Shameless: Season 5 (2015)

SEASON:

Season 5
Shameless

Critics Consensus

Settling into its fifth year with a irascible sense of fun, Shameless hints that the Gallaghers won't become a functional family unit anytime soon - but audiences will adore them all the same.

92%

TOMATOMETER

Critic Ratings: 12

89%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 27

Rate And Review

User image

Verified

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this season

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of this tv season? (optional)



  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Step 2 of 2

    How did you buy your ticket?

    Let's get your review verified.

    You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this season

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of this tv season? (optional)

  • How did you buy your ticket?

Episodes

Air date: Jan 11, 2015

Season 5 begins with Fiona balancing her job and a crush on her older boss. Meanwhile, Lip leaves university and heads back home to work a demolition job; Frank unveils the secret project he's been working on; Ian helps a pregnant Svetlana take care of baby Yevgeny; and Kevin plays stay-at-home dad when Veronica goes to work at the Alibi.

View Details
Air date: Jan 18, 2015

Frank tries to talk Sheila out of an offer from two lesbians who want to buy her home and begins warning everyone of the neighborhood's impending gentrification. Meanwhile, Lip starts his first day of work; Kev bonds with Svetlana; Ian plots revenge with Mickey and Mandy against a homophobic military funeral protest; and Fiona officially comes off house arrest.

View Details
Air date: Jan 25, 2015

Frank tries to scare off the two lesbians who are buying up property in the neighborhood; Debbie throws a wild party; Fiona agrees to go to a concert with Davis; Carl discovers a hidden talent; Ian goes on a crazed cleaning spree and asks Lip to help convince Mandy not to move to Indiana with her abusive boyfriend.

View Details
Air date: Feb 1, 2015

Frank tries to retrace his steps after an epic bender to find what he did with his six-figure insurance settlement; Gus admits he is falling in love with Fiona; Lip visits Amanda in Miami; Carl starts a new job as a drug dealer; Debbie develops a new crush; Debbie begins training at Derek's boxing gym; Kev blows off a date because he doesn't want to leave the girls with a sitter.

View Details
Air date: Feb 8, 2015

Fiona and Gus navigate the awkwardness of their quickie wedding, but her plans to announce the marriage at a family dinner unravels when a coworker overdoses on heroin. Meanwhile, Frank avoids an irate Sammi; Debbie trains at Derek's gym; Mickey grows more concerned with Ian's erratic behavior; and Lip decides to head back to school early.

View Details
Air date: Feb 15, 2015

Newlywed Fiona struggles to remain faithful when Jimmy returns and relentlessly pursues her; Ian steals Mickey and Svetlana's baby; Sammi takes over the Gallagher house and enforces strict curfews; Debbie starts high school; Veronica grapples with her decision to separate from Kev.

View Details
Air date: Mar 1, 2015

Ian gets upset when he learns he is under a mandatory 72-hour hold at the psych ward; Frank returns home from the hospital and refuses to apologize to Sammi; Jimmy and Gus have a face-to-face meeting about their futures with Fiona; Lip discovers he never filled out his financial aid forms and now owes thousands in tuition; Debbie tries to get out of the "friend zone" with Derek.

View Details
Air date: Mar 8, 2015

Ian returns home from the psych ward but refuses to accept his bipolar diagnosis or take his medication; Gus tells Fiona he is going on tour and that they need time apart; Frank recovers from his gunshot wound and plots revenge against Sammi; Carl is asked by his boss to run drugs to Indiana; Lip convinces Kev to sell drugs in the dorms.

View Details
Air date: Mar 15, 2015

Frank plays tour guide to the seedier side of life for his doctor after she is diagnosed with terminal cancer; Fiona prepares Carl for his sentencing hearing; Lip sleeps with a professor; Ian realizes he needs to get back on his meds.

View Details
Air date: Mar 22, 2015

Frank starts to enjoy the company of his new sick friend and formerly uptight doctor, but she dumps him when she suspects he is developing feelings for her.

View Details
Show More Episodes

Shameless: Season 5 Photos

Tv Season Info

Season 5 of the misadventures of Chicago's dysfunctional Gallagher clan picks up a few months after Season 4's finale, with Fiona (Emmy Rossum) now out of prison. It doesn't take long for Fiona to get involved in a surprising love triangle. Meanwhile, Frank (William H. Macy) tries to scare off two lesbians who are trying to buy up property in the neighborhood; and he later falls in love with a dying doctor. As for Lip (Jeremy White), he commits himself to college life and becomes romantically involved with a mentor, while Ian (Cameron Monaghan) and Mickey (Noel Fisher) struggle to manage Ian's bi-polar disorder. Sammi (Emily Bergl), of course, remains a prickly thorn in everyone's side; and Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) gets in serious trouble with the law.

