Shameless Season 9 Gets Expanded Episode Order; Will Air In Two Parts

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Shameless Season 9 will be the series' largest season to date. 

Showtime announced Monday that the hit comedy would have a 14 episode season, up two episodes from its usual 12-episode order. 

With the good news comes one major caveat: The series will now air in two parts, with the first seven episodes airing from September 9 through to October 21. 

Shameless Season 9 Cast Photo

Shameless will then return for the final seven episodes of the season Sunday, January 20, 2019. It will be different to have that big gap in the middle, but if it means we get an extra two hours of the show, it will be worthwhile. 

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Not many shows can remain funny and relevant after so long on the air, but Shameless is one of the most resilient series around. 

Shameless Season 8 concluded with Ian getting arrested for his role in the Church of Gay Jesus, Lip took in Xan, Carl escaped back to the military, and Frank was almost arrested after robbing the house of Liam's friend. 

Digging Deep - Shameless

But where does that leave things for Shameless Season 9?

Here's the official description:

Political fervor hits the South Side, and the Gallaghers take justice into their own hands. Frank sees financial opportunity in campaigning and decides to give voice to the underrepresented South Side working man.

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Fiona tries to build on her success with her apartment building and takes an expensive gamble hoping to catapult herself into the upper echelon.

Shocked Face - Shameless Season 8 Episode 10

Lip distracts himself from the challenges of sobriety by taking in Eddie’s niece, Xan. Ian faces the consequences of his crimes as the Gay Jesus movement takes a destructive turn.

Debbie fights for equal pay and combats harassment, and her efforts lead her to an unexpected realization. Carl sets his sights on West Point and prepares himself for cadet life.

Liam must develop a new skill set to survive outside of his cushy private school walls.  

Lip Is Moving On - Shameless Season 8 Episode 8

Okay, Shameless Fanatics!

Are you on board with more episodes even if it means a break in the middle of the season?

Hit the comments below. 

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Shameless Quotes

I'm not gonna ask your forgiveness because you bunch didn't do s--- for me, so let's just call it a draw. I know some of ya think ya hate my guts, and truth be told I never liked any of you much either. But we're all Gallaghers. My only advice is to stop worrying so damn much. You're supposed to ask people on their death bed if they wish they'd worked more or spent more time with their family. [Laughs] Me, hell, I wish I'd partied more. Nobody ever said our neighborhood was the Garden of Eden but it's been a good home to us, to me, and you kids. I'm proud of all of you, because every single one of you reminds me a little bit of me, Lip, you're smart as a whip, you just can't seem to get out of your own way. You'll figure it out. Ian, industrious, incredible work ethic, not a clue where you got that from — got the mental illness from your mother. The only way I can understand how you ended up marrying a Milkovich. Carl, I never could figure you out. Can't believe you betrayed the family and became a cop. I'm hoping you're already on the take. Debbie, you remind me of your mother, and not in a good way. Good luck in life, you're gonna need it. Liam, you're the apple of my eye, you handsome devil. Everybody says you look just like me. Oh, Kev, Veronica, you're overrated as friends, always sticking your noses in my family's business where they don't belong. You're moving, I say good riddance. And me, Frank Gallagher, father, teacher, mentor, captain of our little ship. People say you can't drink your troubles away, I say you're just not drinking enough. I guess that's it. Not much left to say really. Except, time's precious, don't f---ing waste it. Have a good time. I sure as hell did.

Frank

He’ll be back. Frank’s a cockroach. You can stomp on him, spray him, try and drown him, but he’ll always come crawling back up out of the toilet bowl.

Kevin