Why People Love "Skins UK"

By Jessica Mahmoud on June 4, 2015

Everyone has their shows. While it’s not the only show I watch, Skins UK is the only show I watch that isn’t on TV.

Here are reasons why I think people love it.

1. Age

Generation 3 Cast (http://cdn3-www.afterellen.com)

In most fictional shows, actors and actresses tend to be adults just playing high school or college characters. However, Skins UK is unique in that the cast is right around the same age as their portrayal. For example, siblings Effy and Tony, played by Kaya Scodelario and Nicholas Hoult were 14 and 17.

The show went from high school to college, making them portray their characters perfectly. While other shows like Glee and Finding Carter (Kathryn Prescott played in Skins UK!) do great with having an older cast (or older than their show characters), this certainly made Skins UK unique.

2. Diversity

Generation 1 and 2 Cast (http://flickr.com)

Another great thing about Skins UK is that the cast is so diverse. Along with not being all one nationality, the character’s personalities were all different. If you’ve seen it you know Pandora was the geeky nerd, Effy was the edgy rebel, Mini was popular, and Franky was artsy. As for guys: James Cook was the druggy rebel, Chris was the party animal, Rich loved heavy metal, and JJ loved anything with math and science. Of course, this is only a few characters of the show.

3. The Setup of Seasons

Three Generations of Skins UK

Skins UK has 7 seasons, with 3 generations, where the 7th season looks back to all the previous ones. The cool thing was that every two seasons was a generation, so you could watch those with no prior knowledge of the show. Another reason the setup is nice is that each show focuses on a new character, so while it is an ongoing story of a bunch of friends, there’s always a slight focus on one character and their lives within the group. Each character seems to have their own story within the show, which is interesting.

4. Accents

British accents (http://hahafunnylol.com) 

Since Skins UK’s characters come from Bristol in South West England, all the characters have British accents. Enough said.


Skins UK is one of not many television shows out there that had a few LGBTQ characters within. The best LGBTQ storyline is in the second generation with the lesbian couple, Naomi and Emily, also known as Naomily. Maxxie, in the 1st generation, is also gay.

Franky and Mini in the 3rd generation have a small fling that didn’t go anywhere. Franky is kind of an androgynous character in appearance and came out as “I like people” which I think some viewers thought hinted at pansexuality. However, other than Mini, she only had relationships with men.

6. Fashion

Coming from a fashion student who looks for fashion everywhere, Skins UK was definitely on point with their wardrobe, especially Effy, in my opinion.

7. Relatability

This is the Skins U.S. cast. (http://loud-withoutasound.tumblr.com)

All young viewers can probably relate to Skins UK in at least one way. First of all they go to school, but they also party with drinking and drugs. The characters deal with their parents and drama like love triangles, plus more personal things like eating disorders, deaths, and even suicide. There is never a dull moment.

Skins gif

If you haven’t watched Skins UK, definitely check it out. The episodes are all on Youtube for free! Another fun fact about the show is that there was actually an American version that premiered on MTV, but only lasted one season. The actress who played the character Tea actually went to my high school.

However, with mature topics like drugs and sex, it didn’t get high enough ratings here in the U.S. I did like the first U.S. season though. It’s similar to the UK one.

Did you watch Skins UK? Did you like it? Let me know in the comments below!

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