''Lilyhammer'' is a Norwegian-American co-production that describes exactly what happens [[XMeetsY when]] TheMafia meets NorseByNorsewest. After the death of [[TheDon his boss]], [[BigApplesauce New York]] mobster [[AntiHero Frank Tagliano]] is betrayed by his new Capo and nearly killed (unfortunately, [[KickTheDog his dog is not so lucky]]). [[DefectorFromDecadence Tired of the Mafia lifestyle]], Frank turns state's evidence and enters WitnessProtection. Deeming New York to be unsafe, Frank demands that the FBI send him to Lillehammer, whose beautiful surroundings he remembers from watching the [[OlympicGames 1994 Winter Olympics]] on TV.

HilarityEnsues as Frank takes the identity of "Giovanni Henriksen" and travels to [[NorseByNorsewest Norway]]. Things quickly turn out differently than poor Frank intended: the system treats him as an immigrant on par with any Middle Easterner or African refugee, he has weeks of courses to pass before he can gain citizenship, and [[FelonyMisdemeanor the Feds "forgot" to set him up with a valid driver's license]]. And on top on that, he ends up [[DramaticIrony living next door to the local chief of police]]. Faced with all this, Frank quickly gets up to his [[TheMafia old tricks]] to bend the sleepy, freezing town to his will...

Broadcast by NRK (the Norwegian equivalent of TheBBC) in Norway and available on {{Netflix}} in the United States, ''Lilyhammer'' is unabashedly and unashamedly ''Series/TheSopranos'' [[InSPACE in NORWAY!]]. ''Sopranos'' alumn StevenVanZandt more or less plays an expy of Silvio Dante, and much of the comedy comes from watching him tackle the totally unfamiliar landscape of rural Norway. The series has turned out to be a huge success in Norway, while garnering ... slightly less attention in the US. The second season saw the inclusion of more (famous) American actors, as well as a few British ones. The third season is about to be filmed.
!!This series provides examples of:
* ActorAllusion: The obvious one: [[Series/TheSopranos Steven van Zandt]] is a gangster who opens a nightclub.
* AntiHero: Frank, full stop. He's a career criminal who's using his talents to up-end a peaceful rural community, and we're cheering him on. Granted, he does toe the line of falling into full-time VillainProtagonist, but he's certainly LighterAndSofter than [[Series/TheSopranos Tony Soprano]].
* ArmoredClosetGay: [[spoiler: Jerry Delucci]] is implied to be one.
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety/ArtisticLicenseLaw: In real life, toy guns are required by law in most countries to have some obvious way to show that they're a toy, and under [[http://www.udi.no/Norwegian-Directorate-of-Immigration/Central-topics/Protection/New-in-Norway/Knowing-the-law/#weapons Norwegian law]], it's illegal to carry a realistic looking one. That makes the police commissioner's reactions to Geir stopping the marathon due to seeing Frank with a realistic-looking toy gun a rather large example of this trope, particularly considering the then-recent [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Norway_attacks shooting and bombing]].
* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: Subverted. Frank's original attempt to bribe a government employee is couched in euphemisms to avoid the word "bribe", but the official is outraged by the insult and threatens to call the cops. When Frank later obtains pictures of the official engaging in sex acts with underaged girls, however, he says that the situation is "definitely" blackmail.
* ButtMonkey: Geir, Jan.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Julius is the only main charcter of Season 1 not to return in Season 2.
* BuyThemOff: Frank's modus operandi for dealing with anything.
* CowboyCop: Geir. Bonus points for being an ElvisImpersonator who spatters his speech with American cop lingo. [[spoiler: Also, TheMafia kills him in Episode 5.]]
* DaChief: [[SubvertedTrope This isn't exactly]] the way to describe [[BenevolentBoss Laila]], the chief of police. Commissioner ěstli, on the other hand...
** When he first meets Laila, Frank thinks she's working for the Postal Service.
* DeconstructorFleet: To ''the entirety of Norwegian political correctness''. Frank cheerfully punches his way through all manner government bureaucracy and social norms.
* EpicFail: Anything Geir sets out to do. [[spoiler:Including trying to find the New York mob--it [[KilledOffForReal ends badly]].]]
* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: Torgeir's reaction to Arne's mother.
* HeroicBSOD: Geir, after [[spoiler:getting suspended]].
* ImportantHaircut: Played for [[spoiler:Drama/Tragedy. Julius shaves off most of his newly converted Muslim son Olav's beard while he's asleep. When Olav wakes up, he runs away from home.]]
* INeverSaidItWasPoison: [[spoiler: "How did you know he was interested in Elvis?"]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Frank is this or just a JerkAss.
* MeaningfulName: In-universe, Julius's son Olav takes the name Olav Abdulkarim to signify his conversion to Islam.
* TheNicknamer: Frank. Julius becomes Julie. Utsi [a Sami name] becomes ''Tootsie''.
* NorseByNorsewest: Norway's politics and society are explored in all their baffling detail - to be tackled head-on by Frank.
* PoliceAreUseless: Everyone except for Laila and her team, and even they're stretching it. So you've got a guy with possible terrorist connections at a marathon where the police commissioner and justice minister are competing, and he's holding a realistic looking toy gun in a country where that would both be illegal and where there had recently been a mass shooting. So what do you do to the officer that tackles him and delays the race? Suspend him, of course! So you've got [[spoiler: two Americans]] in custody wanted for a variety of assaults, not to mention theft of petrol from a gas station where they'd surely have video surveillance footage of both them and the car they drive, so what do you do? Release them!
* PrecisionFStrike: Frank does this all the time, but most impressively when it's revealed that [[spoiler:Sigrid is pregnant with twins]].
-->'''Frank''': Oh, ''fuck me''.
* PutOnABus: Laila quits her job after becoming a author of crime fiction early in Season 2 and is not heard from again.
* RealityEnsues: Most memorably when Frank [[spoiler:tries to bribe his case worker to let him open a bar]].
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Frank in a nutshell.
* ShoutOut: The Season 2 finale has several to TheSopranos:
** The episode opens with Torgeir singing Don't Stop Beliving for an audition.
** When in New York the guys put on the Sopranos theme song on the car stereo.
** TheSopranos actors Tony Sirico and Maureen van Zandt appears.
** Viswanathan uses the words Bada Bing as an expression.
* TurnInYourBadge: After [[spoiler:inadvertently stopping the Minister of Justice from completing the Birkebeinerrittet ski race, Geir]] is put on a six month probation.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Frank, in the "criminal" sense.
* TheWarOnTerror: Geir is wholly convinced that Frank is a wanted al-Qaeda terrorist.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Geir. If he were in a serious cop drama about terrorism, some of his earlier actions would be in the right, such as taking security at the race seriously and [[spoiler:calling a code red when he saw Frank with the (toy) gun to keep the Minister of Justice away from the finish line.]]
* YourDaysAreNumbered: [[spoiler:Julius]] gets cancer. [[spoiler:[[AvertedTrope Then it turns out he jumped to conclusions based on some worrying signs - in fact, he's perfectly healthy]].]]