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Member Name: rashedon89
Advantages: A great drama and comedy
Disadvantages: You might feel uncomfortable watching it with your parents/children
Skins is one of those outrageous, shocking shows that you will either love or hate, much like Channel 4's Shameless. The story follows the life of teenagers at college in Bristol and what they get up to: sex, drugs and drink. The first two seasons are recieveing a bit more attention now due to the fact Dev Patel from the Oscar Winning Slumdog Millionaire got his big acting break in this show.
Many would argue that the series glorifies drinks and drugs and I do understand this because the gang have a lot of fun and as we grow to like the characters we essentialy accept their exciting lifestyles however damaging they may be. In my opinion, as a teenager from East london, people my age do get up to the same things shown in the show, but the show does well to show the repurcussions of these actions.
The characters in the series are great, very comedic and charasmatic. The series doesn't have a particularly strict plotline, each episode is directed from the point of view of a different character in the gang and how they perceive the world. Just like life, episodes are unpredictable and the gangs exploits are quite intriguing.
I don't want to give any details about the story away but some of the other themes in the show include more serious issues some teenagers face, eating disorders, being accepted as homosexual and of course finding that special someone. The show has some fantastic episodes and to any adults, if you can get past the fact that the current generation might be just a little screwed up (though I think the show is a bit exaggerated) then what you have is an enjoyable drama, essentialy all about friendship!
Summary: A drama following the lives of teenagers in Bristol