Shameless finally seems to care about its characters as much as we do, but it probably won't last

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Like any good family-focused series, Shameless started out as a show about an interconnected group of people: although characters had their own storylines, and certain characters who were in their lives but not the lives of their family members, there was always the idea that they would come back to the same house,…

Shameless goes meta by making an episode about the future as we question whether it has one

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Unlike last week’s return, this week’s Shameless has an actual theme, trying to piece together its disparate storylines into something borderline cohesive. That theme is “the future,” with Frank and Ingrid planning for their six kids, Lip and Tami confronting the possibility of their relationship becoming more…

Shameless says goodbye to its first Gallagher sibling in a fitting yet frustrating farewell

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When a main character exits a long-running series, it’s typically a time for reflection: for more than eight seasons, Ian Gallagher has been a critical part of Shameless, and one of the longest-running primetime explorations of homosexuality in the past decade. There are fans of the show who were drawn in by Ian’s…