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Sex and Drugs For Teens!

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Skins may be coming to the US of A.

The hit U.K. TV show is pretty much "Teens Gone Wild" - lots of underage sex and drug use!

We're a bunch of prudes, so of course the US broadcast network version would be a watered down. Unless, HBO or Showtime picks it up!

The UK version is written by a team of 'hip', young writers. In fact, one of the episodes was written by an 18 year old!

A Brit TV exec says, "One reason why the audience has taken to Skins is because it doesn't preach."

Yeah, kids get enough annoying yapping from their parents and teachers. Lettem watch their peers have sex and get high in peace…sheesh!

Just don't do it in real life, K?

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255 comments to “Sex and Drugs For Teens!”

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  1. sally says – reply to this


    oh my gosh i LOVE skins!!! this is fantastic news! aaaahhhhhh!!!!!!!!

  2. tonya perry says – reply to this





  3. syv says – reply to this


    skins is the best! we get it in Aus, but I couldn't wait for s2 so downloaded the rest. just download it if they're going to water it down. censorship sucks!

  4. Rachel says – reply to this


    Never seen the programme but everytime the advert appears on channel 4 or E4 it makes me want to scream. It looks so very very annoying. I don't get why this programme is appealing. The advert just tries to make it into something it's not and don't even get me started on the latest "should I have an abortion or not" thing. If I see that speccy weirdo who always wears that hat one more time with that girl thats clearly out of his league I will go insane. Rant over. Hehe.

  5. biatchh says – reply to this


    I fucking HATE Skins.

    It's a pile of shit, just reminds me of the amount of asshole teenagers in this country who see sex and drug-use behind rose coloured glasses.


  6. alice says – reply to this


    The Brits know how to throw a fucking good party.

  7. Nico says – reply to this


    Skins is easily the most relevant (to the UK youth at least) TV show that there has been in a long time. While some may argue that it glamourises sex, binge drinking, and drugs it absolutely does not. It tries to convey the lifestyle and issues that face adolescents today, and while of course artistic license is taken to some degree it is the most accurate portrayal of growing up in the UK today (I think as a British 21 year old I am qualified to state that). I think that any TV enthusiast would enjoy this show instead of branding it a bad influence. I hope you guys in the US see it, it is a top quality show. So is Shameless by the way (made by the same company as skins).

  8. Danielle says – reply to this


    AHHHHH SKINS IS THE BEST SHOW EVER!!!! omg…why is the UK so much cooler than america! lol :P

  9. wow says – reply to this


    Re: Raunchy TV FTW – Yeah, you're a smart one alright. Inappropriate shows get high ratings and then ALL shows follow suit and create raunchy shows for horny teenagers with no girlfriends/boyfriends…DUMBASSSSS. What am I supposed to watch on TV then? The Discovery Channel? I'm sick of seeing sex all over the TV, I don't give a shiit if it sells or not.

  10. Alla says – reply to this


    well, it's actually explores some serious issues like lost of a loved one. and there was nothing about drugs there, it's just impied. you should watch it first, honey :)

  11. Anonymous says – reply to this


    MAXXIE! Skins season one is available on DVD….check it out!

  12. rory says – reply to this


    we all love skins over here! hope the americans get it.

    sad to see all this generation be written out in one go at the end of series 2, i bet in years to come - "which skins cast were you?"

  13. Kaitlyn says – reply to this


    OMG this is my favorite show of all time! it is seriously AMAZING
    i would dieee of happiness if they brought the show to the US! ahhhhh! The writing for the show is so good better than any other teen show out there.

  14. mewissa says – reply to this


    OMG I LOVE THAT SHOW!!!!!!!!

  15. PPP says – reply to this


    Skins is a superb televison show that does not glamourise sex, binge drinking or drugs. It is the most accurate portrayal of adolescence in th UK I have ever seen (not that many have tried). People over here slate it, so no doubt in the US there will be outrage! Obviously artistic license has been taken to some degree but I haven't seen a TV show convey the complex issues and emotions that the UK youth handle today in such an intelligent, thought-provoking and stylish way. Give it a go, it will be worth it! Try Shameless too, (which feature in seasons 1 & 2 a certain Mr James McAvoy) another brilliant show. Unsurprisingly Shameless and Skins are produced by the same company.

