Shameless: Season 2 [Blu-ray]
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Season Two of Showtime's boldest, bravest series dives headfirst into the sweltering heat of a Chicago summer, grabs Gallagher family life by the throat, and never lets go. Boozed-up Frank's scams constantly fizzle. Grammy Gallagher visits after a stint in prison. Bipolar Monica returns to fan Frank's flames. Hard-working Fiona plays the field…until Steve comes back with a hot new wife. Lip drops out to care for his and Karen's baby. Ian's gunning for West Point. The Gallaghers may lack rent money and toilet paper, but there's never a shortage of heart or a moment of shame in this acclaimed drama starring William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum and a brilliant ensemble cast.]]>
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The second season started out a little slow, but once Frank's mother ("Grammy") shows up, things really kick into gear. Played with utter relish by the great Louise Fletcher, Grammy's a force of nature. And let's just say, her character arc ends in quite a... shocking way.
Season Two also sees the return of Chloe Webb as Monica Gallagher, Frank's estranged wife and altogether crazy, sad character. Her episodes are such a great, gritty depiction of mental illness. I'm always amazed with how this show manages to be both fall out of your seat funny and completely heartbreaking... sometimes at the same time.
As with the first season, the ensemble cast is extraordinary, led by William H Macy and Emmy Rossum (where is the awards show love for these two? Especially Rossum!). Joan Cusack continues to steal every single scene she's in, and has a few really, really funny ones towards the middle of the season. And finally, the kids manage to be totally unaffected and charming. You really feel like you're a part of this crazy, dysfunctional family -- for better or worse!
In short, if you haven't seen this series, go buy the first season on DVD and get this one as soon as it's released. You will be completely addicted.
Shameless is one of the best shows to come along in a long time. Sometimes the depictions of life on America's edge are so real I can barely watch. While veteran character actors like Wm Macy and Joan Cusack deliver every week, the children in this show are phenomenal. Some of the best acting from young people I have ever seen. Lip breaks my heart - a brilliant kid with no blueprint for success. Karen and Fiona are two sides of the same coin - achingly vulnerable one minute and steel backbone the next. I have been Fiona at times in my life (as a single mother in poverty) the actress hits so many nuanced notes - brilliant. whoever writes this knows the alcoholic dance intimately and is fearless. Thank you to all involved in this amazing show. I cannot wait for next January!
This show is very well written and the actors fit their characters extremely well. this show is a real down and dirty type of show that has real life situations and puts it into a show. this is my favorite show that is a mixture of drama and comedy at some parts. although this family may by dysfunctional, there are times of real unity which makes the show even better.
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When Howard Stern first moved to NBC NY, management tried to control him. He rebelled. Then the ratings came out. Most enlightening was that the people who proclaimed to despise Stern, actually stayed with the show longer than fans. The reason? "Because they wanted to see/hear what happened next!"
Shameless is a cornucopia of taboos that is marketing material for the Christian Right/Family Values Coalition! Homosexuality, drug and alcohol abuse, child neglect, frequent sex, criminality, etc.
Shameless is a dark comedy that is both shocking and funny with enough gratuitous sex and nudity to take the edge off a typical Sunday Night after having spent the lion share of the day watching football. There are also from time to time some real dramatic moments added to the mix. However, the main reason why I regularly tune in and have rated this *5 is because I find myself in the position of continually wanting to see "what happens next."
The usual comedic fare these days are situation comedies, which while serialized, are often presented in a manner so that they can be watched on a stand-alone basis. Shameless is constantly evolving, thus to get best viewing experience one should start from the beginning.
My highest rating for a dark situational comedy
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William H. Macy's "Frank Gallagher" is right up there with Steve Carell's "Michael Scott". It's brilliant. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Joe
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