Skins (UK)

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Thursday 10:00 PM on E4 Premiered Jan 25, 2007 Between Seasons

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AIRED ON 8/6/2013

Season 7 : Episode 6

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Skins is a BAFTA-winning British teen drama that follows a group of teenagers in Bristol, England in their last two pre-college years. The show explores several controversial themes in their grueling realism, including mental illness, dysfunctional family life, the club scene, sexual orientation, substance abuse, and death. All of this in addition to the more typical teen drama plots revolving around friendships, love, and sex. Bryan Elsely and Jamie Brittain wrote the pilot and continue to heavily influence the writing team, also consisting of teens. The show premiered on E4 in January 2007. A unique quality about the show is that it brings in a new group or generation of cast members every two seasons. Skins is currently on its fifth series or season and it's 3rd generation of characters.
The show has served as a launching pad for first-time actors. For many of the stars, it's their first gig, but for many of them, it won't be their last. The first generation consisted of Tony Stonem (Nicholas Hoult), Michelle Richardson (April Pearson), Sid Jenkins (Mike Bailey), Cassie Ainsworth (Hannah Murray), Chris Miles (Joe Dempsie), Jal Fazer (Larissa Wilson), Maxxie Oliver (Mitch Hewer), Anwar Kharral (Dev Patel), and Effy Stonem (Kaya Scodelario).
The second generation consisted of Effy Stonem (Kaya Scodelario), Pandora Moon (Lisa Blackwell), Thomas Tomone (Merveille Lukeba), James Cook (Jack O'Connell), Freddie McLair (Luke Pasqualino), JJ Jones (Ollie Barbieri), Emily Fitch (Kathryn Prescott), Katie Fitch (Megan Prescott), and Naomi Campbell (Lily Loveless).
The third generation consisted of Franky Fitzgerald (Dakota Blue Richards), Alo Creevey (Will Merrick), Rich Hardbeck (Alexander Arnold), Mini McGuinness (Freya Mavor), Liv Malone (Laya Lewis), Grace Violet Blood (Jessica Sula), Nick Levan (Sean Teale), and Matty Levan (Sebastian De Souza).

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    SUBMIT REVIEW
    • Uplifting & Depressing at the same time

      8.5
      Honestly a great show. I do however sometimes wish I'd just stopped at the end of season 2. That seemed to end on a good note. Yes it was open ended but the viewer could assume it was quite likely that it ended good for everyone and a good place to end. Things said by some characters in series 4 tells us it wasn't like that for everyone. The 2nd gen (series 4-5) characters drew me in but then the ending seemed so rushed and ultimately left me confused. Psycho Psychologist, Murder, Hypnosis, Ghost voices, Character gaining personality which leaves us wanting more and then no sign of her, everyone getting back together as tho the previous episodes didn't even happen. and then next season starting with no explanation for what happened before it. We later find out in the last ever 2 episodes what happened(don't want to give spoilers here) . Third generation of people, (season 5 and 6) I really felt no connection to and without them ever existing, the whole thing still works.



      In conclusion, It would have been a better show if it was series 1-4 then straight to 7 or just series 1 and 2 (yes i wanted more after but wish it had been left like that). Would have preferred some kind of integration of more of gen 1 characters in the last series but it works as a whole. sad ending but worked as some sort of closure for me.moreless
    • GREAT SITCOM

      10
      I absolutely love this show!!!!! After being completely hooked on Generation 1, it was very disappointing to find out the characters were replaced in Season 3, but I decided to give it a chance and I did not regret it.

      Although I live in the . and my crowd in high school a lot more different than the crowd in the show, I can honestly say it depicts a side of youth American television hardly does. Like yes, your sixteen year old has probably done drugs and is sexually active (I'm not saying all sixteen year olds but you get the point).

      It is realistic, and relatable, with very well developed characters and amazing, touching story lines. For example Thomas's, Sid's, JJ's (I still haven't wached Generation 3 and I refuse to because I am way too attached to the first two). I was touched at one point by all of the characters. It shows that life isn't always perfect and we all go through some sort of crisis at one point, and we aren't alone. Although I think Generation 2 could've ended on a lighter note. But other than that amazing show! Highly recommend it.moreless
    • Playing on perceptions

      10
      Correct me if I'm wrong, but I've recently been thinking about skins and what it's trying to convey. I've come to the conclusion that skins may well be a post modern satire on media representation of youth. If you read enough news articles, your get what I'm saying. It starts with common perceptions then tries to deconstruct them.
    • What!?

      2.0
      I think what serial is boring and not true.

      I live in the Russia, and want say what....

      Me angered 6 series 1 season, because Russia does not look like

      how in serial!!! Russia is a beautiful country. And capital of Russia Moscow is wonderful.

      Cold in Russia only in the winter, and Russian women are not like that!

      Appearance is quite different, they are much more beautiful than that in the series altogether inaccessible! Much more beautiful Englishwomen. And what is the name? Anka ()? No! Maybe ()? Anya - Anna! Make fun of such powerful nation, the British funny, and Russian shame, because you lied, showed only lies. Then another thought why so aggressive Russian to English.

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    • A lot of Skins

      8.0
      I Like Skins, I really do. The colourful characters, the interesting storylines, the great music, and the developpment each of these characters get is impressive. But I can't stop thinking that if the writers focused more on directing the drama and the characters than the surreal-type comedic situations, borderlining on sitcom, then this show would be great. But this show isn't great, it's just good. And worth a watch.
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    buddies and gal pals, growing up too fast, fresh faced teens, coming out, catchy soundtrack