Shameless: Season 8 (2017 - 2018)


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Air date: Nov 5, 2017
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Season 8 of this comedy series finds the Gallagher family on an upswing. Frank (William H. Macy) comes out of a drug-induced haze and decides it's finally time to be a contributing member of society, while Fiona (Emmy Rossum) faces hard decisions when she discovers her success as a landlord may mean someone else's misfortune. Lip (Jeremy Allen White) struggles with unexpected sacrifices he must make to stay sober, while Ian (Cameron Monaghan) takes up a cause in hopes of getting back with Trevor (Elliot Fletcher).

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Sober lip still has some growing up to do.

Dec 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Dare we say the Gallaghers are actually on the road to making better decisions?

Nov 8, 2017 | Full Review…

The Gallaghers are back in the Age of Trump. God help the South Side, but blessed are the viewers.

Nov 6, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

If the season 8 opener is any indication, Shameless is looking to take on an even more political overtone.

Nov 6, 2017 | Full Review…

Hide your wallets and meth, because the Gallaghers are back!

Nov 6, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The weight facing each Gallagher isn't as immediate as it once was, with characters grappling less with the razor's edge of poverty and more with the psychological toil. But that leaves room for the show to dig deeper into who these characters are.

Nov 6, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Speaking of Frank, there's absolutely no way his new leaf will stick. We've witnessed this man take on multiple personas throughout the years, and while it gives William H. Macy a lot to work with, we've seen it all a little too much.

