Teens Gone Wild: U.K. Hit Skins Comes To The U.S.
American television is super prudish and lame, and I’ve often wondered when it would grow a pair and man up. Thankfully, the British have got it figured out.
Sex, booze, drugs, loud music, nightclubs, jail, mobsters, heartache, depression, addiction, obsession and free love are all easily found in every episode of Skins, the greatest television show ever created. (Yeah, I said it.)
Skins chronicles the lives of eight high-school classmates living in the small U.K. town of Bristol. These kids are “off the rails” as they are wont to say. The characters—played by good-looking kids who are actual teenagers—are without limits, constantly pushing and exploring the boundaries of familiarity in their daily lives. This is the first show to actually portray teenagers in a tangible reality. Each episode offers an intimate view into the kids’ natural habitat as they fearlessly fumble, stumble and sometimes mumble their way through the ebb and flow of angst and hormones. Did I mention these kids smoke cigs with their parents, frequently get sh*t-faced at their local pub and have a secret blend of coke they buy for special occasions? I’ll share the debauchery below.
Just when I thought this was going to be the only time we get to watch kids smoking a “spliff” on TV, MTV has gone and harshed my mellow. In January 2011, MTV will debut the American version of Skins. Bummed does not begin to describe how I felt upon hearing this news—I’m a purist and not a fan of remakes, especially ones that are “Americanized” (ie: boring and drama-free). Unfortunately, this time, I may have to eat my words and add another show to my DVR as the trailer for Skins (US) is kind of hot. This new version may just live up to its horny, hung-over older sister’s bad (yet oh-so-good) reputation. Check it out: