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Shameless: "Father Frank, Full of Grace" Review

Shameless   ended its first season on a strong note, with an episode that brought several plotlines to a head.   Ugh, Frank… You had to do it, didn't you? And by "it," I mean Karen. Of course the repercussions for this were huge, especially since the only reason Karen even did it in the first place was because of her anger towards Eddie – which meant Eddie had to see the video for it to "work."   Eddie's suicide came as a surprise, in an evocative sequence using some well-placed Cake as background music. By the end of the episode, Karen and Lip had reconciled, but it's hard not to cringe at what's coming, as Karen learns the rather horrible results of her actions. While Shameless remains primarily comedic, I am impressed by how it handles these more dramatic and morbid moments.    Read More... //tv.ign.com/articles/115/1158050p1.html?RSSwhen2011-03-28_135900&RSSid=1158050&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ignfeeds%2Ftv+%28IGN+TV%29

'Shameless' Season 1, Episode 12 (Season Finale) Recap

After twelve weeks of 'Shameless' enjoyment, we have, alas, reached the season finale of this ridiculously addictive show, and now our Sundays will be bereft of car theft, inadvisable sex, baby-stealing minors, and so many shots of William H. Macy's bare behind that the supermoon pales in comparison (unless you have a very colorful social life, I suppose). But what a ride these past three months have been ... There's plenty of pressure on a season finale, which has the unenviable task of tying up the year's loose ends while unraveling some new ones for Season 2 (yes, the show has already been renewed, yay!). And while the ending wasn't quite as surprising as some of the earlier episodes have been, there was still a lot to love in the season's final hour. Read More... //www.tvsquad.com/2011/03/28/shameless-season-1-episode-12-season-finale-recap/

Shameless Season Finale Review: Lost Love, Life

The theme of this week's Shameless is redemption. Can Frank find forgiveness from Eddie, Sheila, and Lip? Can Steve make up for accidentally landing Fiona's brothers in jail? In "Father Frank, Full of Grace," the sh*t hits the fan as we get the answers to all of the drama this season's been leading up to. I haven't decided if I think Tony is a good guy or a bad guy. I think inherently he is good, realizing he made a mistake and doing anything he can to fix it, even if it means giving up an entire season of Bears tickets. Read More... //www.tvfanatic.com/2011/03/shameless-review-father-frank-full-of-grace/

SHAMELESS “Daddy’s Girl” Review

SHAMELESS  "Daddy’s Girl" Season 1  Episode  11 -  Frank teaches Deb and Carl some of the familybusiness , Fiona makes a new friend, and Tony becomes interesting in the ‘Daddy’s Girl’ episode of SHAMELESS . Meanwhile Karen and Ian deal with their daddy issues  in very different ways. I had a chance to preview this very busy penultimate episode and it’s chock full of funny and dramatic goodness. Monica’s visit, short-lived though it may have been, leaves  behind many ripples. An unexpected one is that Fiona is forced to help the class moms at Deb’s school, where she meets Jasmine (guest star Amy Smart), who seems to be the one non-bitchy mom (parents take even more of a beating thisepisode than usual). We don’t often see Fiona with someone outside her usual circle, especially someone who can throw her off balance, so this is a fun pairing. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/03/20/shameless-daddyz-girl-adavance-review/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29

'Shameless' Season 1, Episode 11 Recap

Thank goodness Father's Day is still a couple of months away, because none of the dads on 'Shameless' are going to be winning any parenting awards after this week's episode. First, we had Frank, who was attempting to bounce back from having his injury compensation terminated by finding a new job to get himself injured at as quickly as possible. This was compounded by the fact that he brought Debbie and Carl along with him to "learn the family business," which mostly consisted of finding the most hazardous working conditions available and signing up for the most dangerous job they had going. Read More... //www.tvsquad.com/2011/03/21/shameless-season-1-episode-11-recap/

Shameless Review: "Daddyz Girl"

