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8 Reasons Why You Should Get Off Your *ss And Watch "Shameless" Already

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | January 14, 2013 | Comments ()


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Last night the third season of Showtime's "Shameless" aired. (Along with, oh, 90 other new shows. Damn, Sunday night!) I resisted watching the American "Shameless" for a long time because a) the UK series was absolutely perfect and I didn't think anything could top it and b) I resented the ad campaign which seemed to be built almost entirely on Emmy Rossum's body. A lovely body, I'm sure, but not reason enough for me to watch. But the show is, in actuality, great. I take back everything I ever wrote, said or thought about it. At the bottom of this page I've embedded last night's episode in almost its entire glory. (No nudity, no swearing, alas.) But first, here are 8 reasons why you should be watching.

John Cusack's Sister: Joan Cusack is in fine comedic form. All gangly limbs and pop-eyes, she's a comedy combustion engine.
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The Hairier Half Of Filliam H. Muffman: I was worried that Macy was slumming a bit when he took this role. But he's obviously thrown his whole heart into the thing, and somewhere under all the stumbling, slurring and various bodily fluids is the calibre of performance we've come to expect from him.
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The Neighbors: If they were going to build an ad campaing around anyone's body, it really should have been Shanola Hampton's. Damn, that is some Vergara-level smolder. I also enjoy the h*ll out of Kevin played by Steve Howey who was last seen in "Reba" reruns on "Lifetime: Television For Women Who Forgot To Change The Channel After Watching 'Frasier' Reruns."
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The Gay Gallagher: Max from "Happy Endings" gets a lot of credit for being an atypical gay TV character (whatever that means). So if we're handing out "not stereotypically swishy" accolades, then save one for Cameron Monaghan's Ian.
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The Smart Gallagher: If you're looking for an under the radar TV crush, may I suggest Lip Gallagher? This one's a little on the short side, but baby he's got it.
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The Sick Gallagher: I don't know if this kid is actually a good actor, but I do know he gives me the creeping heebie jeebies, and I'm pretty sure that's exactly what they're going for.
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The Cute Gallagher: Deb Gallagher has always been the sweet one and I'm really worried that as she goes through puberty, they'll try to turn her into the second hot one. I'm not ready for that.
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The Hot Gallagher: Because this here is the reigning hotness champ. But that's not all. Emmy Rossum is, in fact, completely winning on this show. And, contrary to the ad campaign, they mostly try to cover up her hotness with stuff like this:
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Or this:
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But, yes, sometimes she looks like this. And ain't nothing wrong with that.
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I snagged the full episode via Vulture. You can also check out the "Californication" premiere here.

And if you don't like the show, well, no skin off my nose.
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  • Idle Primate

    i saw the american version before the UK version, so I suffered no comparisons. its a painfully brilliant show

  • Fabius_Maximus

    No.

  • Amanda

    But why would I watch this when I can watch James McAvoy and the future Mrs. James McAvoy in the original instead? :)

  • babykangarootribbiani

    i had literally never heard of this show before i read this, and out of random curiosity and needing a new show, i sat down and watched the pilot, and then i watched the next three episodes. the only problem i had was i;d never heard of it before. so thanks!

  • Can't...stop...watching...Shanola...gif
    fuck you, now I can't move

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Does it help telling you that several of her body parts aren't real?

  • Actually, yeah, totally does. Cheers

  • Maguita NYC

    ... Timber?

  • kirbyjay

    Well welcome aboard. Shameless will always and forever be in my top 5 all time bestest and favorite tv shows. It makes you laugh til you puke, cry til you puke and shake your head in shock and awe so repeatedly that your brain will feel jiggly. It's about family, and there is nothing dysfunctional in the way they love each other. When William Macy isn't even the best thing about the show, you better drop whatever you're doing and start watching. And if you find that you don't like it or get it....well....FUCK YOU!

  • Green Lantern

    Oh and thank you, Jo Ro, for giving this show a shout-out.

    Maybe we could do an article for "House of Lies" now that Cheadle has won that Golden Globe for best actor?

    Hell maybe *I* should write it up. Me am good write guy...

  • Green Lantern

    LOVE "Shameless". Love it. I'm even getting my stepson into the show with Season Two. There is nothing I don't like about the show, and despite the rather large cast I think everyone is absolutely perfect in their roles. Even slutty little Holly Herkimer.

