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Lilyhammer – Já!

I love the whole premise behind Netflix’s first original series, Lilyhammer. Steve Van Zandt for all practical purposes resurrects his Silvio Dante role from The Sopranos. The gangster is different and the location moves from the Bada-Bing to Norway, but Van Zandt’s wise guy portrayal of mobster Frank Tagliano, turned rat and cubbyholed in the witness protection program half a world away in Lillehammer, Norway.

Tagliano proves that you can take mobster out of the city but you can’t take the mobster out of the mobster. In a fish out of water story, Van Zandt provides a rock-solid character able to hold the screen and maintain the persona with a style of his own making.

It’s a long way from the E-Street Band to the streets of Lillehammer, but Van Zandt absolutely pulls it off. If you were a fan of the Sopranos you will love this light hearted look at a gangster turned Norwegian bar owner. It’s like Al Capone meets Marge Gunderson.

Don’t fughetabout. Catch lilyhammer only on Netflix.

{Insert five gold stars and one thumbs up here.}