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Shameless was renewed for a sixth season on January 12, 2015. It ran from January 10, 2016 to April 3, 2016.

Summary

"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.

Episodes

Title Writer(s) Director(s) Airdate #
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.


Cast

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Minor Cast

 

Trivia

  • Season six of Shameless picks up a few months after last year's finale, leaving the Gallaghers to prepare for yet another long Chicago winter*
  • Cameron Monaghan explaining that because Mickey, Ian ex on-screen lover, is “in prison for attempted murder,” it will be “hard to keep him heavily involved” in Season 6. “It [also] may be an interesting time for Ian to discover how important Mickey was in his life” *
  • Sammi's mom Queen introduced *
  • Debbie most likely is pregnant.
  • Lip's (Jeremy Allen White) journey may take him even further away from home as he continues to stand out from the rest of the Gallaghers as he strives in college. Season 5 ended with him being in love with his professor Helene (Sasha Alexander), even though Walls doesn't think he's ever really been in love - "I don't think he really knows what it is," Walls admits. "It's something we'll start to explore this coming season." *
  • Will Sasso has booked a recurring role on Showtime dramedy Shameless.He will play Yanis, a big and imposing blue collar Chicago neighbor of Kev (Steve Howey) and V (Shanola Hampton), who’s in a conflict with the new members of the neighborhood who are part of the gentrification.He deliberately spends most of the day revving his motorcycle and making sexual threats. 
  • Carradine (24, Major Crimes) will play Erica and appear in a four-episode arc. Erica is described as an exhausted, nice, suburban mother in her late 30s with terminal cancer. Later, we learn that she has a secret wild past.  
  • Brochu, most recently seen in CW drama “The Vampire Diaries,” will play a 20-year-old wrestler named Dylan, who is introduced on the long-running series after getting into a physical altercation with Jeremy Allen White’s character, Lip.
  • William H. Macy On 'Shameless' Season 6: "It's All About Pregnancy"*.
  • What can you tell us about the next season of Shameless?

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.” *

  • Fiona is getting married...again*

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