"Skins," the British teen drama that storms our shores on Sunday night at 9 on BBC America, starts off seeming determined to make "Gossip Girl" and its "Every parents' worst nightmare" billboards seem positively quaint. Compared with the amount of sex, booze and drugs - in both talk and deed - in the "Skins" pilot, "Gossip Girl" is a Parents Television Council gold star winner.To read the full thing, click here. The show grew on me over the course of the three episodes I watched, so I imagine I'll work it into the blog rotation for the time being, starting Sunday night.
But then "Skins" takes a very interesting left turn in its later episodes. It doesn't go all prudish - because, let's be frank, most teenagers of every generation spend a whole lot of time thinking about, talking about and finding ways to do things kids their age aren't supposed to - but it finds ways to tell other truths about its characters besides who they're trying to shag.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Today's column reviews BBC America's new teen drama "Skins":