Nov 5, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shameless: Season 8

  • May 10, 2019
    By far the worst season of the show... becomes too political
  • Feb 13, 2019
    While I love this show and itÂ?s characters, this season was really disappointing. With the exception of Jeremy Allen White whoâ??Â?s acting and story arc were phenomenal, every other characterâ??Â?s storyline felt messy and unfinished. There were many subplots throughout the season that didnâ??t get resolved, but also werenâ??Â?t big or important enough to continue. Many of the characters didnâ??Â?t have any substantial story to tell. A lot of the plots that were introduced, disappeared in favour of different one so it seemed as if you werenâ??t really watching continuous episodes and were more like several, almost unrelated episodes. I would argue essentially every new character introduced were either two dimensional or unnecessary. None of them sparked my interest and got me to want to know them more and the main characters didnâ??t even feel like the same people. Kevin and Veronica have no place on the show anymore either. While I think they are amazing actors and have loved watching them over the course of time, them being in the show doesnâ??t make any sense. They should do these actors and characters more justice because the entire season, they were there to just exist. Not even amplify any other arc in any way, just there because they have been from the start. Iâ??Â?m sorry to say that as of the past eight seasons this show has had, this one was the weakest in every sense (plots, characters, writing, etc.) Overall, it seems as if this season was made just for the sake of having to. Disappointing.
  • Dec 29, 2018
    It is common for a successful television series to emigrate across the Atlantic Ocean to repeat its popularity with American audiences. In most instances, the transplanted shows fail to meet expectations completely. However, when the new series clicks, there is the potential to soar above the original. The original British version of ‘Shameless’ lasted a respectable ten years. The American variation is about to begin its ninth season leaving season eight as the subject of this consideration. The fundamental theme is series is quite popular, the dysfunctional family. Even though this is the basis for many television series and movies is usually focused on either the reason for antisocial behavior or, to make the audience. Good about themselves by comparison. In the case of this series will the family at the center of the action, the Gallaghers, most definitely dysfunctional and prone to antisocial behavior, undeniably the entire family seems to get along with each other. They are fiercely loyal to one another, rising in defiance anyone that threatens the family. Considering they almost always in some form of trouble or experiencing one type of crisis or another, this familiar cohesiveness is crucial to their survival. Among the most attractive aspects of the series is the organic means that change infused into the very fabric of the show. Character growth is vital to any story but rarely is the inherent craftsmanship as meticulously presented. In the early seasons of the series, it appeared that everything that could go wrong does so on a regular basis. From the perspective of the eighth season, it is increasingly obvious that those trials served as a forged that hardened their resolve and tightened the Gallagher sense of unity. Throughout the early seasons of the series, the thematic onus examined how the Gallaghers stood together overcoming adversity. A previous couple of seasons have incorporated an important modification to the primary motivation. Members of the family are confronted with circumstances life as ill-prepared them to handle, success. The most important, and somewhat unusual aspect of this season can be likened to the adage concerning lemons and a certain refreshing summer beverage. In the past when life handed a Gallagher some lemons, it was inevitable that the juice would be poured in their eyes. This time many of the members of this woeful clan have managed to obstacles into a potentially life-changing book. A while back it seemed that Fiona (Emmy Rossum) would end up serving a hard time in prison when her youngest brother, Liam (Brandon Sims), ingested cocaine. Fiona was given probation and assigned to work at a diner, Patsy’s Pie. After a failed relationship with the manager, Fiona manages to establish a significant line of credit, purchase the laundry across the street, flip it and become the owner of an apartment building. Her life was finally turning around until she encounters several of the pitfalls inherently part of the position of the landlord. Tenants that won’t pay back rent, repairs and finally the twisted bad luck that plagues her family hits hard; a worker is injured while repairing the roof. Fiona, a sympathetic person, allows his family to stay in the apartment she put aside for her own, they refuse to leave and sue Fiona for a ridiculous amount. Fortunately, her Chicago Side street smarts save the day. Life is a similar roller coaster teasing at a successful life for the eldest brother, Lip (Jeremy Allen White). After receiving a truly life-changing opportunity, a chance to nurture his intellectual gifts. A place in the university, is demons overtake him. Lip spirals out of control in the grips of alcoholism. When their often-AWOL mother dies and a very large stash of methamphetamine, going against Fiona’s warnings, the kids, urged by their father, Frank (William H. Macy), to sell the drugs and enjoy the cash. Lip and Debbie (Emma Kenney), are pulled into the center of trouble when the drug dealer comes back for either the cash or the money. Barely extricating themselves Lip winds up in rehab, eventually getting a sponsor and Debbie, after some failed tries at unorthodox means of living, ends up supporting herself and her young daughter, Francine, by attending school for certification in wielding. Debbie was always the caretaker and managed to rise to the challenges of being a single mother. Carl (Ethan Cutkosky), experiences one of the profound changes of the family. In the first seasons, Carl was a psychopath in training. After juvenile detention turns him into a young gangster, he finds a girlfriend that ultimately rejects him. The good news that comes out of this failed affair is Carl become close with her police officer father. He inspires Carl to attend military school. Carl has a change in priorities and becomes an excellent cadet. Meanwhile, Ian (Cameron Monaghan), fights against his inheritance from his mother, Bi-polar disorder, and becomes an EMT in the Chicago Fire Department. Relative job security and the proper medication allow Ian to attempt relationships with several men. Ultimately Ian becomes an activist for the homeless and gay rights, hailed by his followers as ‘Gay Jesus’. Ian’s zeal to help the homeless clashed with Fiona’s burgeoning responsibility as a serious businesswoman. Fiona had her eye set on s building for expansion. Unfortunately, the same one Ian was planning on converting to a homeless shelter. He targets his big sister with a series demonstration with his growing flock of faithful followers. It would not be a season of ‘Shameless’ without some misguided antics by the patriarch of the Gallagher clan, Frank. His usual stanch supporter, Debbie, is too busy with her classes and child to coddle her recalcitrant parent, he announces that it is time for him to retire, but as everyone is quick to point out, Frank had never had an had an honest day’s work in his life. After trying to finagle the government but when that failed he set his sights on the latest in a long line of dubious get rich quick schemes. Frank decides to become a ‘coyote, smuggling illegal immigrants into Canada. When he announces his intentions at the Alibi Room, many of the bar’s regulars ask him to pick up their medications because of the drastic reduction in cost up north. Naturally, Frank runs afoul of the law. In this instance, it is a novel experience for him.\he is caught by the men in red, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The see-saw effect of circumstances encompassed the extended family of the Gallaghers, Kevin (Steve Howey) and Veronica (Shanola Hampton), Fiona’s best friends and owners of the Alibi Room. They have been struggling to keep the bar afloat ever since they inherited it from the former owner. Neither Kevin or ‘V’ possessed even a modicum of practical business acumen. They wind up living as a ‘trouble,’ three people in a polyamorous relationship with the Russian prostitute, Svetlana (Isidora Goreshter).it began as her serving as a live-in caregiver for their babies but when Svetlana has threatened deportation the only solution was a green card marriage. Kevin was technically still legally married, so it fell to V and some freshly pasted laws to wed the devious Russian. When the threesome falls apart, they discover that the bar was known in Svetlana’s name. Ultimately once Kevin discovers domination the tables turn, and Svetlana needs their help to best her rival from the old county.
  • Nov 04, 2018
    "Shameless" não melhora muito na oitava temporada, mas também não perde assim tanta qualidade. O drama familiar normal está presente e as situações engraçadas em que eles se metem também. No geral, é exatamente o que esperas de "Shameless" e, mesmo que alguns espectadores fiquem um pouco irritados com a repetitividade das histórias, eu ainda acho que a série é bastante agradável.
  • Oct 22, 2018
    The season was pretty good up until the last 2 episodes. Fiona was taken advantage of by a business partner, basically perpetuating the idea that Gallaghers never win. My guess is next season Carl will be kicked out of Westpoint to go with the trend. It's probably not worth watching season 9.
  • Oct 04, 2018
    Shameless doesn't really get any better in season 8, but it doesn't get any worse either. The normal family drama is present, and the funny predicaments they get themselves into are there as well, and there's actually a little bit of character development this season. Overall, it's exactly what you expect from Shameless, and even though some viewers may find themselves getting a tad annoyed with the repetitiveness of the storylines, I still find the show very enjoyable.
  • Sep 25, 2018
    Getting too political and even the politics of the wage gap thing isnt real, if it was real at least it would make sense... its just being ridiculous now.
  • Aug 30, 2018
    This was the worst season yet. Give me entertainment, not someone’s propaganda. Terrible season.
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  • May 27, 2018
    I love this show And the characters, needs better male nudity though and sex is unrealistic in the sense that there is no foreplay, what Women can orgaSm dry?! Honestly. Men in tv shows/movies get to preserve their modesty so much more than women, do better! Women like seeing nude men just as much as men like seeing nude women!

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