  16. erin says – reply to this


    Umm, never seen the show but… OMG.
    That guy is hu-OT.

  17. eightoclock says – reply to this


    I am so in love with Skins, but I pray that the US doesn't do a remake. There is no way they can possibly catch the same "essence" of the show. The first two seasons with this cast have been amazing. Those kids can act better than most of the young Hollywood actors here anyway. Too bad they are changing the cast for the 3rd season.

  18. ash says – reply to this


    whoaaa this looks good…bring to the us!!

  19. Melissa says – reply to this


    Is that Alex Pettyfer in the picture?

  20. off the property says – reply to this


    start with 18 year-old Jean Pierre Orlewicz of suburban Detroit, convicted by a jury Wednesday of first degree murder in the "thrill kill" slaughter of his friend. He was held without bail since three days after the November 7, 2007 crime. And yesterday he walked out of court, back into his cell to spend the rest of his life in prison. Cool!

  21. Mat says – reply to this


    Skins is rubbish. You'll know why when you see it.

  22. lovely lisa says – reply to this


    I am from the uk and love skins. Ok so sex and drugs are part of it but they also show the concequences of it. All of the young cast are suberb and it shows you that there are young talented actors about that arent pimping it out on some reality show.
    Showing it watered down would not, work either leave it alone or dont air it.

  23. holly says – reply to this


    Skins is AMAZING!

  24. ekdo says – reply to this


    finally…the good shows are finally hitting the states. skins is genius. no two ways about it. love that it shows in 'prime time' in the uk and has to be shown on cable in the states.

  25. Sabs says – reply to this


    Just recently have seen some Skins while in london. Such a great show! Im excited i can potentially watch it back in the US too!

  26. Kitty says – reply to this


    I LOVE skins! i have to catch the eps. on youtube because its not here yet but seriously, i never get bored of it, im just sad this seasons over!
    Perez yu hoe bag, im so happy yu posted this to let eachother know they should be keeping an eye out for it in the future


  27. Joanne says – reply to this


    So.. as soon as the 2nd series ends, it comes to the States. Wtf? GREAT timing..
    Anywho, I agree with the majority of the other comments here: a watered-down Skins might as well be no Skins at all. It's the reality of the episodes that make it so great.

  28. Kat says – reply to this


    Ur sooooo lucky that you have Skins yet to watch…
    It's AMAZING!!!
    More for my generation (19) but ace anyhow!!!
    Last episode was aired tonight on Channel 4 and I miss it already!!!
    x x x

  29. noemi says – reply to this


    oh i absolutely love skins!!

    and that guy is sexxxxy

  30. Kat says – reply to this


    If you want to watch it already (and in its original form) just head to the channel 4 website and watch it on 4 on Demand, u'll have to pay but is worth it! Or just buy the DVDs!!
    x x x

  31. fluffy says – reply to this


    Re: ekdo
    Skins originally aired on freeview channel's etc in England then a few months later was aired on a mainstream channel cos it's so flipping great!!
    And hen this series it was on E4 on Monday's then channel 4 (mainstream) on Thursdays s perhaps the same thing will happen in America

  32. If the "children are our future"... says – reply to this


    …then our planet is swiftly going down the crapper.

  33. Mallory says – reply to this


    what an interesting post. while this may help educate teenagers– not quite sure how, in my opinion, i don't think the US should be welcoming such a show. There are enough problems running wild through teenager's head these days, why should we add more ideas?

    i don't think it's a way to educate them or let them learn for themselves. again, it will only encourage them to do what they see. isn't that a parent's job? To teach kids from right and wrong?

    understanding that this show in the UK may not preach to kids, doesn't mean they won't do it. i mean hello, do you really think kids won't try the things they see? we have shootings in schools and malls beause people are influenced by what they see on TV.

    I think this is a ytsrvinu idea!

