Shameless: Season 3 (2013)



Critic Consensus: Shameless divvies up a spoil of riches among its impoverished ensemble, further fleshing out all members of the Gallagher clan in surprising ways.


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The wily Gallagher clan return for a shenanigan-filled third series that begins with deadbeat Frank (William H. Macy) waking up in Mexico. After a massive bender that lasted for several months, Frank has no idea how he is going to get back home. Back in Chicago, things aren't any better as Fiona (Emmy Rossum) struggles to adapt after Jimmy (Justin Chatwin) moves in with her. But things are even worse for Jimmy. Estefania's drug-lord father kills her boyfriend in front of Jimmy and then forces him to hack up the body and dispose of it. When Frank finally returns to the Windy City he resorts to his underhanded ways and uses Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) to scam a children's cancer foundation. Meanwhile, Fiona lands a job as a cashier at a local grocery store; Veronica (Shanola Hampton) and Kevin (Steve Howey) go to extreme lengths to conceive a baby; and Jimmy learns that his dad is gay and is sleeping with Ian (Cameron Monaghan). Everything comes to a head when the Department of Child and Family Services learns of the Gallaghers' unusual dynamics and threatens to take the kids away.

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The story races forward happily and aggressively, but none of the plot strands among the many characters is ever dropped or given short shrift.

Jan 13, 2013 | Full Review…

Overall, this was the most consistent, and probably best, of the three American "Shameless" seasons so far, even if it feels like the season emotionally peaked back during the custody battle arc.

Dec 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Season 3 of Shameless is off to a solid start.

Dec 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Shameless moves quite a bit faster than most TV shows.

Dec 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Yet again this show seems to have found a way to keep itself fresh for another year of screw ups and shameless antics.

Jan 27, 2014 | Full Review…

There's still plentyof life in this excellent series.

Jul 17, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This year is starting with attempts at comedy that either don't ring funny or true, even within the show's very broadly defined reality, or both.

Dec 18, 2017 | Full Review…

The Shameless cast has consistently given stellar performances but this season sees several members improving by leaps and bounds.

Jan 15, 2014 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

If I continue to prefer Shameless to Girls, it's not so much for the sex as it is for the sheer exuberance of its characters

Mar 18, 2013 | Full Review…

Shameless is at its best when it shows how someone like Fiona is constantly faced with perilous choices.

Jan 13, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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