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Shameless is a comic drama about the impoverished Gallagher family living in suburban Chicago. Alcoholic-absentee father Frank is nominally patriarch of the family but the real work is done by daughter Fiona. Then Lip, Ian, Debbie, Carl and Liam make up the rest of the family. Showtime 2011 - ???


Episode 12 - Father Frank, Full of Grace

23 March 2013

I didn't write a specific review of this episode. I did write a review of the whole of the first season which you can find above on the season page. The score of 64 is a general assesment of the strength of season one.



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  • Actually Joan Cusack and her character are a good comparison point for William H Macy and his character. Both actors are known as character actors who often shine in supporting roles. Both of their characters in this show are in a constant state of extreme behavior, but in my opinion only one of the characters is successful. Or at least successful insofar as me caring about them. Perhaps Frank's sole purpose is to be detested and to be the vehicle that drives the dire situation the kids find themselves to be in.

    I have seen shows with alcoholic or drug addicted characters that make terrible decisions and effect those around them yet still gave us reasons to root for them. I have yet to get reason one to care about Frank.

    Posted by Brando, 13/01/2012 8:14pm (8 years ago)

  • On episode 7 right now and wanted to comment on what a triumphant moment it was when Sheila finally made it outside of her home in order to bring Liam back in the house. Sheila is, obviously, a wacky character played for laughs. Joan Cusack may be one of the only actresses out there that could make you believe she is real while still being a neurotic, crazy mess. She plays the character with such earnestness and I feel like the writers actually serve her well by giving her moments where you can really see the tenderness, care, fear, sadness or humanity inside.

    It's a fun enough show...good things going for it and some major flaws as well, but anytime a show can make you celebrate that a character has done nothing more (in the literal sense) than walk out of their house you know the show has done something right.

    Posted by Brando, 13/01/2012 8:07pm (8 years ago)

  • I'm about halfway through the first season right now. Enjoy the show, but cannot stand Frank at all. I even like William H Macy as an actor typically.

    Posted by Brando, 12/01/2012 9:51pm (8 years ago)

  • I found it hilarious in the second episode when Frank is in jail in Canada someone hears his voice and asks, "is that a Chicago accent?"

    First off, there are like 5 people in the entire city of Chicago that actually have the SNL Da Bears Super Fans accent.

    Second, Frank via William H Macy definitely is not one of those 5 people.

    A stupid nit picky gripe, but as someone from Chicago it stood out to me :P

    Posted by Brando, 10/01/2012 9:02pm (8 years ago)

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