News & Interviews for Shameless: Season 5

Critic Reviews for Shameless Season 5

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

Sunday's fifth-season launch is pure Shameless -- an evisceration of all that's good and decent in the world, and fans will love just about every second.

Jan 9, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Despite the crazy scenarios and even crazier people, season five left us loving the Gallagher family more now than ever before.

Dec 18, 2017 | Full Review…

It is also, despite being an hour each week and featuring dramatic moments - many of them heart-wrenchingly good - funnier than pretty much all of the half-hour shows Showtime tries to pass off as comedies, and it's a pleasure to have it back.

Dec 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Shameless frequently gets off to a slow start, so it's far too soon to cast too critical an eye towards the season.

Jan 12, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Many of the characters haven't really evolved or learned from their mistakes. But that's kind of the point, isn't it? That's the cycle of poverty. It's cyclical for a reason, even if it doesn't fit into the happy ending formula we sometimes want.

Dec 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Shameless is still flying under the radar for many viewers. But its status as one of television's most criminally underrated series could very well be what allows Shameless to flourish.

Dec 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Yes, things are looking pretty dire for the Gallaghers, and we haven't even gotten to Fi's own messy love life yet.

Dec 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Season 2 carried on the Gallagher shenanigans from the first year, but in a more pensive and sobering way.

Dec 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Watching season five of what was probably this writer's favorite show at one time, has become a chore, and a dreaded one at that.

Dec 29, 2015 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

There's such a sense of contentment in the Gallagher household that it almost feels like a ticking time bomb.

Jan 13, 2015 | Full Review…

This was yet another strong season introduction with the show taking on a lighter, more comedic tone than its predecessor, which fits with the summer mood.

Jan 12, 2015 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

It feels so good to be back in the Shameless atmosphere and I thought this was a decent season premiere.

Jan 12, 2015 | Rating: 4.2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shameless: Season 5

  • Aug 04, 2020
    Another great season of Shameless that blended dark and deep drama and funny comedy together perfectly. The writing was astounding, especially Ian's bipolar diagnosis storyline and Ian and Mickey's complicated relationship. The scene where Ian is checked into a psych ward had me balling especially when Mickey and Ian have to say their goodbyes, I just love Mickey and Ian's relationship (one of if not my favorite TV couple of all time) even if it's crazy and complicated and it is so sweet how much Mickey loves and cares about Ian hope everything works out for the characters. The character development was phenomenal especially with Ian, Frank, Mickey, Shelia, Debbie, Lip, Sammi, Fiona, V, Kev, and Svetlana. The acting was exceptional especially Cameron Monaghan's standout committed, powerful, and accurate performance of someone who has to deal with Bipolar Disorder and the hardships that come with being Bipolar as well as other performances from Noel Fisher, Joan Cusack, Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Emily Bergl, Chloe Webb, Isidora Goreshter, Jeremy Allen White, Bojana Novakovic, Nichole Bloom, Shanola Hampton, and Emma Kenney. The chemistry between the cast was top notch as always, just stupendous. The makeup and hairstyling was superb especially on William H. Macy, Emily Bergl, Emma Greenwell, Isidora Goreshter, Bojana Novakovic, Noel Fisher, Nichole Bloom, Chloe Webb, Joan Cusack, Sasha Alexander, Emmy Rossum, Cameron Monaghan, Steve Howey, and Shanola Hampton. Also the music was outstanding. Can't wait to watch the next season and the five others after that.
  • May 01, 2020
    Shameless Season 5 is a great way to kill some time with things that you won't remember in about a week. I've found my relationship with this show unlinke any other. I watched for two seasons tried to get back into it..... Couldn't and now with this pandemic am watching rather rapidly. There's a lot of nudity and sex and fun, but it's just there. There's nothing revolutionary here. William H. Macy has turned into a supporting player and the show is fine. What will Season 6 bring? Ask me in a month!
  • Mar 19, 2020
    They should've ended the show here because the seasons after this starts going down hill.
  • Mar 15, 2020
    I miss the old Shameless so much. Amazing season.
  • Mar 11, 2020
    Got hooked on this series in Season 1 and thought it hit its peak end of season 2. Stayed hooked until half way through season 4 when all the different plot lines started to get crazy and really thought season 5 was just trying too hard. I understand the need to portray how bad things happen all the time to poor people but by season 5 it was getting ridiculous and a part of me wanted some reprieve in these characters. Yep sex sells, as apparently that's all poor people do. The writers should have aimed for plot closure by season 7 instead of keeping this going for 10 seasons.
  • Jan 06, 2020
    Gallavich are my favourite couple ever!
  • Sep 25, 2019
    One of the best seasons of television of all time.

News & Features