I really love this show. I can remember catching the UK version on tv with my girlfriend back in 2005, we were just blown away. Since it was just so
hilariously inappropriate (lol) and was a British show, which were usually all so... well geeky, lol.
I just finished re-watching the US version not so long ago and have to say the first 2 seasons suck. Simply because the script is just word for word
the same as the original British version and I just don't feel the first 2 seasons of the US version as much as the British version. But, the US
version did start to come into its own sometime in the 3rd season and is actually now a really cool show. I'm now hanging out for the 6th US season
But after just finishing binge watching the whole 11 seasons of the UK series, I have to say the original is hands down the best.
It is interesting seeing the difference's in the two and how cultures differ. Where the main charter (a dole bludging welfare cheat) Frank is seen as
just a harmless & hopeless alcho in the UK series, he is portrayed as complete lowlife scum in the US series.
The UK series also leans more towards being a comedy, where as the US series leans more towards being a drama.
It is interesting to observed how different welfare collecting poor families are portrayed in the UK to the US though. From the the UK where its just
some kind of sick joke, to the US where its like some seriously unacceptable lowlife way of life.
The one thing I will say, is that most US viewers would probably find the UK version a little dry or stale (why does everything in the UK seems older
than it is?). But once you get past that old look and those funny accents, it really is an awesome series.
Anyway, there both very awesome and entertaining shows. It's a real shame the UK version has come to an end and I can't wait till season 6 of the US
version comes out.
Never watched the US version but dare say would have hated it , Shameless is nothing in my opinion without the context of the original setting.
The first few series of the UK version were awesome but then it got popular and it went down hill , stopped watching a few episodes into series 5.
Great show but they should have quit while they were ahead.
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Frank just has one of those Tony Soprano personalities (from a completely different perspective & lifestyle, obviously). In that, no matter how much
of an arsehole he can be, you just can't help but love him.
BTW, the end of season 11 was kind of about demonstrating that Frank was actually a far better father than he seemed. Since the mother was constantly
pissing off on the kids, yet he stuck around the whole time.
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