Skins / Channel 4
Fast paced teen drama full of angst ridden fun. It follows the lives of a group of teenagers in Bristol, South West England, through the two years of sixth form. Its controversial storylines have explored issues such as dysfunctional families, mental illness, adolescent sexuality, substance abuse, death and bullying.
Each episode focuses on a particular character and the struggles they face in their life.
The show went on to be a critical success as well as a ratings winner within its target demographic. Marieke Hardy expressed admiration of the show, and particularly enjoyed the fact that the show was "beautiful and sad and poignant and perfectly hurtful", while also managing to give the impression of being drama that is "edgy, funny and rude".
Writer Russell T Davies praised the show's innovation in a genre that was fast becoming tired and out of date. The Age called it a "refreshing, entertaining and worthy series" and wrote it was "compulsory viewing for parents of teenagers as much as for teens."
The show has won numerous awards.