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An alcoholic man lives in a perpetual stupor while his six children with whom he lives cope as best they can.

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 Frank Gallagher / ... (73 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Fiona Gallagher (73 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Carl Gallagher (73 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Veronica Fisher (73 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Kevin Ball (73 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Lip Gallagher (73 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Debbie Gallagher (73 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Ian Gallagher (73 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Tommy (45 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Sheila Jackson (44 episodes, 2011-2015)
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 Liam Gallagher / ... (43 episodes, 2012-2016)
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 Mickey Milkovich (41 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Steve / ... (40 episodes, 2011-2015)
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 Mandy Milkovich (32 episodes, 2012-2016)
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 Karen Jackson (30 episodes, 2011-2013)
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Meet the fabulously dysfunctional Gallagher family. Dad's a drunk, Mom split long ago, eldest daughter Fiona tries to hold the family together. Eldest son Philip (Lip) trades his physics tutoring skills for sexual favors from neighborhood girls. Middle son Ian is gay. Youngest daughter Debbie is stealing money from her UNICEF collection. Ten-year-old Carl is a budding sociopath and an arsonist, and toddler Liam is - well, he might actually be black, but nobody has a clue how. Written by Showtime Publicity

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The Gallaghers. Absolutely, Wildly, Unapologetically... Shameless

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Allison Janney was cast as Sheila Jackson and originally appeared in the pilot episode but had to be recast due to scheduling conflicts. See more »

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Steve: And what exactly does "hooked up" mean?
Kevin Ball: Last time I checked, penis goes into vagina.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.77 (2013) See more »

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Great Cast and Great Plot
10 January 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'll start by saying that if you have watched the UK version of this (Which by the way was made by Channel 4 and Company Pictures and NOT the BBC as these other reviews suggest) You probably won't enjoy this first episode. Its a straight transition of the script with some adjustments.

However having seen shows that were changed beyond all recognition I can say that is a good thing.

The cast are excellent in their roles and the story which is far from the usual tame fodder of American drama is handled with honesty and realism. The characters mostly have their own interests to consider as well as the kids trying to keep their family together.

William H Macy is ideal in a role which doesn't allow him much initial screen time but I'm sure future episodes will focus on him since Frank is such a fascinating character. Can't wait for episode 2.


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