Skam Italia (often stylized as SKAM Italia) is an Italian teen drama television series based on the Norwegian television series Skam. The series first aired on 23 March 2018 on TIMvision.

Skam Italia
GenreTeen drama
Created byLudovico Bessegato
Based onSkam
Written by
  • Ludovico Bessegato
  • Anita Rivaroli
  • Marco Borromei
  • Alice Urciuolo
  • Ludovico Di Martino
Directed by
  • Ludovico Bessegato
  • Ludovico Di Martino
  • Tiziano Russo
  • Paola San Giorgio
  • Federico Diliberto Paulsen
  • Silvia Siano
Country of originItaly
Original languageItalian
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes62
Executive producers
  • Ludovico Bessegato
  • Marco Mastrogiacomo
  • Rosario Rinaldo
  • Annamaria Morelli
  • Benjamin Maier
  • Emanuele Pasquet
EditorFederico Palmerini
Running time16–40 minutes
Production companyCross Productions
Original release
Release23 March 2018 (2018-03-23) –

Plot edit

The series follows the daily lives of students at the Liceo J.F. Kennedy in Rome as they deal with typical issues of adolescence. Each season follows a different protagonist and centers on topics such as relationship insecurities, slut-shaming, coming out, mental illness, toxic masculinity, and anorexia nervosa.[1] The show occurs in real time, meaning when something happens at a certain date or time, scenes are uploaded to the show's website, called "clips." The show also utilizes Instagram and text message screenshots to give the characters a realistic feel. After the show's Netflix revival in season 4 and subsequent seasons after, the real-time and transmedia aspects are dropped, as all episodes are released at once.

Cast and characters edit

Central characters edit

Actor Character Based on First Generation Second Generation
1 2 3 4 5 6
Ludovica Martino Eva Brighi Eva Kviig Mohn Central Recurring Main Recurring Guest
Federico Cesari Martino Rametta Isak Valtersen Main Central Recurring Main Guest
Benedetta Gargari Eleonora Sava Noora Amalie Sætre Main Guest Central Guest
Beatrice Bruschi Sana Allagui Sana Bakkoush Main Central Recurring Guest
Francesco Centorame Elia Santini Elias Recurring Main Guest Main Central Main
Mahdi Disi
Nicole Rossi Asia Giovannelli Main Central

Main characters edit

Actor Character Based on First Generation Second Generation
1 2 3 4 5 6
Greta Ragusa Silvia Mirabella Vilde Hellerud Lien Main Recurring Main Recurring
Martina Lelio Federica Cacciotti Christina "Chris" Berg Main Recurring Main Guest
Ludovico Tersigni Giovanni Garau Jonas Noah Vasquez Main Recurring Main
Rocco Fasano Niccolò Fares Even Bech Næsheim Main Recurring Main Guest
Giancarlo Commare Edoardo Incanti William Magnusson Recurring Guest Main Guest
Nicholas Zerbini Luca Colosio Magnus Fossbakken Main Guest Main Recurring
Pietro Turano Filippo Sava Eskild Tryggvasson Recurring Main Recurring Main Guest
Mehdi Meskar Malik Doueiri Yousef Acar Main Recurring
Ibrahim Keshk Rami Allagui Elias Bakkoush Main Recurring
Lea Gavino Viola Loiero Main
Maria Camilla Brandenburg Rebecca Viviani Recurring Main
Benedetta Santibelli Fiorella Capuano Recurring Main
Cosimo Longo Jorge Recurring Main
Yothin Clavenzani Munny Recurring Main
Andrea Palma Giulio Telesca Main
Leo Rivosecchi Beniamino Main
Chiara Ferrara Fiamma Giovannelli Main

