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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Jan 20, 2020. 20 comments

While Shameless has been a disappointment all season, its penultimate episode is just plain bad

While Shameless has been a disappointment all season, its penultimate episode is just plain bad
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Last week’s episode of Shameless ended on a pivotal emotional moment: Lip, realizing that the best path forward for his family is moving to Milwaukee, breaks the news to his siblings that he intends to leave Illinois. It’s a scene that promises a difficult aftermath: even if we are practically-oriented as viewers and presume that Lip...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Jan 13, 2020. 7 comments

An offer and a proposal promise change for Shameless and the Gallagher family

An offer and a proposal promise change for Shameless and the Gallagher family
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Early in “Now Leaving Illinois,” Liam is called into the office at school: he’s been flagged as a potential residency fraud case, and they need proof that he lives where he lives and isn’t try to fake his way into a terrible public school. This means that he needs Frank to come to school and sign some forms, or else the family runs the...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Jan 06, 2020. 12 comments

Isolated moments of family connection keep Shameless from going entirely off the rails

Isolated moments of family connection keep Shameless from going entirely off the rails
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Ever since the writers decided to give Carl and Debbie—and then Liam—their own storylines, Shameless has suffered from an overly fragmented narrative. At any given time, the show could be running upwards of 8 different stories: even if we take Fiona out of the mix, you still have Lip, Ian, Frank, Carl, Debbie, Liam, and the Alibi...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Dec 30, 2019. 11 comments

Shameless finally tries to fill the Fiona-sized hole at its center by leaning into Gallavich

Shameless finally tries to fill the Fiona-sized hole at its center by leaning into Gallavich
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Although we can argue about the effectiveness of many of Fiona’s stories over the course of Shameless’ first nine seasons, there was no question that she served as the emotional core of the show. And I would also argue that the central problem of the season thus far is that there has been no effort to replace her, believing (wrongly)...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Dec 24, 2019. 22 comments

At the end of a solid finale, His Dark Materials solidifies its first season as a missed opportunity (experts)

At the end of a solid finale, His Dark Materials solidifies its first season as a missed opportunity (experts)
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Welcome to The A.V. Club’s “Experts” reviews of HBO’s His Dark Materials. It is written from the perspective of someone who has read all three books in Philip Pullman’s trilogy, and intended for an audience of viewers who have also read these books. While the main review will not actively spoil details from future books,...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Dec 23, 2019. 21 comments

To combat a listless season, Shameless...throws some bad sitcom stories into a pot and walks away?

To combat a listless season, Shameless...throws some bad sitcom stories into a pot and walks away?
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Sitcom storytelling is predicated on a connection with character. The idea is that you’re so attached to a group of people - friends, family, coworkers, etc. - that you will continue watching their adventures even past the point where they lose a sense of novelty because you find comfort in their presence.

However, because sitcoms have...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Dec 19, 2019. 20 comments

Survivor finally takes responsibility for failing its players in the finale to its most disheartening season

Survivor finally takes responsibility for failing its players in the finale to its most disheartening season
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When I wrote

a For Our Consideration piece about Survivor’s betrayal of its players after contestant Dan Spiro engaged in inappropriate touching with his fellow castaways, particularly Kellee Kim, I had to acknowledge one thing: for all of the ways producers’ decision not to remove Dan immediately created a narrative where Kellee was...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Dec 17, 2019. 22 comments

His Dark Materials' suspect storytelling choices continue to muddle its compelling narrative (experts)

His Dark Materials' suspect storytelling choices continue to muddle its compelling narrative (experts)
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Welcome to The A.V. Club’s “Experts” reviews of HBO’s His Dark Materials. It is written from the perspective of someone who has read all three books in Philip Pullman’s trilogy, and intended for an audience of viewers who have also read these books. While the main review will not actively spoil details from future books, there...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Dec 16, 2019. 14 comments

We'd be more excited that Shameless is acknowledging race more if not for, y'know, the rest of Shameless

We'd be more excited that Shameless is acknowledging race more if not for, y'know, the rest of Shameless
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I admire that Shameless is thinking about issues of race in such a significant way this season. It’s always been a show primarily interested in white poverty, with only a passing engagement with issues of racial diversity, and so the fact that this season feels rooted in questions of blackness and the experience of Latino members of the...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Dec 10, 2019. 20 comments

His Dark Materials buckles under the weight of its missing daemons (experts)

His Dark Materials buckles under the weight of its missing daemons (experts)
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Welcome to The A.V. Club’s “Experts” reviews of HBO’s His Dark Materials. It is written from the perspective of someone who has read all three books in Philip Pullman’s trilogy, and intended for an audience of viewers who have also read these books. While the main review will not actively spoil details from future books, there will...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Dec 09, 2019. 15 comments

Shameless reminds us that its "shamelessness" requires balance it doesn't always achieve

Shameless reminds us that its "shamelessness" requires balance it doesn't always achieve
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Why is Shameless called Shameless?

