What's up with 'Skins'?
January 28th, 2011
03:18 PM ET

What's up with 'Skins'?

Despite losing more than half its viewers, not to mention a handful of advertisers, MTV’s “Skins” is staying put.

After its debut episode reeled in about 3.3 million viewers, the controversial series plummeted - only 1.6 million viewers tuned in the following week.

EW even conceived a list of possible reasons for the drop in ratings, citing the fact that its “premiere had a 7-million-plus lead-in from an original episode of 'Jersey Shore.'”

But it wasn’t just audiences who jumped ship. At least five of the series’ advertisers - including Subway, H&R Block, GM, Wrigley and Taco Bell - have taken steps to ensure their ads don’t run during the program.

“We’ve decided that the show is not a fit for our brand and have moved our advertising to other MTV programming,” a spokesperson from Taco Bell told CNN.

MTV’s Nathaniel Brown recently put rumors of cancellation to rest, saying, “ ‘Skins’ has earned the loyalty of fans across the globe for its thoughtful and honest portrayal of teen life today. An internationally acclaimed scripted drama, the show has been honored with a long list of prestigious awards. MTV stands by the US adaptation of ‘Skins’ and the vision of its creator Bryan Elsley.”

What do you think about the series? Were you one of the 1.6 million viewers who stuck around? Or did you ditch the drama after week one?

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  1. Pete

    As Raunchy as it may be – it closely resembled my high school years. And I don't know about everyone else, but our school partied together as a unit. There were a couple different cliques but for the most part you'd run into the same people. I'd almost say High school was better than college.

    January 31, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jg3

    While the acting is not ... great... the concept of the show is refreshing. Well written scripted teenage drama that strays from the "Saved by the Bell" approach every other teen series follows. Teenagers do make mistakes, often successfully covering them up from their uninvolved parents, and there are sometimes minimal immediate consequences. That's life, whether to the extreme the show takes it or just a kid staying out 15 minutes past curfew and sneaking quietly into bed. I'm glad the much watered-down version of the UK series is still controversial enough to keep things interesting and cause so much uproar here in the US. Good job MTV! Keep at it! Only please find better actors. 🙂

    January 31, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rissa

    It may not be the life of all teenagers but it does show how some are. I mean look I'm a senior in highschool with a 4.1 GPA and I've never done any of this but I do enjoy this show very much.

    January 31, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. Soccer mom

    MTV has clearly lost its way.

    January 30, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mister white

    great show! haters are lame as are moralists. great show

    January 30, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Psmith

    Ditch this trash. It is unworthly to be broadcast.

    January 30, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. paris hilton

    Let's party down. Lines, nugs, booze...I love it all. It is so hot! This show is hot! I am so hot!! Booze it up! -Paris

    January 30, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. O

    Trash trash trash.. these kids are trash.. And I'm just as old as they are.. but I'll be running a company one day while they're shooting up in some bathroom stall.. talk about pure and utter trash

    January 30, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kiwilogic

    it shows the life of a group of teens it doesnt represent the entire youth of america, some people live like they do on this show if not worse and still have successful fufilling lives i can't believe the ignorence in some of these posts. if you dont like it dont watch it, and all you parents who are worried about their kids watching it shouldnt because if you've raised them well they should be able to choose between right and wrong by themselves and shouldnt be making life decisions based on what they see on tv.

    January 30, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Brianna McCornell

    I watched the first episode & I loved it, but a whole lot of shows I watch come on on mondays. So now I record skins, I'm still loyal to the show, but I might not tune in on some Monday's.

    January 30, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mad hater

    You's one kooky broad

    January 30, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ntMc

    What was up with the space shutal taking off

    January 30, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ntMc

    O realy try bread in a high school caf before they take me some where eals to hill me due to lack of air that everyone knew everything wawawawawawa

    January 30, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ntMc

    That's realy sick all because I don't have a GED or High school deploma

    January 30, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ratchel

    Skins is no worse then DeGrassi High. Give me a break. Same story lines, same type of kitch actors. Skins is hot. that is the difference. My only complaint about Skins is that in two weeks they covered more topics than should have been covered in 6 episodes.

    January 30, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  16. c

    lets stop eating taco bell!!! i would be chain to a chair to watch skins any day then eat taco bell now thats garabage!!!

    January 30, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  17. c

    Honestly kids are doing this in America, but we should not focus our "morals" on the show smh smh lets stop terrorism , racism even big brother lol but all honesty this show is awesome if they were to cancel a scripted show key word scripted then they should cancel jersey show which is "reality" if you want to save our youth!! i think thats only right!! by the way both shows are good!

    January 30, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  18. jessa

    Other than its obvious failed attempt at pushing the envelope, its just a really bad show. The acting is embarrassing to watch and the script is unnatural. This wasn't calculated accurately. I'm glad its flopping. It's morally questionable what producers are doing here.

    January 30, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  19. paris hilton

    I love to see people pop off on these blog articles. It is so hot!! It makes me want to toot some lines and get craaaazy! Let's party down with more rude back-n-forth entries. C'mon. Keep it real. Booze it up. -Paris

    January 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  20. paris hilton

    Hey HAD ENOUGH. Take the caps lock off and stop spewing nonsense. Your ramblings are annoying and gay! You are a fruit. Wanna do some blow? Booze it up!! -Paris

    January 30, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Lisa

    Dumb show. Saw it in a bar with the volume off...every time I looked at the screen, someone was on a cell phone. How profound. If I wanted to see that, all I have to do is find my kid.

    January 30, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  22. itsjustme

    This is the same premise as "Kids". So what's new here?

    I remember when MTV used to be a cool place to go: the contests couldn't be beat and neither could the music videos.

    Still waiting for MTV to start showing "Ren N Stimpy" again....:(

    January 30, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ratchel

      I love you just for your references alone. Ren and Stimpy... ha!

      January 30, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  23. liam

    I love uk skins because as an adult I see myslef in charracters in every season. I saw myself in the ackward syd who had parents with parents issues. As a person who with extreme learning disabilities which has resulted in social ackwardness and over protective parents I saw myself in JJ with Aspergers syndrom. The problem with the US skins i dont see myself in any of these schmucks.

    January 30, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Matt

    I think it is an accurate portrayal of today's American teen. I don't like that fact but it's the truth. It's sad. We live in a free country so there is nothing we can do about it. There are v chips and many other resources to use if you don't want your kids watching. It's called the power button. Be a parent and make sure your kids don't watch if you font like it.

    January 30, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  25. paris hilton

    Can I score some white from one of you clowns? Meet me on the corner of Wishire and Brea and we can make things happen. Let's party down and booze it up!! -Paris

    January 30, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  26. keith

    The omly thing it has going for it is its controversey. It is a sophmoric and unrealistic adaptation of teens trying to act like 20 somethings. YAWN!

    January 30, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Name*Hoff

    Brit version was much better, highbrow art and not about shock value.

