Shameless

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Frank goes missing and turns up in Toronto, tries to embrace sobriety, and bends the law to protect his disability checks; Fiona falls for a player with a lot of money and a big secret; Ian embraces his sexuality.
Starring
William H. MacyEmmy RossumJustin Chatwin
Genres
ComedyDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Pilot
    January 8 2011
    57min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    In the series premiere, we meet the fabulously dysfunctional Gallagher family. Dad's a drunk, Mom split long ago, and eldest daughter Fiona tries to hold the family together.
  2. 2. Frank the Plank
    January 15 2011
    56min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    When Frank is nowhere to be found on the day his disability check arrives, the family starts a manhunt and panic sets in.
  3. 3. Aunt Ginger
    January 22 2011
    52min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    When a government official suspects that someone might be cashing Aunt Ginger's social security checks, the Gallagher's set out to find her before the government does.
  4. 4. Casey Casden
    January 29 2011
    46min
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    After a lonely Debbie steals a little boy from a birthday party, the family hatches a plan to return the toddler safe and sound without attracting attention from the Chicago Police.
  5. 5. Three Boys
    February 5 2011
    45min
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    Even though Kevin is already married, the Gallaghers help to pull off the fake wedding of the year when Veronica's mother offers a cash gift for her wedding day.
  6. 6. Killer Carl
    February 12 2011
    51min
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    When a letter from Carl's teacher arrives at the Gallagher home, Fiona is thrown into action to prove it's a suitable domicile for rehabilitating a delinquent.
  7. 7. Frank Gallagher: Loving Husband, Devoted Father
    February 19 2011
    45min
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    Desperate to come up with a plan to pay two goons looking for the $6000 that he owes, Frank stumbles onto a risky solution that might work -- if his family goes along with it.
  8. 8. It's Time to Kill the Turtle
    February 26 2011
    48min
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    When Frank gives up drinking, Carl and Debbie enjoy having their dad back despite Lip's warning it won't last. Meanwhile, Fiona scrambles to find a better job.
  9. 9. But at Last Came a Knock
    March 5 2011
    51min
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    Frank has some settlement money coming his way. The only catch --needs his ex-wife, Monica's signature on the documents.
  10. 10. Nana Gallagher Had an Affair
    March 12 2011
    48min
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    Monica's return to the family wreaks havoc on the Gallagher clan -- leaving the children determined to find out if Frank is their real father. Fiona moves in with Steve next door.
  11. 11. Daddy's Girl
    March 19 2011
    46min
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    Debbie convinces Fiona to get involved with her Classroom Moms where Fiona finds a new friend in the alluring Jasmine (guest star AMY SMART).
  12. 12. Father Frank, Full of Grace
    March 26 2011
    51min
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    Steve tries to convince Fiona to leave town with him after Tony discovers his true livelihood and threatens him with jail if he doesn't leave. Frank & Karen's secret is discovered.

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Supporting actors
Ethan CutkoskyShanola HamptonSteve HoweyEmma KenneyCameron MonaghanJeremy Allen WhiteLaura Slade WigginsJoan Cusack
Producers
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Season year
2011
Network
Bonanza Productions Inc.
Content advisory
Smokingsubstance usealcohol usenudityfoul languagesexual contentviolence
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D. RobertsReviewed in the United States on November 1, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
The title says it all!
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Well, if you happened to be looking for the most uncouth, tasteless, iconoclastic, warped, twisted, unapologetic situation comedy on the market.....YOU FOUND IT!!! This is a series that pokes fun @ alcoholics, dysfunctional families & poor people (not necessarily in that order). Meet the Gallaghers: once you are drawn into their humble home, you'll never bee the same again!!

Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy) is a prototype deadbeat dad. No, he's more than that. If there were an award for "world's worst dad," Frank Gallagher would doubtlessly win. He has custody of his children (sort of) as his ex wife (Monica) is estranged. However, Frank Gallagher doing his familial duty is about as common as a Labrador singing Verdi opera. Frank is a drunk & puts more effort into trying to "game the system" of getting disability checks than he does into simply making an honest living.

