SHAMELESS “Pilot” Review

SHAMELESS "Pilot" Episode 1 (Series Premiere) – John Wells’ American transplant of the quirky British hit series SHAMELESS starts tonight on Showtime and I was lucky enough to see the pilot early. While it follows-almost word for word-the British original, fans shouldn’t be put off because this version has its own voice and is ridiculously fun to watch. It also has a tremendous amount of heart and depth to go with the raucous comedy, so prepare to be sucked in.

The Gallaghers are a poor family in Chicago that does–or at least the kids do–whatever they have to do to keep afloat. Dad Frank (William H. Macy) is a falling down drunk, sleeping it off in the kitchen alcoholic who may not be much help to his kids, but he’s still a huge factor in their lives. Daughter Fiona (Emmy Rossum) is the heart and backbone of the clan, holding everyone and everything together. Lip (Jeremy Allen White) is the oldest son, a sarcastic straight-A Student with a plan to escape, with Ian, a very layered gay ROTC member, next in line. We don’t see much of the younger Gallaghers in the pilot, but there’s Deb (Emma Kenney), who heartbreakingly tends to her father; Carl (Ethan Cutkosky), who has a bad habit of melting things, and toddler Liam (Blake Alexander and Brennan Kane Johnson), who doesn’t exactly look like Frank. Read More...


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