Poor people are what make America great. Poor people are the best schemers, toughest fighters, and craziest drunks in the country; nay, the world. There is no show that capitalizes on the hilarious antics of poor people like Shameless. The Gallaghers are like the MacGyvers of poverty, only instead of turning paperclips and gum into small arms, they turn crappy situations into extremely funny crappy situations.
I am not a purist. I should define what I think a purist is. To me a purist is someone who always believes the original is better than the remake, and that some things are sacred and should never be changed. A movie purist is someone who believes the new Star Trek wasn’t good because it wasn’t campy. A television purist is the guy who thought House M.D. jumped the shark when the original team left at the end of season 3. It wasn’t. It was when Kutner killed himself so Kal Penn could work in politics. Anyway, purists think the book is always better than the movie. That all cover songs are bad, or at least not as good as the originals. Or maybe that changing the opening credits signals the beginning of a show’s downfall, or losing a principal character is a death sentence. I’ve fallen into the trap of believing these things, but not anymore.