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Showtime 'Shameless'

Fiona Gallagher is the good kid, m.A.A.d city of fictional TV characters, the good kid so close to being a normal, functional adult until something happens...

Watching Showtime's Shameless—originally a British series developed by Paul Abbott—leaves you exhausted and drained; after one episode you find yourself organizing your room and writing to-do lists to ensure the Gallagher's brand of chaos never enters your life. Call it Americana, call it the South Side of Chicago, call it 13.5% of America (or 43.1 million American households), but Shameless is good ol' poverty under a microscope.

For those who aren't subscribed to the premium cable channel, Showtime, Shameless's seven seasons are available on Netflix to stream and follow the misadventures of a single father and alcoholic, Frank (William H. Macy), and his oldest daughter, Fiona (Emmy Rossum), the primary caretaker of the Gallagher clan. Frank is the type of man who has no business having one kid, let alone, six mouths to feed; he doesn't care about the well-being of his family, but how, when, and where he'll have his next drink. Fiona takes after her father in doses, prioritizing her siblings' needs over her own—except when there's coke, attractive bad boys, or booze in the room. She's a diligent worker, but often finds herself slipping into the same habits she warns her siblings to avoid.

Fiona Gallagher is the good kid, m.A.A.d city of fictional TV characters, the good kid so close to being a normal, functional adult until something happens, reminding her (and the audience) just how fragile her world is, and how easy it is to knock her a few rungs down on the socioeconomic ladder she's desperately trying to climb. There are no free meals in life and the Gallaghers are the first to tell you, looking under couch pillows to find quarters and dimes for school lunch. In season four, Lip (Jeremy Allan White) proclaimed the only way to get money when you're poor is to steal or scam it, and in season eight, this sentiment still rings true: As Fiona tries to stage her apartment building to draw in hipster renters, she gets pushback from her tenants, friends, and brother Ian (Cameron Monaghan)—who's boycotting Fiona in the name of love.

Shameless is similar in tone to another UK show, Skins, but is far more adult in subject matter. Shameless, like Skins, is about sex, familial obligations, drug use, and surviving capitalism—but mostly about the real-life pangs of poverty and the families living in the neighborhoods your mom warns you about on your walk home from school. Shameless is about the folks who make twenty dollars last an entire week between six growing, loudmouthed kids; and Shameless is about how far families will go to keep their dysfunction in their household, instead of various foster homes (in ironically worse conditions).

In its eighth season, Shameless is trying to find clarity for its characters while still keeping the shock value and family drama viewers are addicted to seeing. We secretly love seeing Lip mess up, drop out of school, and walk the streets of South Side Chicago like nothing can hurt him; and we love seeing Fiona's scheme to scrape up the month's rent. Whether Shameless is detailing the extensive focus needed for sobriety, or the three jobs one has to work to feed a full house, it's the endless drive and heart of the Gallaghers that makes Shameless so addictive.

Shameless is renewed for a ninth season, but where exactly can these characters go? How much more drama and dysfunction can they deal with before they become caricatures? Shameless, for now, is still one of the best shows studying the politics of upward mobility, the gritty reality of never having quite enough to make it out of the slums, and how close in proximity the slums are to the Crate & Barrel homes.

'Shameless' (Showtime)

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Even in his 50s, actor Harry Hamlin is not only temptingly talented, but a Hollywood hunk who seems to be eternally handsome. His luscious-lipped wife, Lisa Rinna is now yet another Real Housewife, adding “reality star” to Hamlin’s extensive resume.

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Not only is Hamlin one to drool over, he’s also a millionaire, making him even more desirable. So where does all this moolah come from? Here’s a taste of the Hamlin life…

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We know Hamlin from his TV days on shows including L.A. Law, The Outer Limits, and The Nanny. More recently, he was on the hit show, Mad Men, making the current TV-watching generation aware of the well-seasoned star. He’s also acted in a bunch of movies over the decades, giving big screen fans a collective skipped beat in their hearts. With the great success of all these programs, Harry took the loot straight to the bank. He also earns dough whenever his sexy face graces the screen of RHOBH with his perky wife.

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Do you remember that Hamlin was voted Sexiest Man Alive in 1987 by People magazine? Surely Hamlin’s paycheck serves as a constant reminder to him too.

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Harry Hamlin is worth $5.5 Million as per Celebrity Money. Hopefully, for Rinna’s sake, he didn’t have to give any of it to his ex, Nicollette Sheridan.

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It’s safe to say Harry Hamlin isn’t a Real Housewives fan—or wasn’t a Real Housewives fan until his wife Lisa Rinna joined the cast.

Rinna discusses her husband’s Housewives disdain with Oprah Winfrey on an upcoming episode of Where Are They Now—you can watch video right here on Popdust.

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"Before season five started of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, I had a meeting with the producers to do maybe another show," Rinna explains. "What came out of the meeting was, maybe I should do The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

"I thought 'Oh god, Harry’s never gonna go for this'," she continues. "He never will.”

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And, she was spot on with her prediction, telling the Big O that Hamlin was so opposed to her signing on to the show that he even threatened her with divorce!

