Lucia – Italy

I am very grateful for Skam, because it really helped me and taught me that everything is love. I’ve learned to see love in every situation, even when there’s just a few, and it is such a beautiful sensation. I’m finally starting to feel good with myself and with other people. Thank you, Skam 💛

Giavonna, 14 – Philadelphia Pennsylvania, United States

I came across Skam not too long ago while scrolling through Youtube. I soon became obsessed with the clips I found online and was determined to find the show with English subtitles. Once I found it and began watching it, I was hooked. I enjoyed learning about Norwegian culture through the show and fell in love with the language, the characters, actors, relationships, seasons and even the songs!

The show has so many important messages and it made me question everything and think deeply about life. I am so lucky to have found this wonderful show and am very happy Julie is making an American version (even though it will never compare to the original.)

I am extremely grateful for this masterpiece and miss the show dearly <3

Anonymous, 13 – Poland

When I started watching SKAM, I was scared of myself. I had a social anxiety and I didn’t want to think about girls in THAT way. I am bisexual but back in those times, I was homophobic as hell.
One day, my sister wanted to show me something on her phone. She had Even and Isak kissing on her wallpaper. I asked “Who are these people?” “This is Even and this is Isak” “I don’t get it. These two are guy names” “Yes, because they are gay” I was shooked. My own sister! Next day she showed me from which TV Series they were, I wasn’t enjoying first episodes, but then I found something magical about it and watched first, second and third seasons in two days.I learned, that I can’t be someone I’m not just because I want to. That sexuality isn’t a choice, and those guys who were holding hands in the shopping centre were actually braver than I was. Now everybody knows that I love everyone and I have psychologic sessions.
Goodnight everyone!

André, 24 – Brazil

I have to thank every person involved in this amazing show.
I never felt more related to characters in my life, especially Noora and Isak.

Noora vision about equality and violence are really similar to mine, so watching she fall in love with William I felt like I was having the same struggles as her, I hated him at first but as their relationship grew I started liking him, and I started to see that I was so attached to my beliefs that I wasn’t giving him a chance.

As for Isak, I never felt so represented in my life. As a gay guy who doesn’t identify very much with the gay community, I saw myself couple years ago in him, my struggles, my fears, my denial, and I saw myself now in him too, his acceptance, his search for happiness and belonging. There were some times that I had to pause just to scream, because I couldn’t handle the feelings.

I felt fulfilled for the time in my life about a representation in the media (and I’ve been looking for two years for that).
So I’m thanking again everyone responsible for this show to make such real flawed characters that are gonna stick with me for the rest of my life. Thank you for showing that I’m not alone.

Fatima, 30 – Canada

SKAM – four simple letters, one word – but it cracks my heart open and spreads warmth across my chest. Everytime I think about the show, the characters – I start smiling and when I think too much, i’m on the verge of tears. Like right now. This show made a very emotionless and cold girl in to an emotional wreck.
I felt like a kid watching this show.
The part of me that is trapped inside, the part of me that resonated with Sana, that part I ignored for years. I chalked it up to :
‘this is not my culture’,
‘mum and dad dont understand that their culture is not my culture’,
‘I have the best of both worlds. then why am i not happy? why do i have to convince people from both worlds to let me be part of them? (I convinced myself that I wasn’t lonely and of so much more..i didn’t know over the years i had buried so much in my heart and ignored it)’
‘ mum and dad wont be pleased with me if I did this or that’
‘ what will mum and dad’s friends say. what will our community say’
‘ do i even have friends. do i tell them about Ramadan?’
‘ well i told them about eid. but no one wished me’

I’m not a kid anymore, i’m 30, and SKAM became my life.
This show, the narrative was made for the teens of Norway – but its also for anyone who grew up in a multicultural society and never had anyone represent their struggles on tv, never had an idol to look up to…i can go on and on. The realism of the show took me by surprise. Evak-love shook me to my core. Im not a romantic person, I dont feel intense ‘love’ emotions. Most of the time I dont feel anything, I just do things because my brain tells me its the right things to do.
Till I met Sana, Isak, Even (the holy trinity).
I’ve been too afraid to let people in, to let them get to know me better. I’m too afraid to get hurt, and too shy to get personal or show emotions. But Evak made me “feel” what ‘love’ could feel like!!
I want what Even and Isak have. and I want to be fearless like Sana.

Rehan, 22 – Jakarta, Indonesia

Sana’s story touched me in many ways.
Being a Muslim living in non Muslim country reflects on what would it be like when I live in other country. As it is my dream to move abroad. The confusion and the temptation is clearly there. And she face it ahead! And made through it! I really admire her strong personality dealing with everything throughout her season.

Tazkia Tazmi, 17 – Auckland, New Zealand

It has truly been one of the best and most relatable shows I have,and probably will, ever watch.

I hope Director Julie Andem sees this,because words cannot decribe what you have done for me. You have created fiction that turned my life around. I am now more considerate of others,I treat the mentally disabled with more patience and understanding,I have become much less quick to judge,I have been inspired and motivated to believe there is hope. I dream of a world, created by our generation, that overcomes racism, gender and sexuality discriminating,assult of sexual,physical or mental kind. You have showed us how the world could be without the divisions we create for ourself, and it is brilliant. I have realized that being a Muslim girl in Auckland city is not that hard a life to lead, when you answer all questions, however dumb or racist they may seem. I have realized the prettiest boy has a screwed up family,and the prettiest girl has a depressed mother. I know now not to judge. I have recognized imbalances of the world and why they occur. I have understood the world is in our hands now, our generation. And you have shown us the way to create a world that’s accepting,understanding and beautiful.

Thank you.

For making me grow from perhaps a more naive and judgemental person to someone who is accepting and understanding,feels confident about herself, and genuinely feels that love can make a difference after all. We needed your story more than you know because now that we have it, we know what we were missing. And we are very very very very thankful.

Narges, 17 – Tabriz, Iran

I just saw skam
I heared a lot about this tv show then i saw videos about noora and william and suddenly i fell in love with them
I saw the whole series in one day
Then i knew that amazing tv show canceled i was crying for tht amazing tv show so i should say thnk you skam for beign so amazing and awesome you Inspired me
And how amazing u show us about differences between people and how relationship could be Awful or amazing
I cant say anything to show how appreciate i am
And this breaks ma heart that i cant see them Together again
Noora and william thank u
U were amazing couple and i cried for u too
I want all of u guys stay amazing
Im muslim too cause in my Country We born muslim and how amazing this tv show show us cause were not that bad that people think about us
Cast
Specially William and noora
Stay amazing
Cause ur amazing💙
Amd i hope one day i could saw u again in another tvshow or movie💙

Anonymous, 34 – Norway

Kjære Julie,kjære alle sammen i Skam.
Jeg veit ikke helt hvor jeg skal begynne. Jeg har sett skam fra dag 1 . Jeg ser meg selv i mange av dem. Jeg har slitt med å bli mobbet og så slitt med komme ut av skapet . Takk være Isak (Tarjei ) og Even(Henrik ) har jeg blitt tøffere de lærte meg å se at alle fortjener å være den de ønsker å være .jeg så meg selv i Isak på så mange måter. Men da Isak ble tøffere følte jeg at jeg kunne .
Jeg slet med å være den jeg ville være å lot som jeg likte motsatt kjønn men like vell innerst inne var det samme kjønn som fikk meg til å føle hel.
Takk skam for alt dere har gjort for meg opp gjennom disse 4 sesongene.
Tusen tusen takk Julie for Skam.
Thank til alle skuespillerne

