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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.
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).
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).
The show goes twice to Chicago for a week to shoot exteriors, after filming every six episodes on Warner Brothers sound stages.
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.
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.
The cigarette brand Morley is used in a number of episodes. This is the fake Marlboro brand from the X-Files.
Mark Mylod directed the first episode of both Shameless shows, the British one and its American remake.
The cast admit that sometimes the scripts and story lines are outrageous even to them.
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.
Besides playing the leading role of Frank Gallagher, William H. Macy also portrayed Frank Gallagher's brother, Jerry.
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.
Ed Lauter who plays the school guidance counselor (Dick Healy) got sick in season 3.He passed away on October 16, 2013, two weeks shy of his 75th birthday, Lauter died of mesothelioma, after being diagnosed 5 months earlier in may. His final episode was "Survival of the Fittest" Season 3 Episode 12.
Ruby Modine (Sierra), who plays Lip's love interest in Season 7, 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, with then-series regular Steve Howey. 10 years later, they would play husband and wife on this show.
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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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Co stars William H Macy & Noel Fisher share the same birthday, March 13.
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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 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.
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 that Fiona is shown working at is based on a real bar and grill called "Patsy's", located at Lincoln Avenue in Chicago, Illinois.
Two actresses have portrayed Mandy Milkovich. Jane Levy and currently Emma Greenwell
Jane Levy played the role of (Mandy Milkovich) in season 1 but was then recast by Emma Greenwell when Levy took a leading role in ABC's (Suburgatory) that only lasted 3 seasons.

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