TV Show Recommendation: Shameless US

Lately, I’ve been craving to start rewatching the jewel that is Shameless US.

Shameless US

I haven’t watched the original version, but I thought I would share with you why I love the american one so much!


Frank Gallagher is a single father of six children. Since he spends most of his days drunk and is almost never at home, his children have to learn to take care of themselves. The story is set in South Side Chicago and follows the life of this dysfunctional family.



The show is binge-worthy for several reasons.

First, the cast is amazing. I don’t even have the words to describe how good they are. Every single person that is on the show has real talent. Heartfelt performances that will give you chills are rare, but you will be served with Shameless. I laughed, cried and was angry at the characters on more than one occasion, and that proves that it took me by the emotions. You will remember these names once you start watching, I promise!

The story is interesting. At first, you think you’re in for something light, but soon, you find yourself swept away by the story. There’s a reason why I watched the entire show, seasons 1 to 5, in only 8 days… I could watch several episodes a day, and I couldn’t let go of the story. I needed to find out what would happen next. It contains several plot twists that you hadn’t seen coming, and it will make you want to stay up all night to finish it.

It’s undeniable that the directors of the show tried to depict poverty in America. I think that it has been really well done. With their greedy alcoholic father being gone all the time, the Gallagher children have to fight to get through life. Fiona, the eldest, has several jobs to be able to pay for the family’s expenses, Lip and Ian, both in high school, also have to work to help the family, but still, they can’t always make ends meet. It’s real life. And that’s what makes this show great. Realism at it’s best. Though, I have to warn you, it contains mature subject matter.

What’s so beautiful about this TV show is the family bound. You know what the Gallagher kids will always fight for each other, and will be there no matter what. They stand up for one another and will never give up on family. They cooperate to make their situation work, and seeing the relationship that they share is truly amazing. They may not have a lot, but at least they have each other.

Noel Fisher as Mickey Milkovich, Cameron Monaghan as Ian Gallagher, Emma Greenwell as Mandy Milkovich, Jeremy Allen White as Lip Gallagher, Brandon/Brenden Sims as Liam Gallagher, Emmy Rossum as Fiona Gallagher, Justin Chatwin as Steve, William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher, Ethan Cutkosky as Carl Gallagher, Shanola Hampton as Veronica Fisher, Steve Howey as Kevin Ball, Emma Kenney as Debbie Gallagher and Zach McGowan as Jody Silverman in Shameless (Season 3) - Photo: Courtesy of SHOWTIME - Photo ID: SHAME3_PR02_BAR_GROUP_4C_300

I cannot finish this properly without mentioning the characters. You have complex, well-built and amazingly performed characters that make this show so worth your time.

All the characters are great, but of course, I have my favorites. Fiona Gallagher, the female lead, truly kicks ass. She has several jobs, takes care of the entire family like they are her own children, and that, at the age of only 21. I don’t know about you, but I would never be able to do what she is doing. She is a super hero in her own way. Of course, she isn’t perfect and makes mistakes, but the way she is handling everything that is being thrown in her way deserves an award.

Mickey Milkovich, on the other hand, is completely different. He comes from a small-minded family, and is the definition of a bad boy. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but his character development is probably the best thing that has happened on Shameless. Seeing him grows as a person and coming at terms with who he is simply amazing.

No matter how much I try, I can’t really sell this show for what it’s worth. There is so much more I wish I could say, but I don’t want to spoil any of you. Now that I’ve written this post, I very much feel like rewatching the entire show! 😉

Do you watch this show? Or do you intend to?