Must Watch TV Dramas

Shameless – This US adaptation by John Wells (E.R., Third Watch, The West Wing, Animal Kingdom) of the popular UK version is superb viewing. The writing, the acting, the direction, this is family drama at it’s best. The Gallagher clan are trying to survive and stay together, their parents are addicts and the kids are in charge. Think Party of Five in a poorer neighbourhood and on crack,  their sense of family is inspiring. Funny and dramatic, this show certainly delivers entertainment. With a cast featuring Emmy Rossum and William H Macy who won a Screen Actors Guild award for his performance of the drunk patriarch Frank and Joan Cusak who has won an Emmy for her guest starring role as the lovable agoraphobic Sheila, Shameless is a must watch. As a side note it also has one of my all time favourite TV couples nicknamed Gallavich, and Noel Fisher is incredible in this show.

Mr.Robot – The brainchild of Sam Esmail (who just so happens to be engaged to Emmy Rossum of Shameless), is about a young man’s Elliot’s struggles with himself and the struggle to keep our live private from big corporations. Elliot and his band of hackers try to take down Evil Corp, yet it’s all the pieces in the middle of the puzzle that make this show one of the most intriguing on television. Rami Malek and Christian Slater are phenomenal in their roles with Malek scoring an Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Slater nabbing the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture made for Television at the Golden Globes. The Show also won the Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Drama. Carly Chaikin and Portia Doubleday are also stand outs with Chaikin’s character of Darlene as one of my favourites on the show. Who is Mr Robot ?

The Affair – A story focusing on two couples marriages and The Affair between two respective parties, this show is chock-full of drama, suspense and mystery. This was so much more than what I thought it was going to be and it never disappoints. I love the split parts in each episode. It’s great to see the different perspective each character has, I haven’t seen this since the show Boomtown. Golden Globe  wins for Ruth Wilson , Maura Tierney and the show as a whole, this a must watch for Drama fans. I may be a little biased as I’ve been a fan of his since I saw him in The Mighty Ducks but Joshua Jackson is amazing in his role of Cole Lockhart.

The Walking Dead – If you don’t know what this cult show is, where the hell have you been?! This doesn’t need too much explanation but I’ll do a quick synopsis anyway. Former sheriff wakes up to a world gone to hell. There are zombies (walkers) roaming everywhere, he has to find his family and then try to survive in this post apocalyptic world where the humans are actually more terrifying than the zombies. Robert Kirkman created the Graphic Novels and this intricate universe where nobody is safe and humanity is tested, do yourself a favour and check out The Walking Dead however if you are squeamish, be cautious as it is quite violent. Wins for Special effects and makeup.

Kingdom – Created by Bryan Balasco, this riveting drama follows former MMA fighter Alvey Kulina (played remarkably by Frank Grillo who is a fighter in his own right) and his sons who are now the MMA stars on the rise. This has fast become one of my all time favourite dramas. Jonathan Tucker does an insanely superb job of playing the seemingly misguided Jay Kulina, but beneath the rough exterior is a man who wants to help his family anyway he can. Jonathan Tucker deserves more recognition for this role, he deserves nominations for SAG, Critics Choice, Emmy and Golden Globes. As does the show as a whole. If you love drama do yourself a favour, run to find http://kingdom.directv.com/ and start watching it now!! Also Kiele Sanchez had one of the best performances and storyline in season 2, I wont give it away but it was extremely personal to her and she was a complete and utter superstar for how she handled it, that performance alone deserves an Emmy nomination.

This Is Us – A new show that has only just begun is This Is Us. It is hard to describe this show without giving away spoilers. Family drama, interweaving storylines, you will need tissues pretty much every episode. That’s all I will say. I am a huge Milo Ventimiglia fan as I am a Mandy Moore fan and their work in this show blows me away. This show really does deserve all the praise it gets. I also am loving that Sterlinh K Brown is in this, yes everyone loves him from The People v. O.J. Simopson: American Crime Story  but I am a Supernatural girl and he was great as bad guy Gordon Walker. http://www.nbc.com/this-is-us?nbc=1

On my list of shows to watch:

Bloodline – This family drama looks intense. It’s a bit hard to figure out from the trailer but it has the one I live in a family drama, mystery. With a cast including Ben Mendhelsohn and Linda Cardellini I am all in for this. Made for Netflix.

