Shameless: Season 9 (2018 - 2019)


Season 9

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Shameless enters its ninth season on a tight budget of fresh stories left to tell, but still finds some rich new notes of characterization -- all while gracefully bidding adieu to Emmy Rossum.



Critic Ratings: 11


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User Ratings: 227

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Air date: Sep 9, 2018

In the Season 9 premiere, Frank's latest sexual escapades get him into trouble with the Hopkins Academy PTA; Fiona struggles with her decision to bail Ian out of jail, while he continues his Gay Jesus antics inside; Lip juggles taking care of Xan with a potential romance; Debbie fights for equal pay at work; Carl has to prove himself at military school; and Kev and V have trouble with the twins without Svetlana.

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Air date: Sep 16, 2018

Fiona makes a play for a risky investment opportunity, ignoring Ford's advice; Frank discovers the financial incentives of local politics; Carl bolsters his West Point application in unexpected ways; Debbie struggles to find allies in her battle against sexual harassment; Ian is overwhelmed by the growth of the Gay Jesus movement; Kev and V try to find the perfect preschool for the twins

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Air date: Sep 23, 2018

Frank faces obstacles in his new role as a campaign manager; Fiona prepares to close her real estate deal; Carl enlists V to help him get a West Point recommendation from a congressman; Xan's medical emergency puts Lip in a compromising position; Debbie gets closer with her partner in crime; Ian embarks on a spiritual journey.

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Air date: Sep 30, 2018

Election day puts Frank and Fiona in a head to head battle as they each try to round up votes for their candidates; Lip has to make an important choice about Xan's future; Debbie gets in over her head with Alex; Carl's killer instinct is put to the test; and with his trial looming, Ian struggles to decide how to plead.

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Air date: Oct 7, 2018

Frank's new liver medication comes with tragic side effects.

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Air date: Oct 14, 2018

Frank gets Liam to help chase down a romantic connection.

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Air date: Oct 21, 2018

Debbie helps Fiona pick up the pieces at a low point.

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Air date: Jan 20, 2019

Ingrid ropes Frank into fulfilling her lifelong dream.

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Air date: Jan 27, 2019

Frank searches for ways to finance Ingrid's vision for their future together; Fiona's anger issues cause problems at Patsy's; Lip is forced to confront his real feelings for Tami; Kelly's father attempts to get in the middle of her relationship with Carl; Kev and V realize they are in over their heads with their latest fostering endeavor.

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Air date: Feb 10, 2019

Frank meets his match in a fellow participant in the Hobo Loco competition; Fiona has a dark encounter at Patsy's that scares her into cleaning up her act; Debbie throws herself into home improvements as she gets closer with Kelly; Carl gets a job that is more dangerous than it looks; Lip sees another side of Tami when they spend the day together.

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In season nine of SHAMELESS, political fervor hits the South Side and the Gallaghers take justice into their own hands. Frank (Macy) sees financial opportunity in campaigning and decides to give voice to the underrepresented South Side working man. Fiona (Rossum) tries to build on her success with her apartment building and takes an expensive gamble hoping to catapult herself into the upper echelon. Lip (Jeremy Allen White) distracts himself from the challenges of sobriety by taking in Eddie's niece, Xan (Scarlet Spencer) Ian (Cameron Monaghan) faces the consequences of his crimes as the Gay Jesus movement takes a destructive turn. Debbie (Emma Kenney) fights for equal pay and combats harassment; and her efforts lead her to an unexpected realization. Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) sets his sights on West Point and prepares himself for cadet life. Liam (Christian Isaiah) must develop a new skillset to survive outside of his cushy private school walls. Kevin (Steve Howey) and V (Shanola Hampton) V juggle the demands of raising the twins with running the Alibi as they attempt to transform the bar into a socially conscious business.

Cast & Crew

Ethan Cutkosky
Carl Gallagher
William H. Macy
Frank Gallagher
Emmy Rossum
Fiona Gallagher
Cameron Monaghan
Ian Gallagher
Emma Kenney
Debbie Gallagher
Christian Isaiah
Liam Gallagher
Steve Howey
Kevin Ball
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Critic Reviews for Shameless Season 9

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1)

That's a lot of pressure for a season of television, and based on the premiere I'm not sure the current trajectory of Shameless is going to be able to withstand it. I'd love to be proven wrong.

