DVD Review: Shameless Season 3
Shameless Season 3 sees us rejoining the Gallagher’s and their daily fight to survive. Survive financially, survive insanity, survive each other and hopefully, stay together as a family. Life’s not easy when you’re a large family, you father is an alcoholic bum and your mother bailed years ago. But fortunately for the Gallagher clan, oldest sister Fiona takes the helm and desperately tries to steer the good ship Gallagher in the right direction.
What makes Shamless so refreshing is that it does focus on the poor, destitute, the addicts, the losers, rather than every other American TV show that focusses on the American dream, where everyone is living in well furnished homes with all the mod cons, and where everything ends up being all right.
Sure, the Gallagher’s always make it, but they have the scrape through, by way of a combination of honest work (when you can get it), stealing, cheating, lying, selling drugs, making porn or de-fruading the government. If there is a way to get the money needed to pay the rent, or the associated costs of raising kids, the Gallagher’s will give it a go.
Whilst that doesn’t sound like the premise for a fun evening of TV, the real beauty of Shameless Season 3 is that show creator Paul Abbot has a knack for making the viewer laugh out loud, whilst at the same time cringing at the fact we are laughing. Black comedy doesn’t come any darker than this.
Along with a large degree of envelope pushing, Shameless has a way of shining a light on our own attitudes towards situations and people, causing the viewer at time to pause and reflect. Though not for long, as this is a high energy comedy, that is saturated in sex, drugs and alcohol.
If you’re a fan of the Gallaghers, then Season 3 is going to be a blast, though it has some slow points there is plenty of laugh out loud moments to keep you hooked, and the season’s final episode has so many different cliffhangers it’s difficult to know just whose future you’re most concerned about come season 4.
If you’ve never had the pleasure (or possibly, misfortune) to meet the Gallaghers, then I’d recommend Season 1 – you certainly don’t need to start their, but you won’t want to miss a single episode!
Rating: R16 Violence, offensive language & sex scenes.
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