Huldra, 42 – Stavanger, Norway

Kjære Julie Andem. Og Thomas Hayes. Jeg vet at dere for sååå mye skryt om SKAM… Men likevel, også jeg må si mitt. Siden jeg har aldri sett noen snakke om William på den måten jeg gjør. William har vært enormt viktig karakter for meg. William som bror til Nikolai. William som har alle disse store traumaer på sine unge skulder, men som likevel er i stand til å velge kjærligheten. Denne historien har jeg faktisk lettet etter i nesten 20 år. Fordi jeg kjenner noen som også vokste opp med sin Nikolai. Og det har jeg da prøvd å forstå i årevis. Når jeg ble kjent med William, det gjorde ting lettere. Bare fordi at det ble synlig, at det ble endelig sagt. Å se på SKAM føltes som om jeg gikk på terapi. For disse psykopatiske, forstyrrede, slemme søsken finnes. De er den delen av familievold som snakkes minst om. Siden de er bare barn. Det hele blir en familie hjemlighet. Foreldrenes skam er så enormt. Og det finnes ingen ord for det engang. Alle søsken slåss. Blir du slått av mannen din, tar folk det seriøst. Blir du slått av broren din, er det bare helt normalt… Av og til tenker jeg, om hele greia er bare min fantasi, bare tilfeldig sammen satte bihistorie? Når det er så veldig få som ser dette i William. Men, nei? Når alle detaljene stemmer? William sine forsøk å holde sine hjemligheter. Måten å vise fram hvem han er. Kontrollen han har på sine følelser. Og måten han mister kontrollen, når Nikolai vet akkurat hvor han skal stikke. Men. Samme det. William har gjort et forskjell for meg. Tusen hjertelig takk, til alle involverte. Spesielt Julie og Thomas. Det er så viktig at dere vet hvor mye det arbeidet dere har gjort betyr.

Louise Gottliebsen, 35 – Trige, Denmark

Kjære Julie, Kjære Skam cast og crew, kære skuespillere

Takk for alt!
Alle der har set skam har en ynglings sæson. For mit vedkommende er det som så mange andre sæson 3.

Tak for at du så fint har fortalt om psykiske sygdomme uden at det blev kleint. Efter sæson 3. ramte verden er det blevet nemmer at fortælle om sig selv, mennesker man møder på sin vej er blevet mere åben. Jeg er blevet mere åben.

Jeg har lært om venskaber, kærlighed og næstekærlighed – I har flyttet på mine holdninger, gjort mig til en bedre menneske.

Jeg har pga. skam mødt nye mennesker, mennesker jeg ellers ikke ville have mødt! Vi har fået et fællesskab bygget på kærlighed og forståelse. Lige om lidt skal vi til fest i Oslo, en fest vi tilmeldte os uden nogen sinde at have mødt hinanden. Vi skal til koncert i København, en koncert der nu er blevet til skam fest for mennesker fra hele norden. Vi snakker om weekend tur med hygge og skam. Vi snakkes dagligt, mødes til både store og små ting.

Jeg er kommet på den bedste bus man kan forstille sig.

Jeg har lyttet til musik jeg eller ikke ville have opdaget. Musik som får mig til at smile, musik der får mig til at græde, musik der får mig til at mindes.

Jeg har lært at man ikke automatisk skal snakke engelsk til sin nordiske naboer, hvis bare man tager sig tid til at lytte er det ikke svært at kommunikere med hinanden. Norsk er blevet en lige så almindlig ting for mig som dansk.

Du har lært mig at Livet er NÅ, det er længe siden jeg har levet mit liv NÅ, længe siden jeg har gjort ting jeg er bage for, men du har lært mig at mennesker ikke er farlige.

Nu er skam slut, du fik sluttet eventyret på den allerfineste måde. Jeg må huske mig selv på at ALT ER LOVE!

Frykt sprer seg, men det gjør heldigvis kjærlighet og.

Anonymous, 25 – Sweden

I’ve lived my life afraid of people. Afraid of talking to them, and afraid of being honest. And I saw much of that in Isak.
When Dr. Skrulle asks Isak
“Isak, liker du andre mennesker?”
and he answers
“Ja… sikkert”
I realized that would have been my answer too. And that that probably wasn’t the right answer.
The question “liker du andre mennesker?” got stuck in my head for quite a while, and I spent a lot of time thinking about what might be wrong. For some reason I googled it one day. I don’t know if I was looking for a gif of the scene maybe, or you know how sometimes you just google stuff for no reason?
Anyway. The first page that comes up when you google the words “liker du andre mennesker” is the norwegian wikipedia article “Engstelig (unnvikende) personlighetsforstyrrelse” (Avoidant personality disorder).
I cried reading through it because I recognized so much of that behavior. I clearly remember the sentence “Hvis forstyrrelsen forblir ubehandlet, vil personen isolere seg selv mer og mer”, and how much it scared me.
I wasn’t sure I actually had AvPD, but I knew isolating myself the way that I was, even from the people I called my closest friends, wasn’t only sad – it was dangerous. It deprives life of it’s meaning if you never get to truly share it with someone.
It’s hard to explain how my life has changed since SKAM. On the surface it looks pretty much the same. And I’m still very much afraid of the same things that scared me before. But I know the ones closest to me have noticed how I’ve forced myself to open up to them a bit. How I can now sometimes talk about things that I felt I literally – physically – couldn’t before. And they have in return opened up more to me.
I hope this would’ve happened eventually with or without SKAM, but I know for sure SKAM was the catalyst that made it happen.
Life is realer now. Life is better.

Anonymous, 24 – Copenhagen, Denmark

I’ve never before identified with a character as much as I do with Sana. I’m not a muslim, I’m not religious, I’ve just never before seen internalisation of feelings done so well – or done at all – in media.
The balancing act of sacrifice and self-interest. The googling ‘how to get over someone’. The crying silently in secret. The deep love for a person that make you step back and let them have what you wanted. The strength to stick to your principles in the face of adversary. The thinking that you can fix everything yourself. The dignity, and the pride, and the idiocy of not trusting other people.
I see myself, and I am learning.

Polina, 17 – Russia

All my entire life I was told that difference from others is the worst thing could happen. That my desire to be educated and intelligent is boring and makes me nerd. Thank you SKAM for opportunity to believe that I can be loved and appreciated. My consciousness and my life views were literally inverted to a right direction. You guys must to remember: dont let yourself be misunderstood. World is full of people ready to become your soulmates. Just look around. And anothr one advice: you are 1000000 times better then your school jerks.
Thank you, Julie. Thank you, Mary. Thank you, Iman and Tarjei. TAKK FOR ALT

Rowen Theodore, 16 – Shawnee, Kansas, United States

When I was a kid growing up in the middle of redneck country, my father told me that all mentally ill people were inherently evil. My community taught me that there was no place in the world for queer people. I was taught to hate myself before I even knew who I was. In a town a mere hour’s drive away from the Westboro Baptist Church, the LGBT+ community is constantly in danger. I’ve heard horror stories of hate crimes from friends I’d do anything for. LGBT+ people make up 40% of our homeless youth, and last year I nearly joined them when I wrote queer poetry on the walls of my closet during a manic episode in the aftermath of Orlando. I spent so much of my life believing that I was alone. I’d been taught that a girl who likes girls is a dead girl, that people like me were made to burn. I cannot express how important Skam is to me. For the first time in my life, I saw people like me getting a happy ending. I saw people like me humanized on screen. And what you’ve done for us in Norway, today, will save the lives of LGBT+ people in perilous situations all over the world tomorrow. I cannot thank you enough for the feeling of acceptance and understanding you’ve given me. Thank you, Skam.

