Yeah yeah, I know I'm years behind. And only on Season Two.
But this is a remarkable show. William H. Macy deserves all the awards ever. Joan Cusack has never been better. And I always hated Emmy Rossum but I was dead wrong.
The story is about the Gallagher family of Chicago, who live in a state of poverty supplemented by odd jobs, drug-dealing and fencing stolen goods. Father Frank (Macy) is a raging alcoholic always scheming for his next ill-gotten dollar, while neglecting his six kids who are essentially left to themselves. Big sister Fiona (Rossum) takes charge of the tight-knit group of siblings consisting of Phillip - a streetwise genius, Ian - a jaded gay teen with dreams of being in the military, Carl - a budding psychopath, Debbie - a resourceful ten year old, and baby Liam. The supporting cast of agoraphobic/sexual sadist, car thief, bar flies, 13 year old cult member/foster child... all outstanding.
I've never in recent memory watched a show that's made me laugh out loud for real at times, while literally dropping my jaw at the tragedies otherwise.
Good stuff. Can't recommend it more highly.
Please use spoiler tags, like I said, I'm only on Season 2!