What can I tell you about the U.S. series Shameless that I haven’t already said in my reviews for the previous five seasons? Season 5 was the series low point for me, so far. It was still good, just not as good. Season 6 is better than it’s immediate predecessor. Maybe not up to the […]Read more "Shameless: Season 6 — a review"
This season takes place two to three months after the events of Season 4. Take heed: I’m going to spoil the hell out of it, so skip down to the bottom if you haven’t watched the series yet. As always, we deal with the aftermath of the story threads from the previous season. Ian Gallagher […]Read more "Shameless: Season 5 — a review"
You don’t need additional reasons to hate the character Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy). You’ll still get more reasons during Season 3, anyway. In most real ways, this Showtime series is about the Gallagher children, not about their father. Frank is more of a force of nature, existing primarily to complicate plots. Seldom are the […]Read more "Shameless: Season 3 — a review"
I doubt that I will ever suggest that I’m growing more fond of Frank Gallagher. He remains one of the most reprehensible television characters I’ve ever seen. I am, however, a fan of William H. Macy, the actor who portrays him. He’s conducting an acting clinic every time he appears on the screen. There’s a […]Read more "Shameless: Season 2 — a review"
I should probably change my online moniker to “LateToTheParty.” [I checked: it’s already taken—go figure.] I’ve never watched the British comedy Shameless, which this Showtime series was based upon. So, don’t expect much in the way of compare-and-contrast in this review. If you love the original and think the Yank version is utter excrement, then […]Read more "Shameless: Season 1 — a review"
It was the Showtime/BBC series Episodes that finally made me a Matt LeBlanc fan. Not Friends. I mean, Joey Tribbiani was okay, in a vacuous meathead himbo sort of way. And his most famous catchphrase—”How you doin’?”—remains a part of my personal repertoire. But, Joey was strictly B-team on Friends, the sidekick, the friend-of-a-friend, never […]Read more "Episodes: Season 5 — a review"
During the second act of a story (after crossing the threshold from the ordinary world into the special, if you’re Joseph Campbell savvy), the writer sorely tests his protagonists with all manner of problems and obstacles, the object being to bring the characters down to their lowest point. It’s always darkest before the dawn, and […]Read more "Episodes: Season 4 — a review"
Now that we’re two seasons into this series, we know what to expect going forward, don’t we? The stars of Episodes are Sean and Beverly Lincoln (Stephen Mangan, Tamsin Greig), successful British comedy writers transplanted to the USA to make a Hollywood version of their successful British show, and, of course, Matt LeBlanc (a […]Read more "Episodes: Season 3 — a review"
After watching the seven episodes in the first season of Episodes, the viewer has some idea of what to expect from this Showtime/BBC series going forward. I liked Season One (see why it earned a respectable A- here), and I liked the show’s sophomore season even more. As the season opens, Sean and Beverly […]Read more "Episodes: Season 2 — a review"
I’m returning to my old form here, watching a television series after it’s been off the air for a couple of years. I wish I had “discovered” this one sooner. I was aware that the Showtime series Episodes existed. And, I knew that it starred Matt LeBlanc playing some version of himself. Subconsciously, I think, […]Read more "Episodes: Season 1 — a review"