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Slight dip in a generally excellent series,
This review is from: Shameless Series 3 - Inc. New Year Special (Ltd Edition Packaging [DVD] (DVD)
As someone who kept missing this series while it was on, the DVDs have been very welcome and there is a lot to be said for watching the episodes in order, seeing some of the wider plots develop. Like some of the other reviewers here, I felt this series wasn't quite as good as the first two, but only because its own high standards had set the bar so high. Many series struggle to keep up in the second, let alone the third.
What I love about Shameless is how finely it walks the line between comedy and tragedy (perhaps down to its creator's bipolar disorder), the warmth you feel for the characters and how, when the big laughs happen, you're almost always laughing with rather than at someone (Frank being the exception).
Frank is perhaps a little overused here. He must be easy to write for, but it can get a little stale. My favourite stories have always focused heavily on his kids and the two strongest ones here are when Debbie wants to grow up like a normal kid and thus goes on strike, leaving the rest of the family to fend for themselves, and when Carl, a raging mass of hormones, both gets a job and gets a girl. With these stories, the series hits the heights for which it's known.
From the odd episode I've caught of the fourth series, there are still some great stories to go. I really hope Shameless doesn't run out of steam. That WOULD be a tragedy.