Shameless – The Eleventh and Final Season DVD review

Aug 02, 2021- Permalink

Shameless, based on the British series of the same name, has the distinction of being Showtime’s longest-running scripted series. For the past eleven seasons, William H. Macy has led the ensemble cast as Frank Gallagher, a single father of six whose struggles with addictions lead him from one misadventure to the next. Warner Brothers Home Entertainment has released Shameless – The Eleventh and Final Season on DVD and I had a chance to take a look. Though Warner Brothers provided me with a copy for review, the thoughts below are my own.

The Shameless Eleventh Season set contains 12 episodes spread over three DVD discs. It’d be nice to have a Blu-ray, but many studios are opting to release smaller series on DVD, opting to keep the HD versions available for streaming. The image is still quite good and, to be honest, given how much cable services and streaming services compress their image, a good quality DVD can sometimes look as good, if not better than what you see through your cable subscription. The DVD is presented in the original broadcast’s 16:9 ratio.

Here’s a list of the episodes:

  1. This Is Chicago!
  2. Go Home, Gentrifier!
  3. Frances Francis Franny Frank
  4. NIMBY
  5. Slaughter
  6. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good…Eh, Screw It.
  7. Two at a Biker Bar, One in the Lake
  8. Cancelled
  9. Survivors
  10. DNR
  11. The Fickle Lady is Calling it Quits
  12. Father Frank, Full of Grace

On the audio side, the discs come with an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, with subtitles available for English SDH. The soundtrack does a good job of placing ambient effects throughout the soundscape and your subwoofer adds a bit of bass depth to some scenes. Dialogue is clear and centred.

As for extras, there are deleted scenes as well as The Last Call, a post-finale reunion that due to the Covid 19 pandemic was shot remotely.

As the back of the box says, the Gallaghers may grow up, but they’ll never grow apart. If you’ve enjoyed the misadventures of Frank and his clan, then you’ll want to add Shameless – The Eleventh and Final Season to your collection.