Recurring and guest characters edit

Actor Character Based on First Generation Second Generation
1 2 3 4 5 6
Luca Grispini Federico Canegallo Christoffer "Penetrator-Chris" Schistad Recurring Guest Recurring Guest
Nina Fotaras Laura Pandakovic Ingrid Theis Gaupseth Recurring Guest Recurring
Andrea Luna Posocco Sara Sara Nørstelien Recurring Guest Recurring
Martina Gatti Emma Covitti Emma W. Larzen Recurring Guest Recurring Guest
Marina Occhionero Maddalena Sonja Recurring
Mauro Lamanna Andrea Incanti Nikolai Magnusson Recurring
Martina Querini Marta Mari Aspeflaten Recurring
Ryan Daroui Luai Mikael Øverlie Boukhal Recurring Guest
Danial Daroui Driss Adam Malik Recurring Guest
Mutasim Tatouti
Sonia Amini Maryam Jamilla Bikarim Recurring
Somaia Taha Ebrahim Halawa Medja Recurring
Alice Luvisoni Carlotta Recurring
Federica Lucaferri Olly Recurring
Lorenzo Vigevano Chicco Rodi Guest Recurring Guest
Julia Wujkowska Sofia Dance Chicks Guest
Giulia Schiavo Alice Iben Sandberg Guest

Episodes edit

Series overview edit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
111March 29, 2018 (2018-03-29)June 8, 2018 (2018-06-08)TIMvision
210October 12, 2018 (2018-10-12)December 24, 2018 (2018-12-24)
311March 15, 2019 (2019-03-15)June 7, 2019 (2019-06-07)
410May 15, 2020 (2020-05-15)Netflix
510September 1, 2022 (2022-09-01)
610January 18, 2024 (2024-01-18)

Season 1 (2018) edit

Season 1 aired from 29 March to 8 June 2018 and comprised 11 episodes. It centered around Eva Brighi, a teenage girl who struggles with trusting her boyfriend, Giovanni, who used to date her former best friend, Laura, who has cut her out at school. Eva eventually finds new friends in Eleonora, Federica, Sana, and Silvia, and finds the strength to break up with Giovanni and focus on herself for a change.[1]

No. in
TitleDurationOriginal air date
11"You look like a wh*re"
(Sembri una pu**ana)
22 min29 March 2018 (2018-03-29)
22"You're an as**ole"
(Sei uno str***o)
20 min4 April 2018 (2018-04-04)
33"A party where nobody wants you"
(Una festa a cui nessuno ti vuole)
22 min14 April 2018 (2018-04-14)
44"Does your boyfriend know we're texting?"
(Il tuo ragazzo lo sa che ci scriviamo?)
22 min20 April 2018 (2018-04-20)
55"What turns you on?"
(Cosa ti eccita?)
22 min28 April 2018 (2018-04-28)
66"Laura told me everything"
(Laura mi ha detto tutto)
24 min5 May 2018 (2018-05-05)
77"I made a mess"
(Ho fatto un casino)
23 min11 May 2018 (2018-05-11)
88"Everyone at school knows"
(Lo sanno tutti a scuola)
23 min18 May 2018 (2018-05-18)
99"If you all hate me so much"
(Se vi faccio a tutti così schifo)
21 min25 May 2018 (2018-05-25)
1010"Why did you do something like that to me?"
(Perché mi hai fatto una cosa del genere?)
19 min1 June 2018 (2018-06-01)
1111"A stupid choice"
(Una scelta stupida)
29 min8 June 2018 (2018-06-08)

Season 2 (2018) edit

Season 2 aired from 12 October to 24 December 2018 and comprised 10 episodes. It broke from the traditional Skam order of central characters, instead centering on Martino Rametta, Giovanni's best friend, a closeted gay teenager. He quickly finds himself falling in love with Niccolò, who struggles with borderline personality disorder and a tenuous family situation. Leaning on his friends Giovanni, Luca, and Elia, Martino begins to embrace who he truly is.[1]

