Through chaos comes comedy for the Gallagher family as they fight through day after day to simply survive in the southside of Chicago. Despite being a major driving force behind the show and each character, it’s easy to forget Showtime’s Shameless wades through some of the darkest waters, like addiction, mental illness and death in an incredibly human and raw way, keeping fans like myself, coming back every week and award nominations, coming back every season.
The sublime core cast, headed up by Academy Award nominee William H. Macy and featuring Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Cameron Monaghan, Emma Kenney, Ethan Cutkosky, Shanola Hampton and Steve Howey makes it easy to see why Shameless finds its name on the nominees’ list every awards season, and this year is no different.
Macy, who plays Frank, the alcoholic patriarch of the Gallagher family, has been nominated for an Emmy every year since 2014. Not only that, but he’s received nominations from the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild — which he’s won twice– and the Critic’s Choice Awards. And, just like every year at the Emmys, his category is full of talented, deserving actors who could all make a run for the award: Anthony Anderson for Black-ish; Aziz Ansari for Master of None; Zach Galifianakis for Baskets; Donald Glover for Atlanta; and Jeffrey Tambor for Transparent. If history repeats itself, Tambor wins. If things are to swing into the favor of fresh meat, Glover wins. But if the Television Academy is looking to award someone who has produced consistently great work, then Macy will finally take home his well-deserved Emmy (and so would Emmy Rossum, but that’s another argument for another time).
Shameless is one of those shows that makes you root for characters you’d have little sympathy for on another show — who roots for a guy who, more or less, abandoned his children to fend for themselves after turning to alcohol to cope with his wife leaving him? But, that’s the beauty of a show like Shameless. There is no one character you hate or hope fails, you root for them all — everyone is redeemable despite their faults and shortcomings.
There’s 52 days until season eight of Shameless premieres, and that’s plenty of time to catch up on the first seven season now on-demand.
Season 8 of Shameless premieres November 5 at 9pm ET on Showtime.