Reddit discussions have a way of manifesting the rough shapes that consensus has taken among fanbases, and the “Shameless” subreddit r/shameless is no exception. For example, on March 31, 2023, a post by u/StevieKinks was met with a very different reception from what the original poster might have expected, bringing to the fore feelings of dissatisfaction that had seemingly been brewing amid the show’s fans for several years.
The post, titled “Like if you believe Shameless fans deserve a Season 12 [finale]” with no body text, received 32 upvotes with a 72% upvote rate, but a quick scroll reveals that the most-liked comment, by u/donetomadness, expressed a diametrically opposite feeling. The poster wrote, “The show went like 2.5 seasons too far if you ask me,” nearly tying the original post with 30 upvotes. Another popular comment, by u/Suspicious-Pressure2, concurred: “Why does anyone want a season 12 after season 11 was THAT bad?” the poster wrote. Meanwhile, u/614meg went even further, stating, “When I do rewatches now, I stop after season 7.”
The prevailing sentiment among fans, if the response to that post is anything to go by, is that “Shameless” had already overstayed its welcome by the time it actually aired its final season in 2021. Aside from those who felt the show was past its prime, however, there seemed to be little enthusiasm for the idea of a return of “Shameless.”