Shameless (2011– )

TV Series  -   -  Comedy | Drama
8.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.7/10 from 61,274 users  
Reviews: 108 user | 24 critic

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

Creator:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Live Chat with Keanu Reeves

We conducted a Live Chat with Keanu about his upcoming film John Wick.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 31 Aug 2012
 
a list of 29 titles
created 17 Sep 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 17 Jul 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 6 months ago
 
<3
a list of 26 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Shameless" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Shameless (2011– )

Shameless (2011– ) on IMDb 8.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Shameless.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



5   4   3   2   1  
Unknown   2015   2014   2013   2012   2011  
Nominated for 6 Primetime Emmys. Another 6 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Weeds (2005–2012)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

When a suburban mother turns to dealing marijuana in order to maintain her privileged lifestyle after her husband dies, she finds out just how addicted her entire neighborhood already is.

Stars: Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould
Californication (TV Series 2007)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A self-loathing, alcoholic writer attempts to repair his damaged relationships with his daughter and her mother while combating sex addiction, a budding drug problem, and the seeming inability to avoid making bad decisions.

Stars: David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Evan Handler
Shameless (TV Series 2004)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

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 ... See full summary »

Stars: David Threlfall, Rebecca Atkinson, Alice Barry
Game of Thrones (TV Series 2011)
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  

Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros.

Stars: Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams
True Blood (2008–2014)
Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill, a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire.

Stars: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell
Orange Is the New Black (TV Series 2013)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

The story of Piper Chapman, a woman in her thirties who is sentenced to fifteen months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money for her drug-dealing girlfriend.

Stars: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning
Modern Family (TV Series 2009)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Three different, but related families face trials and tribulations in their own uniquely comedic ways.

Stars: Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen
Dexter (2006–2013)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

A Miami police forensics expert moonlights as a serial killer of criminals whom he believes have escaped justice.

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas
Sons of Anarchy (TV Series 2008)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

A man in his early 30s struggles to find a balance in his life between being a new dad and his involvement in a motorcycle club.

Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior
Misfits (TV Series 2009)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A group of young offenders doing community service get struck by lightning during a storm, and begin to develop superpowers.

Stars: Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Joseph Gilgun, Iwan Rheon
Family Guy (TV Series 1999)
Animation | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

In a wacky Rhode Island town, a dysfunctional family strive to cope with everyday life as they are thrown from one crazy scenario to another.

Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green
Skins (TV Series 2007)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The story of a group of British teens who are trying to grow up and find love and happiness despite questionable parenting and teachers who more want to be friends (and lovers) rather than authority figures.

Stars: Kaya Scodelario, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Dempsie
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Carl Gallagher (57 episodes, 2011-2015)
...
 Frank Gallagher / ... (54 episodes, 2011-2015)
...
 Fiona Gallagher (54 episodes, 2011-2015)
...
 Ian Gallagher (51 episodes, 2011-2015)
...
 Veronica Fisher (50 episodes, 2011-2015)
...
 Kevin Ball (50 episodes, 2011-2015)
...
 Debbie Gallagher (50 episodes, 2011-2015)
...
 Lip Gallagher (50 episodes, 2011-2015)
...
 Sheila Jackson (41 episodes, 2011-2014)
...
 Steve / ... (37 episodes, 2011-2014)
...
 Tommy (34 episodes, 2011-2015)
...
 Karen Jackson (30 episodes, 2011-2013)
...
 Mandy Milkovich (29 episodes, 2012-2014)
...
 Mickey Milkovich (28 episodes, 2011-2014)
...
 Jody Silverman (24 episodes, 2012-2013)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

gay | alcoholic | remake | sex talk | bar | See All (31) »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 January 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Besramnici  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Besides playing the leading role of Frank Gallagher, William H. Macy also portrayed Frank Gallagher's brother, Jerry. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Conan: The Conundrum Enigma (2011) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Fluid direction, crisp script, helmed by trio of fine performances
25 January 2011 | by (Vancouver, BC) – See all my reviews

Note: I have not seen the UK version.

I wasn't sure what to make of the first episode of Shameless. I wasn't sold on the characters and the direction seemed directionless. In fact, it wasn't until the third ep that my eyes were opened. It's as if the actors have found their mark and the characters have come to life.

While the ensemble cast is solid, and Macy is at his irascible best, it is the performance of three of the actors which makes Shameless something special. Emmy Rossum, as the 'adult' glue that holds the family together, has rightly received the most press. Her role requires a combination of strength, resolve, humour and vulnerability - qualities that would thwart a lesser actress. Rossum is able to convincingly bring it all together with fire and sexuality in addition to her other qualities.

Equally effective in his role as the younger brother Lip, Jeremy Allen White brings a world-weary innocence to his character. Blessed with a malleable physiognomy, White is at once rascal and protector of the brood. White makes us want to know Lip better. That's rare.

In a smaller role but probably my favourite is Emma Kenney as little sister Debbie. Her deadpan wisecracks supply the laugh-out-loud moments while her heartbreaking scenes of longing for parental love bring a tear to the eye of the most hardened soul. She can act toe-to-toe with Macy and still steal the scene.

The rest of the cast is almost as good. Their performances would be wasted, however, without a tight script and fluid - but not frenetic - direction. The third episode brought all these pieces together in a fascinating show. Whether the writing and direction can sustain this level of quality over a season we don't know. What we do have for now is some of the best ensemble acting you will see on TV or on film.


44 of 56 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
How would you diagnose Karen's psych problems? Pumpyjones
Frank's lowest of the low moments... zelkz86
Is the story line of Mickey and Ian the same as in the UK version? ianrichard1
Game: 'Would you rather'... aneverafterstory89
Favorite scene so far? PotterFreak2010
Worst season lch18
Discuss Shameless (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page