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Skins is a controversial soap opera like television show about a group of teenagers that deal with both every day issues and some very serious modern day problems. Skins has a unique set up in that it constantly changes its group of characters every two years. This allows the program to continue to explore the problems of teenagers without the cast and the stars outgrowing the role. The show garnered much critical success and received kudos for discussing hard to broach issues that face modern teenagers. The show was created by a father and son writing team, Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain. The program has a staff of writers that are amongst the youngest of television writing teams. This helps the show stay on top of modern teenage culture.

Some of the subjects that the series tackled on a regular basis were hard to discuss problems such as teen pregnancy, alcoholism, drug abuse, domestic violence, sexuality, eating disorders and gun violence.

Producers attempted to start a version of the program to air in the United States but advertisers were quickly turned off by the content of the program and also the sexual situations that the underage actors were involved in.

The shows first season started by focusing on two best friends who have completely different personalities. Tony Stonem is a character who is very self-indulgent and manipulative. He creates a lot of the issues and drama that cause a lot of the problems that the teens deal with. His best friend, Sid Jenkins, is the polar opposite of Tony, but sometimes gets involved with issues that Tony has created. The show includes a good number of characters who seem to represent a duality of the human nature. They are interest in advancing their own agendas, but often do so while suffering serious guilt.

All of the typical teenage stereotypes are represented including the snobby rich teen; the studious over achiever, the homeless teen dealt a bad hand in life and the funny student who acts as the comic relief.

Skins is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (11 episodes). The series first aired on January 17, 2011.

Skins is available for streaming on the website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Skins on demand atAmazon, Microsoft Movies & TV, The Roku Channel Free, Google Play, iTunes online.

1 Season, 11 Episodes
January 17, 2011
Cast: Kaya Scodelario, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Dempsie, Hannah Murray
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Skins Full Episode Guide

  • Eura, Tony's younger sister, offers him support when no one else is there for him.

  • It's Tina's birthday and she feels she is stuck in the middle of being a teenager and an adult.

  • Daisy has big dreams, but she puts all of her time and effort into helping her friends and family, leaving no time for herself.

  • Michelle discovers Tony has been unfaithful, even though her friends have known all along. She decides to go on a social purge and in the event finds a new friendship.

  • Abbud and his friends go on a class trip to the woods.

  • Things go from bad to worse for Stanley. First, the school threatens to hold him back. Then he finds himself in his father's stolen car with his best friend's girlfriend.

  • Chris wakes up to discover that his mom has left home but gave him $2000. He spends on the money on drugs and partying and must soon come to terms with the realization that his mom may never return. With the help of his friends and psychology teacher, Angie, can Chris make it through this sticky situation?

  • Chris' mom leaves him with a thousand dollars and leaves town. Chris doesn't realize that his mom is never coming back until he's spent all the money on a wild party.

  • Tea's beautiful, gay and untouchable. Until one day, she's set up on a blind date, and her once peaceful life is now on fire.

  • In the series premiere of Skins, Tony tries to help his best friend, Stanley, lose his virginity while also making a profit.

  • Tony must rely on his friends' help to find his missing sister.

Skins News

The End of a Controversy: MTV's 'Skins' Cancelled

Alas, poor "Skins," we barely knew ye. Though most of the characters on the show "knew" each other, if ya know what I'm sayin'. MTV has officially cancelled its racy new series "Skins" following a public backlash and a subsequent decline in ratings. The show, which is adapted from the UK version of the same name, follows a group of high school students who engage in an amount of partying and sexual activity that was shocking to some parents and TV watchdog groups.

After Early Fuss and Fury, 'Skins' Finale Brings Shrugs, Slight Improvement to Mediocre Ratings

Back in late January/early February, the entertainment world (and Yidio fans) were up in arms over the controversy surrounding “Skins,” a new MTV teen drama based on a British series that showed a realistic portrayal of the world of teens, drugs, sex and all.

The series started off with a bang, scoring ratings success and the scorn of the Parent’s Television Council, while causing advertisers to flee and countless inches of ink to be spilled.

'Good Christian Bitches' Is Bad, Says Parents Television Council

Forget the "Skins" controversy, The Parents Television Council (PTC) is on the primetime attack. After ABC announced the pilot of a sitcom called “Good Christian Bitches,” PTC urged it’s million-strong membership to sign a petition against the title that comes from the Disney-owned network.

“ABC’s decision is not only an affront to women, it blatantly attacks the world’s largest faith.

More 'Skins' Angst: After Advertisers Flee, PTC Starts Campaign Aimed at Viacom Shareholders

When all else fails, aim for the wallet.

That's apparently the strategy of the Parent's Television Council, the family-focused watchdog group that's been on nothing less than a jihad against the MTV show "Skins."

While poor ratings may end up doing the show in anyway, the group apparently wants to twist the knife further, after it's last campaign managed to drive a slew of advertisers from the show.

'Skins' Ratings Fall, Cast Goes to Elle (Watch a Behind the Scenes Video from the Elle Lingerie Shoot)

While MTV’s “Skins” has succeeded at generating loads of controversy and plenty of buzz, what it apparently hasn’t been able to do is drive the sustained viewership the network may have expected.

According to Fox 411, “not quite a million people tuned in to watch the fifth episode of MTV’s controversial teen drama ‘Skins’ last Monday night, a major drop from the 3.

Yidio Video of the Day: 'Skins' Fans Tell Parent's Group 'Thanks for the Heads Up on the Porn'

As we’ve been reporting, the MTV show “Skins” has been at the center of all kinds of controversy after the ominous-sounding Parent’s Television Council called the show the “most dangerous show on TV" for kids. Now the group is escalating things by contacting state attorney generals to allege that both the MTV show and the satellite providers that air it may be violating child pornography laws.

'Skins' Creator Lashes Out at Critics

“Skins” creator Bryan Elsley has had enough of critics who have claimed the show’s lurid subject matter and occasional nudity makes it dangerous for children or even perhaps “child pornography.” Advertisers like Taco Bell, Wrigley and now Subway have all pulled ads to the show.

The show’s creator today released a lengthy diatribe lashing out at the show’s detractors, who, he says, must realize that sometimes the truth can “be a little painful to adults and parents.

MTV Doubles Down on 'Skins' Controversy with Teenage Lesbian Makeout Scene (Watch the Trailer)

On Thursday Yidio reported on how a recent episode of "Skins" caused an uproar with the conservative Parents’ Television Council, which called the show "the most dangerous program that has ever been foisted on your children."

MTV producers agreed to make changes to tone down some of the most explicit content in the realistic teen show. That apparently didn't include the elimination of a hot and heavy girl-on-girl makeout scene featured in an upcoming episode.

New MTV Series 'Skins' Faces Controversy Over Racy Content

When MTV decided to import the racy British series “Skins” across the pond, it did so with the full knowledge that the show could cause a ruckus, and man were they ever right.

According to New York Times reporters, “in recent days, executives at the cable channel became concerned that some scenes from the provocative new show ‘Skins’ may violate federal child pornography statutes.

Skins Video Clips & Extras

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