BY ASHLEY ENGLE
If you like shows about family matters, dealing with real world issues, and overall living “shamelessly” then Showtime’s “Shameless” is the show for you.
“Shameless” first aired in 2011, and since then it has made a home for itself on more than a million televisions across the nation by portraying a relatable family that could be anybody’s neighbors.
“Shameless” follows the Gallagher family, focusing on the six kids: Fiona, Phillip, Ian, Debbie, Carl, and Liam, who struggle to deal with their father Frank’s alcoholism.
Due to this, his oldest daughter Fiona takes on all the responsibilities of the bills and taking care of her siblings, as her dad is incapable of maintaining that parental role.
Though the family appears to be dysfunctional, it is in this dysfunction that the characters are able to thrive and grow the most.
“The whole family dynamic and how different each sibling is from one another is what really makes the show thrive. I enjoy the wackiness of every character,” said junior Justin Weigel.
The show’s overall plot has worked well with viewers, considering the show will be reaching it’s 100th episode this season. It is currently on its ninth season, which premiered Sep. 9 on Showtime. It will run for a total of 14 episodes as opposed to the usual 12.
According to Entertainment Weekly, this season of “Shameless” is going to be “super-sized and split in half.” The first seven episodes are being broadcast this fall, and after a short break the rest will be aired in early 2019, starting on Jan. 20.
With the new season and the awaited drama occurring on set, there is drama off set that is creating buzz everywhere.
Fiona’s character, played by Emmy Rossum, is leaving the show after this current season.
Fans have already taken the time to express their opinions about Fiona no longer being apart of the show.
“I am disappointed that Fiona is leaving the show. Her character really makes the show what it is. Plus, she is the oldest sibling who plays the parenting role on both parts of the spectrum. It definitely will be different without her in the mix for sure,” said senior Allie Draghi.
Despite her disappointment, Draghi expressed how this show has shown her the importance of family.
“This show is important to me because at the end of the day, regardless of all the dysfunctional stuff they go through, family is the most important thing to them. It isn’t your typical family but the message behind it is quite beautiful.”
The season nine premiere racked up over 1.3 million viewers, down from the 1.8 million viewers it had for the season eight premiere last year.
Be sure to check out “Shameless” on Showtime, every Sunday at 9:00 pm EST.