Blu-ray, DVD Release: Shameless: Season Two

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 18, 2012
Price: DVD $39.98, Blu-ray $49.99
Studio: Warner

William H. Macy tries to make it work in Shameless: Season Two.

Premium cable channel Showtime’s critically acclaimed television comedy-drama series Shameless: Season Two delivers another 12 episodes of outrageous family dysfunction.

Shameless stars William H. Macy (The Lincoln Lawyer) as the South side of Chicago’s Frank Gallagher, a proud, working-class patriarch to a motley brood of six smart, spirited and independent kids. Booze-addled Frank leaves it up to eldest daughter Fiona (Emmy Rossum, The Phantom of the Opera) to hold down the fort as he takes a drunken bite out of life. Unofficial matriarch Fiona is fiercely determined to keep her dysfunctional family happy and whole, even if it means sacrificing her own personal needs. Needless to say, a half-dozen kids means a half-dozen unique sets of circumstances (and at least as many storylines)!

In Season Two of Shameless, it’s summertime in Chicago and each member of the Gallagher household is cooking up fresh ways to bring home the bacon. Eldest son Lip sells alcohol and pot out of an ice cream truck with next-door neighbor Kevin. Fiona and her best friend Veronica spend their nights working at a happening nightclub. With an eye on West Point, Ian continues working at the Kash and Grab convenience store, while younger siblings Debbie and Carl run a makeshift daycare center out of the Gallagher’s home. Frank, on the other hand, uses whatever works (including his toddler son Liam) to score money for his next drinking binge.

Based on the long-running, award-winning British TV show of the same name, Shameless was adapted for American television by Wells and original U.K. series creator Paul Abbott (State of Play).

The series also stars Joan Cusack (Mars Needs Moms), Justin Chatwin (Taken) and Steve Howey (TV’s Reba).

Timed for released shortly before the show’s Season Three premiere on Showtime, The DVD and Blu-ray contain the following bonus features:

  • The Complicated Life of Fiona Gallagher
  • The Art of the Acting Drunk
  • Writing the Shameless Version
  • Shameless Actor Discussions:
    o The Ghetto Girl and the Car Thief
    o   Brotherly Love
    o   Neighborly
    o   Juvenile Delinquents
    o   The Agoraphobe and the Sex Addict
  • The Shameless Christmas Carol Music Video
  • A Shameless Look at Season 3
  • Deleted Scenes


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.