Parents' Guide to

Skam (Shame)

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Edgy, thoughtful Norwegian teen drama has risky behaviors.

TV YouTube Drama 2015
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

I like this show

I think it’s a pretty great show. I loved how a different character was the focus of every season. It also deals with a lot of issues like race, sexuality and stuff like that which I found interesting. But there is some sex, alcohol and drug use, that’s why I think 15+. But overall I think it has a good message.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 11+


This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (16 ):

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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