Shameless is one of those few shows that keeps on getting better with each passing episodes and seasons. The comedy-drama is originally inspired by the UK version of the show ‘Shameless. The centerpiece of Showtime’s offerings is now rocking its ninth season which aired this month. Without any noticeable slide in quality or appreciation, the show has achieved quite a cult status and a devoted fanbase. Essentially the story is of a dysfunctional family of the Gallaghers, the alcoholic father raising his six children foreshadowed by poverty. The father’s oblivious nature and his drinking addiction cast a spell of hardship and ignorance over the children’s future. They learn to take care of themselves, get involved in immoral activities, get back up on their feet and then fall back to the lowest of the low.
The show is socially relevant with frequent issues and shortcomings of society coming into the fore with the slips of the Gallaghers. The showrunners have put a comedic twist in it, yet it explores deeper levels of serious issues that are unexpected in these kinds of shows. The characters are highly relatable to our personal lives and the general likeness of the characters keeps on growing with each airing. So if you are a big fan of ‘Shameless’ then you can start bringing on these shows that bear similarities with ‘Shameless’ to some extent. You can find most of these shows like Shameless on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime Video.
12. You’re the Worst (2014 – )
As cheesy as the name seems, the show is quite good on the contrary. The premise is this: two young people with screwed up perceptions about relationships and life in general, decides to have a relationship with each other. Jimmy (Chris Geere) is a narcissist writer with misplaced priorities about his writing and Gretchen (Aya Cash) is a Los Angeles PR executive with clinical depression. So we have two broken individuals who are just floating around this crazy puzzle called life and when they finally come together, disasters follow. The show is fresh in its treatment of messed up individuals in Los Angeles with a perfect balance of humor and emotions. It’s one of those rare shows that keeps improving with each season.
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11. Bates Motel (2013-2017)
If you have seen Hitchcock’s classic ‘Psycho’ then you would feel right at home with the Bates family. Yes, the show traces the early life of Norman Bates and his family. While ‘Shameless’ is generally comedy-drama (dramedy), ‘Bates Motel’ is darker than funny. But there’s no shortage of good, well-knit dramatic tensions. We witness the dysfunctional family of Bates and their acts of moral turpitude. The development of the main characters keeps on improving with time and just like the Gallaghers, we are at crossroads about the moral direction of the characters here.
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