Natella, 16 – Podolsk, Russia

Write a thankful letter to the series, which is unlikely to find any of its creators, or participants, would never have thought that I would spend so much time on this lesson. But right now, I’m doing it right now. My page in the social network will be captured by hackers, and maybe erased in units and zeros, leaving behind a single word, photos, videos. But to say thank you, when it’s so important, I can.
Thanks to SKAM for giving hope to many of their fans and believing in life. Thanks for everything, everyone found in this show. Thank you that a girl who was subjected to sexual violence, and before that was maniacal, continued to fight and now can again live day after day, without thinking about suicide. Thank you that the boy, suffering from clinical depression, thinking every time that destroys other people’s lives by being offended by his friends and relatives, having looked at the show and seeing his own fears and feelings on the screen, is now cured and is writing a new book. Thank you that hundreds of thousands of teenagers have found support that they did not receive in real life. Thank you that “no one is lonely” and for “everything is love,” for “everyone you meet, waging a fight about which you do not know anything, be kind, always,” for “the world is full of chaos and every our action carries a consequence “Thanks for” your body needs potatoes, for “life – here and now”, for “fear spreads, but fortunately, love is spreading too.” Thank you so much sense in every act of the character, so many reasons to Think about and look around.Thank you the ship SKAM, which threw a lifeline to many, and even m e.
Thank you.
I hope that my mistakes during the translation were not so terrible. But each of us is given the right to make mistakes. Because mistakes are an experience. And experience is life.
<3

Pilar, 18 – Argentina

SKAM changed my life forever. As crazy as it sounds. Each character and each story engraved so deeply within myself. The way Julie wrote and cared about every single detail showed on and off screen created a show so special, relatable and unique. O Helga Natt will go down as the most breathtaking beautiful piece of art ever shown on television.
Thank you SKAM, for introducing me to such different cultures and religions. Thank you for changing and educating me, I’m forever grateful. And thank you for reminding me that you are never truly free until you’ve accepted yourself and everything that you are.
Takk for alt, alt er love <3

Esther, 39 – Denmark

Nu er der gået nogle uger siden jeg græd på vej hjem fra Oslo, mens jeg så det allersidste klip af SKAM. Jeg har savnet SKAM hver dag siden. Men jeg er også ufattelig taknemlig for, at jeg måtte være med i dette fantastiske univers.
SKAM har fanget mig selv om jeg ikke er i målgruppen og serien har givet mig lidt af en midtlife crisis, for who am I kidding – jeg er jo ikke 17 år længere. Følelserne, der bliver portrætteret i SKAM er dog universelle og ægte og hvem gad ikke godt opleve den fantastiske følelse af brændende forelskelse i teenageårene igen…
Sæson 3 er min yndlingssæson. Jeg blev virkelig forelsket i Isaks og Evens kærlighed. Isak, der kæmper med at anerkende sig selv som han er, har rørt mig dybt og Evens historie er kommet tæt på mig, da jeg selv kæmper med psykiske udfordringer. Hele serien har sat mange tanker i gang og den har hjulpet mig til at se mig selv og andre med nye øjne. Jeg er blevet mere rummelig og har nemmere ved at acceptere andre, selv om jeg ikke nødvendigvis er enig med dem. SKAM har lært mig, at vi alle går rundt med hver vores bagage, men at det nok skal gå, hvis vi passer på hinanden, er ærlige over for os selv og hinanden, giver hinanden plads og husker at kommunikere med hinanden.
En anden gave SKAM har givet mig er de mange helt fantastiske mennesker jeg har mødt på grund af serien – både online og irl og som jeg kan dele min kærlighed for serien og rigtig mange andre ting med. Disse venskaber betyder så meget for mig (shout-out til FogE & LLJ).
TAK for alle de oplevelser, jeg har fået pga. af SKAM og tak for alle de vigtige emner, der er blevet taget op og formidlet på en SÅ ufattelig fin måde. Julie Andem og resten af SKAM-crewet – jeg elsker jer! Please, bliv ved med at skabe vidunderlige historier! Tak til Lisa, Josefine, Tarjei og Iman fordi jeg måtte bo i jeres hoveder og tak til alle jer andre fantastiske skuespillere for jeres fremragende præstationer og den dejlige tid, jeg har fået med jer og jeres historier! <3

Alexandra, 29 – Sweden

SKAM has giving me hope of the next generation. SKAM has shown me a different reality. A reality where the youths of today are bright, kind and brave. Where it doesn’t matter if your friend is straight or gay, muslim or christian, thick or thin. A reality where it doesn’t really matter if you fuck up every now and then as long as you know about it and take responsibility for it. And I love it. It’s exactly how it should be.
It’s 2017 -spread the love!

Stort tack Julie Andem och Norge för SKAM <3

Lisa Yan, 18 – Copenhagen, Denmark

Jeg skylder “SKAM” så meget, at jeg nok aldrig fuldt ud vil kunne udtrykke min taknemmelighed. Gennem min opvækst er jeg stødt på tv-serier og film om anoreksi, depression og andre psykiske lidelser, som på en eller anden måde kan glamouriseres og/eller gøres Hollywood-worthy. Det er jeg superglad for, da nogle værker er så godt skrevet, at de giver en form for forløsning til dem, der døjer med noget lignende. Før jeg så Isaks sæson, var jeg dog aldrig stødt på en repræsentation af, hvad det vil sige at have en skizofren mor. Selvom man aldrig helt finder ud af, hvilken sygdom hun har, kunne jeg se mig selv i Isak så meget, at det var skræmmende. Det var så smertefuldt at se, fordi jeg gennem mange år selv har skammet mig over min dysfunktionelle familie, som på ydersiden engang var perfekt. Ligesom Isak måtte jeg, dog som 16-årig, flytte ud, fordi min mors vrangforestillinger steg hende til hovedet. Da jeg så ham i episode otte, hvor Even fortæller om deres fremtidige bryllup og “Pretty Woman”, blev jeg trukket tilbage til alle de gange, min mor har fablet i flere timer om dem, der forfølger hende. Og det vakte sådan en kæmpestor frygt inden i mig for, at jeg en dag på samme måde vil falde for en, som vil tage mig tilbage til det mønster, jeg engang var fanget i i flere år.
Jeg lærte dog også i de senere afsnit, at det ikke er det samme mønster. For netop fordi Isak havde erfaring med sin mor, vidste han, hvordan han skulle håndtere dét at være omkring nogen med psykisk sygdom, og det gav ham samtidig en forståelse over for hans mors lidelse. I alle disse år har jeg ligesom Isak skubbet min mor væk, fordi det gør så ondt at skifte mellem at have hende tæt på til at være flere galakser fra hende, men sæson 3 lærte mig, at der også er en lykkelig slutning for folk med psykiske lidelser og deres pårørende. Jeg lærte, at jeg ikke hader min mor, men skizofrenien, og hvad det har gjort ved vores forhold. For jeg elsker hende jo – også selvom jeg ikke kunne redde hende.

