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:
 Frank Gallagher / ... (138 episodes, 2004-2013)
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)
 Ian Gallagher / ... (80 episodes, 2004-2010)
 Debbie Gallagher (65 episodes, 2004-2009)
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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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

13 January 2004 (UK)  »

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Besramnici  »

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(2 episodes) | (32 episodes)

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1.78 : 1
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Despite the original premise being about the Gallaghers, aside from Frank, there where more episodes that focused on the Maguires, most notably Mimi, Shane, Jamie & Karen. See more »


Carol: [Debbie has accidentally burnt Carl's anus while they were lighting farts] You're lucky the house didn't go up, rubbish he eats.
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Remade as Shameless (2011) See more »

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Vital, visceral, poignant, all with perfect comedic timing.
14 May 2005 | by (Berkeley, CA) – See all my reviews

From the very first episode you will be drawn into the lives of each of the principal characters - warts and haloes and all. Each is fully realized with a light and dark side, shown incrementally and alternately through their actions and their reluctantly expressed concerns. The story lines are both outrageous and – once you spend a few minutes with this family – absolutely believable, and move at an enervatingly brisk while gratifyingly even pace. I'm so glad I found out about it when Series II had already completed, and could enjoy it from episode 1.1 through the end of series II. While it seems evident that Series III will commence with casting changes, this production is so incredibly well planned (unlike most U.S. series - Lost, I'm looking at you) that the story arc girds you quite well for even fundamental shifts, and instills great anticipation. The show addresses immediate, on-the-ground social issues like complacency vs. poverty, avarice vs. honor, cheating vs. work (and stealing vs. profit), lust vs. love, and 9 times out of 10 the virtuous parts of humanity are exemplified and enjoyed (but always with the other side engaged and/or confronted in the process). That 10th time is where Frank comes in. Paul Abbott is a brave artist, a brave man, and a brave son. Never has such a reluctant father been so well-realized and so generously presented. Now. When do we get Series III?

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