I’ve mentioned my love for this British teen drama before, but I don’t think anyone really realizes just how obsessed I was with this show. I watched this show from the very start, in spring of 2007, back when I could only watch it in not-so-great quality on YouTube, split into a bunch of 10-minute segments. Sure, Skins was often over the top, plot lines were exhausted and some things just didn’t really make sense–and yes, some episodes felt more like an American Apparel ad turned into a TV show–but there were enough things I loved about it to prevent it from fitting into the guilty pleasure category.
Skins is formative to me because it is one of the few TV shows that actually depicted teenagers in a way that didn’t feel overly safe or artificial. The actors were actually, you know, not 25-year-olds playing 16-year-olds, the characters cursed and did a lot of raucous things that teenagers do and it was pretty funny when it wasn’t ripping my heart out and stomping all over it.
There are so many seasons of Skins with so many different characters and plots that it is hard to narrow down the moments from this show that made a huge impact on me, but I’ll try my best! Here are 10 moments from Skins that changed my life.
The Actors Looked Like Real PeopleI always appreciated that the characters never looked like they were made in a labratory like the 25-year-olds portraying 16-year-olds do on CW shows. They were teenagers as well, with zitz, imperfect teeth, etc. Source: Skins/E4
Meeting CassieCassie, the weird girl with an eating disorder, serious OCD and some incredibly neglectful parents. Her entire story was just as all over the place and fanciful as she was and she is still one of my favorite characters from the show. Also, her style was amazing. Source: Skins/E4
Tony Getting Hit By The Bus...Not much more to say, honestly. But what a way to end the first season of Skins. Source: Skins/E4
Chris And JalChris was always a bit of a mess, but being with someone as straight laced (yet badass) as Jal really helped him out. It also brought a little light to Jal's high strung life, too. But, of course, Chris died because this show loves to make me miserable. Source: Skins/E4
Their Parents Were The WorstWow, where to start...I think that one of the most on point messages that Skins gave us was that our parents aren't perfect: They can be just as flawed, petty and messed up as their kids. Worst parent? I don't know, probably Cassie's or Nick and Matty's. Source: Skins/E4
Tony And Sid Hijacking Chris' CasketChris' father didn't want anyone to show up to his son's funeral. So Tony and Sid, well, stole Chris' casket and tied it to the top of their car. This entire scene, by the way, was set to "Oops I Did It Again" by Britney Spears. Perfection. Source: Skins/E4
The MusicEven haters of this show can admit that the music from the show was usually really on point. In fact, I discovered a ton of music and bands that I love to pieces and have even see live thanks to Skins. Also, how awesome was it when they had real bands on the show, like Crystal Castles and Foals. Talk about a hook up. Source: Skins/E4
Stupid Love TrianglesI used to simply have very little patience for love triangles, but Skins really made me hate them. Seriously, not a single season could go by without a damn love triangle and it sometimes became the main focus of the entire show. Seriously, love triangles are pretty rare in reality, so why do TV shows always have to use this tired ol' trope to cause drama? Source: Skins/E4
Effy Being EffyI have a lot of feelings about Effy but this is all I'm going to say: I liked her better when she barely talked. Source: Skins/E4
JJ's Asperger's SyndromeSo, I haven't encountered very many shows that explored this disorder, but I'm glad that Skins did. Source: Skins/E4
Naomi And EmilyTheir relationship had it's major ups and downs, but what I liked about it was that it wasn't presented in a way that left both girls confused about their sexuality. Emily already knew she was a lesbian while Naomi was confused as to who she was attracted to in general. It just seemed realistic. Source: Skins/E4
Katie Finds Out That She's InfertileHaving a pregnancy scare as a teen is horrifying, but what if your pregnancy scare turned into a very different kind of news: You aren't able to get pregnant at all. I'm in no rush to have kids, but I do want them in the future, so this episode sparked one of my many irrational paranoid fears. I really felt for Katie, though. Source: Skins/E4
Cook Avenging Freddie's Murder...Or WhateverI still can't wrap my head around this weird confrontation between the always off the rails Cook and the psychiatrist who murdered his best friend. But, uh, what a way to end a season I guess. Source: Skins/E4
Thomas And Pandora Getting Into Harvard...This made absolutely no sense. I'm sorry, but Pandora was not very bright at all and Thomas just got kicked out of school and was suddenly accepted to Harvard as a track star? Um, naw.
Mini And Franky's Sexual TensionIt was totally there and I'm not sure why the show decided to abandon these two's sexual tension in favor of their boring, predictable, heterosexual love triangles. Ugh.
The Angel Of Death Rejecting Rich.I'm pretty sure that this scene will convince anyone who wants to ask out their crush to consider other options Source: Skins/E4
Rich And GraceMetalhead and a ballerina. Cliche? Sure, but I shipped the hell out of it and I can't even look at these two without wanting to puke from happiness. But, of course, the show ended up killing her off. This is why we can't have nice things, universe. I was already devastated about Chris's death separating him from Jal. Ugh. Source: Skins/E4
Liv's Reaction To Grace's DeathWe all react to death differently, but while the other characters were quietly mourning or were already too caught up in their stupid love triangles to really grieve, Liv's fury about the entire situation was a breath of fresh air. Her rage was real and intense but oh so necessary. Source: Skins/E4
Those Pregnancy PlotsPregnancy plots usually suck if you ask me, but the ones on Skins left me with pretty mixed feelings. When Jal was pregnant in season 2, she got an abortion. Mini, on the other hand, went through with her pregnancy in season 6 and gave birth and all that jazz. I get it, teen pregnancy happens to every kind of teen--from the super studious like Jal to insecure queen bees like Mini; but this subplot can get so old so fast. In Skins' defense, however, I'm glad that the show was never very preachy about what to do if you wind up being pregnant. Source: Skins/E4
The DebaucheryOn Skins the characters actually did what teenagers did, even if they weren't good decisions. There was a lot of sex, a lot of drugs and maybe even a fair amount of rock n roll. They even cursed, which, as an American is pretty unheard of for a teen drama unless it was on HBO or something. Source: Skins/E4
What did you like or dislike the most about Skins? Which deaths still make you want to roll on the floor and cry? Which pairings make you want to vom? Tell us in the comments!