Hila, 17 – Israel

I found SKAM through instagram on late December. I started watching on January 2nd. I met my first friends on February. I orginized a meetup of fans all over the country on 3rd of april. This meetup was about SKAM on paper, but was so much more than that.
I found my greatest friends through SKAM, not only from my country, but from all over the would. You can always find someone to relate to in skam and in the fandom, which is why I think this show brings people together. Every person I met was a true shining gem. I wish for SKAM to grow stronger and wider, so a lot of people will be revealed on topics such as eating disorders, mental illness, sexuality and much more that they don’t teach you in school. I love my skamily and they love me back.

Dimi, 17 – Spain

Dear Julie Andem,
Thank you for creating such an amazing show, to which I could relate to in so many ways.
My friends told me in 2016 about “a Norwegian TV Show SKAM”, and I took their advice to check it out, not knowing that it would change my life completely. I immediately found myself related to Isak and Even’s story in every possible way: the way Isak noticed boys (Even) rather than girls, I even used to do the exact same “gay test” online before I was comfortable about my sexuality, the way how I realised that I should accept myself and feel confident to talk to my friends about it, and how depression is very common and all you need to do is talk about it.
After I came out to my friends, I got so much support from them, and I cannot tell you how depressed and barricaded I felt before I could talk to anybody about it.
SKAM seriously helped me, but also it showed my parents, too, the teenage struggles and what I was going through before I came out.
Again, a HUGEEE THANK YOU to all the people who were involved in SKAM. You all honestly changed my life, and the show gave me so so much support!!
TUUUSEN TAKK til dere! Takk for alt!
Dimi Xx #ALTERLOVE

Anna, 36 – Norway

Da jeg fikk høre om SKAM, tenkte jeg at dette kunne være interessant for meg som lærer i videregående skole å følge med på. Aldri hadde jeg trodd at serien kom til å få meg til å føle så sterkt. Som så mange andre, kan jeg kjenne meg igjen i det karakterene går igjennom. Eva når hun føler seg ensom og usikker, Noora når hun forelsker seg i “feil” gutt, Isak når han ikke klarer å kommunisere følelsene sine, og Sana når hun tror at gutten hun liker er forelska i venninna hennes. SKAM har tatt opp tema som ungdom trenger å lære om, og jeg tror den har hjulpet mange unge til å forstå seg selv og andre bedre. Jeg er imponert over hvordan SKAM er laget, konseptet er nyskapende og svært fengende. Jeg er også imponert over de talentfulle, unge skuespillerne som har fått oss seere til å leve oss så mye inn i karakterene de spiller. Mest imponert er jeg over Julie Andem som klarer å skrive ting vi alle trenger å høre, ting som er så bra at selveste politiet siterer det. Selv kommer jeg til å sitere og bruke SKAM inne i klasserommet så lenge jeg er lærer. Så til alle som har jobbet med SKAM: Takk for alt!

Anonymous, 16 – Norway

The end of SKAM
I could say a thousand things. I know this isn’t enough. It could never be.
I am still processing it. And I don’t think I will ever be completely over the fact that SKAM has ended.
Just because something is happening inside your head doesn’t mean that it is not real.
If you feel it, it is true.
Everything in SKAM was real for me.
We have to remember the people we got to know.
We have to carry with us all the beautiful moments.
We have to carry with us all that we learned.
The community it created.
Heck yeah, the universe it created!
Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it happened.
SKAM will always exist. Online and in our hearts.
Thank you for everything! I have learned so much. About understanding other humans and the world.
Through SKAM I felt respected, cared about and understood.
You made me not feel alone.
Fear spreads, but luckily love does too.

Sebastian, 20 – Ecuador

A few years ago, I was like Isak, still confused about my sexuality and kinda embarrased about it, I felt it was something for me to hide but Isak’s journey to come out has been an inspiration to me and it’s quite similar to mine. I too took these tests and had the same feeling towards the stereotypical gay idea but Eskild speech was inspiring and helped me understand better the LGBT community, how Isak fought for his love and became a mature person was an inspiration and it has helped to come out to my friends and feel proud of who I am. I’m still hoping to find my Even, but to accept who you are tastes like freedom. Thank you, Julie for creating a show that has helped teens around the planet, many of them who live in conservative societies, to accept their sexuality.

Anonymous, 19 – Kazakhstan

I was very judgemental when I was 16. I was atheist and thought of religious people as ignorant ones. When I turned 17, I met the person who changed my views completely. I became very religious Muslim and I still am. But this person tought me that other religions were false and atheists were silly. So in terms of judgementalism, I didn’t change much. I just started judging atheists and non-Muslims. After watching skam, I changed my attitude towards religion again. Skam taught me that it doesn’t matter if you are Muslim, Christian, atheist, etc. If it makes you happy, be it. Now, I am not judgemental anymore, I’m tolerant.

Simona, 18 – Naples, Italy

11 December 2016, that’s where it all started for me, the night when Skam entered my heart and never left it. Skam became the second most important tv show in my life after Glee. It has changed my life for the best and helped me through some difficult situations in my life.
All the episodes are full of important messages and I’m so grateful that now they have watched it worldwide, because these wisdom words needs to be spread. Because “people need people”, and I can’t even explain how much I’ve needed all of the characters to say those words that Julie wrote for them. Skam has introduced very important topics and has helped people around the world fight their own demons. I need to thank you every single person that made Skam what it is, and made my life better.
Takk for changing the world piece by piece. “Fear spreads, but fortunately love does too”. ❤️💙💚💛💜

Parks, 14 – United States

skam has changed my life completely. from the beginning to the end i have admired this show. i related so much to isak while i was in the closet and unable to express and be myself. this show is the reason i came out. and it gave me so much courage to and hope that it will be okay when i did. it changed me as a person. it taught me to be kind to everyone and that everyone is fighting a battle. and there will NEVER be a day that i will not be thankful for skam. thank you to this show for saving my life.

BB, 36 – Norway

In a world where things are moving too fast, where it sometimes feels like there is no hope, where it feels like we do not have time for each other and where it seems that we have forgotten what really matters, SKAM gave me the opposite. It mirrored what I truly feel inside, it mirrored my hopes, my dreams, my inner struggles and my most difficult feelings and thoughts. Most of my life I have felt alone with my brain and everything inside of it, but SKAM showed me I am not. Nobody is. We just need to open up, trust, take a risk and jump, and most of all love, accept and respect each other; no matter what. And if we fail, we need to pick up the peaces, and try again. One step at the time, day by day. Together.

Matja, 37 – Norway

Kjære Julie Andem! Tusen takk for denne fantastiske serien! Takk for alt vi har lært! Takk for at du røsker i fordommene våre! Takk for at du tør! Takk for ungdommer uten filter! Du har hatt en fantastisk stab og noen utrolig talentfulle skuespillere. Men når de blir spurt om hvordan serien har blitt til, hvordan de kan spille så bra og hvordan skamuniverset har blitt så populært, så er svaret alltid: Julie Andem! Selv om det er absolutt heartbraking at Skam er slutt så må vi prøve å respektere det. Men lov oss at uansett hva du finner på nå: aldri slutt å spre skam-love, uansett på hvilken måte du gjør det på. For mennesker trenger Julie Andem!

(Og ikke vær redd – regningen for tapt nattesøvn og arbeidsfokus kommer i posten om noen dager).

