Shameless - Complete Season One

BBC Television Series. 2004. Creator: Paul Abbot. Comedy/Drama.
Shameless - Complete Season One

I love British television. It's like being 8 and hanging out with the older, cooler kids on the block. The ones who aren't afraid to cuss, make rude remarks about, well, anybody and might even show their bum to a passing neighbor before running off in fits of laughter. According to your well bred American TV parents those kids are trouble and you should stay well away if you know what's good for you.

Shameless is good for you. The Gallagers are a family of trouble in Manchester with an absentee mother and a town drunk for a father. Six kids who all know tricks to survive as a family will offend, shock and even make you fall in love. There is Fiona, who plays surrogate mother and reluctant ingenue, Ian, a gay teenager whose stay in the closet keeps him from thug beatings but also gets more and more confining, Lip, a charming smart ass, Debbie, the dangerously protective 9 year old plus hyper-active Carl and adorable Liam. They will have you cheering for their escapades and mourning for their betrayals all the while their in-league neighbors help make trashy seem downright domestic.

Ruthless pranks, horrible stereotypes and tons of cheap sex mask the seed of heart in Shameless and that is that it's bloody tough to survive and having someone to lean on is the best kind of sneak attack. For those dense enough to threaten the ranks of family beware and God bless the Gallagers and their horrid happy home.

Posted by:
Jessica Kaman
Dec 26, 2007 3:22pm
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