Shameless – TV #Review @Showtime
It’s a Showtime free weekend on Hulu so I’m exploring the two series that piqued my curiosity, Shameless and Billions. I’m already a fan of Ray Donovan so Showtime pretty much owns me as soon as the new season starts. These two shows are just value-added as far as I’m concerned. First, Shameless.
Oscar®-nominated William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum star in this fiercely engaging and fearlessly twisted series. Chicagoan Frank Gallagher is the proud single dad of six smart, industrious, independent kids, who without him would be… perhaps better off. When Frank’s not at the bar spending what little money they have, he’s passed out on the floor. But the kids have found ways to grow up in spite of him. They may not be like any family you know, but they make no apologies for being exactly who they are.
I’ve only watched the pilot episode, but it has me hooked. I watched The Middle once and it was all about the drudgery of a woman trying to live the textbook middle-class lifestyle. Every day has a mishap and another reason to have a nervous breakdown or take a handful of Prozac with a cheap vodka chaser. I found The Middle too depressing to watch because it was like watching my own life at the time.
Shameless is a completely different creature. Yes, they’ve got dysfunction. The patriarch is an alcoholic that can’t afford to take care of his kids, but the kids are resourceful and scrappy and they find a way to grow up and live life despite their father’s shortcomings. The key difference between The Middle and Shameless is living. Yes, LIVING! In The Middle, that poor broad is barely surviving on the jagged edge between overdose and insanity. In Shameless, that family doesn’t wallow in their circumstances, they LIVE despite them and they do alright.
I’ll be watching too!