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Home for Christmas (TV series)

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Home for Christmas
GenreRomantic comedy,
drama comedy[1]
Directed byPer-Olav Sørensen [no]
Country of originNorway
Original languageNorwegian
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes12
ProducerAnders Tangen[1]
Original release
Release5 December 2019 (2019-12-05)[1] –
18 December 2020 (2020-12-18)

Home for Christmas (Norwegian: Hjem til jul) is a Norwegian television series that premiered on Netflix in December 2019.[2] It stars Ida Elise Broch as Johanne, who scrambles to get a boyfriend to bring home for Christmas Eve.

The romantic drama comedy consists of six 30-minute episodes in each season[1] and was Netflix's first Norwegian original series.[3] The series received mostly positive reviews.

In 2022, the series was remade in Italy under the title I Hate Christmas. It was also remade in South Africa in 2023, under the title "Yoh! Christmas".[4]


Johanne (Broch) is a nurse in her 30s, working at a hospital in Norway. During Advent dinner, she feels pressured by her family to be in a relationship. She lies and tells them that she has a boyfriend, and that he will accompany her to Christmas dinner.

Felix Sandman, who plays Jonas, has already starred in another Netflix original series, Quicksand

Johanne then tries to find a boyfriend through speed dating, internet dating, and other means. She goes on dates with several men, including 18 year old Jonas (Felix Sandman), and the much older Bengt Erik (Bjørn Skagestad). She also has a brief sexual encounter with Eira, one of her female coworkers.

None of this results in Johanne finding a boyfriend. In the last episode of season one, coworker Dr. Henrik tells her that he loves her. They are interrupted by a medical emergency before she can respond. She then goes to her parents' house for Christmas dinner. During dinner, the doorbell rings. The first season ends with a shot of Johanne's face as she opens the door, possibly for one of her suitors.


The series takes place in Oslo, with winter scenes taking place in the copper mining town Røros.[1][5] Unexpected warmth resulted in snow being transported from Røros Airport to create the winter scenes.[1] It was produced by the Oslo Company, and financed and distributed by Netflix as an original series.[6]

The idea for the show was created by two advertisement students, Amir Shaheen and Kristian Andersen, who derived the concept from the popular Nordic TV Christmas calendars,[7] televised advent calendars with an episode broadcast each day of December until Christmas Eve. They decided not to draw inspiration from Christmas films but rather other Norwegian series such as the teenage series Skam.[7] They pitched the idea to the Oslo Company.[7]

The director of the series was Per-Olav Sørensen [no].[8] Anna Gutto co-directed several episodes during the first season.[9]

Cast and characters[edit]

Oddgeir Thune, who plays Dr. Henrik


SeriesEpisodesOriginally released
165 December 2019 (2019-12-05)
2618 December 2020 (2020-12-18)

Season 1 (2019)[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
11"The Big Christmas Lie"5 December 2019 (2019-12-05)
After lying to her nosy family about having a boyfriend, Johanne sets out to find the real thing in time to introduce him at Christmas.
22"Heavy Dating"5 December 2019 (2019-12-05)
Johanne goes all-in on the dating scene, hitting the town with a variety of suitors -- some more worthy than others.
33"Sugar Baby? Sugar Daddy?"5 December 2019 (2019-12-05)
Just as Johanne finds herself falling for Jonas, his polar opposite asks her out. Complicating matters: iffy and unsolicited advice from all angles.
44"Party Flirting"5 December 2019 (2019-12-05)
Sparks fly and punches are thrown at Johanne's hospital Christmas party. Later, a ride on the bus takes an unexpected turn.
55"Heartache"5 December 2019 (2019-12-05)
After bumping into a few old flames, Johanne realizes she has real feelings for Jonas and sets out to let him know.
66"The Final Christmas Countdown"5 December 2019 (2019-12-05)
Johanne strives to make peace with her imperfect holiday season. But hold up -- Christmas may still have a few surprises in store!

