Ted Sarandos published a blog post on Sunday commemorating Netflix’s tenth anniversary and reminding viewers of the first original series to premiere on the streaming service: the crime dramedy Lilyhammer.
He went on to say that the series was an “unusual pick” for Netflix’s debut show. “But it worked because it was a deeply local story that we could share with the world. The jokes and references worked locally and the more universal themes of the shows traveled perfectly.”
Sarandos cited a number of other significant Netflix shows that have come from other nations in the years afterward, including Korea’s Squid Game — the streamer’s most popular show ever — Denmark’s The Chestnut Man, France’s Lupin, and others.
“Thank you Lilyhammer and Stevie Van Zandt for starting this incredible 10-year journey,” wrote Sarandos. He concluded that it’s hard to predict what will come in the next 10 years, but one thing is for certain: many more great stories will come “from anywhere that can be loved anywhere.”
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