Television Review: “Shameless” See it on Showtime


I’m hooked on a TV Series.

English: Intertitle from the Showtime televisi...

It’s called “Shameless” and it airs on Showtime on Sunday nights. While the credits are rolling in the beginning of the show, the characters are taking turns in the family’s bathroom.  It’s not gross, but you get the idea. The smallest character, Liam, is wrapped up in toilet paper by his sister. He is a very cute little guy, so that helps.

The show is about family, but they’re not your grandmother’s type of family, unless all the members were immoral and lacking in common sense.

People used to keep family skeletons hidden, but now it’s fashionable to have them out in the open. Not only in the open, but starring on their own TV shows. Somehow I feel a little better watching a fictional family act inappropriately instead of the real thing.

The main character, Frank Gallagher, (William Macy)  is a hopeless drunk who acts more like a child than his six children. His wife Monica, (Chloe Webb) drifts in and out of the home.

Macy is good in every role I’ve seen him take on, and he’s particularly effective as Frank. Even though Frank is slimy, somehow Macy makes him appealing. You love to hate him.

The six children are better off than their parents, but they do have their problems  It’s like all the guests on Dr. Phil, Dr. Drew, and Jerry Springer got together to live in one house as a family.

The oldest daughter, Fiona, (Emma Rossum) is the strongest and most moral member of the family. She tries her best to keep all the kids going in the right direction. By day, she has her little sister, Debby,( Emma Kenny) running a daycare while she recovers from the night shift at the local watering hole. Debby wakes her up when a parent wants to make sure a responsible adult  is taking care of their children.

There is a genius teenager, Lipp,(Jeremy Allen White) who spends much of his time lighting up cigarettes, fooling around with the next door neighbor, and trying to get out of school. White plays him with intensity and energy.

Joan Cusak, another of my favorite actors, plays Sheila, the next-door agoraphobic neighbor, who is proper on the outside, but a tigress in the bedroom.

There are many characters and intertwining stories going on in this show

If you want to know about more subplots, go to the Showtime website.

I am ashamed I like “Shameless.”

Questions: Do you like or dislike Shameless? Tell me why.

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