Mar 27 2012
In case you haven’t watched Shameless yet, the series follows the dysfunctional family of Frank Gallagher, a single father of six children. While he spends his days drunk, his kids learn to take care of themselves.
That’s the simple premise. What you need to see is the actual show. Because what the kids actually do to take care of themselves as well as what Frank does to survive is borderline insane. Here’s a quick rundown of the Gallagher’s:
Emmy Rossum as Fiona Gallagher – the eldest of the Gallagher children (21). Most of the responsibility and child-rearing falls on her shoulders. She works a few dead-end, minimum wage jobs to bring in money and enjoys going out dancing with her girlfriends.
Jeremy Allen White as Phillip “Lip” Gallagher – the second Gallagher child (17) and the most academic. He is a straight A student. He uses his intelligence in various odd jobs to make money, such as running an ice cream truck in the summer that sells beer and marijuana, or taking the SATs for fellow students (often scoring a 2400, a perfect score). Despite his above average intelligence he is not to be considered responsible he is consistently shown smoking cigarettes, frequently using marijuana, and casually drinking alcohol.
Cameron Monaghan as Ian Gallagher – the third Gallagher child (16) and (according to Frank) the most like their mother. He participates in Army ROTC at school and works at a local grocery store. He is gay, but only a handful of people – including Fiona and Lip – know about it. He is not the son of Frank, but of Monica and one of Frank’s brothers.
Emma Kenney as Debbie Gallagher – One of the middle Gallagher children (11), Debbie is helpful and has a good heart. She’s willing to bring her baby brother to school for show and tell when there’s no one else to watch him, put a pillow under her father’s head when he’s passed out on the floor, and collect money for charity year round – only some of which she keeps for herself.
Ethan Cutkosky as Carl Gallagher – the second youngest Gallagher child (10). He shares a room with older brothers Lip and Ian, who try to keep their more adult interests from him. Carl is often in trouble at school for attacking other students, and his hobbies include bringing stray animals home and killing them.
Brennan Kane Johnson & Blake Alexander Johnson as Liam Gallagher – The youngest of the Gallagher children, he is black despite having two white parents.
So anyway, here are five reasons you should be watching the show……
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