This Thing of Ours, Scandinavian Style: Netflix Series Lilyhammer Deserves Much More Attention Than It's Getting

January 21, 2015 11:09 PM

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There is no doubt that video streaming platforms have considerably leveled the playing field with regard to episodic series. These interlopers (Netflix and Amazon most prominently, at least for now) have even garnered awards that were heretofore only in the realm of broadcast television. But as we gravitate more and more towards the screens on our smartphones and our tablets for entertainment, the market has grown up around us. I know many people who don't even own a television anymore and likely so do you. For the first time since TV was invented, one does not need to own one to watch great programming.

Netflix's first foray into this brave new world was Lilyhammer, a program that it exclusively acquired from Norwegian network NRK1 three years ago. Prior to that Netflix was a website that showed movies; with Lilyhammer they broke the mold and debuted the entire first season all on the same day - wh...

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