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Mainstream - Shameless

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Shameless The Complete First Season Blu-ray
Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy,
12 episodes 2 Blu-ray discs
Warner Home Video 2011

Shameless is an excellent drama about a Chicago working class family. Shameless is an excellent dark comedy about a working class family in Chicago. This very addictive series stars William H. Macy as perpetually drunk, disability check hunting Frank Gallagher and Emmy Rossum as Fiona who is left to care for her six brothers and sisters and protect them from Frank’s latest scheme. The Complete First Season features 12 episodes on 2 Blu-ray discs and has a complete story arc. Season 2 airs on Showtime.

The Gallaghers (Emmy, Lip, Carl, Ian, Debbie) are a poor Chicago family trying to make ends meet. The title refers both to their attitude towards being poor and to the schemes they put together to make ends meet such as Lip taking SAT tests for just about everybody at his school. Fiona works various jobs and takes care of the brood. She is helped by neighbors Steve and Veronica. Steve owns the only bar that has not barred  patriarch Frank Gallagher.

The episodes are complex and very varied in tone: Fiona meets car thief Steve, Ian comes out of the closet, Lip meets a girl whose mother cannot leave her home. Frank eventually moves in with the woman before her husband moves back in, and so on. Debbie kidnaps a local kid and the Gallaghers must find a way to get him back home.

Shameless is a very addictive series. Caveat emptor.

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