Shameless - Season 5
The fifth season of Shameless, an American comedy-drama television series based on the British series of the same name by Paul Abbott, premiered on January 11, 2015 on the Showtime television network. Executive producers are John Wells, Paul Abbott and Andrew Stearn, and producer Michael Hissrich. Like all previous seasons, the season consisted of 12 episodes.
Shameless - Season 5
The season picks up two to three months after the events of the previous season. Fiona, officially off house arrest, is still a waitress at the Golden House diner, which has been renamed to Patsy's Pies and is now under the new ownership of Sean Pierce (Dermot Mulroney); Sheila leaves town after her house burns down; Frank, Sammi and Chuckie move into the Gallagher household; Mandy moves to Indiana with Kenyatta; and Ian remains in denial of his bipolarity as Mickey continues to look after him. When Ian begins showing increasingly erratic behavior, Mickey gets Ian to admit himself into a psychological evaluation ward.
Meanwhile, Debbie begins dating Derek, a boy she bonds with during boxing lessons. Debbie goes on birth control and has sex with Derek, despite being advised against doing so within 48 hours; this ultimately results in Debbie becoming pregnant, to Fiona's dismay. Lip and Amanda continue a non-exclusive relationship, though Amanda eventually begins showing feelings for Lip, which he ignores. When Lip pursues his older professor, Helene (Sasha Alexander), Amanda angrily lashes out at him for ditching her. Kevin and Veronica struggle with parental life, and the two go through a brief break-up period, in which Svetlana strikes an unlikely bond with Kevin. Kevin and Veronica eventually make amends at the end of the season.
At the Gallagher home, Sammi takes charge as the family's caretaker. She begins openly showing a disdain for Frank, her eyes opened to her father by her half-siblings. Frank wants to get rid of Sammi and convinces Carl, who has begun dealing drugs, to use Chuckie as a drug mule. In the second half of the season, Frank bonds with his doctor Bianca (Bojana Novakovic), who is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Bianca refuses to endure chemo, instead wanting to experience a debauched lifestyle that Frank introduces her to. They eventually begin a romantic relationship. As Bianca's health begins deteriorating, she and Frank take a trip to Costa Rica. While Frank is sleeping, Bianca leaves a thankful goodbye note for him before walking into the ocean to presumably drown herself.
Ian returns to the South Side and reunites with Mickey. However, Ian breaks up with him, affirming that he doesn't want to put Mickey through his bipolarity. The fifth season closes on a cliffhanger, with Sammi suddenly showing up and attempting to shoot Mickey with a gun. The shootout ultimately results in both Mickey and Sammi's incarceration.
On February 18, 2014, Showtime announced the series would be renewed for a fifth season. Production on the first episode began on July 3, 2014 with the first table read, with principal photography commencing on July 8, 2014.
Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the fifth season a 92%, based on 12 reviews. The critics consensus reads, "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."
The Gallaghers are back and they're as SHAMELESS as ever in a new season of the acclaimed Showtime Original Series. As real estate speculators and organic coffee shops overrun their beloved South Side of Chicago, Frank, Fiona, Lip and the rest of the family band together to fight the invading hipster hordes in their own audacious way.
Before I write anything else, I have to raise a glass to Shameless for just completing its fifth season finale and still being able to genuinely surprise and supplant audience expectations. Despite my best assumptions, Shameless proved that the most subversive thing it can do is actually show a modicum of shame and consequence (more like a double shot of the stuff, really), finding, hilarity, sex, and also genuinely earned character moments that are unlike anything else on television. As per usual, I am not sure what one would call this annual send-off. Comedy? Drama? Heartbreaking? At the very least, and whatever issues I might suggest later in this review, there is no denying what it truly is: really goddamn good.
Real heartbreak in the Shameless season five finale did rear itself in two devastating love story wrap-ups: Frank and Bianca, and Mickey and Ian. Both plots I thought we saw season five conclusions for last week, and both came back for one more hour to shakedown viewers of their tears.
Normally, the sight of Sammi this season has made me suck in a breath of frustration, but she actually for once allows Shameless to recall its comedic roots tonight, even if it involves her trying to put a cap in the Milkovich boy. It also brings Ian and Lip together for some nice brotherly bonding moments.