    January 30, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  28. paris hilton

    Did I mention that I need to be the center of attention. This show should feature my antics. These punks on SKINS got nothing on me. I am so hot! I love to do stupid things that get me in trouble. -Paris

    January 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  29. DJ TDS

    Not so sure such a strict adaptation works. Do most US Teens really listen to drum 'n' bass? The UK version is much more sincere to the culture there. I think if this first episode was more commonplace (I mean, how many all-girls schools are in the US, really?) more viewers would stick around. Hopefully they can redeem this before the end of the season.

    January 30, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  30. paris hilton

    I really think this show is hot! It makes me want to toot massive amounts of lines and party down. Did I mention this show is hot! Totally my style!! -Paris

    January 30, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  31. jerry

    I think the public has voted by no longer watching....and the sponsors are no dummies....they are not running there ads because they know this is a bomb. Mtv already invested too much money to pull the plug but will need to cut its losses soon enough. The only idiots still watching are the poor suckers who believe all the pr hype and anyone who works for mtv or this show. Would be surprised they are the few defending this show on this blog.....lame.

    January 30, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  32. Carrie Ann

    I am happy to report that ALL of my students (I teach middle school), thought this show was not only boring and dumb, but completely inaccurate. Whether Gossip Girl or Skins, MTV continuely fails to capture the reality of teen lives in America (Sorry, Teem Mom don;t cut it either). This is not real. It might be real in the United Kingdom, which is why I thank the almighty stars every day that I am not living in that culture. By and large, our kids may have problems, but this show does not say anything truthful about the problems they face. Our kids are not interested in emulating the phony faux-adult make believe lives of a world that exists only in the minds of programming executives in New York or Taylor Momsen who also does not speak or reflect the zeitgeist of our children's lives. Let the British enjoy their filth as they always do.

    January 30, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  33. enrique

    they are all just trailer trash kids with rich parents. its like a real housewives of LA for spoiled teens.

    January 30, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  34. enrique

    i agree with you 100 percent joy. we dont act that way in mexico. my mom would bash my head in if i acted like that. plus they all look like rich kids. who eveen dresses like that? it is a fake show for paris hilton wannabees

    January 30, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  35. Joy

    This show is trash. All teens dont live like this.

    January 30, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  36. mamaknit

    for those of t

    for those of you new to the planet there is a button on the remote that says "power" and if you press it ypur tv turns off. i suggest you try it and open a book or nook or whatever, as i did, rather than let raw sewage trickle inro your grey matter.

    January 30, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  37. isi

    Why watch jersey shores,but not skins. People need to be open and realistic towards teen lives. Other countries are

    January 30, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  38. Name*Frank the Tank

    I hope they show boobies.

    January 30, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  39. Carrie

    This version sucked!the England version is way better.

    January 30, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  40. rtahrd

    2 things (3 if grammer nazis are lurking) 1. Yes this show is what the years of 15-25 consist of, if you disagree then you were not invited to the party. 2. if you think the british version of anything is superior eat it

    January 30, 2011 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |
  41. Chris

    I watched the British version found it to be fairly accurate of my teen years! For the record that was in Lexington, KY late 80's. Shows based on realities of actual life experiences freak out those that can't remember what it was like to be young. They are afraid it may give their children ideals...like they can control or protect the young mind...Goodluck with that!

    January 30, 2011 at 3:38 am | Report abuse |
  42. dani

    I like Skins and I am glad to see it stay on the air.

    January 30, 2011 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  43. Kirstyn

    I missed the second episode, but watched it on the mtv website later. I think its a really great show. Although its not entirely realistic, most teens do something just a crazy at least once in their lives. those who don't believe it happens either aren't "living" or are parents of teens just like the ones on the show!

    January 30, 2011 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |


    January 30, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  45. jerrydean cline

    Give me a show where the actors dont know they're being filmed. That's reality! When one knows he's on camera, he's gonna act a certain way.

    January 30, 2011 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  46. C. Clark

    The premiere episode that aired in January was the first episode that I had ever watched. I was quite intrigued. However, it's hard to believe that Skins is a portrayal of the life of today's teens. If it is... Skins should not serve as just entertainment but a very serious wake-up call! As of right now the show is good entertainment. But I can easily see myself not watching. Who is the intended audience, teens or adults? I certainly wouldn't want any teen I know to watch the show. They certainly would get too many ideas!

    January 30, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  47. Kreb

    I miss when mtv played all music

    January 30, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  48. wego

    This may be just like high school..maybe 2% of students. Another word for these kids would be losers. Portraying it on MTV will just create a bigger percentage of losers. What a wonderful world this is becoming. It really portrays those trashy kids that get pregnant or do drugs or drop out of high school. If these kids are our future, thank goodness the world is ending in 2012.

    January 30, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  49. Christo

    I just find it amusing that there is such a firestorm over the 'tawdry' and shocking aspects of this show (which happens to air on a cable station) while the #1 show in the country is the lowest common denominator crass nonsense of 2 1/2 Men ( which airs in prime time on regular tv). Charlie Sheen, rolemodel for our kids?

    January 29, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Papower

    MTV lost me about 1991, thats when I hit 21, had a job, and matured. MTV has regressed in many ways.

    January 29, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  51. IMHO

    As a teenager, I can pretty comfortably say that not one of us lives like that. I just want MTV to move back to music.

    January 29, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Jennifer

    UK Skins is a really great show! The cast of the first generation could sing and even dance. And all the actors in both casts could ACT. As an American I found this shocking. Talented actors! Creative writers who create complex, interesting characters! I enjoyed this show despite my lack of understanding of British slang. US Skins in contrast just left me flat.

    January 29, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  53. lo.babe

    I love this show!!!!

    January 29, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Loud Noises

    The Taco Bell Spokesperson “We’ve decided that the show is not a fit for our brand and have moved our advertising to other MTV programming.” LOL!
    Taco Bell sells nothing but disgusting garbage. Who cares what is fit for their brand. I knew some shady people who worked for Taco Bell. Just knowing what disgusting things those employees did makes me want to barf. What ever fast food place those people worked at, I never ate at.
    If Taco Bell allows filthy people like that to work at their chain, I am not going to be too concerned what they have to say about a television show.

    January 29, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  55. MTV???

    Who watches MTV anyway?

    January 29, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Michelle

    Skins is a little exaggerated, but teenagers today are absolutely engaging in those types of activities. UK version is exponentially better though.

    January 29, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Name*Pk3

    The American version of skins is terrible, if you want to see the true version you need to watch the original British version. Now that is a great show!

    January 29, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Mr Hapi

    I have not seen Skins yet. But it sounds pretty realistic to me. People who think kids are not partying like this are in denial.

    January 29, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  59. mad hater

    I haven't seen it either, I don't watch any of that crap on tv. Sounds good though. If moms hate it, its a classic. What the F ntMc? Seems like you got some wacky treats

    January 29, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Name*christine.

    Omgoodness! Pathetic !

    January 29, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Name*christine pheanis

    I never watched after about fifteen min. The portrayal of teens in this show disgusted me ! I feel it represents a very small percentage of teens ! What does their activities on this show say about the parenting they have ? I am very involve in my teens life and do not allow opportunity for him to be influenced by kids like the ones on this show. I feel that shows like this do nothing but promote these negative behaviors and MTV is wrong for encouraging it instead of doing something to help change things. Especially with the amount influence they have in todays world. The greed of their CEO's is sickening !

