Skins UK & The Need For Real Teens On TV

The British television show Skins aired its first episode ten years ago tomorrow. The show – which followed a group of students in Bristol through late high school and early college – was gritty, provocative, and bold. It was lauded for its portrayal of teens as both complex and flawed, and its ability to maintain a lighthearted and comedic tone despite its somewhat dark subject matter. Mental illness, teen pregnancy, eating disorders, and substance abuse were only a few of the important issues the show dealt with.