This fall we will see the remake of the teen drama 90210 premiere as well as the highly popular Gossip Girl return to the CW Network. These American TV shows will bring us the usual diet of pre-packaged good looking young people with the teen angst drama story lines that we see repeated for each generation of TV viewers.
It is all good. I have been entertained over the years and have enjoyed some of them. However, I have recently discovered a show in this teen genre that is a step up from the crowd. It is on the BBC America Channel and it called “Skins.”
Now, I have always been a fan of some of the shows on that channel but have never really reviewed any in this genre of television entertainment.
The show immediately draws you in because the actors actually look like the 17 years olds they are playing in the show. What a concept! That has been my biggest complaint about their American counterparts is that the actors in similar roles always look too old and sophisticated.
The story lines are more realistic and not glamorized. The producer uses both young writers (in the age group of the characters) as well as seasoned writers to develop the story lines and story arcs. This eliminates any kind of patronization and over simplification of issues that can creep into the writing of such shows.
The actors are a good ensemble cast and work well with each other. I have included some interview clips. You will find them engaging and interesting.
With all these shows vying for your viewing attention this fall, check out Skins on Sunday Nights at 10:00 p.m./9:00 p.m. Central or download episodes from iTunes for a small fee. This is a show from across the pond that America should not miss!