A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Friendship, teen angst, and romance are main concepts addressed, and they're explored with heart and humanity. Homosexuality, sexual assault, depression, religion, and other social issues also discussed.
Positive Role Models
Some cast members are good friends, others are frenemies. All make good and bad choices.
Violence & Scariness
Fights occasionally break out: slapping, shoving, punching. Bigotry, Islamophobia addressed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex is a common theme. Strong sexual content includes sexual activity, teens making out with undressing. A plot revolves around pregnancy fears. Crude jokes.
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Norwegian and English curses, which are included in subtitles.
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Products & Purchases
Norwegian brands occasionally visible, a few references to American celebs, items.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of beer drinking, wine, some drug use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the edgy Norwegian teen series Skam (which means "Shame") contains strong content, cursing, drinking, drug use, sexual encounters, and other risky behaviors that are sometimes more visible than in U.S. shows. It also addresses a range of important social issues, ranging from coming out and mental illness to religious differences and Islamophobia, in a smart and thoughtful manner. Norwegian, British, and American popular music is featured.
Is It Any Good?
This edgy Norwegian teen drama reflects the realities of modern adolescent life in a relatable and fun way. Like many of its European counterparts, it pushes the envelope when it comes to showing risky behaviors like sex, drinking, and drug use. But it also offers an interesting glimpse into Norwegian life, and the way the culture handles the various issues addressed.
While some of the Norwegian slang doesn't translate well in the subtitles, conversations are about subjects that are easy enough for American teens to understand. Meanwhile, the show's overall themes, which include love, romance, and friendship, are universal. No doubt that teens looking for a fun and interesting series with some grit will find that Skam fits the bill.
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