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Ethan Cutkosky (Carl) asked to be written off for a few episodes at the end of season five, because he was going to start high school, and wanted to experience it properly. He was able to start like a normal teen.
Unusual for a television show, Creator John Wells has a very strict policy of no scripts allowed on-set. The actors and actresses have to know their lines by heart.
Steve Howey, who plays Kev, spent the entire season three recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon.
The show goes twice to Chicago for a week to shoot exteriors, after filming every six episodes on Warner Brothers sound stages.
Woody Harrelson was originally set to star, back when the show was to air on NBC, then HBO, and then Showtime, before dropping out after the success of Zombieland (2009).
Each child, aside from Liam, identifies with the behavioral roles of children of alcoholics. There is the perfect child or the hero (Debs). There is the rebel or the scapegoat (Carl). There is the clown or the mascot (Lip). There is the lost child or the loner (Ian), and there is the caretaker (Fiona).
A unique show trademark, are the main character's breaking the fourth wall, at the episodes' beginnings, inquiring as to why the viewer supposedly did not view the previous episode, before recap flashbacks are shown, with unaired scenes.
According to details written in the early script of the show's pilot episode, Fiona Gallagher was originally supposed to be very average-looking and overweight, with rattier clothes and messy blonde hair; a huge contrast from the slender, brunette beauty (Emmy Rossum).
Allison Janney played Sheila Jackson in the original pilot, but when the producers decided to expand the role, Janney had to drop out, because she was a full-time regular on Mr. Sunshine (2011), so Joan Cusack was cast.
This is an American remake of an English show. The UK counterpart (same title) is set on the Chatsworth council estate, a fictional borough in Manchester. It originally ran from 2004 to 2013 for eleven seasons, and 139 episodes.
The cigarette brand "Morley" is used in several episodes. This is the same fake brand from The X-Files (1993).
Mark Mylod directed the first episode of both Shameless shows, the English one, and its American remake.
The cast admits that sometimes the scripts and story lines are outrageous, even to them.
During the show's third season, Emmy Rossum had the show's 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 (2005).
Besides playing the leading role of Frank Gallagher, William H. Macy also portrayed Frank Gallagher's twin brother, Jerry.
William H. Macy is the only series regular to have ever written (in season two) and also direct (season five) an episode of the series.
Ed Lauter, who played the school guidance counselor (Dick Healy), got sick in season three. He passed away on October 16, 2013, two weeks shy of his 75th birthday, Lauter died of mesothelioma, after being diagnosed five months earlier in May. His final episode was "Survival of the Fittest", season three, episode twelve.
Ruby Modine (Sierra), who plays Lip's love interest in season seven, is actually dating Cameron Monaghan (Ian, Lip's brother) in real-life.
Early in her career, Shanola Hampton guest-starred as a Pep Squad Pepette on Reba (2001) with Steve Howey. Ten years later, they play husband and wife on this show.
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William H. Macy and Noel Fisher share the same birthday, March 13.
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Paul Abbott, who created the original English series, was originally against the idea of an American remake, fearing it would be stereotypically set in the South. He changed his mind, once John Wells told him it would take place in Chicago.
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Michael Patrick McGill, Cameron Richardson, Janet Varney, and Will Sasso all appeared in at least one episode of the HBO series Entourage (2004), that Mark Mylod also directed.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Even though it was established that Veronica was almost barren, she actually got pregnant in season four, because Shanola Hampton got pregnant.
Originally, there was a scene in the season three finale, where the Brazilians played hockey with Jimmy's head, a clear indication to the audience, that the character had been killed. They even made a fake head after Justin Chatwin, but they chose not to show the scene, in case they changed their minds about killing the character. Creator John Wells said publicly that the character was dead, but ended up bringing Chatwin back for a few episodes, to write him out of the show properly, and wrap up his storyline with Fiona.
Despite being in almost every episode since season one, Joan Cusack is listed as a "special guest star" in the opening credits for the five seasons she worked on the show.
The "Patsy's Pies" restaurant, at which Fiona is shown working, is based on a real bar and grill called "Patsy's", located on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago, Illinois.
Two actresses have portrayed Mandy Milkovich. Jane Levy and Emma Greenwell.
Jane Levy played the role of Mandy Milkovich in season one, but was then re-cast with Emma Greenwell, when Levy took a leading role in ABC's Suburgatory (2011).

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