By Caitlin Herlihy
Last week I read another film student’s post about Shameless. The comedy-drama is on its seventh season, much to the surprise and delight of fans. Despite the mostly negative blogpost, I was interested by the storyline and the widespread praise for the show. Sunday night I capped the weekend with a three-episode binge, so that I could see for myself what all the fuss was about.
Shameless follows the lives of a dysfunctional Chicago family. The father, Frank, is a drunk, and the kids are forced to take care of themselves. With an absent mother, the oldest sister, Fiona, assumes the bulk of familial responsibilities.
It can’t be denied that the kids’ antics are amusing. The show provides a glimpse into an unfamiliar world, so I am shocked by the family’s unending misfortune. Regardless, Shameless reminds audiences of the importance of family despite struggles.
Although I’ve only watched three episodes, I have to say I’m already itching for the family to catch a break. It seems as though it’s one problem after another and successes are limited. If the series continues in this direction, I fear I’ll lose interest and/or become depressed. Maybe it’s just me, but I love to see some good fortune every now and then. However, the show has successfully produced seven seasons and critics predict an eighth season is in the future. So maybe I’m in the minority on this one.
This show is unlike anything I’ve watched before. I think I would enjoy the show more if there was less nudity and better writing.
I feel as though I’m “cheating” on Grey’s Anatomy, but I’ll be back soon. Don’t worry.