Wednesday, November 7, 2012

TV Series of the Month – Skins (First Generation)

TV Series of the Month: Skins – First Generation (2007-2008)

Skins is a British teen drama focusing on students in college (the British equivalent to our junior and senior year of high school in the States – basically the university preparatory years). Currently, the series is on its seventh series (which will feature characters from all past generations). It has gone through three generations, as the cast is different every two seasons. Thus, generation one’s story is told in series one and two.

The show is told from the perspective of the teens, and thus the adult characters often come off as absurd (with particular characteristics exaggerated). The teens deal with the stresses of growing up, first relationships, school, and just being at an awkward age. While the show has a very party-going and hip bunch (versus say The Inbetweeners, another good British teen series), it tackles the drama of being a teenager very well and tells wonderful stories with its diverse cast.

Skins was created by Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain (he only worked on series 1-5, but is returning for 7, its last). The entire series is filled with fantastic young actors, but generation one has yielded many up and coming stars. The main cast includes: Nicholas Hoult (who has since starred in A Single Man and X-Men: First Class, and has WarmBodies upcoming), Joe Dempsie (who has since taken a role in Game of Thrones), Mike Bailey, Hannah Murray (who took a role in Game of Thrones and is set to return to Skins in series 7), April Pearson, Larissa Wilson, Dev Patel (who starred in Slumdog Millionaire and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and is now on The Newsroom), and Mitch Hewer. The first two series also have great reoccurring characters (headlined by Kaya Scodelario who became a main character in series 3 and 4 and is returning in series 7, and also features Giles Thomas, Georgina Moffat, Peter Capaldi, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, and Lisa Backwell, who also became a main cast member in seasons 3 and 4).

Skins is one of the best teen-centric dramas on TV, unafraid to delve deeply and unflinchingly into the drugs, sex, music, intense emotions, and comedy of today’s teens (when most TV shows are tame) and the overall experience of being a teen, which is very relatable as we all went through it. It is a must-see for fans of teen dramas and comedies. It also has a brilliant soundtrack (see here).

Trailer: Here

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