When the American version of the popular British show Shameless, came on the scene, viewers were treated to a comedy that showed the real side of life. Shameless used humor to depict the brutal downside of existence for kids cursed with an actively alcoholic parent, thanks to their hopelessly drunk and dishonest father, Frank. Frank, played by veteran actor William H. Macy, is actually a complex character. Deep down he loves his family but often won’t raise a finger to help them. In fact, Frank is often the cause of conflict and heartache for the Gallaghers. The children of Frank and his absent mentally ill ex-wife, Monica are stuck trying to get by the best way they can, headed by oldest daughter Fiona who has custody of her younger siblings. Frank’s antics can be viewed as pure comedic camp, but look deeper and you will find that there are some interesting life lessons to be learned form Frank Gallagher of Shameless.
5. You Earn Your Kid’s Respect (or Disrespect)
As the opening theme “The Luck You Got” opens each episode of Shameless, you see Frank passed out on the floor in the bathroom. Fiona, well used to finding him in this condition, kicks him a couple of times before dragging him out by the heels so that the family can resume their normal routine. They call him “Frank” not “Dad” or “Daddy”.