Shameless: Season 4 (2014)

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Shameless shows no signs of fatigue as it barrels into its fourth season, with the Gallaghers stirring up new and novel forms of mischief.

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Air date: Jan 12, 2014

Season 4 begins with a drug-addled and deathly ill Frank reappearing. Meanwhile, Fiona cares for the household and works at Worldwide Cup with her boyfriend boss Mike Pratt, and attempts to connect with Debbie and Carl, who are dealing with the upheaval of their adolescent hormones.

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Air date: Jan 19, 2014

Fiona is involved in a road rage incident that damages a company car and leads her to tell a lie about how it happened. Meanwhile, Lip struggles in school and with the ladies.

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Air date: Jan 26, 2014

Frank stalks his previously unseen daughter Sammi and is surprised to learn that she has a son. Meanwhile, Fiona and Mike get serious; and Carl steals dogs and holds them for ransom, so he can earn some drug money for Frank. Also: Sheila has her first successful online date with a Native American cowboy named Roger Running Tree.

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Air date: Feb 2, 2014

Fiona continues her secret affair with Robbie, but her infidelity is threatened to be exposed when Mike shows up at Robbie's apartment while Fiona is there. Meanwhile, Frank tries to contrive an "accident" that will net him a big insurance payout, so he can afford a potential liver transplant.

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Air date: Feb 9, 2014

Fiona's series of bad decisions involving Robbie finally boil over. Meanwhile, Frank and Sammi pursue a cure for Frank's liver trouble and try to catch up on missed father-daughter time; and Lip gets a surprise visit at college from Army investigators.

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Air date: Feb 16, 2014

The aftermath of Liam's accident lands Fiona in county jail, unsure of Liam's condition or her future. The family, minus Frank, wait nervously for any update on Liam's status at the hospital. Meanwhile, after almost being killed by the sweat lodge, Frank wakes up in the emergency room and gets some sobering news about his declining health.

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Air date: Feb 23, 2014

Lip is faced with being the Gallagher's guardian when Fiona is released from jail and ordered by the court to remain inside the house, and Frank continues to be out of commission due to his illness. Fortunately, he gets some unexpected assistance from Amanda, his roommate's girlfriend.

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Air date: Mar 9, 2014

Fiona rids the house of all suspicious items to prepare for a visit from her probation officer, but her efforts aren't appreciated by Debbie and Carl. Meanwhile, Ian gets kicked out of Mickey's house by a hammer-wielding Svetlana and makes a long-awaited return to the Gallagher house.

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Air date: Mar 16, 2014

Carl connects with a troubled girl in detention; Lip grows close to his roommate's ex-girlfriend; Debbie tries to make life miserable for the new girl in Matty's life; Fiona struggles to get a job now that she has a criminal record; Sheila returns from her trip to the reservation with plans to adopt Native American kids; Mickey ignores the birth of his son to spend time with an erratic-behaving Ian.

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Air date: Mar 23, 2014

Fiona goes wild and violates multiple terms of her probation by partying with Robbie's degenerate friends. A search for her gets underway when she fails to contact anyone.

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Season 4 of the misadventures of Chicago's Gallagher clan begins with the family being thrown into upheaval when a drug-addled and deathly ill Frank (William H. Macy) suddenly reappears. He tries to contrive an accident that will net him a big insurance payment, so he can afford a potential liver transplant. He also stalks his previously unseen daughter Sammi (Emily Bergl) and is surprised to learn she has a son. Meanwhile, Fiona (Emmy Rossum) cares for the household and works at Worldwide Cup with her boyfriend boss Mike Pratt (Jake McDorman), but she continues a secret affair with Robbie (Nick Gehlfuss). Her troubles only increase when she uses some cocaine to celebrate her birthday and young Liam gets into it and has to be rushed to the hospital. Jail suddenly becomes a real possibility for her. Elsewhere, Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) steals dogs and holds them for ransom, so he can earn some drug money for Frank; Lip (Jeremy White) struggles in school and with the ladies, and gets a surprise visit at college from Army investigators; and Sheila (Joan Cusack) has her first successful online date with a Native American cowboy named Roger Running Tree (Eloy Casados).

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Critic Reviews for Shameless Season 4

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (2)

Shameless can be a bizarre, twisted show when it wants, but it's also telling a better coming-of-age story than anything else on TV.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Call it a comedy, call it a drama, call it whatever; it's great, and this was probably my favorite season yet.

Dec 18, 2017 | Full Review…

I think that Season Four could be a very interesting Season for the Gallaghers and for us as viewers.

