|IMDB Rating:||8.7/10||Released Date:||09 Jan 2011|
Shamelesshas a sprawling cast -- 11 actors -- but they seem close-knit as everyone bands together to make ends meet on the other side of the tracks. The realism that Abbott was able to tap into in England continues -- and that might mean the show's biggest hurdle has been cleared. You can't choose your family -- Shameless proves that in every episode -- but rather than fracture under the borderline-poverty conditions, the Gallaghers typify a real family forced to keep things together. In their ramshackle existence, if one messes up, they all go down. Besides, with Frank messing up so spectacularly every day, dealing with the fallout keeps everyone else in line. Shameless is excellent, compelling television from the first moment. As long as it stays true to the roots of the original, it's going to be essential viewing.