But nothing could've prepared me for the awesomeness that is this series. It's like:
"Malcolm Middle" (rambunctious kids) x "The Middle" (middle class income) x "Weeds" (criminal family business) x "The United States of Tara" (unreliable parent and homoerotic exploration) = A dysfunctional, poverty-stricken family, who resort to unorthodox, and sometimes criminal, methods in order to survive.Those shows I just mentioned are a fraction of what this show is in both content and quality. This family makes their's look like amateurs. They con and manipulate their way through life so easily and at such young ages that you just can't believe what you're witnessing—and can't help but wish you were as clever.
*spoilers aheadEach episode you get to know The Gallaghers a little better. And with every knew discovery, you love 'em even more. Macy plays the patriarch Frank, an alcoholic degenerate who relies on disability checks and the kindness of a sex-addicted agoraphobic housewife (Joan Cusack) who dotes on him. He's such scum that he tried to sell his black baby to his ex-wife and her lesbian lover so that he can get her to sign a fake disability claim. He's such scum that he screws one of his son's girlfriends while high on Oxycontin. He's such scum that next season he will actively try to scare his agoraphobic girlfriend back into the house so that she won't stop catering to him. But none of this should be a surprise. After all, he did dump the responsibility of supporting his five children on his 19-year-old daughter two years ago. That's Fiona (Rossum).
reimagining of "Skins" should've been done. Unapologetic, not crass.