Idiomatic follows the life and times of an urban, bilingual, environmentally conscious left-wing couple in their thirties: Aino, who’s originally from Finnish Lapland, and Swedish-speaking Micke. They are forced to move to an upper-class neighborhood, into an apartment owned by Micke’s wealthy parents, who also live next door. In addition to Micke’s parents, his childhood friend lives in the same building. When Aino’s yokel brother moves into their guest room, people from all walks of life meet under the same roof: thirtysomethings and their parents, different family cultures, country people, urban people, Finnish and Swedish speaking people, middle class and blue-collar workers, right-wingers and left-wingers, childhood friends who have lost touch, and first and foremost, a couple who are still getting to know each other.
1. An Extra Room
Aino and Micke have to move to a new, bigger home. Both have their own views on how the extra room should be used.
Micke encounters his former business partner Saku, and Aino a surprising distraction. Encounters lead to conflicts that both resolve in their own way.
3. The Parable of the Good Rich Kid
Aino and Micke find a woman in the gateway about to pass out. Who should help and who should be helped?
4. Customs and Traditions
Aino is invited to the first crayfish party of her life at the home of her parents-in-law Lasse and Gunilla. A surprise visit from Aino's relatives falls on the same day. Whose relatives are more tiresome?
6. Connections and Networks
Aino doesn't want to take advantage of Micke's parents' connections and networks. Micke tries to strike a balance between views.
7. The Cynical Spoiler and the Queen of Embarrassment
Aino's old friend Johannes comes to visit and new things about Aino are revealed to Micke.
8. Tails Attack
Micke and Aino each spend the evening on their own. The end of the evening takes an unexpected turn.
Aino is seeking support from her parents at her childhood home. Other relatives offer their help to Aino as well.
Aino and Micke find out that Aino's friend is pregnant. The couple gets caught up in the big questions.
2. The Test
With the bad news, Aino and Micke have to start giving up things that are important to them. This is easier for one of them than it is for the other.
Micke's sister Edith arrives for a surprise visit. Edith's perfectness really bothers Aino
5. Santa's Helpers
The whole family is spending Christmas with Aino and Micke. Also invited to the festivities is Micke's cousin Ponke, who makes a surprising offer to Micke. Aino can't keep a secret
The relationship between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law becomes more strained.
7. No Small Talk
Aino and Micke get invited to a party with the theme "no small talk". Micke's parents, for their part, unfortunately can’t invite their friends to dinner. Aino's brother Jussi offers his help.
Hilarious, likeable characters work through everyday relationship issues with significant others, family & friends in a beautiful Scandinavian setting. Idiomatic’s snappily-paced, unique & well-written comedy is the perfect thing to watch when you’re snuggling under a blanket on the couch. My second-favorite Sundance series (Rosehaven is still at #1).
So many layers, cultural, economic, ethnic and linguistic oh and interpersonal relationships too. Not as predictable nor simplistic as many other shows featuring a couple. Great chemistry between the actors. Love it. It is a bit difficult to follow with quick subtitles and I wish I could see this without having to read and miss the faces of the actors but still worth it. So creative too in how the start and end each episode.
I hope there's a third season of this wonderful series. The cultural interplay between Finnish-speaking and Swedish-speaking Finns is fun to watch and I enjoy all the characters.
This show is hilarious. Don't watch your first episode late at night or you will be up to the wee hours, telling yourself "Just one episode more and then I'll turn it off and go to sleep." The episodes are short, around 22 minutes each, so it's kind of like a really great snack you can't stop eating.
A perfect escape from the world’s pandemic for us - a Swedish American woman living with a Finnish American man!