by Nico Posted: July 14th, 2012 at 6:18 pm
The Gallagher family isn’t necessarily a traditional one. It’s laced with sex, drugs and felonies. At the heart, though, there is love. Well, some of the time anyway. As they approach season three, the cast—William H. Macy (Frank Gallagher), Emmy Rossum (Fiona Gallagher), Justin Chatwin (Steve/Jimmy), Jeremy Allen White (Lip Gallagher), Cameron Monaghan (Ian Gallagher)— presented at Comic Con and Mike O’Malley (who acts on Glee and writes on Shameless) moderated the panel. Hit the jump for a bullet point recap.
We’ve seen the comedic exploits of middle class families like The Connors on Roseanne and The Bundy’s on Married with Children, But if the network sitcoms made great strides in depicting the more realistic, down-home families of America then Shameless runs a full-speed marathon in its focus on a struggling lower-to-middle class family. The Gallagher clan certainly isn’t living in luxury, but they make no effort to apologize for the way they live, and aim to do whatever they can just to keep the status quo. Well, at least the six kids in the family struggle to keep the family afloat while the patriarch, a perpetually drunk deadbeat, does about everything he can to make that near impossible. That may sound like the depressing premise for an indie drama on a festival run, but in this case it’s just the beginning of one of the most promising family dramas on television. Find out why after the jump: