Last night saw the final ever episode of Shameless after its successful 10-year run, which reunited various faces from the past for the send off.
Viewers reacted on Twitter with a mixture of nostalgia and disappointment, with some hoping to see more from the finale. Others posted emotional tweets about the end of the eleven series, thanking Channel 4 for the programme.
The drama has received criticism since it first aired in 2003. Owen Jones, Independent columnist and author of Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class, recently warned that the characters on the show “are the exception, not the norm….What our TV screens need is a new wave of drama showing the reality of British life in enjoyable way.”
The Independent’s Arifa Akbar, however, praised the final episode: “This finale was as good as any of the best. It’s not as if Shameless ever got bad: it just got old, and, even then, it didn’t go out limping.”
Goodbye to #shameless you've been disgusting, moving, violent, funny, and great tv. A nice ending, and great to see old faces back.— Emma Fisher (@fisemganbo) May 28, 2013
Another amazing show over, always sad to see one go but they live on forever in illegal downloads #Shameless— Peter Costello (@Tescos_Scarves) May 29, 2013
Real tears were shed tonight when saying goodbye to Frank after 10 inappropriate, shameless and fucking fantastic years. SCATTER! #shameless— Anne-Marie Forgie (@reeforgie) May 29, 2013
"Make poverty history... CHEAPER DRUGS NOW!" Farewell to the mighty Frank Gallagher and #Shameless. Ten series run and can bow out proud.— Tom Andrews (@CarefreeTom_182) May 29, 2013
Last episode of #Shameless wasn't too bad. Never hit the heights of the earlier series but the returnees and the humour were both solid.— Jay (@jaycgallagher) May 29, 2013
Stayed up & watched the last ever #shameless last night.....what a let down, should've been called pointless.— Steph Brown (@Stephi_B1) May 29, 2013
I genuinely thought the last episode or #shameless might be half as good as the first series. Needless to say, it wasn't— Annabelle Coakley(@ACoakleyyy) May 28, 2013
Farewell Frank and co. Been a cracking last couple of years. Glad it finished like that with no one getting killed.End of an era. #Shameless— Usman Tariq (@101usman) May 29, 2013
I know I keep saying this,but Frank is a bastard! Like,uyirubbish maani! #shameless— Siphokazi Madikane (@hawkgirl_kane) May 29, 2013