Frank Gallagher isn't afraid of many things, except his worker's compensation running out. In "Daddyz Girl" we learned just how far Frank would go on his quest to be an unemployed alcoholic. In the fashion of a true role model, he took Debbie and Carl along for the ride. While things like multiple broken bones are out of the picture, huffing formaldehyde and searing flesh are not. But once again, Frank's reckless actions snowball into hurting other people indirectly. After Frank power drilled a nail into his hand, he arrived home ready to throw back a cold beer with a side of Oxy's. Too bad he didn't know he was walking into the lion's den aka Karen's epic meltdown. Read More... //www.tvfanatic.com/2011/03/shameless-review-daddyz-girl/

SHAMELESS “Nana Gallagher Had an Affair” Review

SHAMELESS "Nana Gallagher Had an Affair" Season 1  Episode  10 -   SHAMELESS  examines second chances in the "Nana Gallagher Had an Affair" episode as Monica’s arrival throws the Gallaghers into chaos and Karen spends some time with her father. Mommy’s home and as we saw at the end of the last episode, no one is exactly killing the fatted calf to welcome Monica home given both her history and the turmoil whirling around her. She also brings Bob, whom I think is the first character misfire of the series. While she helps flesh out Monica’s personality, Bob is much too one- dimensional and grating, and some of her scenes are downright painful to watch. Conversely, Chloe Webb is the right blend of contemptible and pathetic as Monica. Her story-so far-isn’t as satisfying as I had hoped, but her presence adds new layers to the Gallagher family dynamic and to Fiona as she struggles with her mother’s return. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/03/13/shameless-nana-gallagher-had-an-affair-advance-review-2/

'Shameless' Season 1, Episode 10 Recap

Tonight's 'Shameless' was full of revelations -- and many of them were as unwanted as the reappearance of Monica was last week. The show continues to be an excellent illustration of how family isn't forged from blood so much as circumstance, love and loyalty, since birth parents like Frank and Monica aren't seen so much relatives or figures to rely on as the millstone around the Gallagher brood's collective neck. The limits of family are likely to be stretched to breaking point following this week's revelations, but Fiona continues to be more of a parental figure than her actual parents could ever be, and I can't help but root for her in her (seemingly aborted for now) attempt to adopt her siblings and extricate them from Frank for good. Read More... //www.tvsquad.com/2011/03/14/shameless-season-1-episode-10-recap/

Shameless Review: "Nana Gallagher Had an Affair"

Monica is still around and contending with Frank for the title of worst Gallagher parent. It's no wonder Frank thinks they're soul mates. It's a constant competition of who's a bigger loser! However, in this week's Shameless , Eddie got to throw his hat into the ring when he called his daughter a whore. It amazes me that any of their children have turned out remotely normal. The fight for Liam has continued and Monica's insistence on wanting to start her own family with Bob, is downright insulting. Hey Monica, why don't you just shit all over the rest of your kids and make them feel irrelevant? Oh wait, you already did when you walked out on them. Monica is as dumb as Bob is rude. Fiona has brushed Bob off for the most part since her real beef is with Monica, but Lip isn't so quick to overlook his mother's brash new partner. From their fight in the kitchen, to Lip's paternity test stunt at dinner, he is truly the MVP of this show. Read More... //www.tvfanatic.com/2011/03/shameless-review-nana-gallagher-had-an-affair/

'Shameless' Season 1, Episode 9 Recap

You can choose your friends, but you sure can't choose your family, and never has such an adage been so painfully illustrated as on this week's 'Shameless,' when we finally got to meet the Gallagher kids' absentee mother, Monica. If you thought Frank was flaky, he's nothing compared to this broad, who -- after disappearing for years without a word -- chose to return to town not to check up on her kids, but to collect a giant teddy bear with her new lesbian life partner, and possibly one of her younger children in the process. Needless to say, this suggestion didn't go down well with the kids, but was wholeheartedly endorsed by Frank (as long as he got his settlement signature, anyway). Read More... //www.tvsquad.com/2011/03/07/shameless-season-1-episode-9-recap/