Fiona has a job and Lip is enrolled in college, it looks like the Gallaghers may have a shot at happiness. The more things change, the more the Gallaghers stay the same. Whether it’s employment, education, or healthcare, the Gallaghers have issues. Debbie and Carl both find new love, Sheila tries to adopt a Native American family, Kev and V confront the reality of multiple babies.
Shameless has many moments of triumph-and it also manages to find humor in what anyone else would see as horrible tragedy-but this fourth season, in which the characters begin to interact with the wider world, is its darkest yet.