"I’ll divorce you. If you do it, I’ll divorce you,” Rinna recalls him telling her.

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"I said, 'Ok, done’. No more conversations, done. Walked out of the room, that was that. I was fine with it."

However, after retreating for a while and thinking it out, Hamlin had a change of mind.

"He comes back to me in like two days, and he said, 'You know, I’ve thought about it, I’ve done some research'," Rinna says. "Harry, being a really, really smart businessman himself, said ‘It’s a good thing, it’ll work for you, you should do it.’ So I did it."

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And the rest, as they say, is Housewives history…

Lisa Rinna almost paid a very high price for taking part in the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills - her marriage!

The actress has been married to Harry Hamlin for 18 years and they have two daughters: Delilah, 16, and Amelia, 13.

When Lisa was offered a spot on RHOBH, Harry, quite understandably, threatened to leave her.

"This is a true story. I went to Harry and said I'm thinking about [doing RHOBH] and he looked at me and said, 'If you do this show, I will divorce you,'" the 51 revealed during Live! with Kelly and Michael on Wednesday. "And I said, 'Okay,' and I walked away and I was done with it."

Lisa, 51, did end up going on the show, but only after Harry, 63, changed his mind and gave her the green light.

"[He said], 'I've thought about this, and I actually think it may be a good idea for you to do it'."

Considering the number of couples who have ended up divorced after taking part in the Real Housewives, can anyone blame Harry for having reservations???

An all new Real Housewives of Beverly Hills!

It is Lisa Rinna’s birthday and she's having dinner at Pump hosted by Lisa Vanderpump. She is turning 50-something, but looks hot as hell. Kyle Richards and her husband, Mauricio, joined in on the fun. Shockingly enough, the group laughed all night long without any drama!

They all talk about their marriages and where they met their significant other. Kyle reveals that she was engaged to someone else when she met Mauricio. He was 24 years older than her! She spotted Mauricio at a party, turned her engagement ring upside down, and the rest is history. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, honey.

Rinna talked about how she met her husband, Harry Hamlin. At the time, he was married to Nicolette Sheridan, but she was leaving him for Michael Bolton. Everything about that sentence is amazing. Anyways, Rinna got her man and they later had two children. She recalls an evening that she saw Michael Bolton while out to dinner and she thanked him for shacking up with Sheridan. Michael Bolton: singer and matchmaker extraordinaire.

Yolanda Foster was packing to leave to go home to Holland. In the mean time, her supermodel daughter, Gigi, arrived home from NYC. They talk about how great Gigi is for at least five minutes and I’m having troubling deciding who is more obsessed with Gigi: Gigi or Yolanda. Her other daughter, Bella, seems to be the rebel of the family. She has dark hair and a more edgy look than her sister. She and Yolanda have lunch in Malibu and talked about how different Bella is from Gigi. Bella is totally the Khloe of the Hadid clan, while Gigi is Kim and Yolanda is the Dutch Kris Jenner. It was really strange. If I were Bella, I would have knocked that bitch into the Pacific for a swim while ate my food alone.

Brandi Glanville is still in the process of settling into her new home. She opens up about the current legal situation with her douchebag ex-husband, Eddie Cibrian. It’s clear that she doesn’t give a fuck about him or his hot mess of a wife, Leann Rimes, but he’s demanding money from Brandi.

Kyle and her husband took their youngest daughter, Portia, shopping for some new clothes. They are going on vacation to Spain, so naturally she needs to drop a few grand on a five year old’s vacay wardrobe. Kyle constantly talks about how she wants all her children to know the value of a dollar and not be spoiled brats. Sorry, doll. Portia sees you carrying your Birkin. She ain’t no fool.

Kim Richards finally seems stable and has her head in a good place. Her daughter, Brooke, is getting married and the entire family, including Kyle, was present to go dress shopping. Kathy Hilton came and shit on every dress she tried on. Let’s just be thankful that Paris wasn’t there to say, “that’s hot”. Kim revealed that her ex-husband and Brooke’s father is severely sick with cancer. Kim really appears to be strong and handling this difficult situation well. Hats off to you, Kim.

We FINALLY met the newest housewife, Eileen Davidson. The blonde beauty is a soap star and friend of Lisa Rinna. They met for lunch and discussed how they’ve been friends since forever and a minute. To be honest, she seems fairly boring. Other than being an actress, home girl brought nothing to the table.

Kyle and Brandi went for a hike that lasted two minutes before they sat their asses down on a bench. Brandi has decided she is ready to be friends with Lisa again. She is having a housewarming party and called her to see if she got the invitation. Lisa answered the call, but it was clear she would have rather put her hand in a blender. Halfway through the call, Brandi’s phone died. She called her back on Kyle’s phone (genius idea, moron), which made the whole situation (from Lisa’s end) seem even sketchier. They went back and forth for a few minutes basically blaming one another for not taking responsibility for their actions. Brandi said she isn’t gonna kiss Lisa’s ass forever.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs Tuesdays at 9pm on Bravo