No. in
TitleDurationOriginal air date
121"I've never seen you"
(Non ti ho mai visto)
37 min12 October 2018 (2018-10-12)
132"Tabasco"31 min20 October 2018 (2018-10-20)
23 min29 October 2018 (2018-10-29)
154"Holding Your Breath"
(Trattenere il Respiro)
23 min1 November 2018 (2018-11-01)
165"The Last Man on Earth"
(L'Ultimo Uomo sulla Terra)
35 min10 November 2018 (2018-11-10)
176"City - Real"22 min24 November 2018 (2018-11-24)
187"The Wizard of Love"
(Il Mago dell'Amore)
30 min2 December 2018 (2018-12-02)
198"Have a Nice Trip"
(Buon Viaggio)
30 min8 December 2018 (2018-12-08)
21 min17 December 2018 (2018-12-17)
2110"Minute by Minute"
(Minuto Per Minuto)
32 min24 December 2018 (2018-12-24)

Season 3 (2019) edit

Season 3 aired from 15 March to 7 June 2019 and comprised 11 episodes. It focused on Eleonora Sava, Eva's new best friend. Eleonora lives with her older brother, completely independent from their parents, and prides herself on being wise beyond her years. However, her confidence threatens to come crashing down when she has to face her romantic feelings for Edoardo, a popular boy at school, and is the victim of revenge porn.[1]

No. in
TitleDurationOriginal air date
221"Leave with me"
(Esci con me)
35 min15 March 2019 (2019-03-15)
232"It's you"
(Sei tu)
23 min22 March 2019 (2019-03-22)
243"Tell him I'll be back tomorrow"
(Digli che torno domani)
27 min29 March 2019 (2019-03-29)
254"This is why I don't like you"
(È per questo che non mi piaci)
21 min5 April 2019 (2019-04-05)
265"I'll never hurt you"
(Non ti farò mai del male)
19 min12 April 2019 (2019-04-12)
16 min19 April 2019 (2019-04-19)
19 min3 May 2019 (2019-05-03)
16 min10 May 2019 (2019-05-10)
22 min17 May 2019 (2019-05-17)
3110"Tell me too"
(Dimmelo anche tu)
17 min31 May 2019 (2019-05-31)
3211"Three, two, one"
(Tre, due, uno)
24 min7 June 2019 (2019-06-07)

Season 4 (2020) edit

Season 4 was released in its entirety on 15 May 2020 and comprised 10 episodes. It focused on Sana Allagui, a Muslim-Italian girl, and Eva and Eleonora's friend. She begins to struggle to balance her faith and her friendships, as she begins to develop feelings for her brother's best friend, Malik, who identifies as a non-Muslim.[1]

No. in
TitleDurationOriginal air date
31 min15 May 2020 (2020-05-15)
342"Mykonos"29 min15 May 2020 (2020-05-15)
23 min15 May 2020 (2020-05-15)
364"Total eclipse"
(Eclissi totale)
22 min15 May 2020 (2020-05-15)
375"Alpha Males"
(Maschi Alfa)
24 min15 May 2020 (2020-05-15)
386"Your little friend"
(L'amichetta tua)
30 min15 May 2020 (2020-05-15)
397"Stupid questions"
(Domande stupide)
29 min15 May 2020 (2020-05-15)
408"The losers"
(Le sfigate)
28 min15 May 2020 (2020-05-15)
419"Close your eyes"
(Chiudi gli occhi)
34 min15 May 2020 (2020-05-15)
40 min15 May 2020 (2020-05-15)

Season 5 (2022) edit

Season 5 was released in its entirety on 1 September 2022 and comprised 10 episodes. This season is the first to move past the original Skam storylines, centering around Elia Santini, one of Giovanni and Martino's friends. He struggles with toxic masculinity and sexual intimacy, which stems from his micropenis size, as well as being forced to repeat his senior year of high school without his friends. Over the course of the season, he finds himself drawn to classmate Viola, who also struggles with intimacy after being groomed by a teacher at their high school.[1]

