Shame on Showtime and Amazon. Greed abounds. Use this one star review as proof that I am cancelling the add-on subscription to Showtime. We love this series, but Season 6 is no longer available to us through the add-on. As we do not pay for extras on Comcast, streaming is our only option to catch magnificently acted and produced shows like Shameless. Boo! We're going to miss the Gallagher family, but enough is enough. Either we receive premium shows for premium rates, or we make do with Netflix. If the trend continues to withhold popular shows from add-on subscriptions, what is the point? (BTW: You can catch the first four seasons of Shameless on Netflix without any add-on premiums!) Goodbye Showtime. Amazon, take note: once these cancellations begin to pile up due to shady policies dictated by premium networks, it will affect your bottom dollar.
This series pushes a person from laughter to tears quickly and with huge gusto. It's close enough to the bone that you can relate to the situations this South Side Chicago family encounters and how they survive by sticking together for the most part, dealing with the depths of life's vagaries. The situations are close enough to some kind of reality in most peoples' real lives, that it becomes gripping and keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting for whatever insane life situation comes next. The whole series is outrageous, funny, filled with pathos, and lots of reality pushed to the limits. William H. Macy is definitely one of the most talented writer/producer/actors of a lifetime when it comes to depicting the American situation.
Some will like/love this and there are those who won't make it past the first episode. I could palette the moral decay celebrated in Shameless for a while, but my interest was more easily lost as time progressed. I finally got to the point where it didn't matter if I finished another episode. I've not completely ruled out flipping to it, but haven't the urge to do so, as there is always something on that will entertain me more than Shameless did. William H. Macy mastered/masters his character brilliantly, however. The cast are extremely talented all around but no one can act their way out of mediocre, pandering plots/writing.
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