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Shameless - Series 2 (Inc. Christmas Special) [DVD]
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 1 February 2006
Each and every character is a diamond in the rough and the plots are beautifully constructed. The family initially appears to be a haphazard collection of amoral misfits but soon reveal themselves as caring and sharing, despite the multiplicity of problems they face.
Discovering the "crude, rude and lewd" but lovable rogues of the Chatsworth Estate has entertained me over and over again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
SHAMELESS! Oh, Shameless! Series 1 and 2 was just simply, heart achingly, amazingly beautiful. I love it so much that when I think of the best series (one and two) of Fiona, Steve, Lip, Ian, Carl, Debbie and Liam with Veronica and Kev, I just want to cry. It is that simply brilliant. I have watched every episode of Shameless from series 1 up to series 7 so I can say for myself that sure, Shameless definitely lacks and droops as it goes on but every series is still amazingly wonderful. I have seen a few episodes of series 8 and 9 and I can say that I just simply loved series 1 towards series 6. Series 7 is where it starts to have ridiculous story lines and another reason is that by then so many great characters left. By the time it was only Carl and Frank left in the family, I just stopped watching.

This is why I say series 1 and 2 was just the best because it has ALL the characters and the actors were so brilliant. The storyline was way more believable and the set of Manchester is so realistic! I grown attached to all the characters and their lovely relationships with each other. I loved the revealing secrets and the chemistry between Steve and Fiona, I loved the closeness and the disputes of the relationship between Lip and Ian, I loved sweet little Debbie who adored her stupid, alcoholic father but Frank is indeed, the heart of Shameless and he makes me laugh even though sometimes I just want to punch him!! I loved the introduction of the scary Maguires but now they are just soft and not as menacing as they were in series 2.

After so many different amazing story lines of series 2, it sort of went downhill because two of the main characters Steve and Fiona left and Shameless hasn't been the same after that. Series 3 was much more rougher and grittier, and went rather quick but it still was brilliant. After series 3, Lip, Kev and Veronica left and Shameless went down even further! I think it was when Debbie left way later that Shameless hit rock bottom.

I still love being addicted to each episodes but I miss the good old wonderful times of snuggling up watching Lip, Ian as young teenagers having a laugh and Fiona, Steve just being in love. And just the amazing hilarious story lines that they come up with which makes us try to solve and figure out problems when the characters do. Aahhhhhhh :) To those who has never seen series one or two, PLEASE just buy them!! It's so worth your while and it's without a doubt, the best british TV series EVER!

Wow, I sound pathetic! ;)

Rosie, 16.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 8 August 2005
Words cannot explain how amazing this show is. Paul Abbots semi-autobiographical drama about a working class family living on a rough estate in Manchester is the best British comedy/drama in years. The family in question is the Gallachers. The house is ran by big sister Fiona & her boyfriend Steve. Then there's Lip, Ian, Debbie, Carl & Liam. The star of the show, however, is Frank their estranged alcoholic father.

This series is even better than the first one. It puts you through every possible emotion often within a single episode. The reason for this is its incredibly 'real' feel. Every single one of the characters, regardless of how big or small a part they play, have tremendous depth & the relationships portrayed between them are brilliantly written & acted.

If there's one critism I have for this series then it's the rather anti-climactic final episode. I feel they tried to put too much into 45 minutes & it ended up looking like it was just there to set up the third series which is something I really can't wait for!

Please, please, please buy this because there is no chance whatsoever of you being disappointed. A real gem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 August 2010
for shameless fans that have not seen the first series have a good talk to yourselves..this is a must see and a classic..probably the best one of all.the combined cast i think make it what it is...absolutely hilarious.there will be some of you out there that will not appreciate this type of comedy as it is unfortunately very close to harsh reality but if you put that aside i guarantee that you will enjoy it...very very good if not excellent.
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on 25 November 2013
I noticed that the only negative reviews of Shameless were from Americans and I felt the need to disagree with my countrymen. I saw this on BBC America and instantly fell for this program. I'm a very hard sell when it comes to the writing on television but Shameless is definitely in my top 10. I can't say enough about the show, I really, really enjoy it. The characters are very real and the plots are original.
So, in case any BBC America watchers stumble across this review, please give Shameless a chance: funny, honest, brilliant. Love it.
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on 22 August 2011
Probably one of the funniest tv shows to come out of Britain! I'm obsessed with this family of hooligan misfits haha Frank is just brilliant! When he goes off on one of his monologue rants, waving his arms about and flipping the bird at NO ONE, i literally double over laughing!
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What can I say? I was only introduced to Shameless in the last series and knew then I just had to get the box set. My husband and I are slowly savouring each episode and having a scream at the same time.

Love it, the best purchase ever! Scatter!!!!!!!!
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Having only got seriously into Shameless in series 5/6, was eager to catch up on what had happened to the likes of Steve, Fiona, Lip etc. Amazon again proved to be the only place to go to get what I needed at a great price!
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on 8 January 2010
Shameless is one of the rare gems of tv. I have never seen a bad episode or series of Shameless. This is a programme that all of my family watch and enjoy, including my parents. A must have if you buy tv series on dvd.
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on 1 April 2011
Received product quickly, watched it almost straight away and it was brilliant. Absolutely love Shameless and would recommend to anyone with a daft sense of humour who isn't easily offended!!
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