Parents' Guide to

Skins (U.K.)

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Unflinching British teen soap isn't for kids.

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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 18 parent reviews

age 14+

It’s nothing they haven’t seen before and it does not glorify anything

Great show for teens ages 14 plus or even 13 if more mature I love this show because it does show some drugs but no way is it glorified in fact it will show exactly why teens should stay away from drugs and yes there is some sex but honestly 14 even 13 year olds now in day it’s nothing they haven’t heard of or seen. I definitely recommend this show for teens of the age of 14+ if it is up there ally of a show they like.

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Educational value
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age 13+

Best show i’ve seen

There’s a lot of sex and drugs but at the end of the day kids need to know the side effects of acting like the Skins kids. this show will help them know what’s right so don’t wait until it’s too late. plus it’s fucking class

This title has:

Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (18 ):
Kids say (85 ):

Skins is an unflinching look at the complicated world of an upper-middle class British teenager's life. Each episode focuses on a single character and explores some of the issues that teens face as they approach adulthood -- like coping with intense peer pressure and dealing with feelings of inadequacy, abandonment, and betrayal. But in order to appreciate these themes, viewers must be able to look beyond the risky behavior that some of the young characters engage in. From sex to drug use, these activities are presented as both expected and accepted parts of their daily lives -- and most of them have few consequences. As a result, it's sometimes hard to tell whether the teens' actions complement the deeper and more meaningful storylines or are included gratuitously to entice would-be audiences. It also leaves you wondering whether you should be rooting for them or wishing that they'd get caught and ultimately learn some important lessons about growing up

Obviously, the show's mature content rules it out for kids and makes it pretty iffy even for teens. But for mature viewers, the series does offer well-written, often funny entertainment. Though not always likable, the characters are well developed and emotionally genuine. The storylines also cleverly blend the lives of various adult characters into the ongoing teen narratives, which often makes what some of these teens are going through more poignant, funny, and/or disturbing. And throughout it all, the teens characters remain close and loyal. If you're comfortable with (or can look beyond) the stronger content, this British import's focus on friendship certainly has something to say.

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