THE NIGHT SHIFT deals with a trio of hapless employees at a quiet gas station in Reykjavik City. They pass the time during the cold, Icelandic winter nights, avoid work and terrorize the few customers that pass by with their eccentric behaviour. The series takes place during night shifts at a quiet gas station in Reykjavik. The station manager, GEORG BJARNFREDARSON, is an archetypical, over-educated communist, holding an impressive number of University degrees and grabbing any chance he can to emphasize this fact. He lives by a strict set of rules of his own invention, mostly involving weird dietary regulations and anti-capitalist propaganda. The fact that a man of his qualifications is working at a gas station has instilled an inordinate amount of bitterness in him. His underling is OLAFUR RAGNAR. A man-child, lost in his dreams of being a manager for a successful band, constantly chasing down anything that glitters and emulating faux pop culture coolness. He is a slacker and dreamer with no hope, but means well. Into this environment comes DANIEL, a medical school dropout who is slowly severing all ties with his family. He’s lost and depressed and has no idea what he wants to do with his life.
The Oxford dictonary defines sarcastic humour as: “a sharp, bitter, or cutting expression or remark; a bitter gibe or taunt”. The Icelanders surviving the age of financial crisis, cold winters and erupting volcanos have developed their own hilarious local humour..a bit strange for the foreigners, but for sure something you cant miss in your daily routine at work or school.