Skins

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  • TV-MA
  • 2011
  • 7 Seasons
  • 8.2  (76,600)

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.

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5. Rise
July 29, 2013
Cook (Jack O'Connell) has a job delivering drugs to Manchester Revelers. When he is asked to help his employer's girlfriend find a house and finds that he is irresistibly attracted to her, he sets off a train of events which will lead him into a world of savage revenge and a confrontation with his own violent past.
Pure, Pt. 2
4. Pure, Pt. 2
July 22, 2013
Cassie (Hannah Murray) is adrift, alone and invisible in London, trying to make sense of her life. Slowly she realizes that someone is following her. Cassie turns towards the unknown. A strange and poignant friendship is carved out of mutual loneliness, but can it survive exposure to the real world?
Pure, Ep. 1
3. Pure, Ep. 1
July 15, 2013
Cassie (Hannah Murray) is adrift, alone and invisible in London, trying to make sense of her life. Slowly she realizes that someone is following her. Cassie turns towards the unknown. A strange and poignant friendship is carved out of mutual loneliness, but can it survive exposure to the real world?
Fire, Ep. 2
2. Fire, Ep. 2
July 8, 2013
Effy (Kaya Scodelario) has a dead end job as a receptionist for a leading London Hedge Fund. But as she stumbles across crucial financial information relating to a troubled deal and embarks on an affair with her wealthy boss, she finds out that she has bitten off more than she can chew. Her flatmate Naomi (Lily Loveless) tries to stop Effy from ruining her life, but Effy cannot be reached; until tragedy strikes.
Fire, Pt. 1
1. Fire, Pt. 1
July 1, 2013
Effy (Kaya Scodelario) is the central character of Fire.  Working as an assistant at a hedge fund in The City, Effy, with a seemingly unwavering energy and drive, works hard to flourish professionally. As she become increasingly addicted to status and to being taken seriously, the risks she takes to get ahead appear more and more extreme. With the illness of her friend as part motivator, part distraction, Effy finds herself playing with fire.
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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 7 seasons (62 episodes). The series first aired on March 21, 2011.

Where to Watch Skins

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

  • Premiere Date
    March 21, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    8.2  (76,600)