The season finale of Shameless arrives this Sunday, and I’ll be sad to see it go until 2016. It may not be the best show on television, but it is very often my favorite, if only because — underneath the contrived-for-television drama — there’s something very real about the way in which it depicts poverty and the problems inherent to upward social mobility.
But aside from all that, it also captures the realities of mental disease, specifically Ian Gallagher’s bipolar disorder (and that of his mother). Ian, of course, makes up one half of the best gay couple in all of television, and beneath their dysfunction in real and honest and brutal love for one another.
It feels so real, in fact, that it’s even opened a few eyes. This comes from a Reddit user, Jdubb2415, a self-described homophobe until three months ago. I could help but to share:
Before starting this series 3 months ago, I was classified as a “homophobe” if you will. I didn’t actively go out and boycott gay people, but I always thought it was wrong and disgusting. After watching Shameless, I grew as a person and my view has now changed. The relationship between the characters of Ian and Mickey is beautiful. I never truly understood what made people gay, but now I see it’s not a choice. All from a TV show. My favorite character from Shameless is Mickey, he is hilarious and a great actor. Those facial expressions! I wish a girl would love me half as much as Mickey loves Ian. Some may bash me for this, but I just had to get this off my chest.
Now, if we can just get Indiana Governor Mike Pence to watch, Shameless could change the goddamn world.