Sneaky Pete (which she and her husband are loving) and Good Girls Revolt, and she told us about a unique comedy called Lilyhammer. It was a good recommendation - we are now hooked on it, too!
features a set-up pretty much guaranteed to bring plenty of laughs. An
infamous New York City mobster named Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano, played
by Steven Van Zandt of The Sopranos, agrees to testify against
his former boss and colleagues, if the FBI will protect him and relocate
him. He says he won't be safe anywhere in the U.S., but he remembers
enjoying watching the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, so that's
where he goes, with a new name, Giovanni Henrikson.
or Johnny as he asks his new acquaintances to call him, is a little
disappointed when he first sees his modest home and tiny car in
snow-bound Lillehammer, but he immediately begins to make the town his
own. He joins classes for new Norwegian citizens, where he meets an
attractive and out-of-work teacher named Sigrid, played by the lovely
Marian Saastad Otteson. Right from the start, Johnny does things his own
way, which is quite different from the way Norwegians typically do
things. He is very polite but doesn't take no for an answer and believes
there is no problem that can't be solved with money or the proper
"motivation." From setting up a business to making friends to getting
his driver's license, Johnny makes his way through Lillehammer in a most
un-Norwegian way. A local Barney Fife-type police officer, bored with
the tiny town's lack of crime, suspects something is up with
Johnny...but he is way off-base in what he suspects, adding another
dimension of humor.
My husband was skeptical at first.
He is from Oklahoma and is really not into most mob-related TV shows or
movies - just not his thing. However, Johnny has quickly won us both
over. The entire cast (mostly Norwegian with no big Hollywood names
beyond the lead) is excellent and fun to watch, the laid-back atmosphere
of Lillehammer is welcoming, and Johnny's fish-out-of-water escapades
are a lot of fun. Besides having plenty of humor, the show is also
surprisingly warm, and you soon find yourself rooting for Johnny,
despite his unorthodox methods.
We've only watched three
episodes so far, and there are three seasons of the show on Netflix, so
we look forward to a lot more fun with Johnny. You can also watch
Lilyhammer on DVD or streaming on Amazon for $1.99 an episode or $12.99
for the entire first season (links below).