Skam is a Norwegian online television show hosted by NRK P3, the leading TV network in Norway. Skam (Translates to Shame in English) is a teen drama revolving around Oslo high school students attending Hartvig Nissen School.  This teen drama has grown around Norway in early 2016 and gained worldwide recognition after the release of Season 3 in October. Since it's start it has become one of the most popular television shows in Norway, with nearly half of all internet traffic to NRK leading to Skam.

Series Format

One of Skam's most interesting features is how the series is released. Much like the British TV drama "Skins", the show relies on revolving certain parts of the show around a specific character's point of view. Although, while Skins devotes episodes to specific characters, Skam devotes entires seasons to specific characters. In this set up, we follow one character throughout their journey of being a student in Nissen and the conflicts they experience with their friends, their partners, and their daily lives. 


Season 1


SKAM - Trailer Season 1

Season 1 (Original Air Date: 25 September, 2015) revolves around the character Eva and her relationship with her boyfriend Jonas. In this season, many characters are introduced including the main cast (Eva, Jonas, Isak, Noora, Sana, Vilde, and Chris) and recurring characters (Ingrid, "Penetrator" Chris, and William). Season 1 takes place during the fall semester in their first year at Hartvig Nissen. To read more on Season 1 click here.

Season 2


SKAM - Season 2 Trailer

Season 2 (Original Air Date: 4 March, 2016) revolves around the character Noora, her sexual assault and her relationship with William. In this season, Eskild, Linn, Kasper, and Nikolai are introduced. William also becomes a more major character. Season 2 takes place during the spring semester in their first year at Hartvig Nissen.To read more on Season 2 click here.

Season 3


Skam Season 3 Trailer

Season 3 (Original Air Date: 7 October, 2016) revolves around the character Isak, his dealings with his sexuality, and his relationship with Even. In this season, Mahdi, Emma, and Even are introduced and Magnus becomes a more major character. Season 3 takes place during the fall semester in their second year at Hartvig Nissen. To read more on Season 3 click here.

Season 4


SKAM Season 4 Trailer (Official)

Season 4 (Original Air Date: 10 April, 2017) revolves around the character Sana, and her problems with racism, russetiden as well as her feelings for Yousef. Elias, Mutta and Adam are also introduced, while Ingrid and Sara become more major characters. Season 4 takes place during the spring semester in their second year at Hartvig Nissen. To read more on Season 4 click here.

Awards and nominations

Year Organization Category Nominee(s) Result
2016 Gullruten Best TV drama Skam Won
Best new show
Innovation of the year
Best film editing TV drama Ida Vennerød Kolstø
Newcomer of the year Julie Andem
Mari Magnus
Audience Award Josefine Frida Pettersen Nominated
C21Media International Drama Awards Best digital original Skam Won
Foreningen Norden Nordic language prize
2017 E! Online Top TV Couple Evak (Isak & Even)
Gullruten Best TV drama Skam Nominated
Best Actor Tarjei Sandvik Moe
Best Writing for a Drama Julie Andem Won
Best Directing for a Drama
TV Moment of the Year "O helga natt"
Audience Award Henrik Holm
Tarjei Sandvik Moe
Peer Gynt AS Peer Gynt Prize Skam
Nordiske Seriedagers Awards Best Nordic TV drama
2018 Gaygalla Best TV series





SKAM all seasons trailers


Intermediate pre- trailers of Skam Hiatus

Notes and Trivia

  • Julie Andem started the story of the show around Noora and William but chose Eva as the main character of the first season to give the second season's romantic relationship a bit more background. Early on in the show, the central character for Season 3 (Isak) was decided as well.
  • In January 2017, NRK geo-blocked their website for non-Norwegian users, meaning people living/staying outside of Norway couldn't watch Skam through NRK, due to a dispute with Norway's music industry.[1]
  • During fall 2017, several remakes of Skam will start production; including one for American, Italian and French audiences.
    • "SKAM France" started airing in February, 2018.
    • "DRUCK", the German Skam, started airing in March, 2018.
    • "SKAM Italia" the Italian Skam, started airing in March, 2018.
    • "SKAM Austin", the American Skam, started airing in April 2018.
    • "SKAM España", the Spanish Skam started airing in September, 2018.
    • "SKAM NL", the Dutch Skam, started airing in September 2018.
    • "wtFOCK", the Belgium/Flemish Dutch Skam, started airing in October, 2018.
  • Several actors attended the Nordiske serie dager in September where they discussed the show and its impact. The show also won an award.

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