Shameless – TV Series (Season 3)
Running time: 46 minutes per episode
Created by: Paul Abbott & John Wells
Starring: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Justin Chatwin, Shanola Hampton, Ethan Cutkosky, Cameron Monaghan, Jeremy Allen White Steve Howey, Emma Kenney, Joan Cusack, Noel Fisher
Shameless this season started once again with the dysfunctional Gallagher family, where Fiona (Rossum) is once again seen struggling to keep the family together with the bills, the house, the kids, the jobs, the boyfriend, Jimmy (Chatwin), and of course the dad, Frank (Macy). Things are slightly different than previous seasons whereby Jimmy is fully onboard with helping out with the family as the babysitter, the cook, the errand boy, whilst juggling a second life with his wife, Estefania, daughter of a Brazillian mafia mob leader. Meanwhile, Lip (White) is rebelling against the norm to apply for colleges as he’s getting closer to his graduation from high school, and Ian (Monaghan) is still trying to figure out his relationship with Mickey (Fisher). Veronica and Kevin on the other hand, are trying to start a family this season. And lastly, Frank is seen once again with his antics as he scrapes by everyday trying to find shelter, some cash and booze.
This season’s of Shameless have once again proved to the audience that the Gallaghers are one crazy family. The writers’ creativity in creating the crazy moments, the ways the family manage themselves, how desperate Frank gets have been a ball of fun to watch. I was definitely moved by the season finale, especially the bond between the kids and Frank. After the announcement that Justin Chatwin’s character will not be returning for the next season, I was devastated. I loved what the writers had done with the character and how Chatwin had portrayed the character with more ease, it’s really sad to see him leave. The ensemble overall, is more comfortable with their characters than previous seasons, and I’m in impressed with the actors who play the Gallaghers. The emotional sides of the characters, the complexity of them were portrayed so effortlessly by the cast, which made the show more captivating to watch. It definitely drew my attention to the show even more.
There are several notable episodes from the show – May I Trim Your Hedges?, Cascading Failures, Order Room Service, and Survival of the Fittest. I’m excited to see what the writers will bring to the show next season, especially with Fiona’s next love interest, Frank’s health, Ian’s departure, Lip’s response to MIT’s offer, and the Jacksons.
Rating: 6 out of 10