shameless

As the seventh season of Shameless kicks off, Frank (William H. Macy) wakes from a month long coma after having been tossed into the Chicago River, only to realize that no one came looking for him at the hospital. Fiona (Emmy Rossum), who still works at Patsy’s Pies as the manager, is faced with making major executive decisions in order to keep the business afloat. Lip (Jeremy Allen White) is out of rehab but struggles with his sobriety. Ian (Cameron Monaghan) and Caleb (Jeff Pierre) hit a major snag in their relationship after Caleb is caught cheating. Debbie (Emma Kenney), now a single teen mom, begins stealing high-end strollers in order to pay a nanny to care for her baby. Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) chooses to get circumcised. Kevin, Veronica and Svetlana consider opening a topless maid service.

shamelesss7bluStudio: Warner Brothers
Year: 2017
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Run time: 600 minutes
Rating: NR

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 2 BD
Region: A

I’m always intrigued to see a great show maintain its quality for more than three seasons, because even the greatest ones tend to fizzle out in their later years. And then there’s “Shameless”, continuing to evolve while staying true to itself; managing to avoid retread while believably amping up the tension.

The acting is absolutely superb, especially on the part of William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, and Joan Cusack (in one of her most outrageous roles of her career). I love the way Shameless can, within an episode’s time, explore themes of substance abuse, coming of age, human sexuality, inner-city life, urban poverty, and love, all while throwing in both tasteful humor and tasteless comic relief for often stressful and intense interactions and situations.

The first 3 seasons stick more to an almost slapstick, vulgar, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia/Seinfeld sort of “oh my god, these are the worst, most horrible people on earth, but they couldn’t be more lovable” style of humor. Season 4 starts to get a bit more real and dramatic, and therefore depressing, after some pretty dark and twisted (but strangely necessary) character development, but come season 6 they seem to pick up the comedy right where they left off at the end of season 3.  I recommend this series to anyone and everyone who can, and, must, understand that these two hateful lead characters victimize ‘everyone’ they come into contact with, even their own children, family, and, friends, if given the opportunity…they’re trash.

Movie Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • The Shameless Politics of Frank – Featurette
  • Growing up Shameless – Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Optional English SDH and French subtitles

Special Features: 5/10

Final Thoughts

Shameless is a solid show. The acting is so well done and the writing is superb. The storylines are sometimes crazy and complex, yet always believable coming from these characters. I love that The Gallaghers feel like a real family. The actors seem so comfortable with one another and it translates well. It has stayed consistently good each season.
Overall Rating: 8/10