Slow TV is a series of videos out of Norway that show extremely long events in real time…and the show is a massive hit in its native country! It’s a bit hard for me to wrap my head around, but apparently 2 million people in Norway enjoyed watching a 7.5 hour long train ride in real time from 2009. That means 45 percent of Norway’s population found this to be an acceptable form of entertainment.
After that “show” became a hit more odd ones popped up like National Knitting Morning. Hold on to your hats for this exciting description guys! National Knitting Morning featured a group of people chatting about knitting for 4 hours straight and then knitting for 7.5 hours straight. All of this was apart of an attempt to break the world record for knitting a sweater. This show and many others have been created as part of the Slow TV programming. The full list of programs include:
Slow TV: National Firewood Evening (2016)
Slow TV: National Firewood Morning (2016)
Slow TV: National Firewood Night (2016)
Slow TV: National Knitting Evening (2016)
Slow TV: National Knitting Morning (2016)
Slow TV: National Knitting Night (2016)
Slow TV: Northern Passage (2016)
Slow TV: Northern Railway (2016)
Slow TV: Salmon Fishing (2016)
Slow TV: The Telemark Canal (2016)
Slow TV: Train Ride Bergen to Oslo (2016)
Yes, you read that correctly, there is even a Slow TV show that features Salmon Fishing in real time. The 12-hour National Firewood Night show included logs being cut and burned, but guess what, people went crazy over it!
“I couldn’t go to bed because I was so excited,” one commenter wrote on the Web site of Dagbladet, a Norwegian newspaper. “When will they add new logs?”
The closest thing I can compare this to in American culture is NASCAR and Golf. Both of those sports seem extremely interesting if you’re actually playing them, but why anyone would pay to see these “sports” in action is beyond me. If people are willing to watch fast cars drive around in a circle repeatedly, it’s easy to believe that people would want to watch a 7.5 train ride in real time. Salmon fishing has the same slow and deliberate speed as a game of golf played on a tranquil Sunday afternoon. I personally don’t see the appeal of either, but apparently million of people do. Keep in mind before you watch these shows, they’re in no way instructional videos. You’re just sitting back, relaxing and watching people do highly repetitive activities over and over again.
Considering how much trouble people are getting in to while wandering around and looking for Pokémon, I’m all for safer and more stationary activities. The Slow TV series became available on Netflix August 1st. There is truly no limit to what online streaming will introduce to the international market.
Happy slow binge watching!
– Janiera Eldridge
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