The show’s title is regularly deployed as a defense of the show, arguing that any attempt to critique its storytelling or its characters is silly because it’s right there in the name: they have no shame, so holding them to any kind of ethical or moral standard is silly. So, we shouldn’t have been...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Dec 03, 2019. 21 comments

A tragedy befalls one "Lost Boy" as His Dark Materials rushes to introduce another (experts)

A tragedy befalls one "Lost Boy" as His Dark Materials rushes to introduce another (experts)
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Welcome to The A.V. Club’s “Experts” reviews of HBO’s His Dark Materials. It is written from the perspective of someone who has read all three books in Philip Pullman’s trilogy, and intended for an audience of viewers who have also read these books. While the main review will not actively spoil details from...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Dec 02, 2019. 16 comments

More squandered potential fuels our distrust in Shameless’ storytelling

More squandered potential fuels our distrust in Shameless’ storytelling
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I’ve often spoken casually throughout my reviews of this show about the fact that Showtime has a reputation for extending series beyond their natural endpoints. It’s a problem that I’ve discussed when writing about both Shameless and Weeds before it, and you could easily apply it to other Showtime shows (Dexter! Homeland!...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Nov 26, 2019. 24 comments

Lin-Manuel Miranda isn't the Lee Scoresby we remember from His Dark Materials, but he isn't meant to be (experts)

Lin-Manuel Miranda isn't the Lee Scoresby we remember from His Dark Materials, but he isn't meant to be (experts)
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Casting any literary adaptation is a minefield. Fans have built up versions of characters over years of reading and rereading the books, and fan art typically reifies certain versions of characters in the process. Even in circumstances where authors leave room for interpretation, any interpretation is competing with thousands of others,...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Nov 25, 2019. 17 comments

Debbie Gallagher is a bad person, and not in ways that make Shameless more interesting

Debbie Gallagher is a bad person, and not in ways that make Shameless more interesting
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Given that this show is (arguably) anchored around the truly hateful Frank Gallagher, I am not going to argue that every character on Shameless needs to be “likeable.” Each character—except for maybe Liam, although give him time?—has done something quote-unquote shameless at some point or another, and has given us reason to feel poorly...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Nov 19, 2019. 22 comments

The Gyptians give Lyra and His Dark Materials the final pieces of the puzzle to get moving north already (experts)

The Gyptians give Lyra and His Dark Materials the final pieces of the puzzle to get moving north already (experts)
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Welcome to The A.V. Club’s “Experts” reviews of HBO’s His Dark Materials. It is written from the perspective of someone who has read all three books in Philip Pullman’s trilogy, and intended for an audience of viewers who have also read these books. While the main review will not actively spoil details from future books, there will be a...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Nov 18, 2019. 10 comments

The return of "Gallavich" provides an energy boost for a still-struggling Shameless

The return of "Gallavich" provides an energy boost for a still-struggling Shameless
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As is often the case when a season of Shameless begins, several new readers commented on last week’s review with some variation of “Why do you have a stick up your ass?” The fact is that Shameless coverage is in relative short supply online: while episodic reviews of other shows proliferate across the internet, the same cannot be said...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Nov 15, 2019. 20 comments

Survivor’s “#MeToo moment” protected the game instead of the players

Survivor’s “#MeToo moment” protected the game instead of the players

At the end of Survivor’s 38th season, castaway Julia Carter wrote a lengthy blog post detailing her experience playing the game, particularly as a person of color. Among those experiences were multiple instances of racial slurs being used by her fellow castaways, a circumstance that was only addressed by her tribe when a white castaway objected on her behalf. The result was a healthy dialogue...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Nov 12, 2019. 23 comments

His Dark Materials brings two reveals forward, but takes two steps back in the process (experts)

His Dark Materials brings two reveals forward, but takes two steps back in the process (experts)
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Welcome to The A.V. Club’s “Experts” reviews of HBO’s His Dark Materials. It is written from the perspective of someone who has read all three books in Philip Pullman’s trilogy, and intended for an audience of viewers who have also read these books. While the main review will not actively spoil details from future books, there will...

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Myles McNutt Myles McNutt Nov 11, 2019. 22 comments

Shameless starts Season 10 with a stellar argument against it getting a Season 10

Shameless starts Season 10 with a stellar argument against it getting a Season 10
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Shameless’ tenth season premiere ends on a moment of Gallagher family unity. As Lip waits to hear Tami’s condition after she suffered complications during the birth of their son, he finds himself alone with the newest member of the family. But before he can be overwhelmed by the moment, that family arrives to support him, each dropping...

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