Wildly, Absolutely, and Unapologetically "Shameless"
I always become furious watching "relevant" TV these days. Glee, Vampire Diaries, Jersey Shore
its' all crap to me. I don't care about your Drama/ Music club, I don't want to know how brooding, love sick vampires get girlfriends, and I definitely don't care about how many STD's Snooki has gotten over the past several years.
Look at where we all are, we are in a recession, schools and public works maintenance funding is in the tank, rich get richer, poor die young young, the public representation in government is nearly zip, and etc. So why is popular TV "sunshine and rainbows", fake, expensive tans, and rich white kids (with some of other ethnicity to have some scope in minority television ratings) singing?
Here's the deal
I don't enjoy High School, I hate Twilight, and I don't like to date stupid alcoholics. I want a show about life, "real life", as it is for the majority of this now crazy and defunct America. I wanted Shameless.
Shameless is SHOTIME original drama series that centers on the dysfunctional family of single father, dead beat, and alcoholic Frank Gallagher, played by Oscar Nominee William H. Macy. While at first glance the Gallagher's everyday grind of trying to get through the day living below the poverty line in Chicago may come across as just another crass, American, and unrated, comedy series. And it is. Frank and his kin are constantly landing themselves in crazy "stranger than fiction" circumstances which are an absolute thrill to view. From scamming thugs to pay bills to shooting yourself in the hand with a nail gun to keep getting disability checks, the Gallagher's know how to party.
At the same time though, the comedy is also a great false pretense that I works very well in the show's favor. As soon you become hooked to the offbeat and racy humor you very soon start to see the very real stories that the actors flawlessly bring to the small screen with their performances.
Lip(Jeremy Allen White), the oldest son in the Gallagher family, is a certifiable genius but is at odds with whether or not he is content living the way he has and could more than likely end up like his loser father, Frank. The other biggest plot line is that of Fiona(Emmy Rossum), the eldest daughter, who has to choose between her own happiness or keeping up with her supposed obligations to provide for her family since their mother ran out on them several years ago. And while the Gallagher's are a dysfunctional family, it's easy to sometimes watch in awe as they are able to still pull together at the end of the day, despite everything, and enjoy life.
This show may turn some off though, that is expected. We all enjoy different spectrums of life that we make ourselves want to believe in. But as for those of us living in this country and finding ourselves not quite getting sucked in by Glee or whatever, this is a godsend. People like us want what is real, what is willing to show us the grittiness of society. But show all of it, the good and bad. Not all of us can drive Beetles or Hummers and go drinking on the boats our parents buy us. Some of us have to worry about real life right now, probably more than we care to admit. And that's what Shameless is about, being more real than we care to admit.
The first season is now on DVD and BluRay, and the show's second season is now on TV, pulling no punches as expected. It looks like my winter/spring is going to be one well spent with the Gallagher family. Although, I think I might tune in once or twice to Jersey Shore to watch Snooki drunkenly run head first into a wall.