The best Netflix shows that represent every state

1999 Matt Le Blanc, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, And Lisa Kudrow Star In The Latest Season Of 'Friends.' (Photo By Getty Images)
1999 Matt Le Blanc, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, And Lisa Kudrow Star In The Latest Season Of 'Friends.' (Photo By Getty Images) /
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Emmy Rossum as Fiona Gallagher and William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher in Shameless (Season 8, episode 8) – Photo: Chuck Hodes/SHOWTIME – Photo ID: shameless_808_c1296 /

Illinois: Shameless

If you think of Illinois, you definitely have to think of the awesome Showtime series Shameless. This long-running show may be an adaptation of a British series, but it finds its American home in the South Side of Chicago.

Shameless centers on the dysfunctional Gallagher family. Although Frank is the father, his alcoholism and general ignorance force daughter Fiona into the position of the matriarch. She leads her five siblings fearlessly, scrapping her way through a series of misadventures with the help of her two neighbors.

This series is seriously addictive and for good reasons. It’s a high-quality series, starring some major talent like William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum. We’ll be sad when Shameless finally goes off the air. In the meantime, get your fix by binging eight solid seasons on Netflix.

Shameless is the perfect series to represent The Prairie State because it doesn’t shy away from depicting things as they really are. It goes right for the harsh realities, skewering sensitive topics like rape, alcoholism and even incest. It might not make Chicago, Illinois look very pretty, but it’s still damn engrossing.

The show’s creator Paul Abbott described it best: “It’s not My Name Is Earl or Roseanne. It’s got a much graver level of poverty attached to it. It’s not blue collar; it’s no collar.”