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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best comedy-dramas you may never see., March 28, 2007
This review is from: Shameless: Season 1 (DVD)
Brilliant, "comedy-drama". Because of the differences between British humor and American humor an American audiences will find more drama than comedy. Yes, we do "get" irony; however, it tends to make us smile rather than laugh out loud.

This series contains some of the best, most powerful scripts I've ever seen written for broadcast television. Yet, I expect this very R-rated series to be heavily criticized for coarse language, for themes of sex, scenes of drunkenness, and under-age smoking. Nevertheless, this series is one of the most family-positive series you'll ever see.

Imagine the picture perfect family, the very embodiment of "family values". Then one day somebody in the family snaps and is revealed to be involved in criminal activity, or infidelity, or substance abuse or darker more sinister assaults on the body and mind of other family members. In short, this imaginary picture-perfect family is dysfunctional.

Now, envision the opposite, a family with all the trappings of being dysfunctional. The father is unemployed and alcoholic, the children thieve, smoke and swear. One child has to keep his head shaved because he's so prone to nits, and there is no mother in the home because she's taken the family van and run away. Yet, this family is supportive, loving, caring and more honest than the Brady Bunch ever was.

There are no skeletons in the Gallagher family closet. They are very much a what-you-see-is-what-you-get group. Sometimes funny sometimes surreal and unlikely the goings on in this family are often moving and always entraining. While not promoting "family values" this is a very family positive series (but not for the whole family: R-rated I said). There is good reason why this show is called "Shameless".

One warning for American audiences. The story is set in Manchester, so that people in the story have strong northern accents. If your ear is unused to this or if your exposure to British accents ends at Hugh Grant... there are subtitles available on the DVD.

An excellent show, a sort of a fun-house mirror Waltons. Give it a chance
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Initial post: Sep 23, 2007, 9:09:18 AM PDT
J.M says:
Great review.I loved this show the minute i saw it.At the moment it is being run on IFC late sunday/early monday mourning.

Posted on Oct 22, 2007, 7:34:49 PM PDT
It has come to America on the Sundance Channel.

Posted on Jul 15, 2011, 7:21:26 AM PDT
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Posted on Mar 11, 2013, 12:19:57 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 11, 2013, 12:21:20 AM PDT
Tetris911 says:
great review! i am currently watching the entire UK version via netflix since all the seasons are available right now! to anyone that hasn't seen the original version via UK, hop on to netflix right now!

Posted on Apr 9, 2013, 3:58:26 PM PDT
Manga_Mom says:
The above review is for the BRITISH version, which yes, I agree is strangely alluring and totally different than American programs. Which brings us to the American version, haven't see it, not sure I want to. Copying the cast names & so much of the background story makes the American version a copycat to me. Kind of like Being Human, which at least they changed the names & most of the storylines.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2014, 1:52:18 PM PDT
Jabo says:
You couldn't be more wrong about the US version being a copycat. I watched Shameless UK first, and Shameless US is just as good or better than Shameless UK. Believe me, you do want to see Shameless US.
Bill Macy is outstanding in his role as the father, too bad I can't say the same about the UK father. Bill Macy is a far more superior actor. The other cast members in both shows are very good.
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