Six series in, and the television adventures of the Gallagher family in Shameless
are still as entertaining as always. There’s no danger of the show being diluted or selling out, either, as it continues to be one of the most downright entertaining programmes currently on British television.
For those new to the show, it’s set in Manchester and is centered around Frank Gallagher, his offspring, his wife and his ex. Living on the Chatsworth Housing Estate, their adventures also involve an abundance of supporting characters. However, what really helps keep Shameless fresh is that it exists in a fluid world, when people move in and out with regularity. The show simply isn’t allowed to get stale.
It’s still the Gallaghers that are the beating heart of Shameless, though, and this series has plenty to keep them busy. With a mixture of sex, violence, drugs and loud screaming arguments, it’s as far from family entertainment as you’re likely to get, but it is compulsive viewing, and often gut-bustingly funny.
The DVD set includes all 16 episodes from the show’s sixth season, and we’re already promised a further 16 from 2010’s series seven. Given the form that Shameless finds itself in here, that’s something to genuinely look forward to, and here’s hoping that the quality maintained in series six continues. For as it stands, this is a terrific series of a terrific show. --Jon Foster
All 16 episodes from the sixth series of the offbeat and outrageous Channel 4 family drama following the lives and loves of the anarchic Gallagher family, who live on a rough council estate in Manchester. This series charts a tough year for our Chatsworth residents as they survive various ups and downs including benefit fraud, brothels, stints in jail, stings-gone-wrong, fake suicides, cold turkey, lesbian romps, lingerie parties, abandonment and a family torn apart and put back together again.