Nao, 23 – Paris, France

It was so important to see a representation of Islam on media that didn’t encourage hate or fear. I will never stress that enough. I wish Sana existed when I was 16 but I’m mostly grateful because this season raised awareness on my religion, the most important aspect of my life. Non Muslim fans asked questions to Muslim fans about Islam. SKAM tackled social issues on culture, religion and identity. It humanized Sana but us as well. For this I am grateful. For the love I am grateful. For human interactions I am grateful. Discussions erase fear and are key to development. Share with people and be kind to all. We all live battles. We all need to live this journey that is life together as people. We are all trying to make it right.
We will never be enough of something because we are a little of everything. Takk for Alt.

Jane Kronvald Hansen, 43 – Ejstrupholm, Denmark

I have spent the last month thinking what SKAM actually meant to me. But didn’t reach a conclusion, I didn’t find the exact words to tell you all.
Before SKAM my life was spent mainly from my house, I was scared of life, scared of being judged, scared of being let down, so I had my guard up and kept everyone at arms length …. Seeing Isak doing the same I woke up, at the age of 42 it took a 17 year old boy to wake me from the living dead … Because of SKAM I have travelled to Oslo alone, went to the theatre alone, even took the initiative to talk to some of the actors. I went to several restaurants alone, had a lovely time, interacted with the staff. Met fellow skam fans, made friends for life ..
Now because of SKAM I’m not scared of the world, I’m full of hope and excitement and LOVE … TAK FOR ALT, TAK FOR LIVET MIT ❤️

Anonymous, 21 – Australia

SKAM has changed my life. In the absolute best way possible. I have learnt so much about myself and the world around me. I relate to the show and the characters so much. Even and Vilde, especially. Which is why I am so upset that they will never have their own season… but I just want to say thank you to SKAM and to Julie. Thank you. For everything.

Cam, 17 – United States

When I found SKAM, I thought there was no way that it could be /that/ good. But when I started watching it, I immediately fell in love with the representation of reality and the truthfulness of being a teenager in today’s world. I come from a religious family and have never been able to share my liberal views about big topics (like sexuality, world religion, even politics, etc). I learned so much from each character and have applied much of what I’ve learned into my real life. Living in America, I always see very glorified drama on tv and in film, but that’s not how it is with SKAM. It’s real. It’s genuine. It talks about everything that America is too scared to touch light to. I applaud and respect all the SKAM crew so greatly for bringing attention to BIG topics that don’t get enough positive rep in media.
SKAM has changed many areas of my life, and has taught me to love myself, accept myself, stay true to myself and do all of that for others, too. This show has taught me to not be afraid of my thoughts and opinions just because my parents and family would disagree. I love SKAM and everything it has done for me. I’m a better person because of it. My world has been flipped upside down because of a short four season show from Norway, and I can’t thank the SKAM cast and crew enough. Takk for alt.

Valya – Russia

Well, SKAM was change my life. I am understand more things, that I don’t know earlier. I am very greatfull for all SKAM Team, because they are so cool, awesome, gorgeous, and they are the best. I want to say, that we need to say thank you to all people, who worked with SKAM, because they are created a new world. Tussen Takk

Anonymous – Norway

I perioder kunne min første kjæreste plutselig gjøre uvanlige ting, ting jeg slett ikke forstod. Det imponerte meg, men det skremte meg også. Da jeg så Isaks skiftende ansiktsuttrykk i Plaza-scenen, var det som å se meg selv. Min kjæreste tok stadig mer drastiske valg på topp og bunn. Det var ekte kjærlighet, men ikke enkelt. Han ble 24 år. Takk for at jeg 20 år etter opplever at jeg forstår ham bedre.

Anonymous, 16 – London, United Kingdom

Most representations of the Muslim community, the LGBT community in the media etc.. are far fetched and over generalised where stereotypical representations are portrayed reflecting a minority. It’s shown that Gays are out GOING and Muslims are unbelievably disintegrated or suspects. The thing is with Skam it broke these barriers and it presented stories and ideas which not only are seen as taboo but are rarely discussed on tv. It promulgated ideas of nationalism and equality, problems with the refugee crisis and Capitalism. In a world and media saturated society ideas like these are rarely integrated into more ‘commen’ ideas such as sex and boys. The integration of theses almost teenage issues(sex) with more worldy and problematic issues (capitalism) was done with immense thought and was very successful. You have taught us more about LGBTs and Islam and Norway than school has ever done. So many people have misinterpretations about Islam but you have taught people who have never even heard of the culture more than religious education lessons ever will. And not to be soppy and cringe but genuinely thank you for not only bringing people together but teaching and educating through entertainment which so many must learn from. Because not only should we live life now but we must remember of all of those around us and make sure that everyone has the chance to live life in the now .

Anna, 36 – Sweden

Jag tror inte jag sett någon serie som varit så naken, ärlig och respektfull i sin skildring av illa människor och deras olika perspektiv. Den visar komplexiteten i att vara människa på ett suveränt sätt. Jag önskar jag sett serien när jag var tonåring och när jag var ung vuxen då hade den hjälpt mig att inse att jag egentligen inte var konstig och fel utan bara mänsklig och unik precis som alla andra. Jag har blivit så berörd och jag har skrattat och gråtit och jag har inte ens kunnat se alla avsnitt om Even och hans sjukdom, det kom för nära då jag själv kämpar med psykisk ohälsa.

Astrid, 15 – Mexico

Skam changed a lot about me and mostly about the people surrounding me. I always had trouble expressing my beliefs to others. People surrounding me have always been very close-minded and I’ve always felt afraid of expressing my acceptance for every type of people. I figured a good way of doing this without straight forward talking about it would be recommending Skam, and it worked. My friends stopped making jokes about certain kind of people, and I even watched skam with my family every once in a while. They soon understood it was important for me to show in every possible way acceptance and love for each other and started to do it. I can’t express how grateful I am to every person behind skam. It’s definitely the most touching and meaningful Tv show I have ever watched. All the love.

Nina Dixon, 39 – NJ, United States

I found Skam while scrolling through my Facebook feed in April & came across a Vice article recommending the show- especially season 3. When I saw it was a teen show, I put off watching it but came back to it after Buzzfeed also posted an article. Now, I am constantly recommending it on all of my social media channels, to clients of all ages-especially adults & it even inspired me to start an LGBTQ+ youth group. I also blogged about it on Skam Appreciation Day here: http://bit.ly/ThankYouToSkam where #ThankYouSkam trended #2 worldwide for 7 hours on series finale day! The cast & crew were absolutely amazing but hats off to Julie for her mastermind of breaking down barriers that the world so very much needed– & also to Siv, for providing extra nurturing & support to some of the fans. & last but not least, to all of the accounts that uploaded videos & texts with English subs!
Thank you for creating this website & providing an outlet to share our love for Skam 🙂

Camilla, 18 – Italy

Thank you Skam, because you made me realize how important it is to enjoy every little thing, or at least what seems to be little. Thank you because I saw myself, my pain and my happiness in every single character and it helped me go through such a lot, especially this year. Thank you because Skam is the only TV series so far that doesn’t stop on appearance but goes further, inside the truth of every character. Thank you Skam because, honestly, you changed my life.