No. in
TitleDurationOriginal air date
431"As usual"
(Come al solito)
23 min1 September 2022 (2022-09-01)
442"Baran"21 min1 September 2022 (2022-09-01)
453"Mister Kennedy"23 min1 September 2022 (2022-09-01)
464"Free love"
(Amore libero)
24 min1 September 2022 (2022-09-01)
26 min1 September 2022 (2022-09-01)
22 min1 September 2022 (2022-09-01)
497"A bigger one"
(Uno più grande)
21 min1 September 2022 (2022-09-01)
508"Am I wrong?"
(Mi sbaglio?)
24 min1 September 2022 (2022-09-01)
24 min1 September 2022 (2022-09-01)
5210"Our adventure"
(La nostra avventura)
30 min1 September 2022 (2022-09-01)

Season 6 (2024) edit

Season 6 was released in its entirety on 18 January 2024 and comprised 10 episodes. This season will be the first to focus on a Skam Italia character without a counterpart from the original Norwegian series. Asia Giovannelli is the central character, one of Viola's best friends. Charismatic, strong, and determined, Asia and her friend group, "The Rebels," will face challenges to their decisive morals and ideals by the arrival of new students, especially Giulio.[2] Asia also struggles with the pressures of school, which manifests in anorexia nervosa.

No. in
TitleDurationOriginal air date
531"A little without"
(Un po' senza)
24 min18 January 2024 (2024-01-18)
27 min18 January 2024 (2024-01-18)
26 min18 January 2024 (2024-01-18)
564"In the end"
(Alla fine)
22 min18 January 2024 (2024-01-18)
575"The boy who carried the egg"
(Il ragazzo che portava l'uovo)
29 min18 January 2024 (2024-01-18)
(Il controllo)
30 min18 January 2024 (2024-01-18)
597"Monte del Grano"20 min18 January 2024 (2024-01-18)
608"The ethical state"
(Lo Stato etico)
22 min18 January 2024 (2024-01-18)
25 min18 January 2024 (2024-01-18)
6210"To say goodbye"
(Per salutarvi)
29 min18 January 2024 (2024-01-18)

Production and release edit

In October 2017, it was announced that Skam would be remade in several European countries, including Italy.[3][4] The first season, which was directed by Ludovico Bessegato, was released on TIMvision on 23 March 2018.[5][6]

Skam Italia was renewed for a second season in June 2018, with Bessegato confirmed to be directing.[7] In July, it was revealed that the Italian series would follow a different order from the Norwegian series, with the second season focusing on Martino.[8] The first episode of the second season was released on 12 October 2018 on TIMvision.[9]

In October 2018, filming for the third season was announced,[10] with Eleonora and Edoardo as protagonists.[11] Unlike the prior two seasons, the third season was directed by Ludovico Di Martino, rather than Bessegato.[12] The first episode of the third season was released on 15 May 2019 on TIMvision.[13]

Production of the fourth season was announced in December 2019 with Ludovico Bessegato returning as director.[14] The season was co-produced by Netflix, who acquired the rights to distribute the first three seasons on 1 January 2020. The entire fourth season was released on Netflix on 15 May 2020, and focused on Sana, a Muslim-Italian girl.[15][16]

In June 2021, Netflix announced the production of the fifth season, which would release in 2022.[17] The season's protagonist was Elia, whose sexual insecurities stemmed from his micropenis.[18] The entire fifth season was released on Netflix on 1 September 2022.[19]

On 26 January 2023, Netflix announced the production of the sixth season.[20][21] Filming began on 27 February with Tiziano Russo directing.[22]