    January 29, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  62. KD

    This is how kids are these days? I never saw the show but from what I hear its not what I would want my children to watch. You think its ok to do drugs and behave like these kids in this show? I am horrified. I have 2 babies and I think I would rather home school than to expose them to this behavior

    January 29, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  63. mad hater

    Drugs are cool. What's the problem?

    January 29, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  64. lola

    I love this show!!! Never saw the UK version of it but I heard people say its better.

    January 29, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |

    "Skins" defiantly does not portray real teen age life. Skins is boring and makes Americans look even more stupid.

    January 29, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Trolol

    Young girls that watch this show are the same kind that think anal doesn't count against their virginity. God bless 'em.

    January 29, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  67. bets

    MTV should be off the AIR. THEY ARE RUINING CHILDREN. Why pander to the most basic of instincts? The MTV executives are the morons who probably smoked weed and went to NYU and Columbia business schools and think they are so smart because they have figured out how to get teenagers to watch TV? What a brilliant idea...
    Why dont they show intelligent teens who are studying, volunteering, researching, helping their parents raise families..
    Anyway, its no my kids that will watch this crap. The only country you are ruining is your own while China and India will RULE the WORLD in 50yrs while these morons sit in front of the TV watching SKINS!!!

    January 29, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Ryan

    UK version is much better

    January 29, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  69. tiff

    I love the UK skins, not so much the MTV version. Bad acting, poor portrayal of characters, was seriously disappointed. I think that is why people are not viewing it.

    January 29, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  70. ntMc

    This world is just a little sick of it

    January 29, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • h.

      Hey first off ntMc learn how to spell. Reading your comments gave me a headache. Are you sure that you weren't one of those children because school obviously had no impact on you.

      January 29, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  71. ntMc

    Thouse where good kids you played with for you're army an still R . A wo wo wo. A wo wo wo. A wo wo wo gues what a wo wo wo

    January 29, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  72. ntMc

    So how many of you govermint workers set that up as children you know exzactly what I'm talking about no I turned my legs away then they made me move how many of you kids adults practice it so I would just fall deaad then had you're go

    January 29, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  73. sara

    there is a difference in teens. We're not all the same. some do drink & smoke and others decide not too. so obviously this is the portrayl of teens that do. Its a decent show.

    January 29, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  74. ntMc

    How did you're records get the aprovial y does the fcc also get paid for doing nothing at all. One big cover up. That's why. Tomarrow if you keep incurageng it will be worse an the next an the next an you get off pointing the finger at the victumes an as long as you got the public brodcasting you get away with it

    January 29, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  75. ntMc

    Y is it getting by the at least the IRS

    January 29, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  76. ntMc

    An what about the publics system how much money do you think they have been making off of this an the ratings so there collecting money by exploting a dieng child an family while selling air time so they can control a human to do what ever they want an then off to another who is the main supliers. Murder a form of intertanment that has the public paying money an so inthused. How much money have they collected

    January 29, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  77. ntMc

    I like to see the price on this. Did you know at a time they got paid for dooing nothing at all. I don't know I amagen some of that money could have helped out now. How much money do you thing is involved in them doing nothing at all. Now that's something I like to read about. An how it got there

    January 29, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  78. ntMc

    They have been saxuly abusing my family an me publicy they have been controling me an my family while there intertaning the public the goverment has done nothing to make it stop. So what do you do give out ss numbers an see what all u can come up withon some pretind way of life there dooing pretind an making it real for the victumes but go back to them an pick up on pretind

    January 29, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  79. ntMc

    :*: yea boy there playing gold an hitting platum

    January 29, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  80. ntMc

    Get it away from my family. Or what is it you can b the only one like like the nucler missals in the 80

    January 29, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  81. andy

    MTV is so unoriginal they had to go and steal a show from the UK.

    January 29, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  82. ntMc

    I don't know maybe 400 instead sevral thousand you can get away with it

    January 29, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  83. ntMc

    All the govermint workers that have bn reading these messages an they still do nothing its still the same an there letting it go on you know what you're no diffrent than irac you had the white house order you did nothing you put a gun in there hand an have them hill someone look at the responce. You know that saying. Def here

    January 29, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Mc

    They r damaging my brain. I'm not you're little hospital pation due to you're local govermints crimes

    January 29, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Mc

    A hear prizen can b hell for what you do to children try a babby

    January 29, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Mc

    The reason I saw in the first place is because you wher hilling my family then me an plained to use dogs as a babby that was you're actions there making me look like one as there covering up me as a babbyamigen that adults with a babby

    January 29, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Mc

    Make the suffering stop all my life iv been you're little tourching babby

    January 29, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  88. sal medina

    Hey !wake up people skins is an awesome show its better than jersey shore .the show is just showing the a true reality so stop being blind and watch the show .

    January 29, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  89. TiredOfSnow

    It's hard enough raising a teenager to make good decisions without having the bad ones glamorized. Even if this is reality based from the kids' perspective, it fails to show the true consequences to their actions. To balance it out, how about the writers include what the parents would do to punish their kids.

    That won't happen though. Why? My opinion: Because at the end of the day this isn't MTV trying to be real or have a voice, it's Viacom trying to affect the bottom line. MTV is just another brand aimed at teenagers trying to make its parent company as much money as possible. The social discussion is just rhetoric while the earnings per share goes up.

    Parents educating their kids about big business in America should be up there with the birds and the bees and balancing a check book.

    January 29, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  90. vanessa

    This is what teenagers are doing. I know this because as a social worker interviewing kids from 3yo to 18yo, promiscuity is starting at a young age, as well as drug use, alcohol use! Sooo... Wake up people.

    January 29, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Edwin

    I don't understand the point of the show and I work with teens regularly and their personal lives are never like this. Sure there is some partying but nothing to the extent of this "honest portrayal of teen life today" Never have seen the show and never will...

    January 29, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  92. ck

    Wow. I was really bored at work until I read three days of posts about skins. Have to say I wasn't that interested in the show but after reading all of this I m dying to tune in.

    January 29, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  93. C. K, Justus

    After the first show I put it to sleep. That is trash and we have enough trash coming out of Washington to watch stuff like that on TV. It is R rated lies.

    January 29, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Nik

    CNN should disable the ability to leave comments.

    January 29, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Mcre

    The show is crap. And to call it a portrayal of kids today is rediculous. Kids masturbating in front of grandma, friends setting up friends to sleep with other friends? Rampant drug/alcohol use/dealing? Really people?? The show is crap.

    January 29, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Kids get high then go to HIGH school where they all learn about new cool hip drugs to take and can get the drugs at school from students who deal drugs and these are upper middle class kids. This "gutter behavior" has spread rampted and is now everywhere and parents/teachers and society are to blame for not watching the kids.

