Sunday, April 11th, will bring an end to an era that has been with me for many years- Shameless. Our favorite slightly-messed-up family of the Gallagher’s will be saying goodbye on Showtime at 9pm ET. Premiering in 2011, Shameless has had 11 great seasons showing viewers their life is not as bad as it could be. We have watched characters go from kids to adults, babies grow to kids, seen a series favorite leave -bye Fiona. And somehow, through all of that, Frank is still alive. I remember watching this show all throughout high school, and now I am one year away from graduating college. In a way, it felt as if I also grew up with the characters in the show.
The series had some amazing plotlines—as any show that can stay running for 11 seasons should, and even taught some valuable lessons. If there’s anything the Gallagher’s taught me, it was that no matter how low you think you are in life, you can always count on family. In its time on TV, Shameless has won three Emmys. There have been some outstanding actors and actresses on the show, including William H. Macy and Joan Cusack. My personal favorite character, Lip, played by Jeremy Allen White, has shown tremendous character development throughout the years. And I just hope that the ending does him justice.
I know all good things must come to an end. But I am sure that after the ending, I will still want to know what Carl, Ian, and Mickey are up to—and even maybe Debbie. I am sad we never get to see Liam and Franny in their teenage years, but that’s the beauty of imagination. They can be doing whatever viewers think they will be doing. The family has been through so much in the ten years they brought entertainment to my TV, and they deserve a proper ending to close that chapter of their lives. There is no word on if big sister Fiona will make an appearance in the last episode, but fans can only help.
If you have never watched Shameless, I highly recommend it. It is so much more than what one may think it is based on trailers that you may have seen. You can stream all 10 seasons on Netflix, with season 11 most likely premiering on Netflix this fall as it has done in the past. So, join me as we make one last toast to the Gallagher’s and watch a saga come to an end. Southside, you will be missed.