Critic’s corner: What’s on TV this weekend

Cliff Lipson/SHOWTIME

Shameless Sunday at 9 p.m., Showtime

I’m still on the “Shameless” train in a big way. The stories are crazy, moving, and relatively unpredictable, and the acting is consistently top notch. William H. Macy has been even more intense than usual as the dying Frank, Emmy Rossum was touching and morally complex when Fiona was arrested, and Jeremy Allen White, whose Lip got taken down a few notches at college, has real star quality.


Wahlburgers marathon Sunday 7-11 p.m., A&E

I love the way the Wahlberg brothers become kids again when Alma – “Ma” – speaks. The show relies heavily on the most famous of the nine Wahlberg kids, Donnie and Mark, and all of their faux confessions and self-mythologizing blather – but the real star is Ma. She tells her stories about “Mahk” and the day Calvin Klein called and how “Dawnie” was obsessed with Michael Jackson. Go Ma. Pictured: Donnie and Alma.

Get The Weekender in your inbox:
The Globe's top picks for what to see and do each weekend, in Boston and beyond.
Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

Naked and Afraid Sunday at 8 p.m., Discovery

Blurred lines.

Blood, Sweat & Heels Sunday at 9 p.m., Bravo


And when I sigh.

Believe Sunday at 9 p.m., NBC

In life after love, after love, after love.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.
Loading comments...
Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.
You're reading  1 of 5 free articles.
Get UNLIMITED access for only 99¢ per week Subscribe Now >
You're reading1 of 5 free articles.Keep scrolling to see more articles recomended for you Subscribe now
We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of