Fiona (Emmy Rossum) is the catalyst of the show. She is by far the most likeable character & the one we empathize with the most. As the eldest daughter, she has taken it upon herself to take on the duties of being the surrogate mother of her younger siblings. She is often frustrated & overwhelmed with the tasks life has dealt her, but she still finds a way to face each & every day with her winning smile. Unlike her father, she works odd jobs & does her best to support the rest of her family.

Laura Slade Wiggins (Karen) delivers a command performance as the girl-next-door who is caught in the body of teenage girl with an overactive libido. Full confession: Laura Slade Wiggins has "got the goods." She is built like a cheerleader and she's the type of woman whom guys like me dream of taking to the mall. Her acting talents outstrip this role; I look forward to seeing more of her. For now, all I can say is....WOW!!!

Somewhat surprisingly, as raucous as this show is, it still finds a way to have some rather poignant, heart wrenching moments. While most of it is obnoxious humor, the fact that these moments exist in the series is profound. So, bottom line is, if you're looking for an off-the-wall adventure in Chicago, the Gallaghers would be elated to invite you over to their house. Be sure to accept the invitation! 8-)
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NyiNyaReviewed in the United States on May 12, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Huh?
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Obviously I was off doing something else when television changed, because I could not get my jaw to snap shut after watching the first episde of "Shameless." No, make that after watching the first ten minutes.

Holy Bad Behavior there Batman!

Yeah, yeah, I know cable was supposed to be pushing the envelope, but except for the F-word getting worked to death, it was pretty much business as usual. Or more to the point, BS as usual. Dexter? Come on...same old cheap Moralizing for Dummies, only now we have a serial killer teaching Bad Guys about the wages of sin, not Jim Anderson teaching Bud and Kitten about good citizenship. I cancelled my cable and walked away for a couple years. I took another peek a couple of weeks ago and fell right off of my high horse!

When did TV get so smart? So funny? So...seditious? When did they start using real writers, not frat boys or survivors of the Sheldon Schwartz School of Sitcoms? It all started with Treme, an amazing show about New Orleans that got it all right, the characters, the place, the setting, the music...everything. Next came The Wire. Another eye opener. Gritty, violent and good. I sensed a new direction but still I had no clue how far things had gone. So then I watched The Vikings. Let's hear it for Violence. Eye-bugging, jaw dropping, violence with severed aortas pumping away, torsos cleaved in two, limbs flying, eyes gouged. And that's just the opening credits.

I thought I had seen it all...until I watched the first episode of "Shameless."

Real, honest, funny, horrible...it's a family. The way families really are. More or less. It feels real. Frank is not going to be Father of the Year, and Child Protective Services would have a field day if they peeked in the window. But he loves his kids albeit in his own way. The kids look after one another. And love one another. That's not necessarily a given even when the parents are church-going, steadfast, homework monitoring, balanced meal serving pillars of the community. But the language is coarse, the kids are lighting up doobies, and no moral values are being ingrained. They're just getting along day to day.

So is this a good thing, this new celebration of the sordid? This wallowing in sex, drugs, violence and all sorts of Bad Behavior? What impact will it have on society? What will happen to our children if they grow up seeing stuff on TV you would not discuss with your husband or wife (or both)? In the first episode of "Shameless", I saw a kid do something with his underwear (and for good reason) that had me torn between hysterical laughter and abject horror. The show shocked my modesty, which is some good trick, believe you me. But mostly I just like it. Shameless is not pandering to our lower instincts, it's really funny. Witty, even. Bright, clever and disgusting. How's that for the trifecta?

Into the fourth episode now, and am torn between wanting to marry Frank or having him put down like a rabid dog. He is a drunk, a welfare cheat, an absentee father with the parenting skills of a newt. And it is a joy to behold. William Macy is one of the best things ever to happen to movies or television. The entire cast is good. So far it keeps getting better.

And really, did the old school kind of television, the kind that taught Good Behavior have any influence on us? Did anyone ever not cheat on a spouse or on their income taxes because of Mike Brady's endless sermonizing? Do you ever see a criminal or some poor drugged out wretch or other miscreant and say to yourself "There but for the grace of June and Ward Cleaver go I?"

