Naomi Ludlow | Arts and Entertainment Editor
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The Gallaghers have returned to the screen with even more shenanigans.
From Frank’s (William H. Macy) numerous scams to Fiona’s (Emmy Rossum) matriarchal nature, nothing has changed from the South Side’s craziest family. Shameless season 9 has just ended, and a lot of things unfolded within the past few weeks. This TV family never fails to bring to life the struggles of the lower class, no matter how funny it may seem.
This season, we see the Gallaghers have a new household leader, Debbie (Emma Kenney), as Fiona decided to move out of the house last season. The audience has seen Debbie mature over the years as her family’s needs have rushed her development. This season, her nurturing spirit and get-it-done attitude have kept the family afloat. She is hit with a new responsibility that she handles with ease just like her sister Fiona.
Fiona, on the other hand, has spiraled out of control facing new challenges she wasn’t expecting. Her character has to figure out how to get back on her feet. She falls into the Gallagher family cycle of alcoholism. Her journey throughout the season, like the others, depicts how she perseveres through hardships that life throws at her and her ultimate dilemma of putting herself or her family first.
The men of the Gallagher family are all coming into themselves and are facing the truths in their lives head on. Phillip “Lip” (Jeremy Allen White) is realizing that family means everything to him and sobriety is the biggest part of seeing clarity in your life. Ian (Cameron Monaghan) has accepted the faults leading a LGBTQ+ movement but understands that gay rights are just as important as any other rights. Carl (Ethan Kutkosky) is reaching for a future in the military recognizes the obstacles that are along the way. Liam, the youngest Gallagher, grows into himself seeking more knowledge about the culture of a black man in America.
The producers of Shameless attacked numerous social issues head on in a way that not only brings awareness to the situation, but has you laughing as well. Familiar topics such as immigration, white privilege and unfair treatment of the lower class was displayed for the audience to relate to and comprehend the seriousness or lack of seriousness of these issues. Shameless producers show that Americans tend to not care about the issues of the lower class because it doesn’t directly affect them.
As the characters continue to struggle with the hardships of life, the audience barely sees the little gleam of light that might come out of the situation. Specifically, as Fiona spirals, the audience questions her ability to get back on her feet. Toward the end of the season, she gets it together and things get better from there.
The unexpected happens and the Gallagher family may be moving up in the near future. As things are looking up, Fiona is thinking about moving on.
Getting out of the South Side of Chicago is an easy task for her to complete, but she reconsiders leaving behind her family that she raised. A heartfelt moment with her father captures the impression that Fiona has on her family.
As Gallagher is moving on, so what does this mean for the series? Shameless will be back for season 10, which will make it Showtime’s longest-running series. Expect to see what new life challenges will hit the Gallagher family.