This show has a lot of stuff that I dig, starting with a strong female lead (played by the gorgeous and talented Emmy Rossum) and William H. Macy. Based on a UK series it’s about the Gallaghers, a family of 6 kids with a runaway mom and a drunk dad, and how they push to survive through poverty, their parents’ poor judgement and the number of bad decisions and hardships they all have to overcome as individuals and as a family. With some help from their friends, a spoiled rich guy who is bored of high society and wants nothing more than to be a part of this crazy life and family, a particularly well portrayed agoraphobic mother (Joan Cusack) of a crazy promiscuous daughter, a pair of sexually deviant neighbors who make a living bar tending and making porn and a family of very disturbed miscreants with worse parents than the Gallaghers.
Now while all of this sounds horrible, and it really is hard to watch sometimes, it is absolutely heartwarming. Coming from a life that is not nearly as rough but still pretty bad I can very much relate to a few of the situations these folks get themselves into, and the constant struggle for money is something that I (and I’m sure many many more out there) can wholly identify with. I mean, I’ve watched it twice through, back to back so I’m clearly hooked. It’s like beautiful poetry about a train wreck in slow motion hitting a pile of baby animals… so well written and well acted that you just can’t help but love it.