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Shameless (US)

An American adaptation of the British Television series

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A Wonderful Piece of Television

  • Feb 13, 2011
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For those who may not know, Shameless is an adaptation of a well loved British TV show of the same name. Indeed, the lead character of Frank Gallagher has become an iconic character in Britain along the same lines as Del Boy (Only Fools and Horses), Basil Fawlty (Fawlty Towers) and the Mitchell Brothers (Eastenders). He is of the status that, although you may not be very keen on the actual show, you will at least be familiar with who the character is. Likewise, shows of this calibre, when adapted for American audiences, have never reached the cult status of their British counterparts. There are only few exceptions to this tradition, the only one springing to mind being The Office, so it is with that daunting history of bad American adaptations of British TV shows that Showtime decided to take the risk. This is a risk, I am glad to say, which has paid off, delivering a well written, superbly casted show that I have great ease in enjoying.

I won't go into the plot, as this is something I want the readers of this review to discover on their own. My review is only short due to the fact that, at the time of writing, Showtime is only 5 episodes in, and all the wonderful stuff they have achieved so far, may very well change by the end of the season. The quality of the cast, the filming and the script are tantamount to the investment Showtime has made in this wonderful show. It has paid off in dividends, being the networks highest rated show in its history and will seek to only continue the success should the quality be maintained.

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Currently studying Law at University, my main interests revolve around Politics. I read quite a lot and love learning about History. Not just the history of a specific time, place and person, but I'm … more
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Premiere Date: January 9th 2011
Description: The series follows the dysfunctional family of Frank Gallagher, a single father of six children. While he spends his days drunk, his kids learn to take care of themselves.
Genre: Drama

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