Anonymous, 15 – Tallin, Estonia

Seeing a character that has a mental illness was so amazing to me. I have mental illnesses too, and the way I saw Even was so real, I related to him so much. Even made me feel much more normal. And even though I still have some problems, skam has made me feel like it’s okay. There also was a point in my life where skam had saved my life entirely, so I’ll be forever thankful for that.

Silhouette, 24 – Taiwan

My best memory is to watch SKAM in November of last year until now. I was much amazed by genuine and affecting performance Tarjei and Henrik did in season 3. They are natural but astonishing. I bursted into tears when Isak’s heart was once broken and being stunned by Even’s lonely brain with thinking. Even’s soft heart and sorrowful eye always take my breath away.

Especially, SKAM is an awesome work that I’ve never watched such authentic series that stirs up my feelings extremely. Every character is all of “ME”, they are so realistic. As a lesbian and a melancholic, same as Even; I always think I’m not deserved to be loved and understand well “the only way to have something in infinite time, is by losing it.” But now I’m struggle doing myself the way I am. Livet er nå!

I truly appreciate that SKAM let people know about LGBTQIA group and diminish misunderstanding of mental illness. Thank you for all SKAM crews give me not only goose bumps but also inspiration during this series. My sincere delight is not because SKAM changes the world much or saves all people from the hell, that’s “making me reflecting my life as well.” What I try best is to face uncomfortable conflicts and depression while life is still going on. I learn to be tender and become a more sympathetic person to people who are around.

I’m proud of myself, being proud of being a human being.

 

Takk for alt. Kjærlighet er på toppen!

Henriette, 15 – Norway

Takk Skam, for alt.
Mamma viste meg Skam under sesong 2, og det intresterte meg ikke så mye på den tiden selv om det var spennende på et vis. Min største interesse var å få vite mer om Isak, etter hva vi så på slutten av sesong 1 etter at Noora hadde lånt mobilen hans.
LGBTQ+ er en viktig del av meg som panromantikker og dessuten så er han favoritten min. Jeg følte vi fikk bare vite om jentene, og det gjorde meg nysgjerrig på Isak, Jonas og senere Magnus og Madhi. Så kom sesong 3 og jeg fikk ikke sett den før januar 2017. Jeg så hele sesongen på en kveld, vanligvis så gråter jeg ikke over serier… men denne gangen gjorde jeg det. Historien til Isak og Even gjorde en stor innflytelse på meg og jeg er kjempe glad for at jeg fikk se historien deres. Jeg følte jeg kunne se meg selv i både Isak og Even på visse tider, og jeg følte at jeg endelig kunne forstå noe om meg selv. Å se hvor mye Isak har positivt forandret seg etter han møtte Even er utrolig, og jeg er så glad for å se at han er stolt for hvem han er.
Alle karakterene har en del av hjerte mitt sammen med skuespillerene. Spesielt Tarjei og Isak.

Skam har gjort meg stolt av å være norsk. Ja, vi har masse å være stolt over i dette landet… men ingenting et like stort som det Skam viser. Og jeg er stolt over hvem jeg er, noe som Skam faktisk har hjulpet meg med.

Skam har lært oss så mye, så når jeg ser på serien en gang til, tenker jeg på det som noe å glede seg over, en påminnelse og at alt bra vil komme til en slutt.

Husk:
“Du er ikke alene”
“Livet er nå”
ALT ER LOVE

Sesong 3 er den jeg ser mest, og dette er hva jeg tenker mest.

Takk Julie Andem for denne fantastiske serien. Takk alle Skamskuespillerne for å gi fortellingene liv. Stor takk alle som har vært med å skape det vi fikk av Skam.

Folk oppfører seg mer ‘voksent’ etter Skam. De er mer forsiktige på hva de sier på en måte. Noe jeg er kjempe glad for.

Igjen, tusen takk til de.
❤️ Alt er Love ❤️

Anonymous, 31 – Denmark

Takk takk TAKK for fantastiske SKAM.
Fældede min første tåre i sæson 1, da jeg mødte mit eget 16-årige jeg i Eva.
Følte den første varme forelskelse i sæson 2, da spændingen mellem Noora og William bjergtog mig.
Følte fuldkommen opslugende forelskelse i sæson 3, da Isak mødte Even.
Græd for Sana og hendes udenfor-følelse og splittelse i sæson 4.

Takk for rejsen. Den var uforglemmelig, smuk og lærerig.

Marianne, 46 – Oslo, Norway

I started watching SKAM in the spring of 2016. Immediately, with the sound of Jonas’ voice in the first minutes of SKAM, I fell in love with the series, the characters, the music, the storytelling.

Yet, it was season 3 that shook me to the core. I was not prepared. How much could the coming-out story of a 17 year old boy affect me, a separated grownup mum? But under the Mekke øl-clip, something happened. I had been living in a grey cloud for years, and my latest experience with relationship had drained me of energy. And then, the sight of the two crushing boys in the windowsill hit me so hard. I woke up.

With almost shock effect, SKAM reminded me of all the beautiful moments that have come and gone through life, which I had almost forgotten because life was too heavy for a while. I not only remembered these moments, I felt them so strongly again. And SKAM gave me faith in hat the beautiful moments in life will come back. SKAM made me want to fall in love again. SKAM reminded me of the magic that happens between people as long as we dare to show who we are. SKAM helped me look behind my own prejudices. It made me realize what fear of being rejected does to people. And had done to me. SKAM reminded me that it’s worth being open and honest. Despite the possibilities of being hurt. These reminders were aha experiences. Maybe because SKAM made me feel it first before thinking about it.

I may have finally realized how love can look like. And I have realized that I have people like Sana, Vilde, Jonas and all the others in the SKAM universe in my own life. And this has made me so grateful. SKAM has helped me look up and around me again, to look at people and to be seen. SKAM, unlike other shows, has not been an escape from reality. SKAM has woken me up to reality again. I am so endlessly grateful to SKAM and to the community around SKAM. Thank you for your masterpiece Julie Andem. Thank you all you incredible actors. Just imagine what you have created! Butterflies

Tinna Boman, 27 – Sweden

SKAM took me completely by surprise.
I discovered it by accident, and before I knew it, I was completely drawn into its universe. It’s impossible to summarize what SKAM has meant to me, but what it did for me first and foremost was spark my musical creativity, resulting in one love song to Isak and Even, and one goodbye song. The latter is a tribute filled with sadness and sentimentality but above all gratitude for the ways in which it has affected me and the world around me.

This is my goodbye song to SKAM, I hope you enjoy it.

Anonymous, 18 – Sweden

I have struggled with mental illness for a long time, and I watched my friends go out and have fun and party, just like most of the characters in SKAM does, while I was lying at home in bed. I’ve always felt bad and like I was the only one, and then Linn came along, and just seeing someone like me was such a relief. Rakel portrays depression perfectly.

And then Henrik comes with his portrayal of a character with mental illness, and it’s amazing to see a show portray something that is often ignored or considered shameful.

Thank you SKAM, for representing mental illness.

Kendall, 17 – United States

I found skam in a time when I felt really lost. It sounds stupid, but watching this show has made me kinder, more empathetic, and more introspective than anything else. It’s been a whirlwind, but it’s something I wouldn’t trade for anything. The friends I’ve made along the way understand me more than I do myself and being able to resonate with this show is the most comforting thing I’ve experienced in a long time. Takk for alt, skam.

