Monday, February 23, 2009
Why American TV sucks sometimes and other countries shows can get away with murder.........almost....
So around a year and a half ago i found a clip of a show on youtube that got me interested. It was about a teen drama set in the UK and it seemed like something that the CW would carry. I know, at this point you are probobly asking, what the hell is he doing watching some stupid sappy show that is for teens. Well i will have to stop you there, and the reason is because once i saw the first episode I was hooked. I can also say that the other people that I have turned on to this show have loved it and are now addicted as well.
When it comes to British television they are very liberal in their restrictions of what can and cannot be shown. In this show, which is broadcast on E4, the equivilent of a cable or satelite channel here in the states, it contains many issues that teens deal with such as sex, drugs, and school. The setting is College for the group and they are all taking their A-Levels. The gamut in which the characters portray is diverse. You have the popular guys, the pretty girls, slouchy sidekicks and different lifestyles. It does really give a look into a modern day teen life. Now i will say that most teens wouldn't have this much drama in their life much less a year but im sure that some folks have had hard times. But the show does touch on some serious issues set aside the drugs and underage sex that runs rampant in the series.
The first series of this show was a basic introduction to the characters. All in all there was Tony, Sid, Michelle, Jal, Chris, Maxxie, Anwar and Cassie. Each episode centers around a character and part of their story. It displays why they are who they are and gives insight to the deep characterization that the writers created. The way the series runs eventually builds to a more story based show than a character based show.
The second series debuted with rave reviews from the press and the public because of the cliff hanger ending that finalized the first season in all its glory. Having developed the character base from the first season the show was able to expound on the overall story and how the lives of the teens came to be and intertwined from that point on. This series was sad to say the least. It touches on issues that are less youth related and more adult related. This series really brought out the drama aspect of the show. It created a reason to love the characters.
At this point i know this is all just ramblings but it truly is a good show. The third series has just started and we need to see where it goes. I cant really give too much out because it would ruin everything. All i can say is WATCH IT....if you can. I know that it can be found on torrents but I also know that the first series has been released on DVD in the states. If you can get past the british accents and the sappy teen angst the stories are genuine and the series brings an old idea to the scene in a new way. Its edgy and definately not appropriate at most times but its real. Very few shows on TV are this legit.