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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.
Unusual for a TV-show, creator John Wells has a very strict policy of no scripts allowed on set. The actors have to know their lines by heart.
Steve Howey, who plays Kev, spent the entire season three recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon.
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).
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.
A unique presenting trademark is a main characters' breaking the fourth wall at episode beginnings, inquiring as to why the viewer supposedly did not view the previous episode before recap flashbacks 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 on 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.
The show goes twice to Chicago for a week to shoot exteriors, after filming every six episodes on Warner Brothers sound stages.
The "Patsy's Pies" restaurant that Fiona is shown working at is based on a real bar and grill called "Patsy's", located at Lincoln Avenue in Chicago, Illinois.
Prior to working on "Shameless", Justin Chatwin (Steve/Jimmy) and Emmy Rossum (Fiona) acted together in the film "Dragonball: Evolution. "
Shameless is an American remake of a British 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 11 seasons and 139 episodes.
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).
Mark Mylod directed the first episode of both Shameless shows, the British one and its American remake.
Besides playing the leading role of Frank Gallagher, William H. Macy also portrayed Frank Gallagher's brother, Jerry.
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.
Cameron Monaghan (Ian), Ethan Cutkosky (Carl), Jeremy Allen White (Lip), Emma Greenwell (Mandy), Joan Cusack (Sheila), and Noel Fisher (Mickey) all guest-starred on Law & Order: SVU.
Prior to portraying Husband and wife on Shameless, Steve Howey and Shanola Hampton were in an episode of "Reba" together. ("The Steaks are high")
Two actresses have portrayed Mandy Milkovich. Jane Levy and currently Emma Greenwell
William H. Macy is the only series regular to have ever written (in season 2) and also direct (season 5) an episode of the series.
The cast admit that sometimes the scripts and story lines are outrageous even to them.
The cigarette brand Morley is used in a number of episodes. This is the fake Marlboro brand from the X-Files.
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The series is set in Illinois. Out of the main cast, only Ethan Cutkosky (who plays Carl) is actually a native of Illinois.
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Stars Michael Patrick McGill, Cameron Richardson, Janet Varney, and Will Sasso all appeared in at least one episode of the HBO series Entourage that Mark Mylod also directed.
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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 on season 4 because Shanola Hampton got pregnant.
Originally there was a scene on the season 3 finale where the Brasilians played hockey with Jimmy's head, an 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.

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