So I don’t know if any of you have been watching the new Showtime series, ‘Shameless,’ but I had some high hopes, and maybe I was wrong to hold the bar so high, but it seemed to have all the right ingredients. A big time actor, a rising star, and a compelling storyline. Plus nowadays, channels like HBO and Showtime don’t usually belt out stinkers. Well, I could be wrong, and you may disagree, but in my opinion, ‘Shameless’ is shameful. Here are 5 reasons why.
5) Wasting William H. Macy’s talent
Not many people realize but William H. Macy is one of the greatest actors of his era. He has done great movies from Boogie Nights to Fargo to Thank You For Smoking among many others. He was one of the reasons why I was so excited about this show. But for the few scenes Macy has been featured in so far, he’s been drunk, rude, and reckless. Kind of a waste when you have such a big time actor headlining your new show. Oh, well.
4) Too Many Characters
Wait, that’s the son? No that’s the boyfriend who is neighbors with the daughter who was the sister of the mother who plays William H. Macy’s crazy girlfriend who has a daughter who is blowing the son who is gay, and there is an Indian with a white wife who steals cars and then an old lady comes with the daughter who loves her and one of them is black. What?
3) Too unrealistic
To be blunt, the show is just to unrealistic. I know there are plenty of families that struggle, and whose fathers have alcohol problems but we are supposed to believe that this is what those families lives are like? I know it’s a TV show but c’mon, I’m not buying it.
2) Way Too Much Penis
To quote one of my favorite comedians, Louis CK, “I don’t like to see too much penis, and I have seen about 40. Wow. That’s a lot actually. I’m 40 years old. That’s 1 penis per year. That’s a lot.” Well, I’m 21 and I don’t know how many non-porn related penises I have seen, but for arguments sake I’ll guess 3? Don’t ask me why. But I have now seen about 3 just from Shameless. Going back to Mr. CK, that’s 1 an episode. So by the time this series is over I’ll have seen like 50 penises. No thanks.
1) And the #1 reason why Shameless should be cancelled…
The only way I’ll still watch this show is if it turns out the main plot points to the show happen to be how this guy dies, and they show it in intricate detail. And it’s a brutal death. I don’t know your real name, but whoever you are, fuck you.