Sometime in the last month during one of the many rain spells I have experienced here in Norfolk, I had claimed refuge on my incredibly comfortable secondhand sectional and explored my OnDemand menu. I came across "Shameless" on Showtime after I had finished the current season of "Dexter" (which I had not seen since Season 2, but oddly enough, it was not difficult to get involved in the current storyline).
The American "Shameless" series on Showtime is actually a re-make of a series in the UK of the same name. The creator Paul Abbott had a hand in both productions and for the most part the American version follows pretty closely to the original. Enthusiasts of the original mostly criticize the re-make claiming that it does not strictly adhere to the same dark themes and comedy of the British original.
Personally, I can't stand the excessive shaky camera, awkward camera angles, oversensitive sound equipment and the low production value of the set of the original. I understand that their reasoning is because the original is much more dark and the family's tenderness towards each other is more subtle. The pace is manic-depressive; extremes. Although the American re-make follows closely, most of the time word for word, the over all feel is different. The tragedies that the Gallaghers go through, I could only handle with an endearing cast that is a cohesive, loving family and it doesn't hurt that the American version employs a great Music Supervisor.
I absolutely love the infectious theme song, "The Luck You Got" by The High Strung.
A virtually unknown band before the show have now become catapulted into the spotlight.
erAn interesting fact about the creator, Paul Abbott is that he attributes his ability to write in so many layers to his bipolar disorder. He shared this in an interview with Backstage: The Actor's Resource and you can read the whole interview here: I absolutely love this new series and am anxiously awaiting the third season. I hope you check it out and tune in too! Much Love,