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Shameless: Season 5 (2015)




Critic 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.


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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.


William H. Macy
as Frank Gallagher
Emmy Rossum
as Fiona Gallagher
Justin Chatwin
as Steve/Jimmy
Cameron Monaghan
as Ian Gallagher
Emma Kenney
as Debbie Gallagher
Jeremy Allen White
as Lip Gallagher
Ethan Cutkosky
as Carl Gallagher
Zach McGowan
as Jody Silverman
Joan Cusack
as Sheila Jackson
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Critic Reviews for Shameless: Season 5

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

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.

January 9, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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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.

December 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.

December 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.

December 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.

December 15, 2017 | Full Review…

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

December 18, 2017 | Full Review…

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