MTV’s “Skins” Is One Big Blemish

Posted on February 16, 2011 by

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The release of a new MTV series often means just one more addition to the ridiculously long list of popular shows by which the more mature viewer would be repulsed.  In each instance, MTV seems to immerse its viewers into an hour of mind numbing teenage partying and predictable consequence.

But, hey, maybe Skins is different.

For instance, Skins isn’t a reality series; it’s an actual scripted program. But what is not different about Skins is that it is a poorly written, strangely-acted bore that has left me with one burning question: Whose parents are this negligent?

The only way one can describe this show is by comparing it to a more mature, more profane, more vulgar version of Charlie Brown. The kids in this show get away with just about anything they want—from drugs to house parties, and so on and so on.

The main character Tony is basically the ringleader of the group, organizing parties and other alleged forms of teenage entertainment. Obviously, a character has to force some sort of plot forward, but I just don’t see the show existing without him. While Tony’s character isn’t anything spectacular and his acting is decent, Tony is the plot. And without a plot, a show can’t exist.

The worst part about this show is its sheer idiocy. The kids are exceedingly irresponsible, and they are frequently placed in outlandish scenarios. In one episode, Chris, a troubled teenager (as are all of the characters in this show), finds himself in a difficult situation after inappropriately ingesting another person’s prescription medication.

What I find most troubling about the plots in this hour-long show is that someone at MTV wrote the script and thought, “Yeah, this is acceptable.” The fact that people are watching and enjoying programming such as this makes me seriously consider the morality of the network and the viewers to whom it caters.

Overall, Skins is another show that can be added to MTV’s weak line-up of terrible shows. The program has nothing to offer its viewers other than a self-evaluation of morals.

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