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'Shameless' Season 1, Episode 4 Recap

It's quickly becoming apparent that 'Shameless' is, above all else, a cautionary, moralistic tale. ( ... Isn't it?) Each week, those roguish Gallaghers impart important lessons about what not to do in our everyday lives, such as stealing a baby from someone's front yard, or pretending that you're engaged just to dissuade someone from hitting on you. Sure, sometimes these spiraling deceptions can end up in your favor, with a wad of cash and status as a local hero for your sins, but more often than not, they simply snowball out of control until you find yourself obliged to marry your girlfriend even though you've already got a wife. Oh, what tangled webs we weave ... //www.tvsquad.com/2011/01/31/shameless-season-1-episode-4-recap/

SHAMELESS (Showtime) “Casey Casden” Review

SHAMELESS (Showtime) "Casey Casden" Season 1 Episode 4 – Debbie takes the Gallagher stealing habit a step too far in the "Casey Casden" episode of SHAMELESS while Kev leaves out one teensy little detail when he drunkenly asks Veronica a rather important question. Debbie got a taste of grandmotherly love and one-on-one affection with the borrowed Aunt Ginger and now she knows what she’s been missing. Being a Gallagher, she naturally turns to kidnapping. Debbie is fast becoming one of my favorite characters, though I really would be hard-pressed to choose. Once again we get to see the family spring into action to protect one of their own in hilarious fashion (love the breakdown of the plan via map), but this time we do get a sense that maybe–just maybe–they shouldn’t, at least not like this. Yes, Kev gets the evil eye when he mentions that Debbie’s mom leaving and Frank’s alcoholism are partly responsible Debbie’s actions and Steve is shot down when he suggests Debbie gets some help, but we’re left with the unsettling visual of Debbie suddenly kicking ass at lying and then clinging to a doll like it’s a lifeline. Fiona’s "I hope I’m not f-king up the kids" is a more poignant echo of a sentiment she’s expressed before, and it’s left hanging for us to think about. Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/daemonstv/~3/4uutRp0JcJU/

'Shameless' Season 1, Episode 3 Recap

I've got to say, I'm impressed at the how thoroughly 'Shameless' is living up to its name. Episode 3 marked the first example of the US series diverging from its UK namesake for a twisted new plot, and this one's a doozy. If crossdressing homeless men, social security fraud and kidnapping old ladies aren't the epitome of shamelessness, I don't know what is. Frank had an ... eye-opening experience with Sheila last week, but that clearly wasn't enough to chase him back to the loving arms of his freezing family -- he was having way too much fun playing house with his neurotic girlfriend and long-suffering Karen to worry about gas bills or a little thing like government officials turning up at his door. Read More... //www.tvsquad.com/2011/01/24/shameless-season-1-episode-3-recap/

Shameless Review: "Aunt Ginger"

Cut to the Kash and Grab and a very slutty looking teenage girl is thanking Ian for being her knight in shining armor earlier in class.  Clearly her gaydar is broken because she is oblivious to his disinterest and waits for him to leave work so she can "walk him home."  After a few beers at the Gallagher house, Mandy, the aforementioned slut, jumps on Ian.  When he rejects her, she flees the house in tears, Mandy cries wolf to her delinquent brothers and tells them that Ian is the one who attacked her and not the other way around.  They show up at the Kash and Grab looking to kick some ass, but Ian’s boss and lover saves him. As for the rest of the crew, Lip goes to pick up Karen, forcing him to have an awkward conversation with his father. Frank is still living with Sheila and looking noticeably cleaner, might I add.  In this episode, we find out the extent of Sheila’s agoraphobia. It’s a bit saddening, even though Frank is quick to take advantage of her money in the beginning of the episode; by the end, he’s right back there comforting her tears. Read More... //www.tvfanatic.com/2011/01/shameless-review-aunt-ginger/

