The idea of concerns in the context of family plays a major role in the dialogue of many modern-day television shows. Starting off with rosy portrayals of family in shows such as I Love Lucy, and evolving to more gritty and realistic representations of family in contemporary shows such as Shameless, pop culture has changed to correlate with the views of society. Nowadays, exposing issues in society and the reformation of these problems is all the rage.

Oscar-nominated William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum star in this fiercely engaging and fearlessly twisted series. Chicagoan Frank Gallagher is the proud single dad of six smart, industrious, independent kids, who without him would be…perhaps better off. When Frank’s not at the bar spending what little money they have, he’s passed out on the floor. But the kids have found ways to grow up in spite of him. They may not be like any family you know, but they make no apologies for being exactly who they are.”  (Shameless – Official Series Site).

In the TV show Shameless, created by Paul Abbott, the concept of the issue of alcoholism in the underclass family is brought to light. Through the portrayal of the characters and their actions, Abbott refuses to sweep this issue under the rug any longer; and instead challenges viewers to realize the way the minorities of the socio-economic ladder may live.