Anonymous, 27 – Sweden

Tusen tusen TACK för att du öppnat mina ögon, Julie Andem. Jag skäms för att erkänna att jag tidigare delvis sett en förtryckt kvinna när jag sett en kvinna i hijab. Nu ser jag istället Sana – en cool, stark och självständig jenta. TACK Julie Andem och Iman Meskini för att ni har visat en annan sida av Islam än den vi vanligtvis matas med. TACK för att ni visat att religion kan vara något oroligt fint.

SKAM har även inspirerat mig att vara mer öppen mot mina vänner och våga prata. Att våga uppmärksamma när något inte verkar stå helt rätt till med en vän, och även våga prata om mina egna problem. TACK för det!

Christine, 51 – Denmark

Verden trenger Skam, og det gør jeg også.
Skam holdt håbet oppe og kærligheden og det menneskelige i fokus. Vi er fulde af fejl og udviklingsmuligheder, sårbare og skønne. Alle andre steder er diskussioner om politik og det at være menneske så hårde, konfronterende. Selv når jeg lytter til de, der har holdninger jeg er enige i, synes jeg hurtigt de bliver så firkantede, så dogmatiske at høre på. Skam viser os noget andet. En anden måde at se på verden, et håb. Den viser os hvad vi indeholder. Alt det potentiale vi har.
Skam har ikke bare været en serie, med en fantastisk realtidsoplevelse, et kunstværk, skabt af geniale, kreative mennesker med stor følsomhed og tons af humor. Den var ikke bare “derude”.
Den eksisterede også hos os, de skambidte, “the skamily”. Vi har grint og grædt, diskuteret, lyttet åndeløst og med tårer i øjnene på hinandens erfaringer, ligget vågne om natten, utålmodigt ventet på det næste livstegn, haft henførte forelskede smil…
Den forandrede mig. Mit fundament, mine tektoniske plader forskubbede sig i mødet med Skam. Det er så fuldstændig vanvittigt, men jeg tror, jeg ikke rigtig vidste hvordan to voksne mennesker viser og udtrykker deres kærlighed til hinanden, hjerte til hjerte, før jeg så sæson 3! Og jeg har et barn og flere forhold bag mig (!) Manuskriptet, instruktionen, hele set-up’et og de fuldstændig eminente skuespilpræstationer, kombineret med realtidsoplevelsen og diskussionerne undervejs på de sociale medier nåede dybt, dybt ind og forandrede mig, forløste mig. Jeg er ikke længere den samme, min verden er ikke længere den samme.
Jeg opfatter også andre mennesker anderledes end før, ser vores fantastiske potentiale, al vores sårbarhed og ufuldkommenhed. Skam talte til mit hjerte, og ikke bare mit intellekt. Den nåede mig helt derinde, hvor der er blødt og sårbart, og dermed kunne den forandre mig.
Så tak, af hjertet tak <3

Anonymous, 50 – Norway

Kjære Julie,kjære Skamredaksjon og kjære skuespillere <3

Dette har vært en utrolig reise i egen virkelighetsoppfatning. Selv om jeg ikke har følt meg spesielt fordomsfull fra før, så har jeg på en merkelig måte mistet noen fordommer jeg ikke visste at jeg hadde. Jeg kom ganske sent inn i serien, når sesong 3 begynte, men har selvfølgelig memorert både sesong 1 og 2 i ettertid. Sesong 3 var nok den som traff meg mest, sikkert fordi jeg var uforberedt på real time effekten, i tillegg til to fantastiske skuespillere som på en merkelig måte klarte å dra oss inn i deres følelsesliv. Kan aldri huske noen gang å ha blitt så dratt inn i en kjærlighetshistorie. Og det at det var to tenåringsgutter var noe jeg rett og slett ikke tenkte på etterhvert, jeg så bare kjærligheten mellom dem og at de måtte få hverandre. Og sånn var det nok for mange. Dere har virkelig skapt noe unikt med denne historien, og fått oss “litt” utenfor målgruppen til å kjenne på litt følelser vi nesten hadde glemt vi hadde også – og løfte blikket litt igjen og se oss om etter vår egen episke kjærlighetshistorie. Uken mellom episode 8 og 9 var rett og slett slitsom rent følelsesmessig, (på en positiv måte vel og merke).

Jeg merker også at jeg passer meg for å bli for generaliserende, og tenker på hva Skam har lært meg. Selv om sesong 3 var den første som treff meg, er jeg like glad i alle sesongene. Har lært masse om de forskjellige temaene som ble tatt via diskusjoner på FB. Skamfansen kan mye, og de deler gjerne av sin kunnskap. Og de mest engasjerte er like varme som Skam, det er ikke tilfeldig at de ble fans.

Elsker alle karakterene, de kan vi både le og gråte av og sammen med. Elsker blandingen av humor og alvor. Takk for den nydelige siste episoden i sesong 4, elsket den. Det ble bare 4 sesonger, men de kan vi se på mange ganger. Og det kommer jeg nok til å gjøre. Vi oppdager noe nytt hver gang. Skam har betydd mye for mange rundt om i verden, og det kan dere være veldig stolte av. #Alterlove

Natacha, 18 – United Kingdom

Jeg begyndte at se SKAM i marts efter min Farmor på 80 som bor i DK forslog at jeg så det. Jeg hurtigt fandt en link til at se det på internettet og gik i gang med det samme og så alle tre sæsoner på en uge (i mens at være på skole og læse til eksamen, oops!) Jeg bliv helt betaget af det når jeg hurtigt så mig selv som Noora i S2, da jeg har nogen forskellige holdninger til alkohol, fester, hooking osv. til mine veninder og dem omkring mig. Det var rart at få ad vide igennem en figur på skærmen at jeg ‘er ikke alene’, at jeg ikke er den eneste der har det sådan. At se Noora håndtere alle de ‘fuckboys’ og moralske problemer hun mødte i sin sæson gav mig trøst at det var ok at gøre tingene på en lidt anden måde. Så S2 var den sæson som havde den største indtryk på mig. At se SKAM har også haft et stor indtryk på min identitet som Dansker. Jeg har aldrig boet i Danmark, men har vokset op med Dansk baggrund. SKAM har fået mig til at lære så meget mere om den Skandinavisk baggrund og daglig livsstil, og om hvordan det er at være ung i den land/samfund jeg føler jeg tilbehør. SKAM har haft den bedste effekt på mit liv, mere en jeg troet den ville have! Den har fået mig til at række ud til andre seer i andre lande, bla. Norge, Sverige, Danmark, Holland, USA og Schweiz, hvor fra jeg har fået nogen rigtig gode veninder som jeg snakker med hver dag, hvor vi hjælper hinanden at håndterer vores problemer og sørger, lige meget hvor store eller små de er- vi har alle vores forskellige måder at håndterer svære situationer, og det er lige det som SKAM har gjort: at have den fantastiske effekt på os alle at vi hjælper hinanden om hverdagen uden at tænke på det, lige meget hvad for en land, kultur, religion eller andet baggrund man er fra! Og det er noget som jeg kommer aldrig til at glemme. SKAM har kun gjort mig, og sikkert mange andre, til en bedre person og veninde til andre, som er en stor del af hvorfor den er så elskede hele verdenen over.

Anonymous, 25 – Brussels, Belgium

Skam opened my eyes in many ways. It made me be more accepting of others and myself, and to appreciate the inner strength that each and every person has. As a person who struggles with anxiety, the idea of taking things day by day, hour by hour or minute by minute has really helped me in difficult moments.

