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Shameless

by Sam Cook

Genre: Comedy

Seasons: 8

(97 episodes, 46 minutes)

The newest season of Shameless aired on Showtime on Nov. 5, 2017. On its 8th season, the “too many seasons” epidemic has not yet affected the show or its rating. In fact, viewers are increasing. The show drew 1.86 million Live/Same Day viewers on the premiere episode; 50% more than the Season 7 premiere.

“As challenging as it can be for any show simply to maintain viewers in the current TV landscape, Shameless is adding them in droves,” Showtime Networks president and CEO David Nevins said.

With the inter-family conflicts pretty much wrapped up, I’m excited to see what new angles the show will take us to. I wait by the TV every Sunday night for 9PM to come.

Fiona, played by Emmy Rossum, is the main actress and the glue that keeps her family together—even when she’s falling apart.

Frank, well Francis, as he’d like to be called as of Season 8, is played by William A. Macy. He is the drunken father who comes and goes out of the kids’ lives, but in some dark, twisted way, seems to actually love his kids.

Jeremy Allen White playS Lip, the oldest brother who’s beyond intelligent, but seems to be falling into the steps of his father, Frank.

There are several other main characters in the show, but really you should just watch it for yourself. I give this show a 5/5. It is hands down, the best thing I have ever watched—and so realistic. It’s got that mix of comedy, drama, romance, heartache, and more all wrapped up into 46 minutes.

Due to salary conflicts with main actress, Emmy Rossum, who plays Fiona Gallagher, fans waited anxiously for nearly a year hoping that season 8 would be released. However, it has been confirmed that there will be a season 9, and it will begin production in 2018.

The first 7 seasons can be found on Netflix. Now you have something to binge watch over Christmas break.

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