      January 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Sean

    MTV does damage to young people. I've been there, I've seen first hand their disregard for young people. The children who run things over there have only one thing on their minds , money, partying and power plays. Skins holds nothing remarkable or intriguing. Skins creator isn't trying to shine a light on any condition but I'm most certain he is making money. Young people need some role models , glamourizing screw ups does nothing for this generation of viewers except set the bar even lower for them shoot for.

    MTV needs new, different folks at the top. They are really wallowing big time in the gutter of society. Maybe because they're own parents did such a poor job of showing them how to be reasonable adults. All of them need a time out!

    January 29, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Jack

    If you people don't think young adults act this way your compeletly wrong, this show skins is the closest to 'reality' that MTV has been too in a long time. MTV is letting the ignornant public and blind parents aware of there kids behaviors. My high school was just like this show but worse. I don't enjoy the show and I feel it's childish so I try my best not to watch but these shows are shoved down your throat. Props to MTV for finally getting it right and shame on the parents/schools/ and society for letting young adults behave in this manner.

    January 29, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  98. paris hilton

    I like totally ran out of teething tablets when I was watching my niece. The crying just went on and on and on and on. It was like, so annoying. I figured, hey maybe my blow will help numb the baby’s gums. Wow I am smart! So I applied a small dab of powder and in a few minutes the baby stopped crying. I am like, so smart….until a few minutes later the baby started flopping around and “bouncing of the walls”. That was so hot!! Paris

    January 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  99. paris hilton

    ke totally ran out of teething tablets when I was watching my niece. The crying just went on and on and on and on. It was like, so annoying. I figured, hey maybe my blow will help numb the baby’s gums. Wow I am smart! So I applied a small dab of powder and in a few minutes the baby stopped crying. I am like, so smart….until a few minutes later the baby started flopping around and “bouncing of the walls”. That was so hot!! Paris

    January 29, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Mom of four

    My husband left the tv on after jersey shore and we both walked away came back at the last fifteen min to turn it off but as we watched out of horror it's pretty disgusting and we regret our house accidentally were part of the rating out of trickery by MTV putting jshore on first it was nice to watch it on mon but skins is crap!

    January 29, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Ama

    My thoughts? This is how you show the life of teenagers nowadays? By making it okay? This show should be bannned. These teenagers are already drawn to what they view on tv, and this is what you provide? My son is 10yrs old. What is the message for him on this show? What is he suppose to learn from this show that will help benefit his life? Not a damn thing because this show paints filthy behaviors as "cool". This is far from sad.

    January 29, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Lisa

    I didn't stick around with Skins SIMPLY because I am such a fan of the original British series that it is based off of.
    I gave the first episode a chance, and it was incredibly disappointing after knowing how good the BBC version was.

    January 29, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  103. melly

    The show is so dumb. Watched the first episode and won't watch another. These kids look like 5 years old and the plot is horrible. I won't watch another one.

    January 29, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Eddie King

    Say, Eddie King really likes "What's Up With Skins?"

    January 29, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  105. jackie

    coming from a teenager herself i think its more true to what happens in our lives than most of these other shows that try to sugar coat it. yes its dramatic but thats cause weve been submitted to cooki cutter tv. i give 'skins' two thumbs up and five stars for its shocking nature. its as close to real life as were gunna get without putting cameras in every teenagers home

    January 29, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  106. David

    Watched most of first MTV broadcast, but not as good as British original. Not wasting time on lesser MTV version.

    Other comments: get a grip – you don't know what's going on, only the kids do and it varies region to region; what's happening in NYC is not the same in Goodland Kansas.

    Military does not teach discipline (I'm a vet) otherwise explain Abu Ghraib – civilian draft does mitigate military excesses and better represents the nation. Professional military hates the idea of draft and military more representative of the population.

    January 29, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Behemouth

      David, Abu Ghraib is proof of military discipline and group think. Those soldiers acted under orders, and took the fall for their higher ups.

      January 29, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Nathan

    Oh god. Another UK inspired TV show. Now it makes more sense why this show blows. I watched it the first week after my DVR decided to record it.

    January 29, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  108. jake the snake

    I think it's a great show. It's like the movie KIDS put into a series. People need to see what the youth of america is doing now adays. It is written well, and in only 2 episodes you can already understand the trouble these youngsters are going through. The truth hurts and these kids are kicking your ass. If its in my recording box thing that gives me cable then it's a good show. Peace.

    January 29, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  109. Really?

    This show is awful and has absolutely NO connection to American teens. There's so much teen angst and it makes me want to vomit. I never saw the original UK version, but the US version needs to cease.

    January 29, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  110. Obaid

    I have yet to catch it!! I'm really excited because I've heard great things about Dev Patel's "Skins" in Britain. I Have to find a day when no one is home and discover it online(-: haha.

    January 29, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  111. enrique

    put some of these teens in jail for a while and they wont be thinking they are all cool and stuff. or bring back the draft. let the military teach them some discipline.

    January 29, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Christopher

      You do realize this is a teen drama, and not a reality show, right? This show is scripted, these kids are actors. My God, if you take this show as reality, what the hell do you take as fiction?

      January 29, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Bianca

    I think the show is a spin off of Degrassi but, more out of control. People complain about our teens today but look what's on t.v.

    January 29, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  113. Tiffany

    The first day it aired, I was curious, to see what it was about, and when i did , I longed for the days of the FACTS OF LIFE and BRADY BUNCH , tv days. SKINS, they say shows the real teen now, well I can't wait to see after they watch this show , Teen Spirit on Clockwork Orange.

    January 29, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  114. Jo

    If this-or any other MTV show depicts "real" teenage life then our future is bleak. American social and moral compasses are gone and we'll be in serious trouble over the next 30 years.

    January 29, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  115. tmacsonegoodeye

    You know when this country took a wrong turn? When mtv (and tv in general) became the parent. For you parents out there complaining, SPEND TIME WITH YOUR KID instead of watching some stupid show or posting on cnn.
    For those complaining that skins is not realistic, of course this is not what all teens are like. MTV has other shows (teenage mother, I used to be fat, etc) that show how real teens live. This is a scripted show. Also, one friend from high school stole a porsche and crashed it into a billboard after a high speed chase. He's no son of hollywood and he now has a job as a consultant after graduating from college.

    January 29, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  116. enrique

    if these kids are doing illegal things and are filmed doing them they should be put in jail. where is the law enforcement when this is going on. if they are showing it on tv why dont they go to these kids homes and arrest them. underage drinking and drugs are illegal. if it is on video why arent they being prosecuted.

    January 29, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  117. Issar79

    MTV should have just shown the orginal UK series! A great orginal is hard to remake.

    January 29, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  118. Daron

    Even though, in opinion, it may portray todays teen life, it takes situations way too far. It can make the teens watching dillusional that this behavior is ok.

    January 29, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  119. Kagame L.