  34. Katy says – reply to this


    oh honey. to however said its a uk version of degrassi.
    correct me if I'm wrong but does degrassi have explicit masturbation scenes, at least three free characters permanently fucked up by drugs, explicit (!) sex scenes.
    now that I think about it, skins was a lot like degrassi with swear words in season 1, but in season 2 you really get the good stuff.

  35. RAZZMATAZZ says – reply to this


    Does this mean they are going to duplicate it like with american 'actors' like the OC people or the same series just broadcast here? I think the regular cable networks are so desperate for new edgy material that will hook audiences in that they probably will have higher bids than Showtime or HBO.

    Another thing… is 26 too old to watch this show, let me know :s

  36. We don't need a show like this... says – reply to this


    …We've got this shizzzz in real life; just go to fuckin' Hollywood!
    (see also: Lohan, Hilton, Spears, Big Brother…)
    Christ, what a bunch of losers… someone said above this planet is going down the crapper… With our teenagers acting like whores and jackasses, doing drugs like candy and flaunting their body parts everywhere, having sex and babies, glorifying asinine behaviour before they even know WHO THEY ARE, I'd be inclinded to agree.
    We've created a planet of debauchery and disgust. Who needs hell, just come to loser-land, take your clothes off and shove coke up your nose.

  37. Angelica says – reply to this


    I love Skins but i like in cali and watch it in youtube that
    show is really good!!!
    too bad that if they show it here it wont be the smae god!
    stupid f.c.c.

  38. ciara-ireland says – reply to this


    love skins, it puts into perspective teenage life in Ireland and the Uk, we are crazy fuckers who know how to have fun, Americans really need to lighten up(let your fucking hair down).

  39. (: says – reply to this


    ohhh mitch hewer.

  40. Steph says – reply to this


    I just started watching Skins because someone said it was the UK equivalent of Degrassi.
    It's MUCH more intense and I can't really see it being aired in the US.

  41. Katiemay says – reply to this


    Please don't butcher Skins - keep it as it is, you might like it!!

  42. I LOVE SKINS says – reply to this


    skins is liek, one of my favorite tv shows and i have to watch it all online, i would be so excited

  43. T says – reply to this


    OMG I SOO HOPE IT DOES MITCH HEWER IS SOO FUCKING HOT! the last epi was sooo sad :( CHRIS!!!

  44. kenna says – reply to this


    I love Skins. I watch online all the time because we do not have here in america. I love it if HBO or showtime picked the show up. But when it returns series 3 will have different characters and not the ones we love like MAXXIE AND JAL. But I would def watch Skins if it comes to USA.

  45. Matt says – reply to this


    damn boy!
    he could do me any day…bring on Skins!
    lets hope showtime or hbo picks it up:)

  46. Bex says – reply to this


    Can't you just import the British version of Skins.

    If you Americanise it, it will be complete and utter crap.

    RIP CHRIS FROM SKINS. Series 3 will be crap without the current cast. No more Joe Dempsie, Mitch Hewer or Larissa Wilson. Instead we get crappy Effy!

  47. Taylor says – reply to this


    Skins is fucking amazing!
    But this is talking about creating a NEW version of skins. Like… a U.S. version of skins, so American actors. I dunno, if they water it down, it just won't be skins. Hm, I dunno. We'll see!

  48. micahel says – reply to this



  49. samantha and rose says – reply to this


    hi, im sam and im from australia and rsoe is from america. skins is literslly the best show ever. not because all the cast are mad hot (maxxie in the picture) and basically all the rest.. the show is so sick because its jsut so accurate.. you'll see the oc in america and its full of amazingly hot people with shit that would never actually happen…skins is literally a mirron to our life- its mad… i recommend everyone watch it man (if you are a teenager especially) because its just so amazing. and so interesing
    love xxxxxxxxxx

  50. lauren says – reply to this


    i live here, and i found this show by mistake online
    i love itttt

    they should bring it

  51. Jack says – reply to this


    Do you think he has crappy British teeth under all that loveliness? Or do you think that's just a stereotype? You know what I mean, like americans being loud and arrogant and such like?

