A Beginner’s Guide to Skam, Your New Teen-Drama Obsession

In recent weeks, a small but growing portion of the internet has become obsessed with a Norwegian teen drama called Skam. Perhaps you’ve heard nothing about it. Or perhaps, while wandering around online, you’ve seen GIFs or images of its characters, typically clad in an assortment of comfortable knits. Maybe you’ve even seen long, emotional responses to its various plot developments on Tumblr. Like all the best teen dramas, Skam inspires intense devotion — and the good news is that it deserves it. If you’re looking for some wintry comfort viewing, you’ve come to the right place.

Let’s start from the beginning. What is Skam?

Skam, which translates as “shame,” is a teen drama created by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK). It first premiered in September 2015, and it follows a group of kids who all attend the same high school in Oslo. Think Gossip Girl, but with kinder people and warmer coats, or Skins with softer lighting and better interior design.