America’s favorite White Trash family has returned in Season 6 of Showtime’s Shameless, and from the fist episode it is better than ever. While the Gallagher clan has many notorious members; the two driving forces of the plot have always been the lives of Frank Gallagher (played by William H. Macy) and his daughter Fiona (played by Emmy Rossum).
Fiona’s goal in life has always been to prove to everyone, especially herself, that she is completely different than her father. However, as her character has developed, it becomes increasingly obvious that she and Frank, in fact, are much more alike than Fiona would ever admit.
Like Frank, Fiona struggles with drug and alcohol dependence. However, unlike Frank, she tries to fight these forces, while Frank embraces them willingly.
Fiona Gallagher is beautiful, smart and sexy. However she is also reckless, wild and self-destructive. She may no longer be addicted to drugs, but she is certainly an adrenaline junkie who craves crazy sex with crazy men in crazy places. Emma Rossum has appeared topless or naked in many many episodes. Her fabulously beautiful body sometimes distracts critics from mentioning what an astoundingly superb actor she is.
It is impossible to imagine anyone but Emmy Rossum in the role of Fiona Gallagher. Shameless without Emmy Rossum would be like trying to have The Sopranos without James Gandolfini.
We look forward to seeing how the character of Fiona continues to develop. We also look forward to following the career of Emmy Rossum in whatever acting challenges she takes on in the future.
- We rate Shameless Four Stars ****
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