Lilyhammer Season 1 - Eilif Skodvin & Anne Bjornstad - New York wise guy Frank Tagliano survives a hit from a business associate and decides to end his life as a gangster and enter the witness relocation program. He begins a new life in the small mountain town of Lillehammer, Norway where his American can-do attitude and general 'fuck-it' outlook make him something of a community leader very quickly. He is admired by several of the low-level half-assed hoods and losers whom he quickly presses into eager service, but treated with suspicion and sometimes outright contempt by the town's (not-very) elite. Lilyhammer toes the line between comedy and drama - sometimes charmingly, sometimes clumsily - with slightly more than half its weight on the humorous side of the divide. Steven Van Zandt is an actor of very limited range, but in his role as Silvio on The Sopranos he was used to great effect. Here, he's in his sweet spot, but, as the lead, the schtick wears awfully thin, and the formula of introducing him to a quaint local custom that alternately pleases or irritates him out of proportion, and presenting him with a Norwegian obstacle that he can apply his American-criminal-chivalric sensibility to, loses steam after a few episodes. The series' strongest moments are the few times the danger and darkness come a little to the fore, and the unique sensibility of the writers and characters to find alternatives to ceaseless escalation of violence (tho, ceaselessly rising levels of corruption seem to be the thing) the way most crime-stories do. Best moment: Frank gets a baby carriage.