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An alcoholic man lives in a perpetual stupor while his six children cope as best they can.

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Series cast summary:
William H. Macy ...  Frank Gallagher / ... 103 episodes, 2011-2018
Emmy Rossum ...  Fiona Gallagher 103 episodes, 2011-2018
Ethan Cutkosky ...  Carl Gallagher 103 episodes, 2011-2018
Shanola Hampton ...  Veronica Fisher / ... 103 episodes, 2011-2018
Jeremy Allen White ...  Lip Gallagher 103 episodes, 2011-2018
Steve Howey ...  Kevin Ball / ... 103 episodes, 2011-2018
Emma Kenney ...  Debbie Gallagher 103 episodes, 2011-2018
Cameron Monaghan ...  Ian Gallagher 103 episodes, 2011-2018
Michael Patrick McGill ...  Tommy 60 episodes, 2011-2018
Isidora Goreshter ...  Svetlana / ... 53 episodes, 2013-2018
Brenden Sims ...  Liam Gallagher / ... 52 episodes, 2012-2016
Joan Cusack ...  Sheila Jackson 44 episodes, 2011-2015
Noel Fisher ...  Mickey Milkovich 43 episodes, 2011-2016
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Watch the Irish American family the Gallagher's deal with their alcoholic father Frank. Fiona, the eldest daughter, takes the role of the parent to her five brothers and sisters. Lip, Ian, Debbie, Carl, and Liam deal with life on the South Side of Chicago. Fiona balances her sex life and raising her siblings. Every episode is another crazy situation that one or more of the Gallagher six get into. Watch them grow and learn how to make their way in life with what little they have. Written by Linda Taylor

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Living crappily ever after. (Season 3) See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shameless See more »

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A unique show trademark is the main character 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). See more »

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Frank Gallagher: [about his alcohol addiction] I can't handle anything up my ass without alcohol!
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I've seen both. The American is better. (But not by a lot)
29 April 2011 | by ssihSee all my reviews

I was halfway through the American series before I even KNEW there was a British series. I think a was a little disappointed that we didn't create it, but I was also happy that it was one of the few shows that we copied without ruining it. When I checked some of the user reviews, I was surprised to see how many thought the show to be appalling. OK, not everyone will share my love for the show, but to rate it SO badly? But when I looked, the author of nearly every bad review was a fan of the original show. This simply sounds like a case of liking what you know. "I don't care how good their cooking is. It ain't as good as my Mom's!"

Once I finished the American series, I gave it about a month to settle in and then started watching the British series. But I'd like to think that I was objective enough to judge it on its on merits, and not simply that it's different than what I'm used to.

Since, as many have pointed out, the script is nearly word-for-word identical, the difference lies mainly in how the actors portray the characters.

So I'm going to give my character-by-character head-to-head appraisal of UK vs. US. I'm going to use the character names rather than the actors' names for simplicity. Starting from the youngest...

Little Debbie: UK wins this one hands down. No contest. She steals every scene she's in. Who can not fall in love with this girl???

Carl: This one's close, but the UK one is (at least in the first season) a little more deranged and fun to watch.

Ian: Another close one, but this goes to UK, too. US Ian is somber and good looking, but UK Ian always seems a bit panicky, and the wide-angle closeups of his face make him look pretty bizarre.

Lip: This is solidly with the US. I like US Lip's darkness. He seems more responsible and intelligent. UK Lip is just kind of impish and unsure. You can depend on US Lip and he offers some of the only real family support to Fiona.

Kevin: Dead heat.

Veronica: Very different performances by each, but in the end, I like them the same.

Fiona: This was a difficult one to call, but I'm giving it to the US. And this is probably because I saw them first. I just like her better. Hard to put my finger on the reason.

Frank: Sorry, UK, but I just don't like your Frank. I understand the character is usually drunk, but he seems that way even before he starts drinking. He seems clinically stupid. US Frank (Macy) is equally as obnoxious, entitled, selfish and deluded, but he only seems drunk when he's drunk. At other times, his pontificating is fun to listen to. You feel good about hating the guy, because he's like this by choice. With UK Frank, you have to pity him. I feel like I'm laughing at someone who's mentally challenged.


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