Animal Kingdom  – Based on the  extremely successful Australian movie of the same name this show follows the drama of a family involved in crime. Again a stellar cast with Ellen Barkin, Scottt Speedman and Shawn Hatosy, this is going to be excellent viewing. Made for Netflix.

 

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Shameless – A Love Story

Spoilers in this video for episode 7×11 Happily Ever After

One of my favourite couples to ever grace my television screen. I hope one day they have a happy ending together. Fantastic job done by both actors! Everyone deserves someone who looks at them the way Mickey looks at Ian.  Gallavich 💖 

TV DVDs I’m Currently Lusting After

While there are about a bajillion DVDs I want to buy (must complete my BH90210 collection), these are some TV shows on DVD that I desperately need/want.

Justified season 2.

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Shameless season 1

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Leverage season 3

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Ghost Hunters – every single season

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Others I want to get include Melissa & Joey.

Shameless (US Series) – My New Obsession

Starring: Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Justin Chatwin, Steve Howey, Shanola Hampton, Joan Cusack, Jeremy Allen White, Cameron Monaghan, Ethan Cutkosky, Emma Kenney, Laura Wiggins, Blake Alexander & Brennan Kane Johnson.

Created By: Paul Abbott.

Based on the 2004 English show Showtime has scored a hit on their hands with the US interpretation of this marvellous show.

The Gallaghers are a family of 6 kids an absentee mother and an alchoholic father Frank (Macy). They live in a very poor part of town and the kids are the ones to take care of the family (as dads to drunk to do anything besides drink), doing or stealing whatever they can to survive. Fiona (Rossum) the eldest works whatever job she can get to help support the kids, next in ine is Lip the eldest son who is the most academic of the bunch and to get cash does other kids SAT tests for them. Then we have Ian, the gay son who is having an affair with his married boss. The only in the family to know his is gay is his brother Lip. Then we have lovely little Debbie. All she wants is someone to take care of. Stealing a toddler is not a good idea Deb. Up next is Carl, a little pyshiopath in the making, cute kid but has got some issues. Lastly we have the gorgeous youngest sibling Liam. Liam is a mixed raced baby who somehow is biologically Frank’s child.

To help them out we have their neighbours from 2 doors down Kevin and Veronica. Kevin is a bartender and Veronica is a former nurse who makes sexy videos online for cash. They are a little dominatrix in the sack. But these two are the Gallaghers closet friends and they help out whenever they can. Side note: I absolutely LOVE Steve Howey.

Steve (Chatwin) is a rich kid that falls for Fiona. He is smart, sexy and a little dangerous. But as much trouble as the Gallaghers are in they don’t want handouts. This is a guy who Fiona doesn’t want to like but can’t seem to stop liking. Side Note: Chatwin & Rossum worked together on Drogonball: Evolution. He’s a new favourite of mine.

Sheila Jackson (Cusack) is the mother of Lip’s new girlfriend Karen (Wiggins). Sheila is agoraphobic and cannot leave her house. So when Frank needs a place to go he stays with Sheila and they start a very odd but sweet relationship.

I have only watched 7 episodes so far but I am totally hooked. It’s raw and real and it’s nice to see a family like this on television. It actually kind of reminds me of Party of Five. This could have totally been how they would have ended up if they lost it all. It’s also a little similar to Roseanne in the way that this is a real family struggling with real issues. It’s not always rosy and the will struggle.

Jane Levy from Suburgotory has a small role in Shameless as Ians’ beard/best friend.

Now I haven’t seen the British version of this show but I love the US version. Give this show a go. You will fall in love with this family.

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