Review: 'Shameless - The Eleventh and Final Season' Remains Uncensored, Unabashed, and Uncouth

by Michael Cox

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday July 28, 2021

Review: 'Shameless - The Eleventh and Final Season' Remains Uncensored, Unabashed, and Uncouth

On January 13, 2020, Showtime announced their final renewal of the series "Shameless." This edgy show that had pushed boundaries, struggled to remain topical and worked hard to evolve over the years had lost its shock factor and seemed to have run it's course.

The Gallager family had literally grown up before our eyes, gone from children to parents, students to teachers, delinquents to prosecutors--but it wasn't edgy or ironic anymore it was just more of the same.

In the next few months the COVID-19 virus began seeping into the United States, loved ones got sick and died before our eyes, the marked plummeted and the nation was thrown into a panic. Live entertainment venues shut their doors and a homebound, slightly stir-crazy public searched every possible digital outlet for entertainment.

But film and television production became nearly impossible. The final 12 episodes of "Shameless," which were scheduled to premiere in summer 2020, were pushed back due to the pandemic and filming didn't even begin until September.

Now the final season has been released to DVD, and whether the "Shameless" Gallager family has mastered the 2020 ethos this time around or the ethos has grown more shamelessly Gallager, the humor and pathos in this season are more pertinent and palpable than ever.

Lip (Jeremy Allen White) and Tami (Kate Miner) try to settle down and fix-up their home, but the neighbors are playing passive-aggressive games. Any sign of stabilization in the hood means gentrifiers will encroach on their turf and the property taxes will skyrocket. Liam (Christian Isaiah)--the kid that was a baby in diapers when the series started--begins his own business selling palatable school lunches to poor children. These kids are literally starving due to the bureaucracy of lunch ladies.

Debbie (Emma Kenney) tries giving her child Franny the childhood she never had and the childhood that Franny never wanted, while Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) finds an unlikely new career in law enforcement. Kev (Steve Howey) and V (Shanola Hampton) find bar ownership too prohibitive, so they branch into pot sales, while Ian (Cameron Monaghan) and Mickey (Noel Fisher) try to make the most of married life by not killing each other.

Perhaps the most heartbreaking plot this season is the slow decline of the series patriarch Frank (William H. Macy). Like a cockroach or a rat he has persisted, but nothing, not even a long-running series like this one, can last forever.

The "Shameless: The Eleventh and Final Season" is now available on DVD--uncensored, unabashed and uncouth.

This DVD collection includes:

- All 12 episodes of the eleventh and final season, plus,
- "The Last Call"--Showtime's hour-long post finale virtual cast reunion
- Unaired Scenes--A DVD exclusive special feature!

You don't have to mark your calendar, "Shameless: The Eleventh and Final Season" is now available on DVD. It dropped July 20.