Drunk. Wasted. Absent. That doesn’t even begin to describe just how derelict Frank Gallagher is; he is Shameless, as the show’s title suggests, and William H. Macy’s portrayal is nothing short of brilliantly horrific, in an amazing kind of way.
With a family barely held together by duct tape, and managed by the eldest daughter Fiona (Emmy Rossum), their survival antics are cause for concern from any average human being. This one is worth binge-watching the first six seasons before jumping into this new season, if for no other reason than to familiarize yourself with some of the most dysfunctional and disturbing characters ever.
#Shameless took viewers by surprise and quickly grew into an award-winning series that often causes uncomfortable smirks from the audience when they realize that the tragic scenes in the show are closer to real-life for some American families than fiction. To laugh out loud, is to cry inside.
That’s what also makes this show so amazing; it is the very definition of black humor. Based on the original British version, the show’s creator, Paul Abbott, grew up as a child in a family like this. The characters and plots may have been Americanized, but the core crassness remains the same.
If ever you find yourself with a need to feel good about your own somewhat dysfunctional family, then give this show a go. You won’t regret it, but you won’t be better off for it either.
So far, there is only one critic review for the seventh season, and they clearly call out the continuation of all the messed-up situations from last season that are crying out for resolve. Just when you think the characters are on the road to redemption, they take the wrong exit to hell, again. Rotten Tomatoes has this show at a very high critic rating of 92% overall, and with an audience rating just behind it at 89%. IMDb voters rate the overall show at an 8.7 out of 10 with over 102,000 votes, an exceptionally high rating for a dramedy series.
The majority of viewer comments hail the series for its hilarity and realism, with some viewers pointing out that the shenanigans are no different from any sitcom once you strip the sex, drugs, and psychosis from the characters. Some commenters admit there is no overall arching storyline or purpose that ties all of the seasons together, and often the characters are cringe-worthy at best, suggesting that their situations do more to damage the pressing social issues that the show represents.
@Shameless grew its viewership season over season, to a peak with season 4, and has been slowly sliding down ever since. The fourth season averaged 1.71 million viewers, whereas last season averaged 1.56 million viewers. Season 7 premiered on October 2, 2016, with a low 0.49 demo rating and only 1.24 million viewers; that’s a decrease of 0.14 points and 0.2 million viewers from last season’s premiere. The following week, the second US presidential debate stole some ratings from all shows that air on Sunday nights, and #Shameless also had time-slot competition from the series debut of HBO’s Westworld. The show fell a tenth of a point to 0.4 with only 1.1 million viewers.
Not a stellar start for @Shameless, but the overall popularity of the series may carry it through to see a renewed eighth season. Showtime has yet to make any formal announcements about a renewal or cancelation.
Shameless airs Sunday nights at 9pm ET on Showtime.
Have you been watching Shameless since the beginning? Will Frank ever get it together and start taking care of his family? Can the family hold it together long enough to see little Liam get through school?
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