    Cannot wait to start watching Season Three.

  • Sure, NOW you're all about Shameless huh? Well...welcome...then.

    I actually watched the first episode of the UK version on Netflix last year and I could see why fans of the original wouldn't like the US one. The pilot was shot for shot and line for line from the original. I don't know how it fared after that because I love this show. This show can make me tear up from laughter, heartbreak or just the pain from my jaw hitting the floor in shock, sometimes all in one episode.

  • MG

    I'd add Justin Chatwin's Steve to the list too. Apart from his sweet, sweet little ass, I like that he's just as flawed and fucked up as the rest of them and not some cliched prince charming who's supposed to rescue Fiona from her fucked up life. Instead of taking her away from it all he jumps into it with her.

    I promised my husband I wouldn't start watching season 3 until he caught up, but I'm sorely tempted because I love it so much.

  • If you're going to watch from the beginning for the first time, the first couple of episodes seem a little... off. It's because they're almost exact replicas of the British original and some of it doesn't translate well to American. After that, though, it really comes into it's own and is as good as (but different from) the original. You may also want to give the British version a try - it's available on Hulu and Netflix and features James McAvoy from right before his leap to stardom.

  • Green Lantern

    Katie - Agree with you about the first few episodes, but midway through the first season it really *does* become its own show and...well I got nothing else but praise for it. Lurve, lurve, lurve.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I love the show, but there isn't anything on television that makes me want to start smoking again as much as this beautiful clusterfuck.

  • e jerry powell

    I BEEN WATCHING. LEAVE ME ALONE.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor_isnotloggedin

    Look, out of those three Emmy Rossum pictures, the third one is clearly in third place in hotness. There isn't anything less attractive than getting your ass Photoshopped into the uncanny valley, no matter how much leg you put up for show.

  • Mr_Zito

    I'm gonna have a hard time getting past Goku.

  • badkittyuno

    I was literally watching Reba at lunch today (shut up) and asked my husband what ever happened to Steve Howey...

  • Maguita NYC

    Prepare to be shocked. His first scene on the show is so... not Reba-esque, to put it mildly, your jaw will drop!

  • Lotney

    What a bunch of relatable motherfuckers. I love them all and all of it... even don't mind the penises flapping around on my TV ever now and then. And Emily Rossum can go knee deep in shit as much as she wants... still crazy hot.

  • e jerry powell

    What are you talking about? There should always be penises flapping around on TV.

  • Deidra

    Could the ninth reason be a plot synopsis for those of us unfamiliar with either version?

  • badkittyuno

    No kidding--WTF is this show *about*?

  • JoannaRobinson

    Sorry! A family of f*ck ups continually f*ck up and get f*cked and work their *sses off on a weekly basis in order to get unf*cked.

  • Deidra

    Like The D*ck Van D*ke Show?

  • Maguita NYC

    I am so very glad I gave Emily doe-eyed Rossum a shot. She is absolutely mesmerizing on the show with just the right dose of sleaze and misplaced propriety.

    Joan is absolutely brilliant in her dysfunction, and every time she picks-up a phallic-looking vegetable, I can't help but CRINGE .

    As for Cameron's Ian, he's not your usual shy-bullied gay man because he actually tops his bully. Beautifully.

    Yes, this show is really worth watching and re-watching. Cannot believe I missed yesterday's premier.

    And naturally, Justin Chatwin's beautifully shaped behind.

  • theotherone

    Already watch it. You did however neglect Laura Slade Wiggins who's character encapsulates the best and worst things about the show.

  • lowercase_ryan

    did I miss the part where she displayed a redeeming quality?

  • JoannaRobinson

    I think (hope) she's gone for good. They took her pair of legs out of the opening credits.

  • KatSings

    I hated Emmy Rossum. She was a terrible Christine, and she had three facial expressions and those soft doe eyes that make me want to punch people. I used to complain about her success all the time. And then my bestie brought the DVDs of Shameless Season 1 to my apartment and we marathoned a bunch of episodes.

    I get it. She's awesome. I'm glad she found a role either shaped or demonstrated this ability so well, because I had literally no idea she could act, and she actually completely fantastic. So good on you, Shameless.

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