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Why You Should Watch Showtime’s Shameless

Think you have the most dysfunctional family in the world? Well, think again.

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Shameless, which airs on Showtime, is currently on its third season. The show follows Frank Gallagher and his six children, Fiona, Lip, Ian, Debbie, Carl, and Liam.

Frank is a raging alcoholic. He is selfish, has never really been there for his kids, and is always looking for ways to scam money. Because of the lack of parenting, the oldest child, Fiona, takes over the household. She hands down should be given the “best big sister” award for taking care of all of her siblings, while trying to keep the family financially afloat.

Though this might seem depressing, the show cuts the tension with rude, crude, and outrageous humor. Shameless is an over-the-top comedy. Much of the time the show will leave the viewer with their jaws dropped. Just when the viewer thinks it could not get any more wild, it does.

Shameless is not recommended for the light-hearted. Aside from the wild humor, the show delves into what it is like for these kids to survive on their own without parents. When Frank does come into the picture, it is never for the better. The first season introduces the children’s mother, Monica Gallagher, who was never able to stay around her family for long. When she does return, the children have a hard time trusting that this time she will stay.

All the children have to take care of themselves and grow-up faster than they should. Lip, the second oldest child, could be a straight A student if he wanted to be. Most of the time, Lip is seen as irresponsible and a troublemaker. His closest relationship is with his brother Ian. Ian struggles with his sexuality. He knows that he is gay, but only a handful of people know.

Debbie the youngest sister, has the biggest heart. She is always trying to help, and only sees the good in everyone. Carl, being influenced by his older brothers, is a troublemaker. He knows a lot more about adulthood than a 10 year old should know. The youngest child, Liam, is only 2 years old.

Shameless can be a tear-jerker, but most of the time, it leaves the viewer laughing at the shocking antics from all of its characters.

If you want to feel better about your family just throw on the first episode, and all your feelings of dysfunction will be washed away.

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