Debuting in 2007, Skins is the BAFTA award-winning drama that follows a group of Bristol teens through their two years at college. It has become a phenomenon and even spawned an American version that aired on MTV. While the US version was canceled after one season, the original is still going strong and about to begin airing its sixth season. I’ve been a fan of the show right from the start, and I’ve never regretted it. Let’s face facts, Skins can be pretty ridiculous. Throughout the course of the last few seasons we’ve seen the main characters get deported from Russia, take part in a car chase with a coffin strapped to the roof of the vehicle, run a foot-race with grannies clinging to their backs, and perform Spandau Ballet with a ukelele band. Realistic situations are often in short supply on this show. Yet despite all the madness and chaos, I think Skins also has the wonderful ability to get right at the heart of what teenagers are going through. Yes, the situations they use to portray them are wildly improbable, but they always manage to nail the emotions at the heart of it all. The fear, pain, insecurity, love, lust, stupidity, and joy of what it means to be a teenager. For that reason I feel like the show is both staggeringly over-the-top while also managing to be wonderfully understated. I love every second of it. With series 6 officially airing next week, I figured now was the time to review series 5. Spoilers below!