William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher, Emmy Rossum as Fiona Gallagher, Christian Isaiah as Liam Gallagher, Jeremy Allen White as Lip Gallagher and Cameron Monaghan as Ian Gallagher in Shameless (Season 8, episode 3) - Photo: Paul Sarkis/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: shameless_803_1052

The Gallaghers and their friends are not only erratic and scandalous, but that it’s their drive and resilience that makes them a really lovable bunch.

It is rare that we get to watch a US production of a family living in the harsh realities of the lower working class. Mix in their equally dysfunctional friends and you have a recipe for disaster. But ‘Shameless’ has so many real life situations, even for those of us who might not see ourselves in the characters.

7Take Care Of The Kids

Frank loves his kids; even when he is stealing from them, locking them out of the home, or trying to get them to sell drugs for him. But as much as we want to root for Frank, he is an awful parent. Monica, their mother, is no better. Yes, she has her bipolar to deal with, but that is no excuse for the mess she left behind. To make up for the lack of a parenting figure, the young Fiona steps in and that backfires.

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