Shameless was renewed for a sixth season on January 12, 2015. It ran from January 10, 2016 to April 3, 2016.
"Shameless" will pick up a few months after the action-packed finale of Season 5. That means viewers should expect to unite with the Gallagher's during the frigid winter once again. In Season 5 finale Ian had not only broken up with Mickey but he also made the decision not to take any more medication for his depression - a decision that didn’t thrill his family, considering it could be life-threatening. Fiona later discovered in the Season 5 finale that Debbie was trying to get pregnant. During “Love Songs (In the Key of Gallagher)” Debbie told Fiona about her desire to have a baby. And it seemed as though Deb got her wish when episode 12 concluded with a scene of the red-headed youngster looking at a pregnancy test with both happiness and fear in her eyes. While Debbie's and Ian’s fates still hang in the air, Carl remains handcuffed in juvenile detention with Chuckie - that is, unless, the two manage to get out during the show's time-jump. But Fiona’s biggest Season 6 problem just may be the return of her drunk, manipulative and destructive dad. During the Season 5 finale, Frank returned from his romantic Costa Rican getaway following the disappearance of his terminally ill belle. Season 5 ended with Lip being in love with his professor Helene.
|I Only Miss Her When I'm Breathing||Writer: John Wells||Director: Christopher Chulack||January 10, 2016||#6.01|
|It’s fall in Chicago. Frank is still mourning the loss of Bianca while his newfound appreciation for life is freaking the Gallaghers out. Fiona is determined to get Debbie to the clinic for a pregnancy test and to get Ian to take his meds.
|#Abortion Rules||Writer: Nancy M. Pimental||Director: Iain B. MacDonald||January 17, 2016||#6.02|
|Debbie’s determined to keep her baby while Fiona’s determined to persuade her to abort. Debbie carries a bag of flour around all day to prove Fiona wrong about her ability to raise a child while going to school. She quickly realizes people are not as accommodating to mothers and babies as she hoped.
|The F Word||Writer: Krista Vernoff||Director: Nisha Ganatra||January 24, 2016||#6.03|
|Debbie gains pregnancy support from an unlikely source, Frank. Meanwhile, Fiona gives her an ultimatum. Carl chases after a girl, while reaping the benefits of his current criminal scheme. Lip and Ian butt heads and fists, as they realize that they are both very different people now. Frank hosts new property guests. Kev and Fiona both get sent on emotional guilt trips. Kev's leads to almost getting his neighbors killed; while Fiona experiences a fiery reunion with her husband, Gus.
|Going Once, Going Twice||Writer: Davey Holmes||Director: Christopher Chulack||January 31, 2016||#6.04|
|Patrick refuses to lend a helping hand to his extended family, sending the Gallagher home up for public auction. Fiona works to secure the needed funds, through slightly unscrupulous means. Kev's situation with his neighbor goes from bad to worse. The Alibi experiences financial woes, so V goes in search, with Svetlana, to find where their hipster patrons went. Ian makes a gay discovery at the local firehouse responsible for his rescue. Frank secures a future refuge and source of welfare for Debbie, her baby, and him, through quite unscrupulous means. Lip spends a perplexing weekend, away at a convention, with Helene. After mustering what they believe to be enough money, the Gallagher house is sold to the highest bidder; which are not the Gallaghers.
|Refugees||Writer: Etan Frankel||Director: Wendet Stanzler||February 7, 2016||#6.05|
|The Gallagher's have to cope with being evicted from their childhood home. Sean invites Fiona to live with him, but clashes with her when she wants to bring Carl along. Lip reunites with Amanda, who is solely out for revenge. Frank stands by Debbie when she is having a hard time seducing the father of the children she cares for. Kev and Veronica take in six young refugees from Myanmar. Ian continues to hang out with the gay fire-fighters, but not for the most genuine reasons.
|NSFW||Writer: Sheila Callaghan||Director: Jake Schreir||February 14, 2016||#6.06|
|Fiona gets the chance to buy the Gallaghr's house back, but it does not come without a catch. Ian goes on his first date, not just with Caleb, but in general. Lip tries to stop Helene from getting sacked when legal charges are pressed against her. Debbie tries to save herself a spot in Erika's family. Carl needs to cope with Nick being unable to let go of his stolen bike. Kev has finally found a way to attract guests to his bar again, but is overwhelmed with the quantity of visitors.
|Pimp's Paradise||Writer: Dominique Morisseau||Director: Peter Segal||TBA||#6.07|
|Carl transitions the recently reclaimed Gallagher home into his "crib". Frank begins a deceitful mission to keep flame Queenie from leaving his life again. Debbie is terminated by the Wexler's, and before she can take last-ditch measures, Frank provides a selfish alternative. Fiona retreats to Sean's abode, in the midst of a changing family unit. Lip continues to experience the ripple effects of his recent break-up. Caleb and Ian attend a family wedding, where they bond through learnt circumstances.
|Be a Good Boy. Come For Grandma.||Writer: Nancy M. Pimental||Director: Iain B. MacDonald||February 21, 2016||#6.08|
|Lip experiences a sexual downturn, but is assisted by Queenie. Fiona sets out to grow closer to Sean's son, Will. After a startling encounter, Carl decides to turn away from the thug life, but he pays a hefty price. Ian and Caleb undergo further relationship bonding. Frank picks up where Carl left off.
|A Yurt of One's Own||Writer: Davey Holmes||Director: Ruben Garcia||March 13, 2016||#6.09|
|Fiona tries to make amends with Sean, who isn't giving her the time of day. Meanwhile, Debbie and Queenie travel to a rural commune along with Frank who is trying to escape G-Dogg - who's after him for stealing his drugs.
|Paradise Lost||Writer: Etan Frankel||Director: Lynn Shelton||March 20, 2016||#6.10|
|Sean officially moves into the Gallagher house as Fiona, intent on getting her marriage right this time, sets out to plan a traditional wedding. Meanwhile, Kev is not happy about V and Svetlana's pending green card marriage and tries to find a way around it. While he's off getting scammed, however, the girls take matters into their own hands.
|Sleep No More||Writer: Sheila Callaghan||Director: Anthony Hemingway||March 27, 2016||#6.11|
|Frank offers to pay for Fiona's wedding reception and then goes scamming around town to raise the money. Meanwhile, Sean fears that Frank will end up hurting Fiona and calls him on it. Their difference of opinion quickly descends into a brawl.
|Familia Supra Gallegorious Omina!||Writer: John Wells||Director: Christopher Chulack||April 3, 2016||#6.12|
|Lip is bailed out of prison by Professor Youens, who urges him to seek AA treatment; Lip resists at first but finally goes after talking with Debbie and Kev, who help him realize he is turning into Frank. Debbie realizes she needs to accept Fiona's help raising Frannie. Ian makes a successful case for getting his rig job back, while Carl tries and fails to befriend his girlfriend's cop father. Frank's attempt to put a hit on Sean fails, so he breaks into Sean's office. Before Fiona and Sean's wedding Frank arrives, and reveals to everyone that Sean is still using heroin; Sean finally admits to Fiona that he has been for months, then leaves to fight for custody of his son. At the end of the episode Ian, Debbie, Carl, Kev, Veronica, Svetlana and Caleb kidnap Frank and throw him in the freezing Chicago River.
When I was talking to Cameron Monaghan about his Gotham send-off, I was sure to ask if we have not seen the last of Noel Fisher, who plays Mickey to his Ian on the Showtime series. Monaghan chuckled and then teased, “I don’t think you’ll wait long to see a really nice scene that he has. I won’t say what it is, but it’s a really nice scene.” *
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