Chloe, 17 – Australia

It has brought all of my friends together, created a community both online and IRL. It has represented the life of a teenager beautifully and has allowed me to look forward to something every morning 💕 I will truly miss Skam

Olivia, 16 – Hawaii, United States

I am a person who isolates myself because I have always felt like I have to take care of my stuff and not bother others. I have experienced the isolation that Eva did in season 1, I have had to challenge my ideologies like Noora in season 2, and I have felt the pain of being stuck and lost when trying to find yourself like Isak felt in season 3. Seeing how these fictional characters have grown and come into themselves with the help of those around them has jolted me. I am challenging myself to be better, by letting others in instead of suppressing my thoughts and feelings. Skam is helping me become a happier human, so thank you for that. When I first started watching SKAM I would tell people that that translates into ‘shame’ in English. And everyone always asked me why it was called shame, if the show is about teenagers growing up why would it be plastered as shameful. And I always assumed that the title referred to the Shame each character felt about themselves and who they are. But now that I have seen them evolve I’m calling bullshit on this. The name of this amazing show is not titled for the inner conflicts of teenagers. It has to be named skam after the society’s shame. Because nothing these kids are doing is shameful, society is the one that is wrong and broken.

Ivana, 17 – Split, Croatia

Once I started watching SKAM,I couldn’t stop watching it.So many characters I could actually relate to completely, so many good stories, so realistic.It thought me a lot.It improved me and my self esteem at least a little.I’ve learnt that no one’s opinion should be more important to me than my own.I’ve learnt that everyone I meet is fighting a battle I know nothing about and to always be kind.I’ve learnt that I am never alone.I’ve learnt that good will eventually come back to me.I am forever grateful for this beautiful show.

Anna, 19 – Denmark

Skam har vist mig, hvor meget kærlighed der er i verden, og hvordan mennesker fra nærmest hele verdenen kan samles om én serie. At tænke at en norsk tv-serie kan det, giver mig en tiltro til, at hele verdenen ikke er af lave endnu, og at der stadigvæk er gode mennesker tilbage.

Jeg føler mig utroligt beriget over at have set denne serie, og selvom jeg oprigtigt græd under slutningen, er jeg også glad for at have fået oplevelsen, for mit hjerte, sind og krop er oprigtigt blevet beriget. Og det føles oprigtigt som om, jeg har mistet en bunke tætte venner.

Tak Julie Andem + hele crewet.

#ALTERLOVE

Lina, 28 – Lund, Sweden.

Tack för en helt otrolig serie och parallellt universum.
Tack för att ni skapat en serie med karaktärer som finns på riktigt och att ni tagit upp ämnen som är viktiga. Tack för alla genomtänkta detaljer. Tack för att ni gav oss en skattjakt och en utmaning.
Tack för att ni gjorde en ganska pissig vinter till en underbart härlig vår med säsong 4.
Tack för Kosegruppa Sverige <3
Julie Andem, du är ett geni!
Alla skådespelare- ni är fantastiska!
Alt er Love <3

Roy, 21 – México City, Mexico

It’s not often that mental illness is portrayed so humane and relatable in mainstream media, and I thank SKAM for that, watching Even going through some of the issues that I have and thrive despite them without pretending that they don’t exist, and Isak getting comfortable with who he is, and by accepting himself finding happiness has impacted my life greatly.
For years I was just letting life pass me by, but I’m resolved to change that because life is now and after all this time I don’t feel alone anymore.
ALT ER LOVE

Eva, 37 – Sweden

Tack för SKAM- detta parallella universum som så många av oss behövde få leva i ett tag.

Tack för att ni inte underskattade oss tittare, utan att ni genom genialiska detaljer i manus och framställning, ständigt utmanade oss.

Tack för att ni skapat konst genom en helt makalös samverkan av bild, klippning, manus och inte minst musik.

Tack för att ni med skådespelarinsatser som i synnerhet Tarjei Sandvik Moes gett prov på osannolik talang i sin renaste form!

Tack för Evak – den kemi som finns mellan skådespelarparet är sensationell.

Tack för ert mod- och att ni inte väjt för de svåra frågorna och ämnena.

Tack för att vi genom Even har fått en efterlängtad ambassadör för psykisk ohälsa och att vi fått se att psykisk ohälsa har fler nyanser än bara svart.

Tack för att vi genom Sana äntligen fick en muslimsk kvinna i en huvudroll.

Tack för allt hopp, alla tårar, alla skratt, all spänning, all gemenskap och alla lärdomar.

Tack för att vi genom kärleken för SKAM har fått mer kärlek för varandra, och oss själva!

Jessica, 32 – Stockholm, Sweden

Jag älskar hur modern serien känns, alla karaktärer känns så äkta. Även om jag gärna hade sett att Chris fick ta plats utan att äta eller så så betydde det massor för mig att en tjock tjej fick vara med i gänget. Tänk om hon hade funnits när jag var tonåring. Jag har kommit på mig själv med att bara NJUTA av henne. Som tjock inser jag att det är så otroligt få karaktärer i populärkulturen som öht är tjocka utan att det är värsta grejen. Fantastisk serie, hoppas att ni gör någon annan lika bra framöver och HEJA ER!!!

Dory, 30 – Linköping, Sweden

Måste erkänna att jag var lite skeptisk först men när man väl börjat titta så var det oemotståndligt.
Tror det bästa med Skam är att man kan relatera till nästan alla karaktärer.
Hade så önskat att en serie som denna hade funnits när jag växte upp.
Nu är jag ju vuxen själv tydligen men så skönt att det är så lite vuxna karaktärer med. Man är ju i sin egen bubbla när man är tonåring.
Det som betytt mest för mig är säsong 3. Eftersom jag faller inom ramen för Hbtq själv så kan jag verkligen relatera till den inre kampen hos Isak. Tron att det syns utanpå att man är gay och inte veta hur eller på vilket sätt man ska vara öppen. Vad kommer folk att tycka. Förutom homofoben i sista avsnittet så får han ju dock uppleva mest positiva reaktioner och det kanske egentligen är bra? Folk kopierar ibland eller ofta det de ser på tv. Speciellt Jonas ickereaktion när Isak berättar om Even är superpeppande och den hade man velat ha sett när man var yngre.
Even i sin tur är också en superfantastisk karaktär och det är väldigt skönt att Julie fått in en karaktär som har problem med psykisk ohälsa som inte målas ut som ett galet monster eller mördande psykopat. Att man kan vara helt vanlig och vara bipolär.
Jag är inte religiös och tror inte på gud men tyckte det var väldigt kul med Sana. Även om vi inte delar religion och ursprung så kan man ändå relatera till hennes sätt att vara. Skölden från tidigare mobbning och att vara utanför gruppen man är i. Att känna sig otillräcklig. Inte tillräcklig det ena eller det andra.
Önskar vi hade fått se mer av Linn som verkar vara väldigt deprimerad och mer av Jente-Chris som är en konflikträdd person med väldigt mycket humor som alltid finns där för sina vänner. Som sagt man kan känna igen sig i alla.Samtyckesdelen i Nooras säsong är så viktig!
Sensmoralen i hela Skam att alla är människor vare sig man är hetro, homo, muslim eller tror på parallella universum . Everyone you meet fight’s a battle you know nothing about, be kind, always.