The eighth season of Shameless was confirmed on December 14, 2016 from a Twitter post by Emmy Rossum. It was officially renewed on December 19, 2016. Production for season 8 began in May 2017.
Season 8 of this comedy series finds the Gallagher family on an upswing. Frank (William H. Macy) comes out of a drug-induced haze and decides it's finally time to be a contributing member of society, while Fiona (Emmy Rossum) faces hard decisions when she discovers her success as a landlord may mean someone else's misfortune. Lip (Jeremy Allen White) struggles with unexpected sacrifices he must make to stay sober, while Ian (Cameron Monaghan) takes up a cause in hopes of getting back with Trevor (Elliot Fletcher).
- William H. Macy - Frank Gallagher
- Emmy Rossum - Fiona Gallagher
- Cameron Monaghan - Ian Gallagher
- Jeremy Allen White - Phillip Gallagher
- Ethan Cutkosky - Carl Gallagher
- Emma Kenney - Debbie Gallagher
- Shanola Hampton - Veronica Fisher
- Steve Howey - Kevin Ball
- Isidora Goreshter - Svetlana Yevgenivna
- Christian Isaiah - Liam Gallagher
- Alan Rosenberg - Clyde Youens
- Ruby Modine - Sierra Morton
- Zack Pearlman - Neil Morton
- Elliot Fletcher - Trevor
- Alicia Coppola - Sue
- Cooper Friedman - Lucas Morton
- Chet Hanks - Charlie
- Scott Michael Campbell - Brad
- Jessica Szohr - Nessa Chabon
- Perry Mattfeld - Mel
- Peter Banifaz - Farhad
- Levy Tran - Eddie
- Melissa Paladino - Cami
- David Brackett - Duran
- Juliette Angelo - Geneva
- Richard Flood - Ford
- Sammi Hanratty - Kassidi
- Jim Hoffmaster - Kermit
- Micheal Patrick McGill - Tommy
- Dermot Mulroney - Sean Pierce
- Damien Diaz - Derek Delgado
|We Become What We... Frank!||Writer: John Wells||Director: Iain B. MacDonald||November 5, 2017||#1|
|The Gallaghers find themselves with money to burn as Carl sells their inheritance from Monica. Meanwhile, Fiona swears off random hookups to focus on her new apartment building; Lip deals with the sacrifice that comes with sobriety; and Frank emerges out of a meth-induced haze to make amends for decades of depravity.
|Where's My Meth?||Writer: Nancy M. Pimental||Director: Anthony Hemingway||November 12, 2017||#2|
|Frank re-lives his 20s and joins the workforce for the first time! Meanwhile, Fiona grapples with evicting someone from her building; Lip works out a plan to sabotage Charlie's chances with Sierra; Ian and Carl make a troubling discovery about Monica; and Kev says his goodbyes as he prepares to go under the knife.
|God Bless Her Rotting Soul||Writer: Krista Vernoff||Director: Michael Morris||November 19, 2017||#3|
|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 battles it out with a vindictive tenant; Lip cares for a down-and-out Professor Youens; and Frank - miraculously - attains something resembling sainthood.
|Fuck Paying It Forward||Writer: Dominique Morisseau||Director: Regina King||November 26, 2017||#4|
|A blast from the past shakes up Fiona's view of her life. Meanwhile, Frank gets involved with Liam's school and becomes the most popular dad in the PTA; Lip learns getting laid is harder than anticipated when sober; Ian crosses a boundary with a kid from the youth center; and Kev and V take a trip to meet his birth family.
|The (Mis)Education of Liam Fergus Beircheart Gallagher||Writer: Sheila Callaghan||Director: Iain B. MacDonald||December 3, 2017||#5|
|As Fiona tries to raise the profile of the neighborhood, Ian helps Trevor to raise money for a new youth shelter. Meanwhile, Carl loses his scholarship and gets creative with securing the tuition, Lip stands up to a friend and gets hurt and Frank teaches the parents at Liam's school all about the working class.
|Icarus Fell and Rusty Ate Him||Writer: Mark Steilen||Director: Zetna Fuentes||December 10, 2017||#6|
|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.
|Occupy Fiona||Writer: Molly Smith Metzler||Director: Iain B. MacDonald||December 17, 2017||#7|
|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.
|Frank's Northern Shuttle Express||Writer: Nancy M. Pimental||Director: Emmy Rossum||December 31, 2017||#8|
|Frank starts a booming import-export business. Fiona considers moving into her own place after Ford 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.
|The Fugees||Writer: Dominique Morisseau||Director: Jeffrey Reiner||January 7, 2018||#9|
|Frank's business takes a turn for the worse, as it sends him on the run through the Great White North. Ian's run-in with a minister brings about some unexpected and new allies. Meanwhile, Fiona tries and fails to fit in with Ford's group of friends, while Carl's new girlfriend Kassidi suffers separation anxiety. As he gets closer to Eddie, Lip must decide whether to tell Sierra about Charlie's secret baby or not. Debbie finds a new money opportunity thanks to the dog she is watching. After a visit from a former employee, Svetlana reveals to Kevin and V how bad she feels about her current miserable life.
|Church of Gay Jesus||Writer: Sheila Callaghan||Director: Anna Mastro||January 14, 2018||#10|
|Ian tries to get a handle on his newfound fame and attention from his "followers", as Frank finds a way to cash in. Meanwhile, Fiona struggles with her conscience as she decides to help the worker who fell off her roof. Lip deals with the sudden death of someone important to him, while Debbie starts doing some dangerous welding gigs. As Carl finds himself forced to marry Kassidi, Kev and V decide to help Svetlana to find a sugar daddy.
|A Gallagher Pedicure||Writer: Mark Steilen||Director: Iain B. MacDonald||January 21, 2018||#11|
|Fiona's homeless tenants sue her, while barricading themselves inside her apartment. Frank considers his retirement, while Lip decides to help a terrified Sierra against her newly released father. Despite warnings, Ian wants to provide sanctuary to a runaway teen, as Carl is showing Kassidi his life before dating her. After her injury, Debbie decides to sacrifice her toe surgery over her school, as she can't pay for both. As Kev and V are unable to get her a sugar daddy, Svetlana finds an unconventional solution to her problem.
|Sleepwalking||Writer: John Wells||Director: John Wells||January 28, 2018||#12|
|With the help of Ford, Fiona decides to "go Gallagher" to get rid of her homeless tenants and their lawsuit. Frank enrolls Liam in planning a burglary at his rich friend's house, but Liam is having second thoughts. After things got out of hand, Ian is forced to hide from the authorities. Debbie considers joint custody of Franny with Derek, in exchange for child support. As Lip makes a decision regarding his life and his relationship with Sierra, Carl tries to find a way to go back to military school behind Kassidi's back. Meanwhile, Kev and V help Svetlana to go through with her scheme.
- This is the only season not to feature Mickey Milkovich.
- This is the final season to feature Trevor, Sierra Morton, Neil Morton, and Sean Pierce.
- This is the second season to not have the main cast in the released poster, there is only William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, and Jeremy Allen White.
- This season marks the last appearance of Svetlana Yevgenivna as Isidora Goreshter departs from the show.