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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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 Kevin Ball (74 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Debbie Gallagher (74 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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 Lip Gallagher (73 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Ian Gallagher (73 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Tommy (46 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Sheila Jackson (44 episodes, 2011-2015)
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 Mickey Milkovich (41 episodes, 2011-2016)
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 Svetlana (41 episodes, 2013-2016)
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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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During the show's third season Emmy Rossum had the show's script writers give Justin Chatwin a fake scene in which he told his father he was gay. The crew members revealed it was a prank on camera. He played a gay son to a homophobic father on Weeds. See more »

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Fiona Gallagher: [to Debbie] Nobody *fucks* with the Gallaghers!
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Hanging out with the Gallaghers
5 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't know if you can call 2011 the year the BBC invaded American television, but it comes darn close. The first of the shows to premiere in the new year will be Showtime's version of the British award winning Shameless. Shameless follow Frank Gallagher, played by William H. Macy, and his not quite normal family. For instance the youngest of the Gallagher clan is quite obviously not Frank's yet that isn't even the family's biggest concern. Nor would it be the fact that in order to make ends meet and keep the electricity from being turned off all the kids chip in including the youngest daughter who takes up a collection that is supposed to be turned into Unicef. Yeah those are problems alright, but like I said they aren't the Gallagher's biggest problem. Their biggest problem would be Frank and his inability to stay sober long enough to pay more than his bar tab at the neighborhood pub.

With that being said the first 21 minutes of Shameless doesn't detour much from the British version and that's OK. Instead of feeling as though I had seen it before (which I had) I just felt as though I was being introduced to a new slightly (overly) dysfunctional family. This was mostly in part to the cast who not only owned their roles they owned whatever scenes they were in and I don't say this lightly. Not once during the preview did I feel as though this was a family I was supposed to pity and feel bad for. This was a family I wanted to know and to hang out with. Luckily for me starting Sunday January 9, 2011 I get to hang out with the Gallagher family.


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