    Teen life my ass .. Black people don't do this .. But then again Blacks aren't even on the show -__-

    January 29, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  120. paris hilton

    I like totally ran out of teething tablets when I was watching my niece. The crying just went on and on and on and on. It was like, so annoying. I figured, hey maybe my blow will help numb the baby's gums. Wow I am smart! So I applied a small dab of powder and in a few minutes the baby stopped crying. I am like, so smart....until a few minutes later the baby started flopping around and "bouncing of the walls". That was so hot!! Paris

    January 29, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  121. paris hilton

    That is so hot! I love babies. I love to hold them. I love to play with them. I love to toss them around like barbie dolls. I will never have my own baby cause I am sterile. That is hot. Booze it up!

    January 29, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  122. *** Dude ***

    Garbage in, garbage out

    January 29, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  123. reva

    Anyone letting there teenager watch this is stupid. No ones teens are acting like this but the stars. This is horrible tv and it should be turned off. Any adult with a child watching this should be ashamed of them self

    January 29, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  124. Jimmy

    The half of you people who say the show is morally disgusting probably haven't even watched it, and the people in here who regularly watch it have nothing of substance to say. Are you that obsessed with your own silly teenage existence to have to engage in it on tv in addition to your real life? Read a book, dammit.

    January 29, 2011 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  125. scott

    The show is sad because its basically a moral thermometer of how far down our country has fallen on what is and is not acceptable in this country my heart bleeds for this nation and I'm saddened that this country has become this way I love you america but you need rehab baby! And btw skins wasn't stolen from england its the same producers they just used an american cast so people wouldn't be driven off by annoying Brit-ish accents just like the show office came from the same production staff in england.

    January 29, 2011 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  126. Matthew Jalayer

    ***excuse my grammer/spelling errors. I wrote this with my two thumbs on my touch screen iPhone. (can't sleep)***

    Personally I like the creativity of skins.

    I am also happy that MTV is standing strong and keeping a libral approach to this sudden tension.

    The truth of it is folks, it's a show designed to strike the deep feelings in your psyche when it comes to these tabboo situations.

    This is currently a reality amongst schools all across America. That is not to say that everyday teens are driving an SUV into the lake. Of course not, but that happens. And SKINS is a show that captures these drastic events and wraps it into a script.

    personally I think parents need to confront the idea that maybe they are a factor that comes into play with these type of actions. (can not blame them, but you can't give them an excuse either)

    In this day in age parents seem to still carry this notion that they are great parents because they work hard to put food on the table, a roof over there head. And a bed for there children to sleep on. I'm here to say that I commend you for that, but if you think that's it then you lost. You get a C –

    Our government needs to create a comprehensive plan and a class syllabus/learning tools that will enforce current and future parents to learn how to become better parents (ex. Self/social responsibility, money management, ettiquete, discipline, encouragement in the childs ability to grow into a vocation etc)

    If parents choose to deny/fail, their should be consequenes.

    In conclusion, embrace the libral change that is coming upon us, and learn how to engage your kids creativly and with all the love you possess <3

    January 29, 2011 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  127. Latoya

    We all know what happens when you're a teenager, you go to parties, hang out with friends and some might even get into a fight or two.. But I think this is a little too much for any high school or middle school students. Not all kids are the same and I feel like this show could be giving some good kids some really bad really ideas! It honestly reminds me of the movie "Kids".

    January 29, 2011 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  128. Captain Badger

    I would rather fist a dog than watch this garbage show.

    January 29, 2011 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |

    The show is bad but I watch it to see what supposedly great writing the writer's "think" they did. The only good part of it was the song that was played when that girl TEA i think her name is started dancing & was with that other kid. Anyone know the name or Artist of that song???? I liked it

    January 29, 2011 at 5:29 am | Report abuse |
  130. Saladeen

    The show gives off the wrong idea about teens

    January 29, 2011 at 5:02 am | Report abuse |
  131. LittleBrandyDawn

    As a mother of 3 boys I think this show is disgusting! Why glorify this behavior? So your kid can get aids or hep C? We need to protect our youth through education, not glorification of sick (ick), (nasty) behavior. Would'nt the world like a few decent ones left, please!

    January 29, 2011 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
  132. elephant

    America just needs to take the Puritan stick out it's ass.

    January 29, 2011 at 4:03 am | Report abuse |
  133. Christopher

    What are you, a damn statistician? I'm almost 19 and have been through the highs and lows of high school and all this moronic, unoriginal television show is doing is making dramatizations of the negative choices that teenagers make. "Yeah let's show a kid spend a bunch of money on blow and watch him tweak for the next 45 minutes, I mean kids can relate to that, right?" You've got some growing up to do, man.

    January 29, 2011 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
  134. *** Dude ***

    Sins = Skins – k

    January 29, 2011 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
  135. arnold ziffle

    MTV needs to change its name to Empty V. No more music videos, just CRAP, 24-7. yeah, some kids act like that, they are the ones who grow up to be bad examples.

    January 29, 2011 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  136. arnold ziffle

    MTV needs to change its name to Empty V. No more music videos, just CRAP, 24-7. yeah, some kids act like that, they are the ones who gow up to be bad examples.

    January 29, 2011 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
  137. whoops

    @ Mad Hater: Stop the name calling and learn how to spell before trying to correct someone. It's DEFINITELY. And there's definitely NOT an "A" in it.

    January 29, 2011 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
  138. EC

    I watched the pilot of this show and I thought it was horrible. I'm 15 (yeah, yeah, get over it) and I don't act anything at all like the people on the show. I don't smoke, drink, or do drugs. I have a 4.0 GPA. However, I am one of the very few girls in my school who doesn't smoke, drink, do drugs, or be in cliques. And I don't have any friends at school because of that. So the truth is: This is EXACTLY what teenagers are like. Of course where I live, it's not just pot, it's mainly meth. When teens watch this, chances are that they'll have already been doing those same things. There are a rare few like me who have great parents and have the strength to say no to peer pressure, even if it means getting bullied and having no friends. All that pain is worth it in the end.

    January 29, 2011 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
  139. jk

    Skins rocks! Relax people..... its a show!!!

    January 29, 2011 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  140. CC

    I love this show!!!!

    January 29, 2011 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  141. vampireweekend

    I love some of the comments about how 'all' high schoolers act like this. Sure, I liked having a good time in hs, but not to the point of contracting herpes and driving my car off a bridge. Most kids, believe it or not, don't act like this at all, and the ones that did (when I went to hs) ended up being total burnouts. just sayin.

    January 29, 2011 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  142. Kortnie

    my daughter isnt old enough to watch this show thank god but this is y she does not and will never have a tv in her bedroom u never know what kind or crap they turn on at night after u go to bed. i know this cause i was one of those teens that would watch crap at night after my parents went to bed that they would shot me for watching. i learned from what i did. but i do agree if u dont like it dont watch it the rating will drop and then mtv will cancel it

    January 29, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  143. kush25

    mtv sux regardless of any tv shows that might possibaly be good!

    January 29, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  144. B.

    First of all, this show is ridiculous. Secondly, this show is scripted. Thirdly, if you or your child act like this then you are a complete failure.

    January 29, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  145. kush25

    SuCk mY bAlLs everyone of u haters. One!!

