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Shameless: The Complete Season One

David Threlfall , Anne-Marie Duff    DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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This "top (effen) notch" BBC series is set in a Manchester, England, public-housing project where the Gallagher clan gets by with a little help from their friends and each other. They certainly can't count on Frank (David Threfall), their on-the-dole dad, whose time around the house is mostly spent drunkenly passed out on the floor. Mom abandoned them years before. That leaves Fiona (Anne-Marie Duff), the eldest daughter, to be surrogate parent and help make the best of their hardscrabble lives in a place that, Frank observes, will never be mistaken for the Garden of Eden. The seven episodes that comprise the first series are a riot of family dysfunction. Cheeky oldest brother Lip (Jody Latham) discovers his younger sibling, Ian (Gerard Kearns), is gay and is having an affair with the local Muslin grocer. He enlists his girlfriend, Karen (Rebecca Atkinson), to initiate Ian (to no avail). Karen's agoraphobic mother, Sheila (Maggie O'Neill) is married to a religious fanatic, who abandons them after he discovers his daughter's sinful ways, opening the door for Frank to move in (and juggle clandestine affairs with both mother and daughter). Meanwhile, Fiona meets Steve (James McAvoy), a nice guy and prosperous car salesman (too bad the cars are stolen).

Lending the Gallaghers a hand is neighbor Veronica (Maxine Peake), fiercely loyal and protective and a ferocious force of nature. One of her sidelights is ironing topless for the benefit of horny Internet viewers. Frank says it best when he asks at one point, "Is anyone around here normal?" Written by Paul Abbott, Shameless has the same gritty setting and generous spirit as Mike Leigh's Life Is Sweet. Prodigious use of the F-word and some fleeting full frontal nudity notwithstanding, Shameless, would feel at home on American basic cable. The optional subtitles are recommended to make better sense of the thick accents and slang. --Donald Liebenson



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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, irreverent and... "Massive!" July 2 2008
By Ben Oboe TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Imagine Charles Dickens in Manchester, UK, alive and well and madly drunk, writing a brilliantly insightful and hilarious riposte to Coronation Street. Shameless is such a thing. It is a comedy full of lovably amoral villains and ne'er-do-wells in the finest Dickensian tradition. Shameless, is a poke in the eye to anyone who thinks being penniless is quaint. It's characters are as strange as visitors from another planet and resourceful in a way that would have won a wink of admiration from the Artful Dodger. Shameless is at once stranger than Coronation Street and strangely more real, more honest and far and away more hilarious. It's a gem. "Massive!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shameless Nov. 14 2013
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Crazy series - Love it. I thought this British version (the original) was the best ever. When the American version came out with William H. Macy - I liked it even more
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Brits do it better Nov. 6 2012
By MSD
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This was the original 'Shameless' that first showed the world the joys, dysfunction, and loyalty behind what it means to be a family.
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2.0 out of 5 stars American version superior Jan. 18 2012
By Fi3
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Usually we prefer the original version of a television series and especially enjoy the British sense of humour. In this case we were disappointed. The US version is funnier and the actors seem better suited to the roles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shameless March 4 2012
By Kit
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I love to order through Amazon, everything always comes when the say it will and it is always in perfect condition. I have ordered several items through Amazon and will continue to do so. The latest Item I ordered again came on time and was in excellent condition, I already watched it and it was perfect.
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