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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Provocative, unflinching portrait of teen life.

TV MTV Drama 2008
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 39 parent reviews

age 16+
age 18+

Let's see..uhh...STUPID!

This is a braindead show! Lame cast,stupid humor,and a HORRIBLE message to kids! This show can SUCK IT!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (39 ):
Kids say (42 ):

The stateside version of the popular British series recreates the edgy show's original cast of characters and some of the its storylines in a way that successfully combines humor and irreverence with serious topics like child abandonment, peer pressure, divorce, eating disorders, and relationships.

Like its U.K. counterpart, Skins has a lot of heart and attempts to tell an honest story about today's teens. It also presents things like promiscuity, underage drinking, drug abuse, and other inappropriate behavior as normal and, to an extent, acceptable ways of having fun without having to face any real consequences. As a result, it's a show that's best left to older teens who are mature enough to look past the wild antics and sexed-up images presented here and can appreciate the show's deeper messages surrounding friendship, self-image, facing challenges, and the path toward maturity.

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