    Or do you think times have moved on, cos our parents didn't want us to think the same way as their parents did. So they tried desperately to tell us that times have changed, and that now we're a global village and share the same values?


    no .. didn't think so

  52. Cam says – reply to this


    I live in Australia and we've had 'Skins' on tv for ages now - it is such an awesome show. Started watching it one night out of pure boredom, and it was so brilliantly written and perfectly acted.

    I hope the US actually just relaxes and enjoys the show for what it is.

  53. Jon says – reply to this


    Break me off a piece of that!!!! He is fucking hot as shit… Absolute Hunk

  54. duchamp says – reply to this


    Why do you fools care about what this cretin has to say?

  55. samantha says – reply to this


    skins is so flipping incredible
    and maxxie is such a honey
    oh an tony mmmmmm
    i thank jebus that this show is on the interweb

  56. No Self Control says – reply to this


    Re: Max – So what influenced YOU to become the asshole you are?

  57. Modern Cop-outs says – reply to this


    Re: believer – It's called RESPONSIBILITY dumb ass! I've seen countless murder movies but I don't kill anyone. I've watched people doing drugs and drinking themselves to death but I'm clean & sober NEVER done them. I've seen rapes, molestations, backstabbers, thieves, haters and bashers. But guess what! I was RAISED with basic values and the knowledge to understand the difference between right & wrong. It's called FREE WILL. If you have the tools to know what's real & right you don't worry about watching "entertainment"! Those that fail wanted to take the path they have CHOSEN and more power to them that's what makes up individuality. People today just love to be able to blame outside influences for their and their children's failing's instead of accepting the RESPONSIBILITY for their actions!

  58. MAAAAXXXIIIIIIEEEEEEE!!!! says – reply to this


    SKINNNNNNNS IS FUCKING AWESOME!!!!!!! i preactily screamed when i saw maxxie right there. but hes not my favourite. chirs is waaaaaaaaaaaaay better. that whould be awsome if they arid it here. but the second seaason just ended 'cross the pond (and it sucked, but thats for another time.)

  59. Elyse says – reply to this


    I think Skins is a great show. There are so many messed up teenagers out there, it helps them understand they aren't alone. I think the US does more harm than good by trying to pretend teenagers lead a happy, uncomplicated life. Skins isn't preachy, it allows kids to identify with them, while teaching that consequences do exist.

  60. me says – reply to this


    i don't like how teachers are portraited but apart from that it's hilarious. i f*cking LOVE it!

  61. jessica says – reply to this


    skins is my alltime favorite show. i'd hate to see it come to the US, because one of the reasons i love it so much is because they're not afraid to show what real teenage life is like - sex, drugs and all. i literally just got finished watching an episode right before i came to see whatsup in the world of gossip, perez! people should definitely watch the british version online first so they can understand how awful the watered down version would be in comparison.

  62. mks.artist says – reply to this


    Skins is Dawson's Creek, but more realistic. Not the stuff you want your parents to think is happening in highschool, but the real deal. I can't get enough.

  63. Paola says – reply to this


    skins is more than teens gone wild really!!
    it's an awesome show!

  64. tiggy says – reply to this


    skins is the best show in the whole wide world, it would fucking suck if it was watered down… DONT DO IT!!! its perfect the way it is(:

  65. meeeeeeee says – reply to this


    Re: wow

    Discovery Channel is AWESOME….DEADLIEST CATCH….AMAZING…..!!!!!!!

  66. Kriz says – reply to this


    Are you kidding? This is the best news ever!!!! I love maxxie, tony, sid, chris, jal, michelle, and cassie!!!! SKINS ROXXXX!!!

  67. Jordannnn says – reply to this


    OMFG!!!!! I LOVE THis show! I live in CA and noooo one really knows about this show. the characters are amazing! I particularly like crazy cassie!

  68. skin me says – reply to this


    i love this program, we in the uk have just finshed the 2nd series but if they show it uncut in the us i suggest you prepair to be offended

  69. wutever says – reply to this


    like teen problems are not serious enough!

