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Shameless 

TV-MA | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | TV Series (2004–2013)
The lives and relationships of a group of siblings and their estranged father Frank Gallagher on a rough Manchester estate.

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Paul Abbott
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11 wins & 37 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
David Threlfall ...  Frank Gallagher / ... 138 episodes, 2004-2013
Rebecca Atkinson Rebecca Atkinson ...  Karen Maguire / ... 129 episodes, 2004-2013
Alice Barry Alice Barry ...  Lillian Tyler / ... 118 episodes, 2004-2013
Nicky Evans Nicky Evans ...  Shane Maguire 114 episodes, 2006-2013
Tina Malone Tina Malone ...  Mimi Maguire / ... 111 episodes, 2005-2013
Elliott Tittensor ...  Carl Gallagher / ... 109 episodes, 2004-2013
Aaron McCusker ...  Jamie Maguire 108 episodes, 2007-2013
Sally Carman ...  Kelly Maguire / ... 85 episodes, 2005-2013
Qasim Akhtar ...  Chesney Karib 85 episodes, 2007-2013
Ciaran Griffiths ...  Micky Maguire / ... 84 episodes, 2007-2012
Gerard Kearns ...  Ian Gallagher / ... 80 episodes, 2004-2010
Rebecca Ryan ...  Debbie Gallagher / ... 65 episodes, 2004-2009
Johnny Bennett Johnny Bennett ...  Liam Gallagher / ... 62 episodes, 2006-2011
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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 need help and find it in Steve, a young middle class lad who falls for Fiona, the oldest sibling, and increasingly finds himself drawn to this unconventional and unique family. Anarchic family life seen through the eyes of an exceptionally bright fifteen year old, who struggles to come of age in the context of his belligerent father, closeted brother, psychotic sister and internet porn star neighbors. Written by Company Pictures (website)

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Official Sites:

Channel 4 [UK]

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 2004 (UK) See more »

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Shameless See more »

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(2 episodes) | (32 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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David Threlfall appeared in all but three of the 139 episodes. See more »

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Frank Gallagher: I had to wait 4 hours at A & E 'cause of someone queue hopping! Who cares if he was shot? He shot HIMSELF. Some people are so selfish.
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As good as TV ever gets
25 February 2004 | by BlindLemonPyeSee all my reviews

I'm not a great authority on this, as I hardy watch TV any more. If they came up with more stuff like this, I would be addicted to the Box. Fantastic script, characters and acting and the funniest, freshest British made comedy I've seen since Spaced and (to a slightly lesser extent) The League of Gentlemen.

Although I come from the north of England and lived in Manchester for two years and therefore, through direct association, find I can relate very naturally to this humour, it must surely transcend 'northern' taste and appeal, in the same way that Phoenix Nights did, to absolutely anybody who sees it.

It's no wonder Channel 4 are taking the unusual step of running the whole series again, as I think media interest/hype came too late this time round. It's the only British thing to come remotely close to challenging the HBO stable (6ft Under/S.A.T.C) stuff that has attracted TV's biggest plaudits in this last 4/5 years. I think it will go down as being an important landmark in British comedy broadcasting and gain cult status for years to come.

Commissioning a series two is a must - it was just hitting full speed last night with the closing episode of this first run.


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