Shameless (2011– )

TV Series   |  TV-MA   |    |  Comedy, Drama


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2019

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A scrappy, fiercely loyal Chicago family makes no apologies.

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  • Emma Kenney in Shameless (2011)
  • William H. Macy and Sherry Mandujano in Shameless (2011)
  • Sasha Alexander in Shameless (2011)
  • Emmy Rossum in Shameless (2011)
  • William H. Macy in Shameless (2011)
  • Emmy Rossum at an event for Shameless (2011)

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Paul Abbott, John Wells

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6 August 2011 | kev-macdonald
9
| Loved the British Original...US version tops it
I've followed the original version in the UK since it started and it's still going strong (to correct an earlier reviewer it wasn't aired on the BBC, it's a Channel Four series). I therefore approached this with apprehension. To take a loved UK program and set it in the US has a history of failures but I liked the look of the trailer and gave it a go. I have to admit that throughout the first episode I was constantly thinking 'oh she's not as good as so and so' or 'I much prefer David to William'. However there was a lot packed into that episode and the script was pretty good. Come episode two I was hooked and to honest much prefer this version.

It has cleverly achieved what the UK version has in taking a subject and a group of characters that most people should loathe and turned them into a lovable group, all beautifully portrayed. Real, rounded, believable characters and so many of them too. Many people will have been turned off this by the trailer and thought it's not for them which is a shame. It really is extremely well written with great pace and some superb performances. I love Emmy Rossum and her portrayal of Fiona is astounding. I agree that William H Macy's Frank is more likable since he isn't always drunk and Joan Cusack is perfect as Sheila (I found the UK Sheila quite annoying).

We are only up to episode 7 of the US series here in the UK and its top of my weekly viewing. Great to see they are making a second series in the US and in fact given they have plenty of material to use, since we are up to Series 8 here in the UK, I hope it has the same longevity.

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