5 Shameless Reasons to Watch “Shameless”

Written by Rebecca French February 11, 2011

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We Eat Films: 5 shameless reasons to watch “Shameless”

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By Rebecca French

1. One man – William H. Macy
William H. Macy blew me away. Seriously. Even if you are not a fan of the series,
you are crazy not to be impressed by this man’s performance. Frank Gallagher is
a challenging role to play considering he is both an irresponsible alcoholic that
disappears on his family and a loving father adored by his kids. I don’t know how he
does it, but Macy manages to win us over and disgust us all at the same time.

2. Sex, nudity, drugs and alcohol
This show keeps things edgy by using everything listed above. There is drug use,
alcohol abuse, and a lot of sex – everything that would not be expected from your
average TV show. The best part about this is that all these things are major plot
points in the series. Expect more of this in episodes to come.

3. Too many good characters
I’ve been waiting for a show like this for years– one that offers more unique
characters than the average recycled ones. Every person in the show is different. For
example, the character Sheila has a fear of leaving her house, enjoys kinky sex and
is married a man who is obsessed with clowns. And that is just one of the characters
introduced in the first episode. Needless to say, the characters themselves are
enough to make the show worth watching.

4. It’s funny (and serious?)
Given all the crazy things that happen in the first few episodes, I like how the show
remains funny even with its serious moments. For example, I like the scene in the
first episode when Fiona gets mad at Frank who’s unconscious on the floor. Even
though it’s hilarious seeing him passed out in different places in later episodes, we
know there’s something deeper behind it.

5. The entire cast
The way the actors interact with each other makes you feel as though you’re at
the breakfast table with an actual family. Everything from the way they race for
the bathroom, change their shirts inside out and pitch in for the electric bill. These
characters have ‘family dynamics’ down to an art. Their actions are what make the
entire show believable.

5 things that should be considered before the series continues…

1. The dialogue

For the most part, the show is good at making the characters’ relationships realistic.
However, when a scene gets awkward, it’s really awkward. For example, the
conversation that Lip and Ian have in the van during the first episode is painful to
watch. Although their talk about gay sex is meant to be upbeat, it feels forced which
ruins the bonding moment they are supposed to be having. Hopefully there will be
fewer moments like these by the end of the series.

2. Fiona and Steve’s relationship
This relationship is built on nothing. Although I’d like to think that a guy could be
invested in a girl after seeing her twice, I don’t believe he would go as far as to buy
her a washing machine after having met her once. Also, telling someone “you make
me want to enjoy my life again” is usually said after you get to know a person, not
after a one-night stand. The show needs to ease up on the cliché love scenes because
it doesn’t fit with the series.

3. The amount of content
I found there was a lot jammed in each episode. In the second episode alone, Frank
gets punched in the nose, Steve drives him to Canada, Frank goes to jail, the family
smuggles him back into the US, Steve and Fiona break up, Frank moves in with
Sheila, Fiona gets cozy with a cop, Steve tries to win her back… The show needs to
slow it down. On a good note, there is a lot to work with for future episodes. If the
writers take advantage of this, the rest of the season could be really good.

4. The missing plot
This will obviously come with time but there are still a lot of things that have been
left unanswered. The audience knows nothing about the mother or the younger
kids. There were also a lot of character traits that were only addressed once. Filling
in the missing pieces will better establish each of the characters.

5. I tried to think of a final point but nothing came to mind. There are clearly more
reasons for you to watch this show than there are ways to improve it.

This series has a lot of potential. It has an interesting plot, addresses controversial
issues and keeps the audience constantly entertained. Watch this series, I think it’s
going to be a big one.


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