The lives and relationships of a group of siblings and their estranged father Frank Gallagher on a rough Manchester estate.


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Series cast summary:
Rebecca Atkinson ...
 Karen Maguire / ... 129 episodes, 2004-2013
Alice Barry ...
 Lillian Tyler / ... 118 episodes, 2004-2013
Nicky Evans ...
 Shane Maguire 114 episodes, 2006-2013
Tina Malone ...
 Mimi Maguire / ... 111 episodes, 2005-2013
 Carl Gallagher / ... 109 episodes, 2004-2013
 Jamie Maguire 108 episodes, 2007-2013
 Kelly Maguire / ... 85 episodes, 2005-2013
Qasim Akhtar ...
 Chesney Karib 85 episodes, 2007-2013
Ciaran Griffiths ...
 Micky Maguire / ... 84 episodes, 2007-2012
Gerard Kearns ...
Johnny Bennett ...
 Liam Gallagher / ... 62 episodes, 2006-2011


The story of a young group of siblings pretty much abandoned by their parents, surviving by their wits - and humor - on a rough Manchester council estate. Whilst they won't admit it, they need help and find it in Steve, a young middle class lad who falls for Fiona, the oldest sibling, and increasingly finds himself drawn to this unconventional and unique family. Anarchic family life seen through the eyes of an exceptionally bright fifteen year old, who struggles to come of age in the context of his belligerent father, closeted brother, psychotic sister and internet porn star neighbors. Written by Company Pictures (website)

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13 January 2004 (UK)  »

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Mark Mylod directed the first episode of both Shameless shows, the British one and its American remake. See more »


Frank Gallagher: Tickets this way for the Chatsworth Express. Come and watch pikeys making a mess of the lives they were given by him up stairs, and kids they're convinced aren't actually theirs. What sounds on earth could ever replace kids needing money or wives in your face? Cause this, people reckon and me included is why pubs and drugs were kindly invented, to calm us all down, stop us going mental. These are Chatsworth Estates basic essentials. We are worth every penny for grinding your axes. You shit on ...
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Another hit from the UK. Thank god for BBC America!
8 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

I happened upon this show one afternoon while nursing a hangover and have been hooked ever since. I was also lucky that BBCA was playing the entire series 1 as a marathon that day. This show blows away any of the lame crap that they call TV over here and is another testament to the vastly underrated talent of the UK. The only way a show this ballsy would be shown over here would be on a pay channel like HBO or Showtime. I am fast becoming a huge fan of British TV (Eastenders, The Office, Coupling, Father Ted, The Green Wing, ABFAB) and hopefully the DVD will be available to us yanks soon. Let's just hope some stupid network (NBC) doesn't get ahold of it in an attempt to "Americanize" it like they tried with Coupling and The Office.

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