cheerleader costume. A man approaches her from behind in what appears to be the beginnings of a lovemaking session. Suddenly the man strikes the woman brutally.

Johnny runs downstairs from his apartment, sprints across the street and attempts to enter the building where the violence is taking place. The glass front doors are locked and a dismissive clerk inside mouths "We're closed" through the glass. This, of course, does not stop Johnny. He breaks through the glass, grabs keys and rushes up to the where the woman is being beaten. Johnny bursts into the room and drags the man off the blonde woman. Another woman, a one-armed woman, enters behind him and promptly shoots Johnny.

Shot and bleeding, Johnny staggers back down to the snow-covered street where he collapses. As he gazes up a huge tiger approaches him. He next wakes up in a hospital bed. Back in Rio, Torgeir learns of this and tells Roar he will immediately return to Norway and is no longer able to serve as Best Man at the impeding nuptials. Thus the bride's brother, Oscarito, will take his place. On the day of the wedding, which is to take place on a yacht, Oscarito - playing on his status as a future brother-in-law - requests Roar to "perform a small favor" for him. The favor is to transport two gym bags to the yacht. Overcoming his reluctance, Roar agrees to do so in order to win favor with his bride's family member. Unknown to Roar, the bags contain cocaine and both Roar and Oscarito are arrested and thrown into jail.

All of the above action takes place within about the first 15 minutes of Episode 1 of Season 3 of Lillyhammer. The plot this season revolves around these events and complications devolving from these events. Interestingly, much of Johnny's family background is explored in this season.


  • Steven Van Zandt as Frank Tagliano / Giovanni "Johnny" Henriksen.
  • Marian Saastad Ottesen as Sigrid Haugli, Giovanni's friend and former love interest.
  • Mikael Aksnes-Pehrson as Sigrid's son Jonas Haugli.
  • Fridtjov Såheim as the NAV worker Jan Johansen.
  • Anne Krigsvoll as the chief of police Laila Hovland
  • Tommy Karlsen Sandum as MC-Arne
  • Robert Skjærstad as Roy 'Fingern' Aass
  • Nils Jørgen Kaalstad as Dag Solstad
  • Finn Schau as Arve Østli
  • Kyrre Hellum as the police officer Geir "Elvis" Tvedt (season 1)
    • Øyvind Blomstrøm, bass guitarist in El Cuero and drummer Svein Åge Lillehamre of the Lucky Bullets, who appear as backing musicians for (Kyrre Hellum's) Elvis cover-band in multiple episodes (season 1)
  • Sven Nordin as the lawyer Julius Backe (season 1)
  • Beate Eriksen as Arne's mother (season 1)
  • Jay Benedict as Agent Becker (season 1)
  • Ingrid Olava as herself, playing the piano at the Flamingo at the end of the first season finale (season 1)
  • Greg Canestrari as Jerry Delucci (season 1)
  • Thomas Grube as Aldo Delucci (season 1-2)
  • Tim Ahern as Robert Grasso (season 1-2)
  • Kyrre Haugen Sydness as Thomas Aune (season 1-2)
  • Henriette Steenstrup as Randi (season 2)
  • Pål Espen Kilstad as Trond (season 2)
  • Erik Madsen (season 2)
  • Amy Beth Hayes (season 2)
  • Amit Shah as Gareth, a Packard Bell call center employee, whom Frank hires to be his hacker (season 2)[13]
  • Richard Skog as Odjobb, Frank's bodyguard (season 2)
  • Silje Torp as Mette Hansen (season 2)
  • Tony Pitts as Duncan's brother, Tony (season 2)
  • Alan Ford as Terence ("Terry"), a British gangster claiming to be from Scotland Yard (season 2-3)
  • Paul Kaye as Duncan Hammer (season 2-3)[14]
  • Jakob Oftebro as Chris the baby swimming instructor (season 2-3)
  • Maureen van Zandt as Ange, Frank's friend in New York (season 2-3)
  • Tony Sirico as Tony Tagliano, Frank's brother and church priest (season 2-3)
  • Bruce Springsteen as Giuseppe Tagliano (season 3)
  • Rhys Coiro as Tommy Mangano (season 3)
  • Ida Elise Broch as Birgitte (season 3)
  • Maria Joana Chiappetta as Alex (season 3)
  • Michael Badalucco as Joey Salmone (season 3)


The first series was shot on location during 2011, with post-production finishing in November and originally intended to be aired on NRK1 on 1 January 2012. Due to a conflict between NRK1 and the producers about product placements, which were illegal under Norwegian law at the time of production, the Norwegian broadcast was put on hold. After a three-week delay, the series premiered in Norway on 25 January 2012. The series was commissioned by NRK1 from Norwegian Rubicon TV AS, in association with Netflix and German-owned distributor Red Arrow International.[2]

The second season was filmed on location both in Norway and New York City during the first four months of 2013.

