Shameless (US) : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 9, 2011
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
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66

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8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 320 Ratings

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  • Summary: William H. Macy is the often-drunk father of six kids who scheme and take care of one another in this remake of the highly regarded British show.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jan 6, 2011
    100
    Shameless is excellent, compelling television from the first moment. As long as it stays true to the roots of the original, it's going to be essential viewing.
  2. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jan 6, 2011
    90
    [The] sentimental streak in the show is compensated by Frank's coldness and the scrappy urban realism, translated so effectively from the British original.
  3. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jan 9, 2011
    80
    Don't let all this make the show sound complicated. Based on opening night, it looks like Shameless fun.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Jan 11, 2011
    60
    Now and then Shameless sloughs off its mostly self-imposed constraints and fires on all cylinders, observing economic hardship, drunken tomfoolery and sexual shenanigans with a keen eye for class specifics.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jan 9, 2011
    50
    Shameless instead is about as uplifting as rectal cancer, even though it's hard not to at least respect the gumption and resilience of Fiona. Rossum's performance in this role is all together pretty terrific.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jan 7, 2011
    50
    For all the show's flaws, you can see the attraction for an actor of Macy's quality, with the kind of showy, outsized role that wins awards. But as fine an actor as he is, Frank just comes across as loud and empty. Much like Shameless.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jan 9, 2011
    25
    Shameless lives up to its title. What's left for the rest of the season? Cannibalism? Macy is a good sport about being dragged around the kitchen like dead weight.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 41
  2. Negative: 4 out of 41
  1. Apr 11, 2013
    10
    W H Macy drives this essential piece of television viewing surrounded by an excellent ensemble cast. I think it's hugely underrated, amazinglyW H Macy drives this essential piece of television viewing surrounded by an excellent ensemble cast. I think it's hugely underrated, amazingly funny, ferociously energetic yet quietly poignant too. Expand
  2. Mar 11, 2011
    10
    The negative reviews of Shameless are incomprehensible. This is one of the best television series of the last decade. It is truly top notchThe negative reviews of Shameless are incomprehensible. This is one of the best television series of the last decade. It is truly top notch entertainment with excellent acting, outstanding writing, and exceptional direction. It's always compelling and unpredictable. I love this show! Expand
  3. Oct 28, 2011
    10
    You will love this show, every character is his own world, from crazy, spaced out kids, to troublesome teenagers, to drunk and sexuallyYou will love this show, every character is his own world, from crazy, spaced out kids, to troublesome teenagers, to drunk and sexually twisted adults. Highly recommended, can't wait for season 2. Expand
  4. Feb 18, 2012
    9
    Shameless never seems to amaze me. Just when I thought I saw the best episode yet, the next sunday it would be outdone. I give this a 9 andShameless never seems to amaze me. Just when I thought I saw the best episode yet, the next sunday it would be outdone. I give this a 9 and recommend it to all of my friends, no-one is yet to say they dont like it. Expand
  5. May 4, 2011
    8
    Shameless is both funny and touching, sometimes going over the top in both directions. It's the performances of the cast, especially EmmyShameless is both funny and touching, sometimes going over the top in both directions. It's the performances of the cast, especially Emmy Rossum and Jeremy Allen White that keeps me coming back for more. The show can be irresponsible at times, but mostly it's just a lot of fun. Expand
  6. Feb 27, 2011
    8
    This show balances things very well homosexuality, under-age drinking, sex, loneliness; a drunken, oblivious and sometimes abusive fatherThis show balances things very well homosexuality, under-age drinking, sex, loneliness; a drunken, oblivious and sometimes abusive father (William H Macy) etc. all of which equates into one of the most dysfunctional families on television. It's gritty, realistic by many standards; applaud the writers for their ability to get a laugh out of you and at least attempt to get a tear out of you. Emmy Rossum is very heartfelt and at her best here and Justin Chatwin is charming like never before together they have great chemistry; both of whom were nearly screwed over thanks to Dragon Ball: Evolution. Expand
  7. Feb 5, 2013
    0
    Sad show. They stay using the LORDS name in vain which is so wack. If you can't entertain an audience without disrespecting JESUS then youSad show. They stay using the LORDS name in vain which is so wack. If you can't entertain an audience without disrespecting JESUS then you clearly have no talent! Expand

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