Sep 10, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Shameless's ninth round ended in soulful fashion, sending Emmy Rossum off on a high note.

Nov 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Even though it probably could have been better seeded throughout the season rather than rushed through in these last two episodes, the show does make Fiona's goodbye work.

Mar 11, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Each character seems to go two steps forward and two steps back. Some might accuse this of being repetitive, but if you accept the series' nihilistic nature, it is just the show's perception of reality.

Mar 11, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Nine seasons in, Shameless feels tired.

Jan 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Clearly, the makeup crew has worked overtime to achieve Rossum's "rock bottom" look, and she's relishing a character arc that should allow her to leave the show in dramatic fashion.

Jan 22, 2019 | Full Review…

It's not easy to keep things fresh after so long on the air, but Shameless Season 9 Episode 1 was filled with the signature humor, drama, and acting that we've come to expect from this Showtime hit.

Sep 17, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Shameless has developed a specific rhythm. The humor is still strong and the twists hilarious, but in a recognizable style pleasing for the fans. Still, if this is your first glimpse of the Gallagher family, it won't be anything less than rowdy.

Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Once you can resign yourself to the fact that the situation is never going to get appreciably better for the Gallaghers, it becomes much easier to sit back, relax, and enjoy their exploits.

Sep 12, 2018 | Full Review…

"Are You There, Shim? It's Me, Ian," maintains the series' signature comedic style and high-level family dysfunction while also providing a stark contrast to the show's first season.

Sep 12, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Shameless is back, and it's back with a vengeance -- and that's not necessarily a good thing.

Sep 11, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shameless: Season 9

  • Oct 30, 2020
    I used to love this show until its turned super left wing political in season 9.
  • Sep 22, 2020
    Make no mistake the second half of Shameless proved this is Jeremy Allen White's show now and while he's a fantastic in small doses, his arch can not carry a show. The writing has become lazy and frankly this should be it for a show that is out of steam. William H. Macy is just cashing a check and getting to be nuanced with a character that has been played out. Emma Rossum grew on me over the years and proved she could carry the ball when given. While I think White will have a better career long term, Rossum was this show and the writing has no clue where or how to continue and it was proven time and time again. There are some heartfelt moments and it's sad to see something you enjoy come to an end. Let's hope this show doesn't come back.
  • Aug 20, 2020
    Done! I am soooo done with Shameless. I could BARELY get through Season 9's politics and the same story line told over and over. What I could get through of Season 10 was NOTHING but ridiculous political nonsense. We get enough of mind numbing back and forth political BS every time we look at a screen. Some of us just want to binge on a dysfunctional family – to laugh, cry, and get angry – is that too much to as for? I'm done. Hopefully, they will not renew this show for another season. What a waste – this used to be my favorite show.
  • Jun 12, 2020
    This show got so repetitive I quit.
  • May 10, 2020
    Clearly repetitive, boring at its worst. But the beautiful details about the characters are always the great work of amazing screenwriters. I disagree that Shameless put too much politics in this season: Shameless IS the most political series I've ever seen since episode 1. Making a show about the struggle of poor people is political and it should be, it screams a truth to the world that is hard to digest. In the end, Shameless 9 is still Shameless.. only tired and repetitive, but the goodbye to Fiona Gallagher - after some painful episodes - works. It's still able to show the perspective of the writers and how they feel about these human beings they're depicting: they care about them, and in spite of anything distusting or wrong that the characters might have done, the screenplay watches them with a maternal look, silently observing the beauty of human beings.
  • Mar 11, 2020
    I really appreciate this show and how amazing the outcome of it is. Anytime I get a chance to promote I will. Season 8 was a great start on Fionas behalf and a real character builder. Then season 9 came along and showed her downfall and her elegance hitting rock bottom. The directors and team did an amazing job at her character. The should continue to do what they are doing.👍
  • Feb 01, 2020
    This season got way too political for my taste just like everything else coming out.
  • Jan 30, 2020
    This show used to be one of my favorites, and now it's unwatchable. Horrible, over-exaggerated SJW, political garbage is all that is left of this once brilliant show.
  • Jan 30, 2020
    Season 9 is bad , thanx for trying to shove this LGBQRTS or whatever down our throats. Not everyone wants to see same sex kissing etc for an hour. I used to love the show too now it`s ruined
  • Jan 16, 2020
    This was tough to watch.

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