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'Shameless' fan react: Are you still Team Gallagher?

Season 5 | Episode 9 | “Carl’s First Sentencing” | Aired Mar 15, 2015

Since the very beginning, Shameless fans have proudly declared themselves part of #TeamGallagher. This group of down-on-their-luck siblings have always been easy to root for, even when they’ve been lying, cheating, and scamming their way through life. The show has been quite successful at painting the harsh realities of their South Side life and we, in turn, have been willing to accept the choices the Gallagher children have made to ensure their own survival.

As I said in my recap last week, and talked a bit about on this week’s podcast, Carl’s behavior and the way the Gallaghers are rallying behind him is making it tougher to stand behind Team Gallagher. At the start of “Carl’s First Sentencing,” Fiona tells Sammi without a hint of empathy that it isn’t her fault Chuckie is in jail. She then dismisses the severity of what Carl has done to him by suggesting that Chuckie’s future likely wasn’t going to be so impressive anyway.

Picking on someone like Chuckie, someone young, disabled, and unable to defend himself, is not what the Gallaghers used to be about. The victims of their shenanigans have always been people who were trying to harm them in some way or, at the very least, people who had something they needed. They’ve certainly done things that were morally questionable, but it was never just for fun. They’ve been proactive about making sure they’re the last ones standing, but not at the expense of someone like Chuckie. Chuckie, who was so grateful to Carl for protecting him that he relished the opportunity to be his servant. Chuckie, who earlier this season was subjected to watching his own mother have sex. Chuckie, who told Sammi he was scared when she took out that gun. Rather than take him under their wing and try to save him from his damaged mother, the Gallaghers have sacrificed him.


Fiona’s attempts to get Carl to show remorse are all about appearing a certain way, not about actually being sorry. Nobody seems to care that Carl enjoys being a criminal and that he was happy to throw an innocent boy to the wolves. Their concern is more with the fact that Sammi told the police that her son wasn’t responsible. I recognize that snitching is frowned upon when you’ve been involved in criminal activity with other people. Does that apply when you’ve been framed? Is it still within the rules to have to protect someone who completely set you up? What would the Gallaghers do if someone had pinned something so serious on one of them? What exactly did they expect Sammi to do? There are plenty of bones to pick with Sammi, but can she really be blamed for wanting to make it clear that her son has been utterly taken advantage of?

What makes the Gallaghers so appealing is their genuine goodness. Even when they are ripping people off, they give a sh– about the people—especially the children—in their lives. Lip bends over backward to take care of Bonnie’s siblings; Debbie spends hours holding Sheila’s hand after Karen destroys her; Ian sneaks clothes to Mandy for Mickey’s baby.

They have always been about loyalty to each other, so of course Carl’s well-being is a priority. But these people who are willing to let Chuckie suffer because Carl is a complete jackass are not the Gallaghers I’ve loved for four years. This doesn’t feel justified in the same way so many other things have. I certainly don’t find myself on Team Sammi, but for the first time, I’m struggling to stand firmly with the Gallaghers.

What about you? Are you still solidly on Team Gallagher? Yes? No? Tell me why!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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