G-rated family drama ‘Shtisel’ is an unexpected hit

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Michael Aloni. Credit: Dor Malka.

The Israeli TV show “Shtisel” is about an ultra-Orthodox family living in a small, insular community in Jerusalem. It’s a family drama with no sex, violence, or drugs. It premiered in Israel in 2013 and attracted a growing audience there, and then around the world after Netflix picked it up a few months ago. Michael Aloni stars in the show, playing Akiva Shtisel, the youngest son of the family, who’s still single and somewhat lost.