‘Welcome to Sweden': Meet Amy Poehler’s Brother — Review

Thu, July 10, 2014 6:13pm EST by 4 Comments
Welcome To Sweden
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Would you move halfway around the world for the person that you love? Well, that is what Bruce Evans does when he moves to Stockholm in NBC’s new sitcom ‘Welcome to Sweden’. You’ll never guess who’s headlining the laugh-out-loud sitcom — Amy Poehler’s brother! Did he get the funny gene, too? Read on to find out if his show is the breakout of summer!

Welcome to Sweden centers around a common theme that everyone can relate to: love. But what happens after you uproot your life for the person that you’re in love with? The Amy Poehler-produced comedy tries to answer this question (with a ton of bumps in the road). Click for our TV review.

‘Welcome to Sweden': A New Comedy Brought To You By Amy Poehler

Welcome to Sweden is created by Greg Poehler, and based on his experiences. What could be better than a tale told from real-life mishaps? Well, having your super famous (and hilarious) sister at the helm of your series. Amy Poehler is the executive producer and makes a guest appearance on the first episode!

Will the comedy be the next Parks and Recreation?

Probably not, but it’ll provide a good, heartwarming laugh. The show’s tagline —”Love is universal. The rest is lost in translation” — is a subtle reminder that the show is relatable because everyone experiences being in love at some point in their life (hopefully).

Greg plays Bruce Evans, a money manager to the stars, who moves halfway around the world to be with the woman that he loves — girlfriend, Emma Wiik (Josephine Bornebusch). The only catch? Bruce must adjust to living in an unfamiliar country where he does not have any friends and doesn’t have a job lined up.

In the first episode, Bruce quits his job as a celebrity accountant (one of his clients is none other than Amy), and he jumps on a plane to meet up with his girlfriend who flew back to Stockholm a week earlier. After he gets off the plane, Emma breaks the news that they would be staying with her parents, until their house is finished. As if moving across the world wasn’t hard enough.

When Emma’s parents meet Bruce, they point out that he does not have friends, he does not speak Swedish and he is shorter than average height. Tough crowd. Bruce also meets Emma’s brother and uncle, who already know who he is, but Bruce is clueless to who they are.


Bottom line: Welcome To Sweden isn’t lost in translation — it’s a fun, mindless comedy that’s perfect for summer.

Will Bruce and Emma’s relationship withstand the test of time? Tune into Welcome to Sweden (July 10, 9/8c, NBC) to find out!

HollywoodLifers, will you tune into the series premiere of Welcome to Sweden? Are you excited for another Amy Poehler show? Let us know!

– Stephanie Bray 

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Posted at 4:34 PM on July 14, 2014  

I love this show! Hope it stays on! It’s fun to hear their native language & read the subtitles. It’s educational as well as entertaining. (My Mom was Swedish)

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Posted at 11:49 AM on July 12, 2014  

I have kids, I can not read a show =( I usually listen and do not get to even watch

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Posted at 12:08 AM on July 12, 2014  

I enjoyed the first episode, I too can relate because I’m an American dating a Norwegian man and left my acting life for him. However, if I had not been hip to the Scandinavian way and language I can’t say that I would appreciate this show as much. I recently visited Norway for the first time and have experienced similar situations as the main character…I desperately want this show to live long and the show needs to adapt/ intrigue the typical “American” which it did not do 100% the first episode. Please make this show great and make Scandinavian countries proud as well as keeping Americans engaged and wanting more… PLEASE! I’m available for suggestions and guidance upon request. Tusen Takk- Ashley Bissing

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