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Shameless 

TV-MA | | Comedy, Drama | TV Series (2011– )
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A scrappy, fiercely loyal Chicago family makes no apologies.

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John Wells, Paul Abbott
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Series cast summary:
William H. Macy ...  Frank Gallagher / ... 110 episodes, 2011-2019
Emmy Rossum ...  Fiona Gallagher 110 episodes, 2011-2019
Ethan Cutkosky ...  Carl Gallagher 110 episodes, 2011-2019
Jeremy Allen White ...  Lip Gallagher 110 episodes, 2011-2019
Shanola Hampton ...  Veronica Fisher 110 episodes, 2011-2019
Steve Howey ...  Kevin Ball 110 episodes, 2011-2019
Emma Kenney ...  Debbie Gallagher 110 episodes, 2011-2019
Cameron Monaghan ...  Ian Gallagher 103 episodes, 2011-2019
Michael Patrick McGill ...  Tommy 71 episodes, 2011-2019
Isidora Goreshter ...  Svetlana / ... 53 episodes, 2013-2018
Brenden Sims ...  Liam Gallagher / ... 52 episodes, 2012-2016
Jim Hoffmaster ...  Kermit 49 episodes, 2011-2019
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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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Country:

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English

Release Date:

9 January 2011 (USA) See more »

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Fluid direction, crisp script, helmed by trio of fine performances
25 January 2011 | by skysaxonSee 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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