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Season 8 episodes (12)

1 We Become What We… Frank!
In the season eight premiere, the Gallaghers find themselves with money to burn as Carl sells their (meth) inheritance from Monica. Meanwhile, Fiona swears off random hookups to focus on her new apartment building; Lip deals with the personal sacrifices that come with sobriety; and Frank emerges out of a meth-induced haze to make amends for decades of depravity.
2 Where's My Meth?!
Frank joins the workforce for the first time as he relives his 20s, while Fiona grapples with whether or not to evict someone from her building. Lip works out a plan to sabotage Charlie’s chances with Sierra (recurring guest star RUBY MODINE); Ian and Carl make a troubling discovery about Monica, and Kev says his goodbyes as he prepares to go under the knife.
3 God Bless Her Rotting Soul
A violent meth dealer threatens the Gallaghers, forcing Ian, Carl, Lip and Debbie to find a way to pay him off without involving Fiona. In the meantime, Fiona is battling a vindictive tenant; Frank attains sainthood; and Lip has to care for a down-and-out Professor Youens (recurring guest star ALAN ROSENBERG).
4 F**k Paying It Forward
Fiona has a surprise visit from her past, and is forced to reevaluate her life. Frank gets involved with Liam’s school and becomes the most popular dad in the PTA, while Lip learns that getting laid sober is harder than he anticipated. Ian crosses a boundary with one of the kids from the youth center. Meanwhile, Kevin and Veronica go on a trip to meet Kevin’s birth family.
5 The (Mis)Education of Liam Fergus Beircheart Gallagher
Fiona tries to raise the profile of the neighborhood, while Ian helps Trevor raise money for a new youth shelter. Lip stands up to a friend and gets hurt. Carl loses his scholarship and gets creative with securing his tuition, while Frank teaches the parents at Liam’s school all about the working class.
6 Icarus Fell. And Rusty Ate Him.
Fiona is forced to reflect on her own life after a lonely tenant dies and the duty of cleaning out the apartment falls upon her. Meanwhile, Debbie has a pregnancy scare and winds up in a compromising position; Lip enlists Carl's help to search for his sponsor and Frank enjoys having his first-ever credit card.
7 Occupy Fiona
Ian tests Fiona's patience and resolve by bringing a messy "Occupy Fiona" movement right to her front door. Lip struggles to get Professor Youens to court for his DUI trial. Meanwhile, a now unemployed Frank goes on a job hunt and Carl gets a feisty new rehab client with a plan to help him get the rest of his tuition.
8 Frank's Northern Shuttle Express
Frank starts a booming import-export business. Fiona considers moving into her own place after Ford (special guest star RICHARD FLOOD) shows her a side of Chicago she's never seen. Meanwhile, Lip interviews new sponsors, Ian confronts a pastor trying to "pray the gay away" and Debbie deals with being unemployed while looking for a way to afford school and raise Franny.
9 The Fugees
Frank’s trafficking business takes a turn for the worse, sending him on the run through the Great White North. Meanwhile, the video of Ian confronting a minister brings him some unexpected allies, and pushes him to take his message further. Lip must decide whether to tell Sierra about Charlie’s past. Fiona meets Ford’s eclectic group of friends and discovers she doesn’t fit in at all. And Carl’s new girlfriend is having separation anxiety at the thought of him going back to school.
10 The Church of Gay Jesus
Ian’s fame in the LGBTQIA community explodes, but his sudden surge of “followers” may be more than he can handle. Frank, however, finds a way to cash in on Ian’s fame. Fiona struggles with her conscience when she learns new details about the worker who fell off her roof. Meanwhile, Lip realizes his relationship with Professor Youens may not have been as special as he thought; and Carl’s girlfriend, Kassidi (recurring guest star SAMMI HANRATTY), tests his commitment to their relationship.
11 A Gallagher Pedicure
Fiona’s homeless tenants have barricaded themselves in her apartment and taken her dog, Rusty. Lip takes in a terrified Sierra and Lucas when her father is released from prison, while Ian, despite warnings of legal ramifications, provided sanctuary to a runaway teen. And while Frank considers his retirement, Debbie must choose between paying for school and paying for surgery to keep her toes.
12 Sleepwalking
In the season eight finale, Fiona has to tap deep into her Gallagher roots if she truly wants to get the homeless family out of her apartment and to dismiss their lawsuit. Meanwhile, Ian and some of his followers go into hiding from the authorities after an explosive incident. And while, Lip must make a difficult decision in order to have the life he really wants, Carl looks for a way to go back to school without upsetting Kassidi. Debbie considers letting Derek back into Franny’s life. And Frank schemes to take advantage of Liam’s wealthy friend.

