There has been many an example of bad parents on television shows. Parents who are negligent or just more concerned about their own lives than those of their kids. One of the bad parents on television today is Shameless’ Frank Gallagher (played by William H. Macy). Macy is excellent as the alcoholic single father who has no clue about how to parent. As a result his kids (who are mostly adults) all have issues of their own. At the beginning of the fifth season it seems like things might change for Frank…or not.
Shameless is a comedy but a really dark one. So dark that many might find it too draining or distasteful to watch for any amount of time. It is a show that pushes the envelope and few, if any, of the characters are actually likeable. As a result of all the misery the funny stuff seems too little too late.
This season there seems to be an attempt to focus more on being positive or bright rather than always being bleak. Members of the Gallagher family seem to be on better paths. Fiona (played by Emmy Rossum) seems to have more hope on the career and romantic paths. Kevin (played by Steve Howey) and Veronica (played by Shanola Hampton) still are having their problems but he shows himself to be a good parent. Frank tries to remain sober after a liver transplant. He even has a running storyline about what he is doing in the basement. The seemingly requisite darkness of the season comes from the arc involving the character of Ian (played by Cameron Monaghan) and his mental problems.
Most families have that black sheep or dysfunctional branch. As a result a clan like the Gallaghers seem almost relatable. That is what this show has going for it.
– Shameless Sex Love (1080p; 15:48) interviews with cast and crew members that look at all the relationships on the show.
-Gentrify This!!! (1080p; 4:45) a look at one of the stories of the season.
-Tell Me You F***ing Need Me Commentary with Actor and Director Bill Macy, Actress Emmy Rossum and Executive Producer/Writer Nancy Pimental