As of lately, I have been seeing people hop on the Shameless bandwagon. Shameless, a SHOWTIME original series about a dysfunctional family from Chicago has captured hearts since it's release in 2011. My social media pages have been filled with memes and references to this show and how enthralling it is. My friends and family started watching it practically begging me to give it a shot. I just could never figure out why all these people started watching it. That was all before I gave into the hype. I fell into the abyss and I can't seem to get out, I'm stuck binge watching Shameless every free second of my day.
I am no professional when it comes to being a critic to a tv show, but as a college kid that watches a lot of Netflix, my opinion is top notch. I do have to say, this show is fantastic! I easily lose interest in series and I never finish watching them. So far so good when it comes to Shameless though. Every single character has a personality that captures the hearts of viewers. The whole Gallagher clan has distinctive properties that make it feel like they could be your own family. You have the bossy sister, annoying little brother, know it all brother, a gay brother, oddball little sister, and a baby. Six kids all together that form the Gallagher group and they certainly do not know what a normal day is like.
With an alcoholic father and mother who isn't around, big sister Fiona is in charge of taking care of all the younger kids. That includes getting them ready for school, making sure the bills are paid, working all sorts of odd end jobs just trying to get by. Then there is Lip (short for Phillip) who is the second oldest. He is a genius, too smart for his own good. There is Ian who wants to go into the Army one day but is going through life as a gay man but keeping it a secret from everyone. Debbie is the other girl in the family and just like any young girl she is trying to figure out who she is. Carl is a little heathen who likes to cause trouble and makes reckless decisions. Finally little baby Liam who honestly could be mistaken for another race because he looks nothing like his parents.
All of their misfortunes and tragedies seem to only break them down more only when things were looking up. There is never a dull moment in this series and I can't stop watching it. The Gallagher's, a poor family in south side Chicago that can't seem to catch a break. Whether it be drugs, robberies, kidnapping, arrests, nothing can break this family apart.