TVOM: "Shameless‘s previous season was the show’s darkest. By a lot. However, Season 5 seemed to be lighter, with less traumatic experiences for the characters to live and the audience to cry about, but just when everyone is starting to let their guard down and expect more shenanigans than heartbreak, the show decides to cut our hearts out of our bodies and feed them to the dogs. In spite of the new turns, though, as William H. Macy said recently in an interview, the series is not for everyone, yet those who follow it, are loyal, and I believe that is accurate to say, having developed an addiction to both the laughter and excruciating pain Shameless has brought to the surface season after season. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to quit tuning into this series, even when it’s hard to watch."