By Matt Goldstein
Episode 2 & 3 improved on the pilot, but there are still some serious questions with William H. Macy’s performance and Gallagher family. So now we got a white trash family all sitting around watching 60 minutes together, an 80 year old great aunt doing lines of cocaine, kidnapping a homeless drunk, then kidnapping a grand mom from the nursing home, the kidnapping of Frank Gallagher, major social security fraud, failing to report a corpse, a whacked out mom scared to leave the house and so on and so on.
Where does the goddamn drama end here? To top it off, William H. Macy is struggling to pull off the performance of a white trash drunk. Frank Gallagher’s words come out tight like an educated upper middle class white man and his tough guy act is more like the nerdy neurotic guy from Fargo than a gritty inner city drunk. As we said earlier, it all adds up to a cliché, overdone glorified FX biker/fireman show with more sex, nudity and cursing. Shameless is completely over dramatized with characters that are uniquely distinct but with problematic and excessively charismatic bios.
Showtime’s Shameless: C+ / B-
Not all Hollywood productions accurately portray what alcoholics go through at an addiction recovery center or any similar facility.