  70. believer says – reply to this


    Re: Modern Cop-outs – Thank you so much for pointing all of that out to me. Without your wealth of knowledge I don't know how I would have continued on. I suppose you've never heard of or been exposed to temptation. I suppose that you've never had a friend influence you at all into making a choice that you later regretted. Of course not. You have the answer to everything. Smart ass.

  71. Degrassi , says – reply to this


    I am enjoying watchin Degrassi the next generation for my Teen shows lol

    everything from , drugs / sex / rape / religion / gay / cheating / jail / eating disorders covered and there about 8450411 characters to watch and its actually enternaining with morals in each story but even the US cant handle some of the racy stories they come up with , its sooo edited for the US , the show is from Canada . but The N shows is here.

    the us is prude no wonder our country is fucked up no one can handle the thruth.

  72. =] says – reply to this


    Re: Lauren – Hellz ya!!! degrassi is the best.

  73. hayley says – reply to this


    Skins is the best show seriously
    America needs to embrace it
    it really is better then stupid reality shows
    People worried that it will damage teenagers get over it, you watch your favourite starlets get drunk and high all the time

    its a great show… dont water it down USA it will ruin it


  74. nikki says – reply to this


    ummm i was just reading up on this show and it sounds no different than other teen dramas like degrassi.

  75. Syd says – reply to this


    this makes my day!

  76. umm. says – reply to this


    Re: Steph – and its a well know fact , that Degrassi it tone down and edited before shown in the u.s and besides I highly doubt High school that Intense like the Skins its seems they are trying to Hard , Degrassi doesnt over do it. Come on I dont remeber High school being that Real like Skins make is seems. I am an '06 Grad so Its not like I am not old sure the issues are real , but Skins is ooooooveeeeeeeerr doing it Degrassi covers each issue but they make it more realist looking. and they did have drug addicts who went to rehab , a school shooting leaving one of the characters in a wheel chair , rape story , suicide , depression everything you can think of BUT the difference is degrassi follows each character in ONE eposide they dont draw it out you may watch one eposide with 2 story line and may not see them again for a few more eposides they dont over due it. Degrassi it my pick , they keep it realitic. and its in its 8th season.!

  77. A says – reply to this


    GROSS!! We don't wanna see not pasty pale bad teethed smelly British peeps on our TV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FUCK OFF!

  78. Anita [Canada] says – reply to this


    Censorship is fucked. Why are people so afraid of sex, of the human body? Let your kids make their own decisions, all you can do is be there for them. I have SAFE sex, I drink, I smoke pot (there is NOTHING wrong with pot, alcohol is worse), I've been on 'pills' (which Skins denounces, rightfully so, through Jal trying to get Chris to stop) and I happen to be a very smart and decent 19 year old. I'm not looking for praise, I'm just saying that your kids will most likely do all of the above before they reach 20 but in the end, we turn out alright. It's called experimenting and thats what being a teenager is all about, come on 60s people! Skins is alot deeper than just sex and drugs, please watch the show before you draw any conclusions. The show deals with issues of teen pregnancy, death, religion … don't underestimate it, its a great show and it WILL bring you to tears. Not to mention, AWESOME music! Grizzly Bear, Foals, Crystal Castles just to name a few.

  79. Mary says – reply to this


    Maaxxxxxiiiiieeeeeee. Unf. Just pure freakin' unf.

  80. princess says – reply to this


    This is not going to do anything to assist any young teenagers or adults with any drug/alcohol issues they may be experiencing.it is very sad. There are enough issues as there are with poor role modelling in society for young people. They need positive role models in their lives to set an example. This will not be a positive thing. It is very sad. They need to think about showing positive tv shows which role model mature and positive behaviour that can still show people having a great time and enjoying themselves!

  81. talia says – reply to this


    Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!! I love skins!!!!!!
    I live in the US…but you know what!?!??!


    That would just ruin it.

