Netflix narrowly misses its first original series

Netflix is ​​well known for its original series, such as Sex Education, The Witcher, Never Have I Ever…, among many other successful productions on the platform.

But, the streaming that emerged in 1997, saw its first original series released in 2012, Lilyhammer, narrowly escape its control, with Netflix almost losing it.

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“After testifying against a mob boss, ex-gangster Frank Tagliano is placed in the victim protection program and asked to go to Lillehammer, a small town in Norway that he fell in love with while watching the 1994 Winter Olympics”, reveals the synopsis.

The cast of the series includes Steven Van Zandt, Trond Fausa, Steinar Sagen, Marian Saastad Ottesen, Tommy Karlsen and Fridtjov Såheim.

Lilyhammer was about to leave the platform in December

In October, Netflix announced that Lilyhammer would be leaving the platform in December, after the 10-year license agreement to stream the series in the United States expired.

However, it seems that production will continue in the streaming catalog, as the company closed a last-minute deal to keep the series (via ComicBook🇧🇷

The actor, Steven Van Zandt, issued a statement, and said he was very proud of the Norwegian series, with Netflix helping the production to gain international visibility.

“I am very proud that Lilyhammer is not only Netflix’s first original show, but the first truly international show with subtitles and an all-Norwegian cast and crew,” said the star.

“This ultimately helped establish Netflix as the first truly international entertainment company.”

Considered the first Netflix original series, Lilyhammer began broadcasting on NRK TV in Norway, 12 days before the company acquired international broadcast rights.

Netflix boss Ted Sarandos recalled that the series was a bit out of the ordinary for being the first streaming original content.

“Looking back, Lilyhammer was perhaps an unorthodox choice for our first show. But it worked because it was a deeply local story that we could share with the world,” commented Sarandos.

Despite this, Sarandos thanked all the efforts of the cast and crew of the series, and promised more stories from different places on the platform.

“Thank you Lilyhammer and Steven Van Zandt for starting this amazing ten year journey. It’s always hard to predict what’s coming next, but one thing is for sure: we’ll have many more great stories from anywhere that can be loved everywhere.”

Lilyhammer is available at Netflix🇧🇷

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