Thought so.

Enjoy the bad stuff without guilt. It cannot possible make us any worse than we already are. Four stars because this is a good show, not a great show. Some episodes are a lot better than others. Compared to Treme, The Wire or Breaking Bad, it's not quite top tier. And there is not nearly enough William Macy.
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Chris B.Reviewed in the United States on June 15, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
DIFFERENT FROM ANY FAMILY MOVIE YOU'VE EVER SEEN
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Dysfunctional, drunk all the time, father so the family of kids are being raised by the older sister who spends half her day working, and the other half the day taking care of the kids and trying to screw a money making man into her life and family situation. She's gorgeous, the sex is a bit graphic, the plot lines and character interactions are very realistic.... no murders, cop chases, just a dysfunctional family trying to take advantage of the government handouts, with some shoplifting and petty crimes to round out the budget. Best line so far, a couple of college kids are attracted to the older sister who's working as a fast food server but one of them warns the other, "Poor girls (living on food stamps and welfare), don't abort. You'll pay child support for the rest of your life."
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The Wingchair CriticReviewed in the United States on February 20, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Ballad of Cartoon Violence
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Showtime's 'Shameless' (2011) is a more self-conscious, fanciful, and decompressed adaption of the original BBC program of the same name. But, while 'Shameless' aggressively celebrates its inversion of traditional American values, it is important to keep in mind that it represents as much an idealization of the values it does uphold as 'Leave It To Beaver' (1957-1963) and 'Father Knows Best' (1954-1960) did in their era.

While 'Shameless,' which is essentially a comedic soap opera with dramatic overtones, explores 'the broken home,' adultery, alcoholism, teenage sexuality, homosexuality, mental illness, suicide, child sociopathy, sexual fetishism, theft as a way of life, and other elements traditionally consigned to life on 'the other side of the tracks' in America, note that very little genuine harm of any kind ever comes to any character, no matter how young or vulnerable, as a result of their behavior.

In traditional American television fashion, physical injuries heal within moments or by the next scene, emotional trauma seems to be only of the readily-manageable kind, and characters fall asleep drunk in the snow in the dead of the Chicago winter without freezing to death or losing toes or fingers.

Despite the abundance of threats and dangers surrounding and intruding upon them at every turn, including extreme violence and, in at least one case, a murder, nothing of permanent significance ever happens to any of the Gallaghers, who are clearly the heroes of the series, so what might be called 'the traditional unspoken American television show contract between the producers and the audience' applies: "The Gallaghers will persevere."

Even secondary characters seem impervious to trauma: teenage psychopath Mickey (Noel Fisher) is sent to juvenile prison, but reappears in the narrative when the producers need him to reappear; his months-long incarceration is brushed off as if completely inconsequential.

Another secondary character commits suicide with apparent success at the climax of Season One, but nothing nearly as final happens to any of the Gallaghers, with their almost a superhuman ability to recover from arrests, loss of employment, beatings, expulsions from school, kidnappings, and other experiences which most people find very difficult to assimilate and overcome in real life.

Despite the relative deprivation, chaos and squalor the Gallaghers are presented as existing in, note that their household is typically flooded in warm amber hues mornings and evenings. Though food is constantly implied to be in short supply, the motherless Gallaghers are constantly seen eating, and no one ever complains of anything approaching actual hunger.

While the Gallagher children's alcoholic and habitually grifting father, Frank (Willam H. Macy), is typically absent, the Gallagher children nonetheless receive genuine abundant love and oversight from oldest son Lip (Jeremy Allen White). Elder daughter Fiona (Emmy Rossum) and her best friend and neighbor, Veronica (Shanola Hampton), and their respective lovers, professional car thief Steve (Justin Chatwin) and bar owner Kev (Steve Howey) are regularly on hand to hold the figurative roof up and thus prevent outright catastrophe.

Which is to say that the American branch of the Gallagher clan, despite the show's trappings, actually have it pretty good.

As in 'Father Knows Best,' 'The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriett' (1952-1966), or 'The Brady Bunch' (1969-1974), most episodes of 'Shameless' end in 'feel good moments' in which some or all members of the Gallagher family reassert their love and concern for one another, though here in a hearty 'us against them' fashion that wouldn't have been out of place on 'Married With Children' (1987-1997).

