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Skins: Volume 1 (DVD)
Sex, drugs, yearning, frustration--all the ingredients of adolescence are made freshly vivid in the first series of this topnotch BBC series. Skins follows a gang of British schoolmates, including Tony (Nicholas Hoult, About a Boy), whose alpha-male cockiness starts to curdle into nasty self-absorption, gradually alienating his insecure girlfriend Michelle (April Pearson) and best friend Sid (Mike Bailey); Anwar (Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire), who struggles to balance his Muslim faith and his friendship with Maxxie (Mitch Hewer, Brittania High), who's gay; musical prodigy Jal (Larissa Wilson), who resents that her father favors her brothers over her, while Cassie (Hannah Murray) and Chris (Joseph Dempsie) try to escape reality with anorexia and pharmaceuticals. Skins could have been just a catalogue of hot-button issues, but sharp writing, fluid direction, and a charismatic and deeply engaging crew of young actors make this one of the best shows about teenagers ever made. Each episode centers on a different kid--a character who was never more than peripheral or a stereotype in previous episodes suddenly bursts into three dimensions, expanding your grasp of their flailing, hungry world. Divorce and the loose mores of contemporary life have left these kids with few restrictions; watching them slam into problems they're ill-equipped to handle makes for riveting television. Forget the airbrushed, designer-dressed kids of Dawson's Creek or Gossip Girl. Skins is both more real and more exciting. The extra features on Skins - Vol. 1 includes a series of video diaries by the characters that feel a bit forced, but the "ancillary storylines"--mostly deleted scenes--are more enjoyable, particularly a series of interviews with a hapless career counselor. --Bret Fetzer
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Definitely, anyone who watches this show will learn a thing or two, unless you're not an open minded person who completely abhors drugs sex and partying, then maybe it's not for you. But is there not underneath everyone's skin, a little wild child waiting to come out?
Skins tells the life of a group of teenagers living in Bristol, UK. Nothing much happening there, except their personal lives. Each episode focuses on one character and is named after him/her.
It is much more relatable than Degrassi or Ramdam (for Quebec residents). There is not always a happy ending (Cue to Ramdam: "I'm sorry I borrowed your mp3 player without asking you" "It's ok, I forgive you. You're so my BFF!") and nobody is the biggest Drama Queen/King while being happy go-lucky at the same time (Hi Degrassi).
All the classic teenage issues are there and are not presented in a Disney format: Drug use (a lot), drinking (bis), homosexuality, bisexuality, eating disorders, pregnancy, promiscuity, etc. In all episodes, however, there is one central problem: Family. Most characters have problems within their own family unit, which brings me to the things about Skins that makes it SO much better than other teenage shows. (1) The realism. Nobody is faking happiness because they have to (Saying "I'm fine" five billion times per episode ain't happenin'). They know their lives are difficult and they do not over-dramatize everything. Bye bye Disney! (2) The actors are actual teenagers. After 2 Seasons, there is a new cast. Always. The show is now featuring their Third cast, I think.
Conclusion: If you want a REALISTIC teenage show, forget Degrassi and switch to Skins (but STOP at the finale of Season 2, or you will regret it). I am an adult and I love Skins. Even "professional" critics will agree. Look it up: the First Cast has won a few awards.
PS. I am not a parent.Read more ›
The characters are well written and acted, the story lines are compelling but not drawn out as is typical for teen drama (only lasting two volumes per generation) but one of the best compliments was the soundtrack and these dvds have been forced to replace allot of the most memorable moments.
Even my neighbor whose well into her 50's enjoyed the series.
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One of the best teen dramas out there, and the only on pushing the limits on what can be shown on tv.Published on March 30 2014 by Dany
The delivery wasn't that fast, but it was delivered within the time frame. The DVD was in perfect condition and the show was just as shown on tv, though I noticed in the season... Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2013 by Heather A. Nicholson