DVD Review: Shameless Season 4
Shameless is a rare thing in TV land. It’s a remake of a British TV show that is actually much better than the original. I got Season 1 on a whim, Season 2 was a blast, but by the time Season 3 came around, things were starting to wear thin. With Season 4 I was about to throw in the towel and turn my back on William H Macy’s destructive parenting, but then miraculously the show re-gained it’s footing and produced possibly the best season yet.
It is the Season where Frank’s (William H Macy) lifestyle choices have dramatic and long waited consequences. It’s also the season where we realise that no matter how hard they work at not being like their parents, the Gallagher children finally start to see that they are an un-avoidable by-product of their parents.
It’s a Season where we sink to new lows of despair, where we cry out THAT’S NOT FAIR! It’s a Season where we delight in the misery of one, and feel the pain of another. There is raw emotion, both high and low, laugh out loud moments and it is darker and more deviant than ever.
It’s also the Season where the actors – especially the younger ones, really seem to find their characters and embrace them as their own.
If you’ve never watched the Gallagher’s in action, don’t start here, got to Season 1. Unless of course you’re easily offended. Season 4 is one for the longtime fans, one to reassure us that the Gallagher’s haven’t gone off course, that there is still entertainment in other people’s misery, and that there will be for some time yet.
Rating: R16 Sex scenes,violence,drug use and offensive language.