8.6/10
197,411
431 user 49 critic

Shameless 

TV-MA | | Comedy, Drama | TV Series (2011– )
Trailer
1:36 | Trailer
A scrappy, feisty, fiercely loyal Chicago family makes no apologies.

Creators:

John Wells, Paul Abbott
Reviews
Popularity
25 ( 32)

Episodes

Season 11 Premiere


Sunday, December 6

Life during the pandemic: Frank fears gentrification, Kev and V get creative at the Alibi. Lip and Tami make their new house a home. Carl finishes the police academy. Debbie becomes her...


Most Recent Episode


Sunday, January 26

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...


Previous Episode


Sunday, January 19

Seasons


Years



11   10   9   8   7   6   5   4   3   … See all »
2021   2020   2019   2018   … See all »
Top Rated TV #196 | Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 15 wins & 64 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
William H. Macy ...  Frank Gallagher / ... 134 episodes, 2011-2021
Jeremy Allen White ...  Lip Gallagher / ... 134 episodes, 2011-2021
Shanola Hampton ...  Veronica Fisher / ... 134 episodes, 2011-2021
Emma Kenney ...  Debbie Gallagher / ... 134 episodes, 2011-2021
Ethan Cutkosky ...  Carl Gallagher / ... 133 episodes, 2011-2021
Steve Howey ...  Kevin Ball / ... 133 episodes, 2011-2021
Cameron Monaghan ...  Ian Gallagher / ... 127 episodes, 2011-2021
Emmy Rossum ...  Fiona Gallagher 110 episodes, 2011-2019
Michael Patrick McGill ...  Tommy 82 episodes, 2011-2020
Noel Fisher ...  Mickey Milkovich / ... 71 episodes, 2011-2021
Jim Hoffmaster ...  Kermit 60 episodes, 2011-2020

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?

Watch now

Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Trying to get Higher See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Justin Chatwin & Noel Fisher, both Canadians from the province of British Columbia, used to room together in LA when they first started acting. See more »

Quotes

Steve: And what exactly does "hooked up" mean?
Kevin Ball: Last time I checked, penis goes into vagina.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.21 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Trouble Comes Running
(uncredited)
Performed by Spoon
See more »

User Reviews

 
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.


258 of 347 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 431 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shameless See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed