Netflix Launches 'Lillyhammer' - its First Original Series

Posted Thu Feb 9, 2012 at 09:45 AM PST by Dick Ward

The success or failure of this series could have a huge impact on the future of Netflix.

The first original series from Netflix has officially launched. 'Lillyhammer' stars Steven Van Zandt of 'Sopranos' fame as a former mobster under witness protection in Norway. It's a fish-out-of-water story that promises to be both humorous and dramatic. User reviews are positive so far, with an average of 4.2 stars out of five.

Netflix, despite some slipups last year, is a company that's dominating its space. That, of course, means that they have a huge target on their back. With Verizon and Redbox teaming for a streaming service and rumors of a standalone Amazon service, Netflix is doing what it can to separate itself from the pack.

'Lillyhammer' is the first attempt to do so. The show marks the first original series to hit Netflix - a move designed not only to keep old customers but inspire new ones to join. Coming later this year is the show 'House of Cards' while we'll be waiting until 2013 for new episodes of 'Arrested Development.'

Source: Netflix Blog

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