    January 29, 2011 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  146. Sarbjit Singh

    Alright the promotion of the show was pretty good but hey I'm from new york. We live in a diverse area so why don't they just bring in a mixture of diverse crowd & make a good series out of it!. Honestly I didn't even bother watching it becoz from the advertisement I predicted this was goin to happen & I'm glad I read this blog that this show ain't goin no where. Better luck next time & take my idea to double the viewership!

    January 29, 2011 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  147. Ilene Bonner

    Parents stop blaming TV and start taking your own responsibility media is not to blame, its your own censorship. Stop acting like communist!

    January 29, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  148. Ilene Bonner

    I think this show will touch on the reality of what childeren are actually doing. No matter how hard a parent monitors their child, parents are competing with other outside influences. This show should be treated as an open door to a much needed realistic conversation.

    January 29, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  149. mad hater

    You spell definately wrong punk

    January 29, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  150. angelle

    I'm a teen,and for a show like this to be aired and to depict our lives is kind of insulting. Not every teen acts this way. I can say my life is deffinately not like this. I don't know anyone my age that acts like this. I do not like the series.

    January 29, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  151. mad hater

    Right on tm

    January 29, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  152. mad hater

    I need a time machine to go back to HIGH school

    January 29, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  153. Dad Says

    Why isn't CNN covering the difference between the overheated news coverage of US Skins remake now and the mild, approving coverage of the original UK Skins in 2008, when it aired on BBC America? MTV has toned down its version even farther than the bleeped, pixelated version shown on BBCA. So why the ruckus? Might it have something to do with what's happening OFF the screen?

    January 29, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  154. Really??

    I would pay MTV to cancel this show because it's sooooooooo bad. Please make it go away!!!!

    January 29, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  155. tmac

    This show blows. It's like reliving my high school days which was like 10 yrs old....get some new material mtv we are all sick of the teenage junkie schtick!

    January 28, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  156. missgord

    Not even close to a real world portrayal. Only watched a little of the first episode and I don't remember plummeting a stolen car into a river because I was too stoned to notice it was moving. Any actual child with those experiences would be dead or in jail by 18. Worst show everrr. The acting sucks and it isn't even entertaining. MTV needs to stick to reality shows

    January 28, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jt

      I'm from middle class, good schools and now working for a huge company. I did all these things. Not dead or in jail.

      January 29, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  157. LK2

    Yeah, that's right MTV! Why not show ALL teens that's what teens are suppose to do! Yeah, make a grand impression of teens doing what most parents try to prevent and teach them from doing. I wonder, MTV. Would YOU let YOUR teen do what they are doing, and on NATIONAL TV? OMG! And we wonder what's wrong in our world! YOU are exploiting teens, and teaching them "this is the life you should be living"! Shame on MTV!

    January 28, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  158. keldoran

    Reality bites!
    I want fantasy..

    January 28, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  159. tm

    I love this show because of its shock value. You know what this conflict is gonna do (the same thing its done for jersey shore, real world, that tila tequila show, and ten mom) Boost the ratings. mtv has a formula edgy show+ conflict =$$$$$. Gotta love it.

    January 28, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  160. SarahNYC

    So I had no idea what this "Skins" show was but then I saw the scarcely unimaginative marketing splashed throughout the subway stations. Unless things have seriously changed in the past 10 years, my high school days consisted primarily of studying, homework, orchestra practice, track & field practice, and piano. Not sure why kids aren't motivated to participate in extracurricular activities these days or at the very least doing something a little more constructive than getting wasted and messing around!

    January 28, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheLastOneofMPLS

      Because Sarah, the world has changed and most schools now have to charge people to participate in said activities. With the economy the way it is I just heard on my local station that the schools here in MN will HAVE to charge for these activities. They mentioned the price of participating in Speech, would cost almost a $1000 dollars to be in it.
      I know from experience, that in my HS days in the 90's on average to be in the bands there cost on average $200.

      January 28, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • tm

      well its has ( assuming nyc means where u r from) i'm from there and trust me its worse. their are no after school activities and you need to realize this has been going on for decades (u just obviously was not invited) chill out its tv!!

      January 28, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • jk

      Sarah did you ever get detention?!!! WOw. YOu were pretty boring hug?!

      January 29, 2011 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
    • roxy

      Things haven't changed. Sarah your opinion is based on your experience as a prissy HS student from a well to do family

      January 30, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  161. TommyJ

    I liked it better the first time when it was the movie named "Kids"

    January 28, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Michelle

    They should just cancel the Americian verision of SKINS and bring back the British version on BBC America. It was so much better.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Richard

    I love the mix of comments here.

    I have gone with no tv for two year now it great, no ads every ten minutes, no promos for crap shows, less wasted time. If you still want to see your favorite shows just go online and watch them there, save yourself some money in bills.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Obhave

    hope jersey shore* damn smart phones!

    January 28, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  165. Obhave

    Skins is the most gut wrenching, irresponsible television I've ever.....oh yeah, nm, palin is eating a bear, hire jersey site is on soon!! OH Yeah, t shirt time!!!

    January 28, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  166. penny

    This is a definite portrayal of suburban life in America. I did drugs in HS, I smoked pot and drank alcohol and the reason being is because its so sensored – the more its hidden, the more of a rush it is to wan to try it. It happened in the 60s.. it happened in 90s it happens now. It is definitely Hollywood a bit..but for the most part its fairly accurate.

    January 28, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  167. Abby

    I normally don't comment on things but I watched Skins and found it absolutely awful and tasteless. I would never watch another episode!

    January 28, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  168. Name*juan

    Worst show ever. Period.

    January 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  169. 4 Skin

    I enjoy getting hammered and watching this show with my kids.When its over I turn my kids loose on the neighborhood... .

    January 28, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Dylan

    Even though I think the British version is better, the American version still holds up. I thought the second episode was great and really enjoyed where they are going with the plot. Keep it up. I still don't understand why all these companies are refusing to have their Ads play during commercials. Have they even seen the British skins??? It is way more "controversial" than the US version. Also, as a resident of Toronto it is pretty cool seeing some familiar sights on the show!

    January 28, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  171. thomas

    yeah i watched it....its a lil extreme....but good....its the real kind of crap that happens to u in high school that most shows dont show....bc most of the show the person always gets what they want in real life that just dont happen....glad there keeping it....show the real america...

    January 28, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  172. Ryan

    Why does this stuff have to be aired? If it's happening then folks don't need a tv show; and if it's not then why sensationalize it? MTV just keeps pumpin' out worthless tv; go back to music videos!

    January 28, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  173. bethany

    I think skins is too surreal for people and they don't want to accept that that is really what teenagers are doing!

    January 28, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  174. JCal

    Anyone not a responsible parent will say they like the show!!! End of story!!!!

    January 28, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • jk

      REsponsible parents teach their kids what is right and wrong. I have two kids and I let them watch what they want to watch. BOth great kids. NEVer in trouble. Don't blame tv for your kids down falls....its called bad parenting! Skins is good entertainment!