An eight-episode third season began filming in January 2014, with Netflix remaining the exclusive U.S. broadcaster.[15][16] Season 3 was shot on location in Lillehammer, Lofoten and Oslo in Norway, New York City in the USA and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

As Rolling Stone reports: "Van Zandt is involved in nearly every element of Lilyhammer. In addition to starring in the show and co-writing it, he also worked on the music. 'There was no music budget the first season,' he says. 'Now that we have one, I put it all into licensing great songs. I did the whole score myself for free. I did it from my own studio. That's what I spent the last six months on.' "[6]


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 8 25 January 2012 14 March 2012
2 8 23 October 2013 11 December 2013
3 8 29 October 2014 17 December 2014

Viewer ratings currently hold a 65/100 critic rating and an 8.2 user rating on Metacritic.[17]


Lilyhammer premiered in Norway on 25 January 2012. On 6 February 2012, the show began streaming on Netflix in Canada and the US. From 11 September 2012, it was transmitted on BBC Four in the UK.[18][19][20] The series was bought by several other broadcasting companies, including SVT[21] in Sweden (for transmission in autumn 2012), and companies in Germany, Belgium, Australia, Denmark and France.[22] The series has been sold to over 130 countries worldwide.[23]


List is not complete

  • Red Arrow International (2012-) (World-wide) (TV)
  • Norsk Rikskringkasting (NRK) (2012-) (Norway) (TV) (NRK1)
  • Future Film (2013) (Finland) (DVD)
  • Netflix (2013-) (Netherlands) (video) (VOD)
  • Netflix (2012-) (USA) (TV) (internet)
  • StudioCanal (2014-) (Germany) (DVD)
  • StudioCanal (2014-) (Germany) (Blu-ray) (DVD)
  • TNT Serie (2013-) (Germany) (TV)
  • Yleisradio (YLE) (2012) (Finland) (TV) (YLE Fem)


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  7. ^ Silverman, Jacob (February 13, 2012). "The circuitous return of Steven Van Zandt, wise guy (via Netflix, and Norwegian comedy)".  
  8. ^ "Tom Morello to join Wrecking Ball Tour in Australia". 16 January 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Netflix Sets Second Season Premiere Of ‘Lilyhammer’". 6 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Steven Van Zandt 'Honored' By E Street Band's Hall of Fame Induction". Rolling Stone. 18 December 2013. 
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 3, 2014). "'"Bruce Springsteen & Tony Sirico To Appear On Steven Van Zandt's Series 'Lilyhammer.  
  12. ^ Prudom, Laura (October 16, 2014). Lilyhammer' Season 3 Premiered Set for November on Netflix"'".  
  13. ^ "Lilyhammer: Production Kick-Off Season 2". Red Arrow International. 
  14. ^ "‘Lilyhammer’ Adds Cast For Season Two". Deadline. 21 January 2013. 
  15. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (January 13, 2014). "Netflix Confirms ‘Lilyhammer’ Season 3 For 2014". Deadline. 
  16. ^ Stieber, Zachary Stieber (January 15, 2014). "Lilyhammer Season 3 Confirmed: Release Date for Netflix Show Sometime in 2014". Epoch Times. 
  17. ^ "Lilyhammer - Season 1 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "BBC Picks Up Steven Van Zandt Drama ‘Lilyhammer’". Hollywood Reporter. 6 February 2012.
  19. ^ Frost, Vicky (5 February 2012). "Lilyhammer series could provide just the tonic for bereft Borgen fans". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  20. ^ "BBC4 TV listings for 11 September 2012". BBC. 9 September 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  21. ^ "Lilyhammer" (in Swedish). SVT. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  22. ^ Lilyhammer"-suksess i Storbritannia""" (in Norwegian). NRK. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  23. ^ "Lilyhammer solgt til over 130 land" (in Norwegian). NRK. 15 February 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 

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