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'Shameless' fan recap: You don't know Jack

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

There’s no question about it: Fiona Gallagher is growing up. She is likely acutely aware of this fact with the growing pains she is suffering through, but progress is progress, and she is definitely making some. Last week we watched as the eldest Gallagher fell into her usual Shameless patterns. Jimmy popped back into her life, and she was unable to fight the magnetic attraction she feels to him. Old Fiona may have tried to cover up this indiscretion, but new Fiona ‘fesses up immediately.

Fiona acknowledges that she and Jimmy have unfinished business, so naturally Gus wants to meet him, because that’s a good idea. It goes about as well as one might imagine. It takes Gus fewer than two seconds to give Jimmy’s face the same treatment Fiona gave it last week. In fairness to Gus, though, I like Jimmy and even I wanted to wipe the sh—eating grin off his face.

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Mickey and Ian: A beautifully 'Shameless' journey

On the most recent episode of Shameless, Mickey (Noel Fisher) accompanies the Gallaghers to retrieve Ian (Cameron Monaghan) after his breakdown. When asked by the arresting officer what his relationship is to Ian, Mickey answers without blinking an eye: “Partner. Lover. Family.”

The journey to this moment has not been easy. Ian and Mickey have had their share of obstacles, not the least of which was Mickey’s violent and intensely homophobic father, Terry. For Mickey and Ian, it has always been one step forward, two (maybe three) steps back. But as all “Gallavich” fans can attest, each season has had beautiful moments of growth, even if they were followed by gut-wrenching setbacks.

As season five hits its midpoint, let’s take a look back at the most defining moments in Gallavich history.Read More

Podcast: 'This Week on Shameless,' episode 1: Who do you love?

Season 5 | Episode 6 | “Crazy Love” | Aired Feb 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 impromptu marriages, stolen babies, insurance fraud, 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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'Shameless' fan recap: Partner, lover, family

Season 5 | Episode 6 | “Crazy Love” | Aired Feb 15, 2015

Oof. Anyone else need a minute to recover from this episode of Shameless? “Crazy Love” is the episode we’ve been building toward for a long time, and as far as payoffs go, this was a particularly satisfying one on several levels. Where to begin?

After blowing our minds with a Jimmy sighting as the credits rolled in the season four finale, he has finally reconnected with Fiona. She is, as expected, furious at him for disappearing, which she makes abundantly clear by beating the crap out of him. He explains to her—and us—where he’s been (tied up on a yacht, forced to work in a drug plant, suffering from malaria), and tells her that he wanted to call but couldn’t. Jimmy’s pursuing of Fiona is reminiscent of season one, when he unabashedly stalked her until she agreed to give him the attention he craved. She attempts to dismiss him here as well, but his persistence and charm are once again too much for her to deny.

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From Broadway stage to TV screen: 7 noteworthy performances

Actors are constantly taking the leap to new mediums—especially Broadway actors. Their talents stretch from singing to dancing to acting, often showcasing unbelievable abilities in these areas. Many of these musically trained performers are recognizable in today’s world of television—it’s a platform that’s growing exponentially for Broadway performers.

How many of the following seven outstanding actors have you seen without even realizing where they got their start?Read More

'Shameless' fan recap: Don't be a stranger

Season 5 | Episode 5| “Rite of Passage” | Aired Feb 8, 2015

How well can you ever really know a person? How well can you know yourself? These are the questions that Shameless raises in “Rite of Passage.”

After a “shotgun” wedding with no baby to use as an excuse, Fiona begins to wonder if she and Gus made a huge mistake. She wakes up in the morning to find her husband with a needle in his arm and makes a heroin joke that feels particularly dark later, when Fiona finds Jackie (Alessandra Balazs) unconscious. No, it’s not drugs; Gus is diabetic, a rather large piece of information Fiona did not have before she tied the knot. Sean is struggling to accept Fiona as a married woman, taking it upon himself to point out to her just how much she doesn’t know (Gus’ middle name, for example). Sean cares for Fiona, but his own demons run deep. They sit together awaiting news on Jackie, and he tells her about the time his son, Will, found him nearly dead after an overdose. As he describes the scene and the rawness of his guilt and self-loathing, the juxtaposition is startling. Fiona may not know much about her husband, but she has seen the darkest parts of Sean’s soul.

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'Shameless' fan react: It's always about money

Season 5 | Episode 4 | “A Night to Remem…Wait, What?” | Aired Jan 31, 2015

Considering that the severe economic turmoil affecting a large majority of Americans is still prevalent today, years after one of the worst economic recessions in history ransacked the nation, it’s shocking more shows don’t include it in their narrative—like Shameless does.

There may be offhanded comments about a personal lack of funds sitting in a bank account, but the idea of poverty as a whole seems to shake every writer and producer to their core.

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'Shameless' fan recap: Here's to the night of bad ideas

Season 5 | Episode 4| “A Night To Remem…Wait, What?” | Aired Feb 1, 2015

If you’ve seen any of the movies in The Hangover franchise, this week’s Shameless probably seemed familiar. Frank wakes up hungover on the day he’s supposed to receive his insurance check for over $120,000 (for having Carl break his leg). He goes to collect the check, only to discover that he already got it the day before. Thus begins an episode-long search to find the funds he accidentally spent.

It’s hard, as is often the case lately, not to feel that Frank is taking valuable screen time from characters we actually want to see. The caper ends when Frank learns that he blew his whole wad on prosthetics for child amputees. It’s tempting to feel frustrated that Frank didn’t hold on to the money, but that’s exactly the point. To someone with Frank’s level of dependency, money is often a means to more bad choices, not better ones. (And at least this did some actual good.)

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'Shameless' fan react: Debbie's first time

Season 5 | Episode 3 | “The Two Lisas” | Aired Jan 25, 2015

On this week’s episode of Showtime’s Shameless, Debbie (Emma Kenney), the 14-year-old Gallagher sibling, loses her virginity. It is easy to feel disappointed or even angry with this story arc. Debbie has always been the beacon of innocence on a show that is saturated with questionable behavior.

Because the show started when Debbie was 11, we have had the opportunity to watch her grow up. We’ve known her since she was practically a baby (in attitude, not age; the same cannot be said for younger brother, Carl), and have seen the goodness that exists in her soul. So to see her fall prey to the oversexualized world around her is upsetting. And to see the story go down the way it did—she took advantage of a drunk friend and mounted him in his sleep—feels at least slightly untrue to the character.Read More

'Shameless' recap: Dawn of a new day

Season 5 | Episode 2 | “I’m the Liver” | Aired Jan 18, 2015

It’s Father’s Day on Shameless, but it is the Gallagher stand-in mother who really has reason to celebrate. Fiona is finally off house arrest and she cannot wait another second to get her ankle monitor off. Taking matters (and a screwdriver) into her own hands, Fiona frees herself from her shackles and heads to an NA meeting. She shows Sean, her boss/crush, her newly naked ankle and not so subtly makes her interest in him known.

Later, after Fiona waits patiently and professionally on very rude customers, they leave her with no tip. Southside Fiona comes out in full force as she follows them out of the restaurant to give them a piece of her mind. Things escalate and Fiona gets slapped. But it is when the male diner calls her a slut that Sean goes completely postal on him.

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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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