SHAMELESS “Aunt Ginger” Review

SHAMELESS "Aunt Ginger" Season 1 Episode 3 – Money is a more pressing matter than usual when the gas bill is overdue, but the Gallaghers have an even bigger problem on their hands when one of Frank’s transgressions comes to light in the "Aunt Ginger" episode of SHAMELESS . I’ve seen the episode early, and it’s another winner. Steve is still out in the cold what with his kidnapping of Frank and all. Of course, after Frank’s latest stunt, you have to wonder if everyone wouldn’t be better off if he had just stayed in Canada. Well, everyone except the viewers, anyway, since Macy is such a delight to watch as a leading contender for worst father of the year. He’s both conscious and much more integrated into the family this episode, making for some terrific interactions. I love how Lip owns him in one tiny moment. Anyway, Fiona may or may not be trying to move on, but Steve isn’t and I can’t help rooting for these two crazy kids even though logic says Steve should run away while he still can. Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/daemonstv/~3/5-XcIQbgnEM/

Shameless Review: "Frank the Plank"

The second episode of Shameless - titled "Frank the Plank" - had a more dismal tone than its highly-rated premiere.  We got to see a lot more of the alcoholic enigma that is Frank, and let’s just say that despite William H. Macy’s fabulous method acting, it wasn't pretty. Karen’s father sees Frank and head butts him because of what he caught Ian and Karen doing.  In case you forgot, Karen is the little blonde thing who stated "science turns her on."  Frank, in turn, goes home and head butts Ian in the face.  Steve goes after Frank for hitting one of the kids, but Fiona throws him out. Read More... //www.tvfanatic.com/2011/01/shameless-review-frank-the-plank/

SHAMELESS “Frank the Plank” Review

SHAMELESS "Frank the Plank" Season 1 Episode 2 - Frank goes shockingly missing on disability check day, so his kids and the neighborhood try to track him down in the "Frank the Plank" episode of SHAMELESS , airing tonight on Showtime. I was able to preview the episode and it does an excellent job of bringing viewers deeper into the Gallagher world with both laughs and a few more complicated emotions. While the pilot spent surprisingly little time on Frank, this episode more than makes up for lost time. Where last week we saw a self-involved but mostly harmless drunk, we now get a closer look at the darkness inside the Gallagher patriarch. I admit the casting of William H. Macy as Frank had me concerned he would make the character too likable, but tonight’s episode takes care of that. One thing you have to know about the Gallaghers is that–with the exception of Frank–it is very much all for one and one for all and I love how this episode shows that in both obvious and subtle ways. Through it all, Fiona is the tough but vulnerable heart and soul of the family–not to mention one hell of a mama bear–and Emmy Rossum again shows she is more than up to the task. Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/daemonstv/~3/aiDmgLT_raQ/

'Shameless' review: The British hit travels well

The first couple episodes of the American version of "Shameless" are near-exact replicas of their British counterparts. And while there's a little something lost in translation, the show retains enough of the core of the original that -- bolstered by strong performances from top to bottom -- it's as good a remake as any import since "The Office."The series, which is about to start its eighth season in the U.K., is an intensely personal effort by creator Paul Abbott ("Cracker," "State of Play") about his upbringing in Manchester. John Wells, who's executive producing the American series for Showtime, is just as passionate about the adaptation, but the change of place and level of remove from Abbott's creation take a way a little bit of what made the original so special.None of which to say the adaptation of "Shameless" is not worth watching, because that's not the case. It's one of the best new series of... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/01/shameless-review-the-british-hit-travels-well.html

'Shameless' Season 1, Episode 1 (Series Premiere) Recap

As you might have heard, adapting a successful UK series for a US audience is a risky business -- maybe you tuned in to Showtime's other new Sunday series, 'Episodes,' which illustrates the pitfalls of such an endeavor all too well. Adaptations are often criticized either for being too slavishly faithful to the original, or for deviating so far from the source material as to make the new version practically unrecognizable, which leaves a decidedly narrow margin for success somewhere between the two extremes. Somehow, 'Shameless' manages to walk that tightrope with surprising confidence.  Read More... //www.tvsquad.com/2011/01/10/shameless-season-1-episode-1-series-premiere-recap/

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... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/daemonstv/~3/Skn5813i6zk/