The Netflix Files: February 9, 2012

Although you may not have known about it, this past Monday, Netflix released its initial venture into original programming to American subscribers. The entire eight-episode first season of Lilyhammer, a fish-out-of-water dramedy about a mafioso trudging his way through snow-coated Lillehammer, Norway, is now available at the click of a button. But is it worth watching?

Norway seems to think so. One million Norwegians tuned in to watch the pilot of Lilyhammer when it premiered there last month. That’s roughly one-fifth of their total population.

It’s also a very, very weird show.

Steven Van Zandt, the star, co-writer and executive producer of the series, is perhaps better known for his role as “Little Steven,” the guitarist and backing vocalist for Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band. He is also recognizable to American audiences for his first and only acting role prior to Lilyhammer as consigliere Silvio Dante on HBO’s The Sopranos. Continue Reading