About this show

Based on the long-running hit UK series, this outrageous family drama is stars Emmy® winner and Oscar® nominee William H. Macy (Fargo) as a working class patriarch of an unconventional Chicago brood of six kids headed by the eldest sibling (Mystic River's Emmy Rossum) who keep the home afloat while their dad is out drinking and carousing.

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6.58K reviews
Megan C.
November 19, 2020
If you grew up in a household of poverty, chaos, filth, parent who inflicted narcissistic abuse and or suffered from chronic bouts of substance abuse and you (one of the older kids) was forced into the role of parent (parentification, which yeah, is yet another form of abuse all on its own), and tasked with 'surviving' on your own while also caring for the well-being of your other siblings, than you will completely relate to the characters in this show. If you know what it is like to have next to no food in the house, how to wash your clothing in the bathtub because the washer broke a year ago (and no one is there to get another one, nor can you, a teenager, afford to buy one), there is no hot water or heat, again, you will be able to relate. If you were raised by loving, emotionally stable, financially responsible parents who actually took care of you - welcome to the f*ing party. You get to learn how we're not all raised the same and why some people absolutely hate their selfish, abusive birth-givers while also having a strange trauma bond with their relatives/abusers. We just want our parents to be just like yours; loving, supportive. Instead, ours aim to financially and emotionally use us for their own gains. And they don't care if the heat is on, the diapers are changed, and if there is food in the house. Some of us start out in life with miserable childhoods and young adulthoods, struggling day in and out, stuck in survival mode (doing everything we can just to stay alive and together), only to have those same siblings and mix of relatives stab you in the back later. This show covers it all in layer upon dysfunctional layer. General abuse and abusive behavior mirroring, hyper-sexualized youth, narcissism, substance abuse, hypervigilance, on-going anxiety, parentification of children, normalization of abuse, etc. You name it, it happens, one shocking, twisted episode at a time. Overall, the show is shocking (to some who haven't lived through some of this), well-done, well-written (mostly), and entertaining in a dark, dysfunctional, not so healthy kind of way. Most of the time, you're just holding out hope one day these kids will grow up to have better lives and try not to mess up too much along the way. Of course, some don't quite land as well as hoped. This is not a light hearted family comedy/drama.
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Renee Crooks
October 12, 2014
A typical (low income) family in America. Disfunctional all the way they stick together and they actually care about each other. Feona the oldest daughter is the glue the holds them together. She has vowed to take care of her siblings (5 or 6, maybe more). Feona has heart. These kids have no mother and an alcoholic father. If not for Feona they would have been seperated and sent to foster homes and orphanages. A normal life is not possable for Feona. Frank (the father) is always close to dieing and sits on a pitty pot, whining about life and expecting things he has never respect. Then there Lip, he has all the makings of a college graduate but will have to jump through hoops to get the education he deserves. The obvious hardships for Lip become apparent when he has trouble getting to class on time. There is more to do in a day when your in a large family that is poor, than just get up and go to class. One sibling realizes he is gay and another young girl is struggling with puberty and boys. The youngest is not related......who knows where he came from. I love this show. Very well written. Entertaining.
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Vicki Boland
June 12, 2021
I have loved every season ive watched. It's funny, but sad only because I know it's a hard reality for to many kids. My upbringing while full of to many funerals and some health issues (asthma), I had a good and easy life with 2 loving and mentally stable parents, who kept food on the table, a roof over our heads in a safe neighborhood, in a small town with some issues. I however was unable despite my best abilities to give my children the same. So I can relate to this show from my children's
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