10:48 28 January 2011
The US version of the television series Skins has been branded the "most dangerous show ever for children".
Parents have demanded an investigation into the controversial programme, which features actors as young as 15 in, what they describe as, graphic scenes.
Campaigners claim that the show may breach child protection laws and are concerned about the references to drugs and alcohol.
The programme, which is a remake of the equally controversial British television series, was a hit with viewers when it debuted on MTV in January.
However the Parents Television Council has written to the House of Senate judiciary committees to complain about MTV and it's parent company, Viacom.
They branded the show as the "most dangerous programme ever for children".
The group, which boasts 1.3million members, wrote in the letter:
"In addition to the sexual content on the show involving cast members as young as 15, PTC counted 42 depictions and references to drugs and alcohol in the premiere episode."
MTV are said to be standing by Skins, despite the concerns.
Spokesperson Jeannie Kedas said:
"We review all of our shows and work with all of our producers on an ongoing basis to ensure our shows comply with laws and community standard.
"We also have taken numerous steps to alert viewers to the strong subject matter so that they can choose for themselves whether it is appropriate."
The show has been an overnight success in the US, with the first episode attracting 3.3m viewers.
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