Skins is one of my favorite television shows. The final episode of the first series might be the best hour of television I’ve ever watched. (staylorellis, if you’ve never watched the first series, you should. The episode in question culminates with an amazing queer temporality musical number but you need to see the entire season for it to matter.)
For those of you who’ve never seen it — and in this category I include anyone who’s only seen the American version — part of what makes the show incredible is that every two years, nearly the entire cast turned over, so the writers were free to make whatever choices best served the story without worrying about how they might affect the overall longevity of the show/cast/status quo. That led to incomparable, fearless storytelling.
When I finished watching series four, Netflix was only offering series five (but not six) for online viewing, so I decided to take a break in order to extend my time with Skins (because I know the show was not renewed beyond series six), but also because once I get started watching, I go into a frenzy and I didn’t want to finish series five and not know how long I’d have to wait to get to six.
I started watching series five today. All new cast, as far as I can tell, but every bit as good as the two that came before. I fucking love this show.