What was good about this first season? It was consistently fun and entertaining. We also liked all of the characters and rooted for them. Except for Frank. Him we just liked to laugh at. The pacing was great. There were a few twists. But we so knew what Fiona was going to choose at the end. This is a family show, and many people would judge her for leaving all the kids with Frank. Wouldn’t it have been interesting if she HAD left for Costa Rica?
We know that Steve will be back, because he’s the main love interest, and Fiona still has to find out about his double life as “Jimmy,” right? But wouldn’t it be fun to see Fiona seriously date the cop for a while? We loved when Ian came out to his sister. And her funny reaction. We weren’t Emmy Rossum fans before this show, but now we are. She plays this part perfectly.
We also loved when Lip urinated on Frank. The finale had a suicide, a father and son sharing the same woman, kids potentially going to prison, break-ups, people falling in love, poverty, a kid coming out of the closet, a fight, dirty cops, and all sorts of things that sound melodramatic and depressing, but this show manages to make it all seem light and fun. This show was not a must-watch for us, and we would not have been crushed if it were canceled.
There will be a season two. It was a mild amusement on a night without much competition for us. We will be tuning into the next season. Over the summer, we are probably going to have to check out the British (and original) version of the show. Pretty good first season though. We can see this show having a long and good life on Showtime.
Season Grade: B+