Shameless - Season 9 Review

by iwantmycookies | created - 19 Sep 2018 | updated - 11 Mar 2019 | Public

Season rating - 8-great Highlight episode - Found MVP: Emmy Rossum

This season's narrative was all over the place. I enjoyed most episodes on a base level but feel it suffered from last season's stagnant development of characters. The story's for Ian and Fiona (and the latter's permanent exit) lead them down a more interesting path and actually saw some long-term consequences for the show. Kev and V were great comedic relief as always, but their more serious moments - particularly when interacting with say Fiona or Lip - were when they excelled and I hope to see more of that.

Carl's arc reached a pretty good end but the whole Kelly love triangle with Debbie was pretty bad. Debbie pulled herself back down into the ranks of worst character, but she redeemed herself a bit in the finale. Lip - the most consistent character - had a semi-interesting arc and holds promise for the future. As a whole, the finale worked because of its series-long foundations, and so Fiona's exit and goodbyes - particularly to Frank - worked.

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1. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Are You There Shim? It's Me, Ian. (2018)

TV-MA | 55 min | Comedy, Drama

Frank gets 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.

Director: Iain B. MacDonald | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 988

8-great

2. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Mo White! (2018)

TV-MA | 55 min | Comedy, Drama

Fiona pursues a risky investment opportunity. Frank discovers the financial incentives of local politics. Carl bolsters his West Point application in unexpected ways. Ian is overwhelmed by the growth of the Gay Jesus movement.

Director: Erin Feeley | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 844

8-great

3. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Weirdo Gallagher Vortex (2018)

TV-MA | 55 min | Comedy, Drama

Frank faces obstacles in his new role. Fiona prepares to close her real estate deal. Carl enlists V to help him get a recommendation from a congressman. Xan has a medical emergency. Ian embarks on a spiritual journey.

Director: Kat Coiro | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 780

7.5-good

4. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Do Right, Vote White! (2018)

TV-MA | 56 min | Comedy, Drama

Election day puts Frank and Fiona in a head to head battle as they each try to round up votes for their candidates. Lip makes a choice about Xan's future. With his trial looming, Ian struggles to decide how to plead. 100th episode.

Director: Mark Mylod | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 829

8-great

5. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Black-Haired Ginger (2018)

TV-MA | 56 min | Comedy, Drama

Frank's new liver medication comes with tragic side effects. Ian tries to get away from Fiona's hovering. Lip has to keep himself occupied during a day of temptation. Carl makes a connection at a West Point mixer.

Director: William H. Macy | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 788

8-great

6. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Face It, You're Gorgeous (2018)

TV-MA | 54 min | Comedy, Drama

Frank employs Liam to help him chase down a romantic connection; Fiona struggles to keep up with the demands of her new investment as Ford pushes her to get serious about their relationship.

Director: Allison Liddi-Brown | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,179

8.5-great

7. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Down Like the Titanic (2018)

TV-MA | 58 min | Comedy, Drama

Debbie finds Fiona at a low point and helps her pick up the pieces as Fiona continues to face pressure from Max Whitford on her investment hubris. Frank enjoys the honeymoon period of his relationship with Ingrid.

Director: Silver Tree | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 798

8-great

8. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Alibi (2019)

TV-MA | 53 min | Comedy, Drama

Fiona's downward spiral continues and Debbie steps in to pick up the slack at the Gallagher house. Ingrid ropes Frank into fulfilling her lifelong dream. Tami shows Lip a different version of adulthood.

Director: Zetna Fuentes | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 721

7.5-good

9. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: BOOOOOOOOOOOONE! (2019)

TV-MA | 56 min | Comedy, Drama

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.

Director: Loren S. Yaconelli | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 715

7.5-good

10. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Los Diablos! (2019)

TV-MA | 58 min | Comedy, Drama

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.

Director: Roberto Sneider | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 669

7.5-good

11. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: The Hobo Games (2019)

TV-MA | 58 min | Comedy, Drama

The finals of the Hobo Games have arrived, and Frank faces off against his friend and greatest opponent. Lip prepares to officially adopt Xan, but his plans collide with Fiona's partying. Debbie develops feelings for someone surprising.

Director: Iain B. MacDonald | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 743

8-great

12. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: You'll Know the Bottom When You Hit It (2019)

TV-MA | 57 min | Comedy, Drama

When a blackout hits the South Side, Kevin and Veronica come up with a plan to bring the neighborhood together. Carl grows suspicious of Debbie's attempts to get closer with Kelly. Fiona receives guidance from an unexpected person.

Directors: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 719

8-great

13. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Lost (2019)

TV-MA | 58 min | Comedy, Drama

Frank's injury gets in the way of everyone's plans as Fiona attempts to get her life back on track and Lip grows frustrated with his relationship with Tami. Carl gets some bad news about his future, and Debbie finally makes a move on Kelly.

Director: Iain B. MacDonald | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 679

8-great

14. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Found (2019)

TV-MA | 56 min | Comedy, Drama

As the Gallaghers decide what to do with a bedridden Frank, Fiona has to make a decision about her future. Carl and Debbie share their heartbreak together. Lip has to deal with a distressed Tami.

Director: John Wells | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,229

8.5-great



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