Shameless Season 4 Review “Simple Pleasures”

The Gallagher’s are creeping up on the poverty line on Shameless and, after three solid years of basically struggling to survive, they now have enough money to worry about themselves – whether that’s Fiona trying the whole middle class thing, Lip at college, Ian in the army or Carl making a last ditch effort to keep Frank alive despite his best efforts. In ‘Simple Pleasures, we see what was promised at the end of last season, and yet again this show seems to have found a way to keep itself fresh for another year of screw ups and shameless antics.

We shouldn’t be fooled by Fiona’s new, functional existence for one second, for example, as we just know that taking it slow with her boss and being bombarded with pension plans just isn’t her style. That’s the beauty of Shameless – we want so badly for the characters to succeed but are secretly hoping they don’t so that we can watch them struggle and strive forever. But even if we know deep down that this can’t last forever, it’s still amazing to see the family living a different kind of life for a little while.



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