Parents' Guide to

SKAM Austin

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Realistic show about Austin teens has charm, sex talk.

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The American remake of the international Norwegian smash hit Skam isn't the ratings juggernaut that the original is, but its charms are many, particularly for those new to the series. The marquee feature of this series is, of course, the innovative way it's published -- and getting updates that there's a new post "from" the characters of the show, right alongside notifications that your friends and family have posted a video or gone Facebook Live certainly does make SKAM Austin immersive and vital in a way that appointment television hasn't been of late.

But even those who don't keep up with the Instagram posts and screenshots posted as if from SKAM Austin's teens may get sucked in. For one thing, the teens on this show are played by age-appropriate actors, not impossibly gorgeous 20-somethings with suspiciously elaborate hairstyles. They stammer. They hunch awkwardly. They spend the majority of episodes with their noses two inches from some screen or another, trying to work out why everyone else seems so fabulous and so happy when they feel so isolated and overwhelmed. It moves a bit slowly, true. But so does real life -- and though SKAM Austin is no vérité documentary, it reads a lot more authentic than Riverdale or 13 Reasons Why.

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