- 7 Seasons
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.