Shameless: Season 6 (2016)


Season 6

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Shameless' sixth season charts a tragic trajectory for the Gallaghers, leaving viewers in suspense as they hope against hope that this family from the wrong side of the tracks can't find long-lasting stability.



Critic Ratings: 10


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User Ratings: 23

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Air date: Jan 10, 2016

Season 6 begins with Frank still mourning the loss of Bianca and his newfound appreciation for life freaking out his family. Meanwhile, Fiona tries to get Ian to take his meds and to get Debbie to the clinic for a pregnancy test.

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Air date: Jan 17, 2016

Debbie carries a bag of flour around all day to prove Fiona wrong about her ability to raise a child while going to school, but she quickly realizes people are not as accommodating to mothers and babies as she hoped.

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Air date: Jan 24, 2016

Frank teaches Debbie how to work the welfare system to her advantage. Meanwhile, Kevin and Veronica visit a paralyzed Yanis in the hospital and try to make amends, but Yanis arrives home and tries to kill the two Lisas with Kev's van.

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Air date: Feb 7, 2016

Frank helps Erica through the cancer concierge process; Debbie ups her game as a shoulder for Tyler to lean on; Lip tries to protect Helene from the fallout of Amanda's disclosure, but she refuses to see him anymore.

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Air date: Feb 14, 2016

Ian's relationship with Caleb gets more serious. Meanwhile, Lip is called to appear before a faculty disciplinary committee, but Helene accepts the blame for the scandal and tells the committee she will no longer teach or see Lip.

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Air date: Feb 21, 2016

Carl struggles with Nick's absence and remakes the Gallagher home into his "crib." He invites his friends over to party and make music. Frank and Queenie rule the house, and Debbie returns when she is let go by Erica and Tyler.

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Air date: Mar 6, 2016

Fiona, now living with Sean, tries to get his son, Will, to like her. He starts to come around, but when Will snags one of Carl's guns at the Gallagher house, Sean catches him and becomes furious with Fiona because he fears he will lose custody.

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Air date: Mar 13, 2016

Fiona tries to make amends with Sean, who isn't giving her the time of day. Meanwhile, Debbie and Queenie travel to a rural commune, along with Frank who is trying to escape G-Doggg after stealing drugs from him.

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Air date: Mar 20, 2016

Sean officially moves into the Gallagher house; Fiona plans a traditional wedding; Kev tries to find a way around V and Svetlana's pending green card marriage.

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Air date: Mar 27, 2016

Frank offers to pay for Fiona's wedding reception and then goes scamming around town to raise the money. Meanwhile, Sean fears that Frank will end up hurting Fiona and confronts him on it. Their difference of opinion quickly descends into a brawl.

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Season 6 of this comedy series picks up a few months after last season's finale, as the Gallaghers prepare for yet another long Chicago winter. This season will see more than just the Arctic Lake Michigan winds whipping through the Southside. Change is hard and the Gallaghers are as surprised as anyone at how life is turning out for them. But the question remains, as they come into their own and find out who they are, is it really possible that the Gallaghers could grow apart for good?

Cast & Crew

Ethan Cutkosky
Carl Gallagher
Cameron Monaghan
Ian Gallagher
Steve Howey
Kevin Ball
Noel Fisher
Mickey Milkovich
Emmy Rossum
Fiona Gallagher
Emily Bergi
Sammi Gallagher
William H. Macy
Frank Gallagher
Emma Kenney
Debbie Gallagher
Alan Rosenberg
Professor Youens
Jeff Pierre
Sasha Alexander
Helene Runyon
Peter Macon
Dominique's father
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Critic Reviews for Shameless Season 6

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

The season six premiere finds our Gallaghers more stable than ever, but that only means it's the fall from grace will be harder and more devastating.

Jan 11, 2016 | Full Review…

We've been following the Gallaghers for six years now, and the series has never been one to tie a neat, shiny bow on its story lines. If you were expecting a happy ending, well, that was your fault.

Dec 18, 2017 | Full Review…

It's always fun to see what happens when the Gallaghers congregate back on South Side, and as with all things Gallagher, it makes for the best of times and the worst.

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

Shameless is never going to be the televisual equivalent of a warm hug, but it's trained us into accepting even deeply concerning situations as welcome ones.

Jan 11, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Well, that was an unpredictable ending!

Dec 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Season six continued to showcase this series' mastery of tackling complicated societal issues with authority, and genuine first-person perspectives.

Dec 18, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Overall, season 6 does feel like a big step up from season 5 (which was the weakest one the series has had to date).

Dec 18, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

While it's not a complete fix of the missteps in season five, it's at the very least a very tentative start.

Jan 25, 2016 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

The Gallaghers are always stressful to watch, yet consistently entertaining.

Jan 13, 2016 | Full Review…

With the premiere of its sixth season, Shameless proves that it still has some fire under its feet and can take its characters in new and interesting directions.

Jan 10, 2016 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shameless: Season 6

  • Aug 10, 2020
    Another great season of Shameless but not as entertaining as the previous seasons. The writing was exceptional especially Lip beginning to have to deal with alcoholism and realizing he has a problem, getting to see Debbie as a mother and having to find a way to be a mother and have a normal teenage life, and Ian's continuous struggle with his bipolar. The character development was phenomenal especially with Lip, Carl, Ian, Fiona, Debbie, Sean, Frank, V, Svetlana, Tony, Mandy, and Kev. The acting was stupendous especially from Jeremy Allen White, Cameron Monaghan, Ethan Cutkosky, Emmy Rossum, Emma Kenney, William H. Macy, Isidora Goreshter, Steve Howey, Shanola Hampton, Dermot Mulroney, Sherilyn Fenn, Emma Greenwell, Steve Kazee, Tyler Jacob Moore, Kellen Michael, Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Will Sasso, Nichole Bloom, and Ever Carradine. The chemistry as always was spectacular. This was another season full of remarkable writing, character development, and acting but this season just wasn't as entertaining to me as the previous seasons were but it is still one of my top 10 favorite TV shows of all time.
  • Jul 23, 2020
    It has been soo harsh to see I couldn't keep up
  • May 23, 2020
    Empty Calories! Too much of them and you'll be brain dead!
  • Jan 06, 2020
    I love it!!!!!!!!!!!

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