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'Shameless' fan react: Highs and lows

Season 5 | Episode 10 | “South Side Rules” | Aired Mar 22, 2015

Throughout this season of Shameless, as Ian has come to terms with his bipolar disorder diagnosis, we’ve learned that the disease is a series of highs and lows. The same explanation could be used to describe the experience of watching Shameless, and in particular, Mickey and Ian’s relationship. “South Side Rules” epitomizes this idea with some of the most heartwarming moments we’ve seen all season (maybe ever?), followed by devastating revelations.

Ian and Mickey have been struggling to connect all season. Ian’s mental illness, and his refusal to acknowledge it, have put understandable strain on the couple. They are finally able to be together openly and honestly, but have found the road to be just as bumpy on this side of the closet door. Mickey has risen to the occasion and has been there for Ian through it all, but Ian hasn’t made it easy to support him. Despite Ian’s protestations, Mickey has—but for a momentary crisis of faith—remained steadfast in his commitment to taking care of him.Read More

Podcast: 'This Week on Shameless,' episode 5: When someone you love gets taken away

Season 5 | Episode 10 | “South Side Rules” | Aired Mar 22, 2015

Welcome to This Week on Shameless, a new podcast that delves into the hilarious and heartbreaking world of the Gallaghers, TV’s best family living below the poverty line. Each week, fellow EW Community contributor Tamar Barbash and I discuss, analyze, and occasionally freak out over shocking betrayals, touching bravery, the stupid choices of 14-year-old girls, and whatever else is going on in the lives of Frank, Fiona, Lip, Ian, Debbie, and Carl.

If you can’t get enough of Shameless, you’ve come to the right place—because neither can we!

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Best podcasts this week: 'This American Life,' 'TBASH,' and 'WIOAT'

The only thing I love as much as television is a good podcast. I have a robust feed of shows that I take with me on my daily commute and on walks. Here are some of the highlight episodes of this week.

Totally Beverages and Sometimes Hot Sauce, episode 23, with guest Meg Myers: You would think that a podcast about beverages would be dull, but TBASH proves that wrong. Each week, they have their guest go through their “beverage profile,” which is more fascinating than you would think. Sometimes the mundane, routine parts of people’s lives are the most fascinating. Add to that the charisma and enthusiasm of the hosts, and TBASH is not to be missed. Read More

Podcast: 'This Week on Shameless,' episode 4: Making new friends

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

Welcome to This Week on Shameless, a new podcast that delves into the hilarious and heartbreaking world of the Gallaghers, TV’s best family living below the poverty line. Each week, fellow EW Community contributor Tamar Barbash and I discuss, analyze, and occasionally freak out over unexpected spouses, horrifying diagnoses, prison tattoos, and whatever else is going on in the lives of Frank, Fiona, Lip, Ian, Debbie, and Carl.

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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.

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Podcast: 'Clear Lists, Full Drafts, Can't Lose,' episode 23—Top 10 TV kisses

Welcome to episode 23 of Clear Lists, Full Drafts, Can’t Lose, the only podcast for fantasy television drafts! Forget fantasy football—join us for fantasy TV.

This week, we are getting a little romantic at the podcast. Brooke, Joey, and I break down our top 10 best TV kisses.

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Podcast: 'This Week on Shameless,' episode 3: I guess this is growing up

Season 5 | Episode 8 | “Uncle Carl” | Aired Mar 8, 2015

Welcome to This Week on Shameless, a new podcast that delves into the hilarious and heartbreaking world of the Gallaghers, TV’s best family living below the poverty line. Each week, fellow EW Community contributor Tamar Barbash and I discuss, analyze, and occasionally freak out over drug deals gone bad, breakups and makeups, torn loyalties, and whatever else is going on in the lives of Frank, Fiona, Lip, Ian, Debbie, and Carl.

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'Shameless' fan recap: The gang's all here

Season 5 | Episode 8 | “Uncle Carl” | Aired Mar 8, 2015

Shameless is at its best when the Gallagher siblings are rallying together for a common goal. “Uncle Carl” is wonderful in that it reunites Team Gallagher for the first time in a long time. The question is, how easy is it for us to rally along with them?

Shameless has always straddled the line as far as moral acceptability is concerned. We forgive our protagonists a lot because we want to see them succeed in a world where the cards are stacked against them. Their victims are typically those to whom the universe has been kinder and for whom we feel no inherent sympathy. Can the same be said of Chuckie? Carl’s behavior is so despicable here that it rivals Frank’s. Frank still takes the cake, though, for being willing to sell out both Carl and Chuckie in the hopes of ridding himself of Sammi. The Gallagher instinct is to protect their own, and it was beautifully nostalgic to see the whole clan together in the police station, but it’s hard to fault Sammi for not playing along.

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Blood is thicker than water: 8 great sets of TV siblings

As any good shipper knows, a blooming romantic relationship is often all it takes to make watching a show worthwhile. Sometimes, though, there is a different kind of chemistry between characters. There are strong friendships or familial connections that are just as compelling—if not more so—than the sexual ones.

Here, the EW Community takes a look at some of television’s most extraordinary sibling relationships and the reasons we love(d) to watch them.Read More

Podcast: 'This Week on Shameless,' episode 2: Salt in the wound

Season 5 | Episode 7 | “Tell Me You F—ing Need Me” | Aired Mar 1, 2015

Welcome to This Week on Shameless, a new podcast that delves into the hilarious and heartbreaking world of the Gallaghers, TV’s best family living below the poverty line. Each week, fellow EW Community contributor Tamar Barbash and I discuss, analyze, and occasionally freak out over unexpected shootings, poor financial choices, mental instability, and whatever else is going on in the lives of Frank, Fiona, Lip, Ian, Debbie, and Carl.

If you can’t get enough of Shameless, you’ve come to the right place—because neither can we.

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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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