      January 29, 2011 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Health Teach

      JK– #1) How old are your kids? (I ask , because you seem rather immature from some over your other comments.) and #2) That is usually what the parents tell me right after their child has asked me to come over to their house with them and tell them that they are currently pregnant, trying to get off drugs, cutting, etc.

      January 30, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  175. uuuff

    Ive never seen the show, what is it about?

    January 28, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  176. House

    Love this show! It's a bit crude but SO real. More real than any other show I've seen on tv!

    January 28, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  177. me

    I totally agree with Mike. If u dont like it, then dont watch it! Stop your whinning and change the channel.

    January 28, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  178. Gabe Kaplan

    Gay chicks? High school girls doing drugs and having s3x? Sign me up.

    January 28, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  179. Meghan

    I'm not in love with the show (though I am IN LOVE with the UK version) but it has every right to be on TV. Censorship laws are absolutely ridiculous in this country. Its not TV's job to shelter people from certain subject matter. The kids do drugs! And that one chick is gay! That's real life. Get a grip, America.

    January 28, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  180. Mike

    really...???? I mean really??? if u don't like it, don't watch it.... why ur kids up at ten on a school night any way??

    January 28, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  181. Kate

    Skins is a remake of a show aired in the Uk and later on showtime, when it was aired on showtime it was on after 11pm! This show in a terrible and non-realistic version of being a teen, and the only reason they had so many viewers the first week was because all the fans of the orginal skins show tried to give it a chance, and it sucked!!! and they used the exact same story line! I really hope mtv takes a hint and takes it off the air asap

    January 28, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  182. joe

    i started watching it sole because fox is trying to get it pulled

    January 28, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  183. Dylan

    at first i wasn't really liking the show... but now i actually like it!

    January 28, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  184. JCal

    Just straight up trash!!!!

    Good tv for child molesters though!!! Keep up the great work MTV.... good job at picking an influential show for our children! Oh wait.. ..hmmmm could it be the producers of your show are pervs too? Hmmmm

    January 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • andrew

      Well when your kids are in hs it'll be 10 times worse. Cause this is true life stuff...

      January 28, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • JCal

      Its not true life I have a 21 year old 12 year old and nieces and nephews in their teens and I have to say based on my experience that if your involved parent.......

      January 28, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • rkr

      no matter how involved you are as a parent there comes a point where a teen will be confronted with a choice and it will be up to them to decide , after all that's part of becoming an adult.... the only things you can hope for 1. they didnt take your advice for granted, 2. they listened to begin with, 3. they have their head on straight..... seeing as teenagers rarely listen and most dont have their heads on straight you can safely say your niece,nephew or child might have done something you are unaware of......cant see what happens behind closed doors

      January 29, 2011 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
  185. CJ

    I love this show. It's designed for a higher caliber of audience. If you don't like it, don't watch it. But some people actually enjoy watching it.

    January 28, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • kat

      A higher caliber of audience? Are you kidding? Like this show is some sort of intellectual or social new frontier that us blue collar gun-toting hicks don't understand? This show isn't about portrayal of problems facing today's youth, it is about shock value. The sooner they stop pushing this show as a mirror of the average teen life, the sooner the average teen or "higher caliber of audience" will stop thinking they need to act like these reckless, stupid idiots. Get real.

      January 29, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Bryan Rewers

      Higher caliber audience!?!? Haha cj you are a complete idiot. Honestly anyone who defends this show is definitely of a lower intelligence I see no entertainment in this show just horrible unrealistic situations and a terrible depiction of a false perception of American teens

      January 29, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  186. the_dude

    I'm not a gay so I don't know what this show is.

    January 28, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  187. madison

    The original Skins(UK version) is much better. This US version has stolen many of the ideas, lines, and characters... People should just watch the UK one.

    January 28, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • wut

      No one stole anything, it's based on the UK version so it's going to be similar you tard.

      January 29, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  188. Nyxxie

    "Is it too much to ask... for someone to be INTERESTING?"

    LOL @ Horrible writing. Skins, is it too much to ask for your show to be canceled?

    January 28, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  189. Veronica

    bottom line skins is a wanna be of degrassi, and in general skins is a horrible retarded shows mtv should get rid of it its making their ratings go down

    January 28, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  190. Robert Kemper

    The show is a disgrace, it should be cancelled. It's designed to appeal only to pedophiles.

    January 28, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Soup

    If u want to see music videos on mtv u can do so between the convenient hrs of 3-4 am.

    January 28, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  192. cole

    i miss the days when MTV was actually that....Music Television! Whatever happened to the music and videos?

    January 28, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  193. Angela

    This show is so annoying. It's all about a bunch of glib and clever teens and the moron adults around them. Seriously, I will pretty much watch ANYTHING on MTV, but I had to change the channel because I was so annoyed with it.

    January 28, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  194. Amanda

    I was really ticked that MTV tried to play this off as an original American show and American teenagers. This is actually a European show that aired a couple of years ago . Same plots same everything just different actors & worse acting.

    January 28, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  195. spock

    Lets join hands and sing Kumbaya.

    January 28, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  196. MTV Sucks

    What happened to MTV? They used to actually promote new music. Now it's a bunch of BS shows like Skins. I already saw the movie Kids back in the early '90s. This is merely a knockoff of that. MTV should be renamed BSTV.

    January 28, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  197. kia

    A poor shame!! If this is how we are living, we need together. We r the reasons that the world is the way it is...and strange and unexplainable events are taken place. We ALL need to get together.

    January 28, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  198. spock

    MTV=Moron Tele Vision

    January 28, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  199. TMC

    A honest portrayl of everyday teen life?? I wonder if they say that with a straight face. This is a more R rated version of 90210. Teens do not act that way....this simply Hollywoods glamarization of it. Its trash and no way is anyone in our house watching it.

    January 28, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • rhonda

      unfortunately some teens do act like that. i just dont feel they need to sensationalize it on tv. parents have enough problems keeping thier kids out of trouble as it is. this coming from the mom of two that was one of the lucky ones to have pretty decent kids.

      January 28, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kimmy

      Its a pretty decent portrayal of what my teen & high school days were like. We were all crazy and drove our parents nuts but we weren't so badly scripted! People need to wake up and realize that their kids aren't going to be angels forever. Maybe this show will encourage some parents to sit down and talk about important issues with their kids before they get really out of hand.

      January 28, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheLastOneofMPLS

      You are not very bright TMC. Teens were doing this in my day, which was the 90's and before all these alleged evil shows were introduced to young viewers.

      January 28, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • nmesser327

      This is the first show that accurately shows my high school experience. Sorry if people are blind to real life.

      January 29, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Bryan Rewers

      Messer no way u did what these kids do. You would have been arrested pregnant or have a serious drug problem. You drove a 70k vehicle into a river and the cops or owners of the car didnt press charges? Terrible terrible show if kids in America actually acted like this then we would have serious problems.

      January 29, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • h.

      I've never seen this show but from everything I've been reading on it, it does in fact mimic some teenagers lives. Back when I was a teenager, growing up where I did, kids did infact take $70k cars out for joyrides (maybe not into a river). Drugs are rampant now as well as when I was a teen. So it may be scripted and not a true reality show, but where I grew up, it was some teen's reality.

