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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 25, 2007
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7
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  • Starring: Mike Bailey, Joseph Dempsie, Mitch Hewer
  • Summary: The Brits import their sometimes racy and edgy nighttime drama about a group of young teens in Bristol to our shores.
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Creator: Jamie Brittain, Bryan Elsley
  • Show Type: Between Seasons
  • Season 1 premiere date: Jan 25, 2007
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 10:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    The realism doesn't extend to the exaggerated characters and plots, but if you focus on the sharp dialogue (and aren't an easily worried parent), these students earn a solid ... B.
  2. I nearly wrote off Skins after the first episode. But as it continued--I've now seen three, the first two of which will air back-to-back on Sunday--I found some of the characters, including a dreamy anorexic named Cassie (Hannah Murray), starting to get under my own skin.
  3. So, to sum up: decadent and adult, but too entertaining to be this week's harbinger of the apocalypse.
  4. It's all elevated by looking really beautiful (though not -- and this is the crucial difference -- stylish). The pictures fill in the blanks, and even as Skins strains credibility, it achieves moments of poetry.
  5. The show is subtitled, which helps viewers understand the thick accents and British slang, but the whole thing is a bit nihilistic and the characters come across as somewhat debased.
  6. 60
    The glimpses of old-fashioned heart in Sid’s story, and the characters’ deadpan humor, make this show a mildly intriguing chronicle of youth.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Despite fine elements, then, the show feels a trifle rudderless--content to deal in edgy high-school archetypes (a gay kid, an irreverent Muslim youth, even one boy with a "Dawson's"-like crush on his teacher), but archetypes nevertheless.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 35
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 35
  3. Negative: 4 out of 35
  1. JulieJ.
    Aug 16, 2008
    This show is worth sticking with whatever age you are, although it's a bit uneven. Series 1 and Series 2 are different but it's fascinating to watch the stories, the young actors, and the writers developing. Don't miss it! Expand
  2. BeckyW
    Mar 22, 2009
    Skins is edgy, cutting-edge and very realistic. Very, very realistic... and that's coming from a British teenager!
  3. AllenH
    Sep 4, 2008
    Great show that's finally found is way across the pond. The characters really grow on you, and it was hard to leave them at the end of series two. Expand
  4. Jun 7, 2011
    Though obviously the exact quantity of pills they take i exaggerated it's pretty realistic fro Britain.
    Even though it seems they depict as
    being like that every single day one must remember the timeline where it's weeks and sometimes months between episodes, the directors just don't waste their time. Expand
  5. Mar 23, 2011
    Great show. The 5th season wasn't that impressive, but I really enjoyed the 1st and 3rd season. Relatable characters, surprisingly good acting for amateurs, excellent music directors, stunning production. Expand
  6. WillL.
    Aug 21, 2008
    Great show - and much less of a soap opera than other teen dramas like The O.C. (though some parts are still a little over done). Really fun and and all around well done... I'll definitely be tuning in again. Expand
  7. JoeB
    Aug 8, 2009
    This show just really doesn't appeal to me. The sex is gratuitous and obsessive, and the characters present somewhat of a disservice to so many young people. In the unpleasant real world, young people are so much more complex, and often so much more serious than shown here. Sex so often takes a distant back seat to concerns about the future and cramming for college; pain over divorcing parents, self image and eating disorders; and idealistic notions and efforts to make the world a better place. They're often not so shallow and silly. Expand

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