Shameless - "Everyday I'm here I feel so guilty that I'm not there helping"

A review of Shameless TV Series.

I never realized how difficult to watch Shameless is until I started bringing tissues to bed whenever I binge-watch to avoid wetting my pillows.

The series depicts the poor, dysfunctional family of Frank Gallagher, a single father raising six children in the South Side of Chicago. He spends his days drunk or in search of misadventures. In the absence of the family's father figure, Fiona, the oldest child, takes the role of the breadwinner while her five younger siblings slowly adjust to school, love, sex, and work life.

I love watching Shameless, for it never fails to give me that cathartic cry when I need it the most. Shameless shows me what poverty in a big city is like, what living with an alcoholic father is like, what being a gay man unfamiliar with the gay world is like (through Ian Gallagher), and what college life is like (through Lip Gallagner) when your family is dysfunctional.

One of the best scenes in the show is when Lip was trying to pay for a portion of his tuition bills before getting asked by the school administration to take a semester off, working and saving money.

"I won't make it back," he answered. "Everyday I'm here I feel so fucking guitly that im not there helping...".

There are times when I wonder if that laptop screen with Netflix on was instead a mirror, or a lense into my life.