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Shameless 

TV-MA | | Comedy, Drama | TV Series (2011– )
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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:
...  Frank Gallagher / ... 97 episodes, 2011-2018
...  Fiona Gallagher 97 episodes, 2011-2018
...  Carl Gallagher 97 episodes, 2011-2018
...  Veronica Fisher 97 episodes, 2011-2018
...  Lip Gallagher 97 episodes, 2011-2018
...  Kevin Ball 97 episodes, 2011-2018
...  Debbie Gallagher 97 episodes, 2011-2018
...  Ian Gallagher 97 episodes, 2011-2018
...  Tommy 58 episodes, 2011-2018
...  Svetlana / ... 53 episodes, 2013-2018
...  Liam Gallagher / ... 52 episodes, 2012-2016
...  Sheila Jackson 44 episodes, 2011-2015
...  Mickey Milkovich 43 episodes, 2011-2016
...  Steve / ... 40 episodes, 2011-2015
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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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Besides playing the leading role of Frank Gallagher, William H. Macy also portrayed Frank Gallagher's twin brother, Jerry. See more »

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Fiona Gallagher: [to Debbie] Nobody *fucks* with the Gallaghers!
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Remake of Shameless (2004) See more »

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Fluid direction, crisp script, helmed by trio of fine performances
25 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

Note: I have not seen the UK version.

I wasn't sure what to make of the first episode of Shameless. I wasn't sold on the characters and the direction seemed directionless. In fact, it wasn't until the third ep that my eyes were opened. It's as if the actors have found their mark and the characters have come to life.

While the ensemble cast is solid, and Macy is at his irascible best, it is the performance of three of the actors which makes Shameless something special. Emmy Rossum, as the 'adult' glue that holds the family together, has rightly received the most press. Her role requires a combination of strength, resolve, humour and vulnerability - qualities that would thwart a lesser actress. Rossum is able to convincingly bring it all together with fire and sexuality in addition to her other qualities.

Equally effective in his role as the younger brother Lip, Jeremy Allen White brings a world-weary innocence to his character. Blessed with a malleable physiognomy, White is at once rascal and protector of the brood. White makes us want to know Lip better. That's rare.

In a smaller role but probably my favourite is Emma Kenney as little sister Debbie. Her deadpan wisecracks supply the laugh-out-loud moments while her heartbreaking scenes of longing for parental love bring a tear to the eye of the most hardened soul. She can act toe-to-toe with Macy and still steal the scene.

The rest of the cast is almost as good. Their performances would be wasted, however, without a tight script and fluid - but not frenetic - direction. The third episode brought all these pieces together in a fascinating show. Whether the writing and direction can sustain this level of quality over a season we don't know. What we do have for now is some of the best ensemble acting you will see on TV or on film.


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