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20 Same-Sex TV Couples That Paved The Way For Choni On Riverdale

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Naomi & Emily (Skins)

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Skins seemed like a show that did things just for the shock value. Marketed as one of those series that shows what your teens are really doing after dark, the British Skins got away with a lot of stuff that would *not* roll in the U.S. at the time, proven by the American remake’s quick cancellation in 2011 following controversies about its depiction of teen sexuality. Instead of cheapening its most popular Phase 2 lesbian couple by just using them to piss off conservative groups, Skins UK used Naomi and Emily’s burgeoning relationship as a way to explore how horribly homophobic *sshole teenagers can be, especially the closeted ones. This couple had a long, long complicated road before getting together, but you’ve got to hand it to Skins for really showing that sexuality is a spectrum by having all of their characters sympathy f*ck at one point or another.

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