The original British version of this show (seasons 1-2) was trashy teen drama at its absolute fucking best. It was frequently formulaic and soapy, of course, but the characters were all so well drawn out and lovable. I even loved the ones who were supposed to be dicks (like Tony). I thought Max was a great portrayal of a gay teen too, despite the stereotypical dreams of being a professional dancer.
The seasons after the second weren't half as good, and then of course the US did its own ripoff version, which was awful.
In the second photo, he looks like the blonde dude from The Wanted.
Agreed, r3. Loved all of the ecstasy scenes and the made for TV minutia of teenaged times. Those two seasons were masterful in their own way.
I discovered the show on a self-imposed break from University and watched the first two seasons in a melancholy state while snow covered the grounds of my parent's house. I'm attaching the creative trailer for series one in fond memory.