Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this post. The opinions I share are my own.
Family dysfunction is and always has been an entertaining watch. Few television families have illustrated this better than the Gallaghers. This is the final season for the series and although each member of the show has their own…well…quirks, we are going to miss watching them.
Season 11 deals with issues like COVID, gentrification, dealing with mortality, taking on the responsibilities of being a boss, new careers, and how tough it is to be in a committed relationship. Other than COVID, we have all seen other series touch upon the subjects dealt with here, but no one does it like the Gallaghers. They just come at things from a completely different angle. Always something happening in these 12 episodes.
Few shows have been able to keep up the frenetic pace involved in this one for so long and done it so well. The humour here comes partially due to the outrageous behaviour and partially from the farcical storylines. Things happen or are said which are so outrageous that it often borders on offensive. Yet you never really are; you just find yourself laughing.
In its eleventh season Shameless still finds a way to shock the viewer. As wild as the actions or words of the characters are, you still find yourself relating to them. Just a sign of solid writing and some above average acting.
While you might not like any or all of the Gallaghers you will still find them very watchable. It will be a long time, if ever, before another family of this sort makes an appearance on the small screen.
1. This Is Chicago!
2. Go Home, Gentrifier!
3. Frances Francis Franny Frank
6. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good…Eh, Screw It.
7. Two at a Biker Bar, One in the Lake
11. The Fickle Lady is Calling it Quits
12. Father Frank, Full of Grace
-Shameless Final Call