Embracing a Healthy Family: Shameless Starring William H. Macy: A Fan?

Shameless Starring William H. Macy: A Fan?

Have you caught Shameless yet?  It's a show about a single father of six who is usually drunk while his six children learn to raise themselves.  Starring William H. Macy who plays Frank Gallagher who lives on his disability checks.  Frank  leaves his eldest daughter Fiona to hold down the house, donning the proverbial apron and making sure her younger siblings do their chores, keep a clean(ish) house and stay fed.  Fiona, in a difficult position being the eldest of the Gallagher children, takes the responsibility of child-rearing which often results in humorous outcomes. For example, in episode four, the middle Gallagher child Debbie, after becoming depressed with her Aunt's passing, decides to steal a toddler from a birthday party. Fiona and the rest of the siblings devise a plan to return the boy to his family while going unnoticed by the increased police presence in the area. 

It's a story line that has played throughout the years of an older sibling taking on the burden of a parent or parents but this show is full of comedic points and drama. It's captivating in that many people will most likely find a character to relate to. Often times, many of us feel a similar weight of the world as Fiona has. It may not have been the intent to make her the caretaker but it happens. I'm usually in the position in my family of being the one who makes everything alright. We had a family tragedy about seven year's ago in which everyone expected me to find the solution.  As Fiona faced, it's something that had to be taken care of and without hesitation, you jump right in.  I've been the go to person far too often and it can be taxing and burdensome.  On the other hand, it can also be rewarding when everything turns out well.  Fiona took a delicate situation and as usual, led the path forward to recovering for the sake of the family and especially Debbie.  Have you been in the same situation where you are the person everyone turns to in order to right a wrong?  

The complete season will be available December 27th on both DVD and Blu-Ray.

If you want to see more, check out the Shameless trailer now!

*Disclosure:  I have been hired by Warner Bros. WBWord division to promote Shameless Season One on DVD. 

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