This is my second viewing of the original U.K. version of "Skins". The first season is the best season with the most likable group of characters in the show's 6 season run (so far). The second and third seasons are okay, but not as infectious or dreamy, and even the clothing is better in the first. I also could have done without the Cat Stevens' "Wild World" montage sung by some of the cast in the season finale (the first season I think). *barf*.
I haven't watched the American, MTV version, but I can't imagine it even coming close. Especially since the British version is unrated, with lots of swearing, sex, nudity and rampant drug use.