Aired on BBC
When I tell people I’ve been watching Skins (available on Netflix instant) and they ask “Oh, is that any good” I always say, “Well, I like it…” The reason for the qualification is because it depends on your threshold for teenage drama. My threshold is extremely high – I will watch tween Disney Channel movies made for eight year olds with glee, so for me, Skins is on the sophisticated end of the spectrum.
If you like the new generation of Degrassi but didn’t think it went far enough with the dirty bits, this British show is for you. Foul mouthed and extreme – it’s an exaggerated take on wild adolescence. Almost cartoonish at times – with adults and foreigners getting the brunt of stereotypes – it focuses on partying and sexual adventures but doesn’t skirt the serious stuff either (mental illness, abandonment, etc…)
I was enjoying it fine, but became more of a die hard fan by the end of season one, which ends with a bang and a musical number… Heart!
Am on to season two now and can’t wait to see what Sid, my favorite character, and all his friends are up to.
MTV is doing an American version, but because I like the way things sound with British accents, I am sure it is going to suck.