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August 31, 2014

'Skins' Season 1, Episode 10 (Season Finale) Recap

['Skins' - 'Eura'] This is it. The end of the first season of 'Skins,' one of the most controversial prime-time shows in recent history. It has been an inconsistent opening season, to put it mildly, but despite the odds against it, this season finale was surprisingly good -- even though there's still plenty to dislike about it. This episode's protagonist, Eura, has not been nearly as...

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'Skins' Season 1, Episode 9 Recap

['Skins': 'Tina'] With only one episode left of the season, the MTV version of 'Skins' went where the franchise has never gone before -- the perspective of an adult. Tina (Anastasia Phillips) the teacher had a comparable character in the original series (who also got it on with Chris), but she was never the focus of an episode. Needless to say, interest was high but expectations low for this...

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'Skins' Season 1, Episode 7 Recap

['Skins' - 'Michelle'] Funny thing about tonight's episode -- the on-screen cable guide described the U.K. edition's 'Michelle' plot (even using the names Maxxie and Sid), but since the show ended up being so similar it's hard to blame the powers that be for the mistake. Everyone obviously has different opinions on the subject, but Michelle, played by Rachel Thevenard, has been one of the...

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'Skins' Season 1, Episode 6 Recap

['Skins,' 'Abbud'] Just when the show seemed to be on a upswing, this episode proved a disappointment -- part of which stems from how similar the storyline was, but instead of providing you with a more likable, lovesick Abbud (Ron Mustafaa), the snoozy Tony-Tea show (am I the only one who finds them an utter bore together?) took over and managed to eclipse the very character the episode was...

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'Skins' Season 1, Episode 5 Recap

['Skins': 'Stanley'] This episode was more of a test than the others, because Sid -- the British version on which Stanley is based -- is widely considered the beloved underdog of the series. He's the insecure, vulnerable, genuinely sweet yang to Tony's cocky, seemingly untouchable, manipulative yin. So this episode of the MTV series just had to click, and upon second viewing, it actually did...

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'Skins' Season 1, Episode 4 Recap

['Skins': 'Cadie'] "You can't keep doing whatever you want, you know. Things can't always work out for you." -- Cadie That has to be the most truthful line in the series to date. Even though Cadie said it specifically to Tony after eavesdropping on his "I know you felt it, too" conversation with Tea, it could have been what many viewers watching the series want to say to the entire cast of...

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'Skins' Season 1, Episode 3 Recap

['Skins': 'Chris'] After the completely original 'Tea' episode last week, it was a bit of a disappointment to see just how faithful this episode was to the original, even if it does, once again, show the vulnerability beneath the character's overconfident adolescent façade. In the Bristol version, Chris' story arc is the most heartbreaking, and it all starts with this bleak look at...

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'Skins' Season 1, Episode 2 Recap

['Skins': 'Tea'] So, here we are again for another episode of 'Skins,' which has turned out to be the most controversial show of the year. My husband bet me I wouldn't have a gig next week if sponsors continue to drop off, but if this series follows the pattern of the British original, it's likely that even some critics will find the vulnerability that lies beneath the "teens behaving badly"...

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'Skins' Series Premiere Recap

['Skins' - 'Tony'] Followers of the British series may scoff and declare there's no need for an American version of this show, but I, who is mildly obsessed with the original (which airs on BBC America), encourage my fellow Tony Stonem fans to give this faithful-in-spirit adaptation a shot. At the very least, it's refreshing to see a teen drama that doesn't focus solely on the melodramatic...

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'Dexter' Season 5 Finale Recap

['Dexter' - 'The Big One'] Well, this is it, folks. Another season of 'Dexter' comes to a close, but instead of a heart-stopping bloodbath like last season, we're left with a bittersweet birthday party, a sense of closure, and even -- dare I say -- a dose of optimism. Sure, there was the Jordan Chase murder, but that was a) completely expected and b) a tad anti-climactic... until Deb showed...

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