Social Sciences

Slow TV Broadcasts Hours Of Mundane Activities, And People Love It

Fast-paced, gripping thrillers make for must-watch television. But, perhaps, so does a 24-hour live broadcast of fishermen catching salmon. That's the premise behind Norway's Slow TV, a genre of television that shows mundane, slow-moving activities in real-time. Its debut broadcast showed the concept's promise: The first program, which aired in 2009, showed a seven-hour train ride and attracted one million viewers, which is roughly 20% of Norway's population.

Slow TV came to Netflix in August of 2016, so now viewers beyond Scandinavia and Europe can enjoy the calming streams. Beyond the fishermen broadcast, Slow TV has also captured a 135-hour Norwegian cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes, and 14 hours of birds in a cafe, and a marathon night of knitting. Watch a Slow TV sample in the video below, and learn more about the genre.

Scandinavia's Slow TV Movement

Watch a 20-second sample of a Slow TV train ride. Now imagine watching it for seven hours...

Would You Watch Knitting In Real Time?

Anyone who complains about the fast-pace of today's world might find comfort in Slow TV.

The Unexpected Effects Of Knitting

Watching hours of knitting on Slow TV might inspire you to pick up the needles yourself.

Written by Curiosity Staff September 15, 2016

Curiosity uses cookies to improve site performance, for analytics and for advertising. By continuing to use our site, you accept our use of cookies, our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.