Shameless: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (9 Jan. 2011)

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Having her handbag stolen proves to be a blessing for Fiona when a handsome stranger named Steve comes to her rescue. Lip is shocked to discover Ian could be gay and decides his brother should pay a visit to the ever-accommodating Karen Jackson down the block. But the sudden arrival of her furious father Eddie ensures Ian's already-slim chances of happiness with Karen take a severe blow. Meanwhile, Steve buys Fiona a romantic gift, but for some reason she's less than impressed with it. Written by Showtime Publicity

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Fiona Gallagher: [Fiona rings Steve, as she walks through the snow]
Steve: [Steve is driving his car through a car wash] Hello?
Fiona Gallagher: If that wasn't bullshit, what was I wearing?
Steve: Huh?
Fiona Gallagher: First time you saw me, if that wasn't a lie.
Steve: Black top with gold trim, black shiny jeans, thin shoes - no straps - sandals. With your hair pinned high. Dangly gold earrings that made me smile.
[flashbacks of Fiona dancing in a nightclub]
Steve: . A big watch - too big - so it slid down your arm. It looked great. And you were dancing next to a red haired...
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Eh.
10 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

The pilot episode was vaguely interesting. Unfortunately not enough so to keep me from switching between it and other new shows. This is the TV story of a poor family in Detroit who works together for the good of the whole. The hook is their work is mostly shifty. The dad collects disability checks from getting hit in the chest by a headless chicken while working at the local meat packing plant. He then proceeds to get pass-out drunk EVERY night. One daughter collects money for UNICEF but doesn't give it to the organization. One son tutors, even telling his client as she's giving him oral sex he'll have to still charge her as it's his job.

There is the usual amount of Showtime nudity, which seems to be what they're using for a formula these days. Breasts + seedy characters + course language = hit. It worked for Californication I suppose. Not so much for Shameless.

Perhaps if they shift focus to the kids more and the scams they're running it would be more entertaining. More useful at any rate. As it is, not only is it nothing we haven't seen before, it's nothing most of us (or at least childhood friends) haven't lived before either.


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