As the degree of sentimentalization remains identical, regardless of the values esteemed, 'Shameless' no more presents an accurate or honest view of American life, or a segment of American life, than 'The Donna Reed Show' (1958-1966) did in its time. This is important, as some critics, and no doubt many viewers, seem to believe that 'Shameless' is finally representing a segment of American life as it actually is in fact.

The irreverent 'Shameless' is a creative, colorful, and romanticized version of its BBC counterpart. It is funny when it tries to be and dramatic when it wants to be. William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, and Joan Cusack, among others, are beautifully wedded, even welded, to their parts.

If 'Shameless' is grossly unrealistic and potentially irresponsible from a social perspective, then perhaps the producer's frequently rose-tinted approach to their predominantly White suburban ghetto is meant to underscore the program's fictional basis, even if we "all know a family exactly like that."
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MarideanReviewed in the United States on February 18, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
AMAZING! EXCITING! RAW! LIFE!
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I watched my first Shameless episode several weeks ago when Showtime ran a weekend marathon showing of a Shameless season 1-3 episodes before Season 4 premiered. After watching just a few minutes of a random episode, I WAS HOOKED!! Unfortunately, it was a busy weekend, so I couldn't drop everything and watch all episodes back-to-back as I desperately wanted to! Anytime I had a few spare minutes, I'd quickly turn it on! I didn't know the characters, didn't know the storyline, but it didn't matter! The series is so well-written! It's funny, dramatic, shocking, happy, sad...it keeps you on your toes and longing for MORE!! The show deals with real life social problems of families in the lower economic class trying to thrive & survive! Although the Gallagher clan is one of the most dysfunctional families ever, they all love one-another so much. Their strong bond is what holds them together and gives them hope for a better tomorrow! I love this family!
I'm currently watching Season 4 on Showtime, while catching up with seasons 1-3! I knew that the Shameless series would be one that I watched over and over; therefore, I knew I must own each season on DVD! My Prime membership enabled me to receive the DVD's in two days! Included on each DVD is deleted scenes and interesting commentaries! Thanks, Amazon!!
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Rachel AtwoodReviewed in the United States on December 1, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Horrible horrible series
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Reminds me of my childhood. My drunken mother. My brothers always in trouble with the law. Outlaw boyfriends and shenanigans. Horrible horrible series, but good horrible. Definitely a dark humor, my kind of humor. Keeps us interested. We got this to watch one episode a week, but we watched 4 episodes back to back the other night. It's addicting.
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MyPenNameReviewed in the United States on March 11, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellence!
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When I first saw Shameless, I was almost disgusted. The stuff that goes on in the family - the dad inparticular - was just so.. terrible, unbelievable..but then.. I was hooked because of the realness and honest grit.

This is definitely a show unlike any other. Although some of it you just shake your head at in disbelief, most of it is relatable in one way or another and just so very real. I am totally hooked on it now. There are so many different story lines and types of drama within it, that it stays interesting and attention grabbing.

There are also many tear jerking moments, and not because of cheesey/corny moments, but because a lot of the situations are so seemingly real and/or sad or just emotional in general. (The second season gets more into the emotional aspect).

I actually bought this first season set for my mom as a Christmas present. She had never seen Shameless yet and it is such a great series on so many levels, that I thought she would like it.

It is one of those shows where you watch and say O M G, about 10 different times throughout the episode.

Definitely give it a try. Watch a few complete episodes before giving up on it! I gaurantee you will be hooked too! It truly is a series that EVERYONE can get something out of.
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AlyssaMTReviewed in the United States on October 19, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Character Development beyond belief.
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This show is perfection between the acting and the writing and storylines it's probably the best written show that you can find on TV at this moment in time. It's realistic and emotionally driven with comedic undertones. This thing I enjoy the most about this show is how well they have developed the characters. They haven't done what some shows do and that's put characters in situations that they'd never be in or react in ways that character would never react as. It's completely and utterly shocking how beautiful this show is.
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