Other than Sammi chasing Mickey with a gun, this hour featured few of the shameless touchstones fans expect. Refreshingly, the series dialed back the antics in favor of messy, ugly lives of its Gallagher protagonists, making any plotting inconsistencies or loose threads matter little when faced with a collapsing Ian-Mickey love story or a desperate Fiona trying to stop Debbie from exploding her life. Or, for that matter, Frank alone on a beach.
Season 5 of the Showtime series Shameless, which has already been renewed for a sixth season, finds the Gallagher family dealing with the upsides and downsides of personal growth. Fighting demons both personal and genetic has become old hat for the Gallaghers, who have learned to make lying, cheating and stealing into a currency to help them survive. And yet, through it all, they still have an obvious love for each other that helps make it all bearable.
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He'll take booze over family any day! Shameless returns for its fifth season with incorrigible drunk Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy) secretly making his own home brew, despite recently undergoing a liver transplant. His kids also continue their ride on the razor's edge. Former jailbird Fiona (Emmy Rossum) will find herself juggling four guys: Sean (Dermot Mulroney), her boss at the diner and a fellow recovering addict; rock musicians Gus (Steve Kazee) and Davis (Axle Whitehead); and her jerky ex-lover Jimmy (Justin Chatwin), who isn't dead after all.
And what the hell is wrong with Sammi (Emily Bergl)? Frank's eldest daughter, who was introduced just last season, is having such a tough time getting Dad's attention that she resorts to unsavory tactics -- like having sex right in front of him. "She can't accept the fact that he will never be a real dad, something the rest of the Gallagher kids accepted years ago," says Pimental. "Sammi is a grown woman and a mother, but the wounded child inside of her is spinning out of control -- and it will only get crazier."
Why did Jeffrey Dean Morgan exit Shameless after only one episode? Jeffrey Dean Morgan is probably best known at this point for playing Negan on The Walking Dead, having joined the hit horror series during the season 6 finale. Negan's introduction is one of the most infamous sequences in the entire show and featured the gruesome demise of two fan-favorite characters at his hands, but over the years, the show has worked to redeem the former villain. Negan is far from Jeffrey Dean Morgan's first scene-stealing performance though. He gave a memorable turn as The Comedian in Zack Snyder's adaptation of Watchmen, broke many hearts on Grey's Anatomy as Denny Duquette, and played John Winchester on Supernatural.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan's character appears in the Shameless season 4 finale and is then never to be seen nor heard from again. It's odd, considering the series set up the character to be a mainstay for a period and then simply dropped him for a different storyline that includes Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend's Wedding). Here's why Jeffrey Dean Morgan left Shameless after only one episode.
Fiona is given a job at the restaurant after being brought there by her parole officer Gail, with Charlie agreeing to give Fiona a chance, though warning if she shows up drunk or high she'll be fired and reported. He and Fiona later attend a Recovery meeting together but in Shameless season 5, Peters is gone, and the restaurant is renamed Patsy's Pies. Of course, it makes no sense to bring in Morgan for such a small part unless it was supposed to be bigger, and Charlie was meant to play a much larger role in the fifth season.
On the plus side, it'll be easier to tell the two actors apart with these gigs, as opposed to last season when McDermott was (I think) starring in a Washington D.C.-based hostage drama on CBS, while Mulroney was (I think) doing the exact same thing on NBC.
Later this year, Showtime's long-running dramedy Shameless will air its eleventh and final season. Based on the British series of the same name, which notably ran for a much briefer amount of time, the William H. Macy-led series has been a staple of the cable channel's programming. But with over a decade of episodes behind it, Shameless' solid run is coming to a close. And over the course of 120+ episodes, the hit show has seen several major cast members come and go, with Emmy Rossum as the standout.
As Fiona Gallagher, the oldest sibling who took on most of the responsibilities in the multi-child house, Emmy Rossum played her most well-known role to date in Shameless, and it was certainly the one she played the longest too. In August 2018, however, Rossum revealed in an emotional Facebook post that she was making her exit from Shameless following its ninth season. The character of Fiona was taken off the series when she received a large sum of money and realized the Gallagher family grew up. Fiona wrote the family a $50,000 check and flew out of Chicago. 041b061a72