The Best Episodes Of Shameless To Watch On Netflix

Thanks to the internet, the days of longing to catch reruns of our favorite shows are long gone. With a few clicks of your keyboard, taps on your smartphone, and button presses on your TV remote, you can watch pretty much whatever you want on a variation of apps, streaming platforms, websites, and on demand options if you have cable. In fact, the prevalence of these options has created a higher demand for 24/7 access.

Netflix has gotten in on this by teaming up with networks like ABC and Showtime to offer streaming access to entire seasons of some of their hit shows like Scandal and Weeds. This means you have absolutely no reason to miss out on Shameless, which is arguably one of the best TV shows on the air right now. The Showtime original, which was adapted from a U.K. version of the same name was just picked up for a ninth season. If you’ve never seen it you have a lot of catching up to do, but plenty of time to do it as season 8 is still underway.

It may be a long time before Shameless goes into syndication, but you can still enjoy the magic of some of the best episodes from seasons 1 through 7 while still technically Netflix and chilling. Here are some of our top picks to get you started.

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“Pilot” (Season 1, Episode 1)
You’re going to need a lay of the land with the Gallaghers, so it’s best to start at the beginning. Here we meet all six of the Gallagher children, including Liam, who is mysteriously Black and continues to be recast throughout the series, and get a vibe for their family dynamic. Shitty is how I would describe this dynamic in one word.
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”Parenthood” (Season 2, Episode 8)
During her time as a regular character Joan Cusack was one of the best things Shameless had to offer as Sheila, the agoraphobic mother of a rebellious teenager, and Frank’s (William H. Macy) lover. In this episode, her unrealistically big heart led her to assist an elderly lady with suicide.
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"Where There's a Will" (Season 3, Episode 8)
Kev (Steve Howe) and V (Shanola Hampton) are the interracial couple that live next door to the Gallaghers. They are kinky, loyal, and in love, which is why they’re two of my favorite characters on the show. They are forced to take an unconventional approach to conceiving when they’re told that V is infertile: ask her mother to be their surrogate. It’s endearing until you realize that it actually requires Kev to have sex with V’s mom.
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"Strangers on a Train" (Season 4, Episode 4)
Sometimes there’s a lot going on with Shameless characters, and this episode is a perfect example of that. Frank needs a new kidney and $150,000 to pay for the surgery. He discovers that he has an adult daughter that is even older than Fiona (Emmy Rossum). Fiona is dating her boss and sleeping with his brother. Debbie (Emma Kinney) has just hit puberty and is weighing out the consequences of losing her virginity. And the oldest son Lip (Jeremy Allen White) is about to get kicked out of college.
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"Tell Me You Fucking Need Me" (Season 5, Episode 7)
Svetlana (Isidora Goreshter) is a Russian sex worker you’ll meet in season 3. The evolution of her character is insane: she was hired to sex the gay out of Mickey (Noel Fisher) by his dad. Then, she ended up married and pregnant with Mickey’s child. In season 5, she cozies up to Kev and V, and is in for yet another role as the best “third” TV has ever seen.
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"Familia Supra Gallegorious Omnia!” (Season 6, Episode 12)
For all of the comedy in Shameless, you can likely count on the season finales to leave you really emotional. This is what happened after Frank ruined Fiona’s wedding to Sean (Dermot Mulroney) by revealing that Sean was still using heroin. It was sad, and you won’t feel any better when Frank’s family throws him in the river for being horrible.
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“Happily Ever After” (Season 7, Episode 11)
The episode marked the end of beautiful but extremely toxic relationship between Ian and his escaped convict boyfriend Mickey. Their final scene together is emotionally charged, and things don’t get any better for him. Someone really close to him dies. This is another episode that perfectly illustrates how Shameless captures both highs and lows.
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