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Shameless 

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

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Paul Abbott, John Wells
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Liam out-Gallaghers Frank, Lip works to convince Tami to stay in Chicago with their baby, Debbie turns over a new romantic leaf and Kev's new business takes off, but V wonders where the...


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Series cast summary:
William H. Macy ...  Frank Gallagher / ... 126 episodes, 2011-2020
Jeremy Allen White ...  Lip Gallagher / ... 126 episodes, 2011-2020
Emma Kenney ...  Debbie Gallagher / ... 126 episodes, 2011-2020
Ethan Cutkosky ...  Carl Gallagher / ... 125 episodes, 2011-2020
Shanola Hampton ...  Veronica Fisher 125 episodes, 2011-2020
Steve Howey ...  Kevin Ball / ... 125 episodes, 2011-2020
Cameron Monaghan ...  Ian Gallagher / ... 119 episodes, 2011-2020
Emmy Rossum ...  Fiona Gallagher 110 episodes, 2011-2019
Michael Patrick McGill ...  Tommy 82 episodes, 2011-2020
Noel Fisher ...  Mickey Milkovich / ... 63 episodes, 2011-2020
Jim Hoffmaster ...  Kermit 60 episodes, 2011-2020
Isidora Goreshter ...  Svetlana / ... 53 episodes, 2013-2018
Brenden Sims ...  Liam Gallagher / ... 51 episodes, 2012-2016

The Rise of William H. Macy

William H. Macy, known for playing downtrodden characters in films like Fargo, and Boogie Nights, reprises his role as Frank Gallagher in "Shameless." What other roles has he played?

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Watch the Irish American family the Gallaghers dealing 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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Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

Jane Levy (who played Mandy in the first season) and Justin Chatwin (Steve/Jimmy) starred together in the 2015 film Bang Bang Baby (2014). See more »

Quotes

Lip Gallagher: I believe the answer to that question, like the answer to most questions, is fuck you!
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.77 (2013) 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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