Awards and nominations edit

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2019 Diversity Media Awards Best Italian TV Series Won [23]
2020 Parma Film Festival Invenzioni dal Vero – Best Italian Series Won [24]
2021 Diversity Media Awards Best Italian TV Series Won [25]
Nastri D'Argento Grandi Serie Best Teen Series Won [26]
2023 Ciak d'Oro Serie TV Best Audience Series Under 30 Nominated [27]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Skam Italia". La Repubblica (in Italian).
  2. ^ ""Skam 6", la data di uscita e il teaser della nuova stagione". Sorresi e Canzoni TV (in Italian).
  3. ^ Hopewell, John (15 October 2017). "Mipcom: 'Shame' Gets European Remake Roll-Out from NRK, Beta Film". Variety.
  4. ^ Roxborough, Scott (14 October 2017). "MIPCOM: European Networks Jump on Adaptations of Scandi Sensation 'Shame'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  5. ^ "TIMVISION enters the film and TV Series production with "Skam Italia" and "L'amica geniale" [My Brilliant Friend]". TIM Group. 22 March 2018.
  6. ^ Villa, Marco (13 May 2018). "'SKAM Italia' e la purezza dei sedici anni in streaming". Rolling Stone Italia (in Italian).
  7. ^ Ausani, Giulia (11 June 2018). ""SKAM Italia" rinnovata per una seconda stagione". TV Sorrisi e Canzoni (in Italian).
  8. ^ Franco, Renato (6 July 2018). ""Skam", la serie dove i protagonisti si raccontano su Instagram e WhatsApp". Corriere della Sera (in Italian).
  9. ^ "Ricomincia "Skam Italia"". Il Post (in Italian). 5 October 2018.
  11. ^ "SKAM ITALIA torna con la terza stagione in esclusiva su TIMVISION". Gruppo TIM (in Italian). 11 March 2019.
  12. ^ Armelli, Paolo (8 March 2019). "Skam Italia, ecco trailer e data della terza stagione". Wired Italia (in Italian).
  13. ^ Ligresti, Vincenzo (22 March 2019). "Non è mai esistita una serie adolescenziale come Skam italia". Vice (in Italian).
  14. ^ Armelli, Paolo (19 December 2019). "Skam Italia, la quarta stagione è stata confermata". Wired Italia (in Italian).
  15. ^ Ugolini, Chiara (13 May 2020). "'Skam Italia 4', protagonista una ragazza italiana musulmana: "Col velo per scelta"". La Repubblica (in Italian).
  16. ^ Manca, Mario (22 July 2019). ""SKAM Italia": a rischio la quarta stagione?". Vanity Fair Italia (in Italian).
  17. ^ "Skam Italia 5, è ufficiale: Netflix annuncia la nuova stagione. VIDEO". Sky TG24 (in Italian). Sky Italia. 14 June 2021.
  18. ^ Ligresti, Vincenzo (1 September 2022). "I micropeni sono una cosa serissima". Vice (in Italian).
  19. ^ @NetflixIT (September 13, 2022). "Settembre inizia benissimo con la quinta stagione di Skam Italia, passando per la quinta stagione di Cobra Kai e un viaggio nell'Oltremondo di Fate: the Winx Saga stagione 2.....per poi chiudersi alla grande con Ana de Armas in Blonde" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  21. ^ "È ufficiale, SKAM 6 Italia si farà". Sky TG24 (in Italian). Sky Italia. 27 January 2023.
  22. ^ @netflixit (27 February 2023). "Oggi sono iniziate le riprese di Skam Italia 6. E poi non dite che non vi abbiamo già svoltato l'anno" – via Instagram.
  23. ^ "DMA 2019: scopri tutti i vincitori". Diversity Media Awards (in Italian).
  24. ^ Burato, Dorothea (13 November 2020). "Premiata la serie tv SKAM". Parma Film Festival (in Italian).
  25. ^ Saltalamacchia, Stefania (20 July 2021). "Ai Diversity Media Awards 2021 premiati i Ferragnez, Skam Italia e anche Vanity Fair". Vanity Fair Italia (in Italian).
  26. ^ Gadeschi, Elena Fausta (20 September 2021). "Matilda De Angelis, Stefano Accorsi, Luca Zingaretti: tutti i premi ai Nastri d'Argento 2021". Elle (in Italian).
  27. ^ "Ciak d'Oro Serie tv, tutti i vincitori dell'edizione 2023". Sky TG24 (in Italian). 7 April 2023.

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