  82. Courtney says – reply to this


    I'm a teenager and I love Skins. Sure, it has drinking, drugs, and sex in it… but I watch it for the amazing characters and relationships. It hasn't motivated me to do anything except watch more of it. I don't drink, do drugs, or have sex at the moment, and it's not like a TV show would convince me to.

    That said, I don't want it to come here. A big draw of the show is that it's so British. Nobody has to have perfect tans or perfect teeth. They have brilliant accents that are difficult to understand half the time, and all the characters are really and truly screwed up. They don't have fake drama like all of the teen shows these days. I have no desire to watch a watered down version of it. It would be incredibly lame without all the conflict caused by the crazy stuff that they do.

  83. katd says – reply to this


    I Love skins i watch it on youtube.
    but they shouldn't re cast it its amazing, just the way it is.

  84. brit says – reply to this


    OMGOMGOMG this iss sooooooooo cool, but they can't water it down!!!!! then it wouldn't be skins!!!!! as a 17 year old college goer in the uk, it reeeele is like watching your life - they don't just have loads of sex ect, theres loads bout exams and worrying bout the future, unis ect, all the things we tlk about!xxxxx

  85. DRU says – reply to this


    I'm so disappointed that they're going to scrap the cast for Series 3. I've fallen in love with the orginal cast, and they provided zero closure. KEEP THE ORIGINAL CAST!!!!!

  86. Brit Gal says – reply to this


    I hope it does show in the US so those who haven't seen it can watch one of the best tv shows ever! It should NOT be watered down there.

  87. ToriJane says – reply to this


    Yes Please!!!
    Skins is amaze, completes my monday nights x

  88. Meh says – reply to this


    People from my school got chosen to input ideas & write for the new series
    Just thought i'd let you know

  89. maitecaliente says – reply to this


    Way to go Skins!!!!!!!!!!

  90. B says – reply to this


    Skins RULES the show is SOOO good im so upset there will be no more orignal cast but i reckon if the writers are staying the new lot will be just as good. Don't anyone judge a programme unless they have seen it Channel 4 does teen progs the best nothing in the US of A can touch it. You dont have to have rich kids from teh O.C for shiz to be watchable

  91. ola says – reply to this


    woo i hope it goes to america its a great show

  92. alice says – reply to this


    SKINS IS F***IN AWSOMEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  93. mwah says – reply to this


    skins is amazing.. if it goes to america don't let it get watered down!!! thats what the whole show is about and wouldnt be half as good without all the sex/flesh/drugs/raves and out of control shit! lovee it!

  94. yeh says – reply to this


    mmmm maxxie!

  95. gsd says – reply to this


    Re: Max – there not glamourising it.. its representitive of brit teen life.. whats up with that?! yeh it's crazy but thats why it's so fitttt.. even my fucking teachers love it ahaha

  96. fk says – reply to this


    everyone knows the majority of teens in britain are pilled up anyway.. they have actually raised awareness of the bad sides of it.. to them its not just a show it's a lifestyle!

  97. fg says – reply to this


    cant waitttt.. thanks for the show britain.. seen some on the internet and looks amazing!

  98. dan says – reply to this


    fukkk wish i lived in britan.. stuff seems so much more real and raw than here

  99. blingin says – reply to this


    ummm… think it's a bit obvious the episodes are written by people aged 18, as this is one of the worst shows in television history. Shit production, terrible acting, horrifically bad scripts and giving people an excuse to act like total wankers because they want to be 'cool' like the skins cast. I've been to tea parties more hardcore than anything in SKINS yet todays 'yoof' think its a bench mark of whats cool. Get out there and live you're own lives instead of trying to mimic a tv show. sad cunts.

  100. Kate says – reply to this


    Skins is great, but they prob will alter it to show it in America…which is a pity coz yes it does glamorise sex and drugs….but sex and drugs are glamorous!

    And there are loads of teenagers who live like that. Skins doesn't say whether what they do is right or wrong. TV should stop being so moralising…somebody who does drugs or does something bad on TV never gets away with it…but in real life they often do…TV should hold a mirror up to society not paint a picture of how it should be

    So show Skins uncensored in the US!

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