      January 29, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  200. enrique

    I miss Survivor.

    January 28, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  201. lee harvey

    What ever happened to good tv? Now days its all about reality tv. I think it sucks. Tv was made so people could come home after work and get there mind of reality and be entertained by good ol american scripted tv sitcoms. Not some cameras following people around watching what they do.

    January 28, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • jk

      HEy lee..... its not reality tv! IT'S a script

      January 29, 2011 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
    • CS

      Because reality TV is cheap. It is very inexpensive for these production companies and people thrive off of it. Winning situation for everyone, huh?

      January 29, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  202. ArtsyFartsy

    Art mirrors life. If you don't like what you see then don't blame the mirror. But why hold a mirror up to trash? Is that what we want our kids to mirror in life? Blame the person holding the mirror.

    January 28, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryan Rewers

      Worst and most confusing post yet

      January 29, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Musicman

      S/he is just saying it portrays someone's reality but that doesn't mean it needs to be shown to kids because we don't want them thinking it's okay to mimic. In a really confusing metaphor no doubt.

      January 29, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • hiear

      Not that confusing if you're intelligent enough to follow. Jesus people. Get educated, than comment.

      January 30, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
    • bill

      At least learn to spell and comprehend the differences between then and than before correcting someone else's ignorance...

      January 30, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Lin

      I am sorry that these quality commenters are unaware that this is an incredibly common metaphor, especially for media.

      January 30, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  203. Adrian R.

    Skins is a pretty good show. It is so much better than the Jersey Shore given the fact that it is a scripted show and not actually about a bunch of people being promiscuous and stupid

    January 28, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  204. big toe

    i love the show

    January 28, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  205. key board

    mormon you are a mormon. you wouldnt know the good herb from grass clippings.

    January 28, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mormon

      Possibly, but I know you are a d0uche rocket.

      January 28, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • danger

      Just out of curiosity. Don't Mormons wear "magic undergarments "???

      January 28, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justme

      yes, they're call "Jesus Jammies"

      January 28, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      @Danger, Yes Mormons wear "magic" underwear that purportedly keeps them safe. They also believe that Indians (the bow and arrow type) emigrated from Israel and that the "garden of Eden" was located in the USA's midwest. Mormon thinking makes Scientologists seem rational.

      January 29, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • kaylee

      You people should really show some respect and do your homework before opening your fat mouth! Mormons make a promise to god and by doing so they keep there promise by wearing there garments. Everyone has there own belief system. THey don't where them tell they go threw the tempal and make those promises. If you believe it or not if you made a real promise to god you wouldn't go back on your word

      January 30, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Joseph Smith

      Ni**a pleeeease!

      January 30, 2011 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  206. the good herb


    January 28, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  207. herb

    they should be smoking some of me. i am wholesome and natural.

    January 28, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rae

      I would!! lol

      January 28, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mormon

      Rae, you just told some dude named herb that you wanted to smoke him. In my line of work that means head.

      January 28, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • cra

      Well my question for you Mormon is what exactly is your line of work if it has anything to do with head?

      January 28, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  208. LBW

    Is that kid sitting on the swing drinking vodka?

    January 28, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mormon

      That's fap-tastic!

      January 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spinja

      Yes that's Tea getting loaded at the playground. Wholesome stuff LOL.

      January 28, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      We used to call it the merry-go-round, but yes.

      January 28, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ty Houston

      That's called a "Merry go round".

      And yes it is.

      January 28, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      Not an ounce of cellulite on that gorgeous babe. What a country!!

      January 29, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • quadloopie

      Yep, and i can remember me and my best friend doing exactly the same thing after school while my single mom was working second shift. Only difference – we got caught by my landlord after we got home. LOL

      January 29, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Michele

    skins is an awesome show that is pure entertainment people may or may not agree that it truly represents teen life, but who cares! not everything is reality. just sit back and enjoy the teenage drama that isn't sugarcoated like the secret life of the american teenager .... watch the UK version.

    January 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rae

      Hahahahah!!! LOVE IT!!

      January 28, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • StinkBoone

      Graaaa! Now i'm super wanting to make my feeler tingle real good like! Super real good like.

      January 29, 2011 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
    • George

      Yea! That's real life. Give me a break. For those of you who don't get the sarcasm... No! That is not real life.

      January 29, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • George

      Yea! That's real life. Give me a break. For those who don't get sarcasm, that is not real life.

      January 29, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • radiomuse

      Uk skins was amaziiing....viewers are dropping because the mtv version is not as good.

      January 29, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • DP

      I agree this show is awesome. I watched the UK version of the show previously and fell in love with it. There are those who say that the show is promoting a negative lifestyle but if you really watch the show and see how the characters progress it shows how they have to come to deal with the negative consequences of their actions. What I like about it is that it is real without being preachy like "the secret life of the american teenager". Ok then there are those people who say that they dont like it because its not good for their young kids to be watching. My thing is if your your middle school kids are up at 10 on a school night watching skins the problem is not with the show the problem is with your parenting. I think people should stop expecting television to be the role model for their kids and start taking the responsibility of being parents. In all honesty I personally think the show can open up a very good conversation between parents and kids about the issues going on in the kids lives.

      January 29, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Bryan Rewers

      This show is terrible if u honestly think it represents American kinds then you are really out of touch with the world. I mean they crash a party then steal an escalade and drivenit into a river? That charge is like ten years. It's a terrible show another job well done for MTV. MTV is officially the worst television station in American history.

      January 29, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Effy

      I still like skins even though it will never be as good as the UK version which the second generation cast is the best but I do believe this Is an awesome show so don't judge!

      January 29, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • BBC American Viewer

      I agree, the UK version is much better. It is also not nearly as tame, with actual nudity and f bombs. The U.S. version isn't as good, but it isn't as controversial either. The UK version has been around for a long time, been airing on BBC American, and now I can watch it on my NetFlix Xbox. Noone seems to care about that though. Now if all the advertisors pulled their adds based on the fact that MTV isn't showing Music, that I would support. Atleast it makes more sense.

      January 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • quadloopie

      I love love love the UK version. Wasn't so sure about the US version till I saw 2nd episode. Now I love it too. I can remember the drama of mine and my sons teenage years and man it sure does hit home. I will continue to watch it. For me it rocks!!!!

      January 29, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • ness

      This is NOT a show teenagers should be watching!! Let's not glamorize bad behavior!!

      January 30, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Ram

      I agree the show was awesome I was one of the viewers that watched it the first week and not the second because I have school and unfortunately a bedtime

      January 30, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Psmith

      Ditch this trash

      January 30, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Psmith

      Hardly awesome. Welcome to Rome. Morons who are poorly read and shallow appreciate this show.

      January 30, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brookiebumblebee69

      I love skins so much and I wouldnt be able to live without it... its my new addiction 🙂 <3 Stanley is my favorite and I would be more than happy help him pop his cherry... My parents think that it is a terrible show and wont allow me to watch it but i dont care they dont have to know I watch it

      January 31, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |

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