Season 2 (2020)[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal air date
71"Love You,Love You Not"18 December 2020 (2020-12-18)
The person at Johanne's door is finally revealed. Over the course of a year, romantic bliss gives way to the realities of relationships.
82"Sweet Revenge"18 December 2020 (2020-12-18)
Still reeling from her encounter with Henrik, Johanne pays her newly single father a visit. Later, Johanne goes drinking with a co-worker.
93"Stuck in the Past"18 December 2020 (2020-12-18)
Johanne visits an ex-boyfriend, hoping for answers about their split. Later, her father accompanies her on an eventful trip to a tattoo studio.
104"Christmas Speed Dating"18 December 2020 (2020-12-18)
Johanne strikes up a conversation with a handsome stranger while her good-natured neighbor, Nick, tries speed dating at a bar.
115"The Perfect Date"18 December 2020 (2020-12-18)
A highly anticipated second date with Knut doesn't go as expected. As Christmas draws nearer, Johanne bumps into a friendly face.
126"Christmas Chaos"18 December 2020 (2020-12-18)
It's Christmas Eve and between not burning the dinner, entertaining her guests and keeping Jonas off her mind, Johanne's just a little busy.


The series received mostly positive reviews.[10][11][12] Verdens Gang gave it three out of six stars, likening it to a hybrid of Bridget Jones and Love Actually with a pointless narrative,[2] but NRK called it a must-see for fans of Christmas romances and praised it for a well made atmosphere of Christmas hygge (coziness).[13]

Leah Thomas of Cosmopolitan said "This soap opera drama series will have your jaw dropping with all the twists turns imaginable. Besides the fact that it's perfectly messy, I love this show because I have no idea who I want Johanne to end up with. Actually, I don't know if I even want her to end up with anyone, and I think that’s the entire point."[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Netflix tar deg med hjem til jul". Destinasjon Røros (in Norwegian). 12 November 2019. Archived from the original on 14 December 2019. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  2. ^ a b Nilsen, Morten Ståle (4 December 2020). "TV-serieanmeldelse "Hjem til jul": Middels, faktisk". Verdens Gang (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  3. ^ Andersen, Jacob. "Har skrevet den første norske Netflix-serien: - Et adrenalinkick". Kampanje (in Norwegian). Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  4. ^ Keitumetse, Maako. "Yoh! Christmas: Netflix introduces new star-studded festive rom-com". Retrieved 9 December 2023.
  5. ^ Lundemo, Trygve (6 December 2019). "Slik snyter Netflix Røros for verdensreklame". Adresseavisen (in Norwegian). Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  6. ^ Johannessen, Stian Øvrebø (14 June 2019). "Oslo Company mistet storkunde – klare for Netflix-milepæl". Dagens Næringsliv. Archived from the original on 14 December 2019. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  7. ^ a b c Andersen, Jacob (3 December 2019). "Reklamestudentene Kristian og Amir fikk ideen til den første norske Netflix-serien". Kampanje (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 14 December 2019. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  8. ^ Slettemark, Asbjørn (4 December 2019). ""Hjem til jul": Klarer Netflix-serien å bli en norsk "Love, Actually?" | Anmeldt av Asbjørn Slettemark". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). Retrieved 22 December 2023.
  9. ^ Åbergsjord, Ingrid (21 March 2023). "Solid norsk Hollywood-debut". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). Retrieved 19 December 2023.
  10. ^ "You need to watch Netflix's Norwegian rom-com series Home For Christmas". Metro. 9 December 2019.
  11. ^ a b Thomas, Leah (7 December 2019). "WTF You Just Watched: Netflix's 'Home for Christmas'". Cosmopolitan.
  12. ^ "Stream It or Skip It: 'Home for Christmas' on Netflix, Norway's Refreshing Riff on a Hallmark Premise". 5 December 2019.
  13. ^ Vik, Sigurd (4 December 2019). "Hjem til jul S01NRK". NRK P3 (in Norwegian). Retrieved 14 December 2019.

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