Dec 18, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Season 4 may be setting itself up to get back to that point, but as it stands, things feel unfamiliar. With that said, unfamiliar is ok.

Dec 18, 2017 | Full Review…

I'm not trying to be negative-few shows love their characters as much as Shameless loves the Gallaghers-but I hope you're ready for another bumpy ride.

Dec 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Best season yet.

Dec 18, 2017 | Full Review…

We see what was promised at the end of last season, and yet again this show seems to have found a way to keep itself fresh for another year of screw ups and shameless antics.

Feb 3, 2014 | Full Review…

William H. Macy has often stolen the show as Frank while ranting nonsensically, but he got to show off his acting skills more here, as we see Frank like we've never seen him before.

Jan 17, 2014 | Rating: 7.9/10 | Full Review…

Shameless and its characters continue to evolve during this third season and, if this US version continues to be smart, funny, and armed with an ace cast, it might just last nearly as long as its British predecessor.

Jan 16, 2014 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Sometimes I forgot just how far out Shameless is and this week wasn't even that intense of an episode!

Jan 13, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's an excellent, appropriately effed-up beginning and suggests the creative team has found a way to evolve without having to radically change what the show is.

Jan 13, 2014 | Full Review…

Even shrouded in darkness, they're still a joy to watch.

Jan 10, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shameless: Season 4

  • Aug 03, 2020
    Shameless is still one of my top 10 favorite TV shows of all time. Season 4 gave another perfect blending of funny comedy and deep, touching, and heartbreaking drama. This was another season of astounding acting especially standout emotionally powerful and deep performances from Noel Fisher, Cameron Monaghan, and Emmy Rossum as well as other performances from William H. Macy, Emily Bergl, Joan Cusack, Emma Kenney, Steve Howey, Jeremy Allen White, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Emma Greenwell, and Isidora Goreshter. Just another season of outstanding chemistry between the cast. Another season of exceptional writing, I really love Ian and Mickey's crazy and dysfunctional but cute, sweet, beautiful, and touching love story. The character development was remarkable especially with Mickey, Ian, Fiona, Kev, Shelia, Lip, Frank, Debbie, and Mandy. The makeup and hairstyling was phenomenal especially on William H. Macy (especially while in "hospice" at Shelia's and at the hospital), Emily Bergl, Emma Greenwell, Nichole Bloom, Emmy Rossum, Joan Cusack, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Noel Fisher, Isidora Goreshter, and Shanola Hampton. The costumes were terrific especially on Noel Fisher, Cameron Monaghan, Joan Cusack, Emily Bergl, William H. Macy, Isidora Goreshter, Emma Greenwell, Emmy Rossum, Emma Kenney, and Shanola Hampton. The music was excellent. Shameless just keeps getting better with every season and this show may be crazy but it is also beautiful underneath all the crazy, another A+ season.
  • Mar 19, 2020
    This season was alright but it's also the beginning of the end.
  • Mar 15, 2020
    This season was a masterpiece, especially when comparing it with terrible last season (10) What happened to this show? :(
  • Mar 14, 2020
    best shameless season, without a doubt. storylines, characters, soundtrack, editing, basically everything was wonderful. truly sad that they changed the genre and the writers and turned this breathtaking show into a dumb comedy.
  • Jan 06, 2020
    I love it!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Dec 14, 2019
    It's empty calories of drama that would never happen to any one family but could happen to an individual.
  • Dec 01, 2018
    Shameless' fourth season was their best year yet, effectively balancing the drama and comedy factors that has kept the series such a long-lasting favorite. The writers certainly gave the Gallaghers a host of new problems to deal with this season (a few unexpectedly dire, and realistic), yet the sense of fun never diminished. The cast all give great turns, and even the younger cast-members proved to have ample range at the darker scenarios. What's more, this season is fully enjoyable for even those that haven't watched the previous three, and honestly it's as strong a year as ever to become acquainted with the gleefully fucked up world of Shameless.
  • Nov 04, 2018
    Continuo a elogiar a atuação dos atores e a qualidade das histórias envoltas dos personagens. A série continua cada vez melhor. Esta temporada pode muito bem ser a temporada mais genial (até agora) de "Shameless".
  • Jun 16, 2018
    One of my favorite seasons of Shameless (right next to Season 1)! The relationship development of Gallavich (Ian Gallagher & Mickey Milkovich) was so amazing this season and was one of the main aspects this time around. Plus Lip just keeps getting finer and finer, damn.
  • Jun 01, 2017
    Love love LOVE this show so much, but any season that the "daughter" Sammy and her kid are in will lose one star, those two do not fit in.....I fast forward through any scenes they are in

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