Shameless (US) : Season 1

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

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jan 9, 2011
    70
    It's best not to think of Shameless as a deep, important show. Tune in for the character drama and recognize the characters' anti-social behavior for what it is. There's no shame in that.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jan 9, 2011
    80
    That's Shameless in 30 seconds or less: messy, overcrowded, unapologetically frank and, at times, darkly funny.
  6. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jan 4, 2011
    100
    Abbott makes sure the quirkiness of the Gallaghers is firmly rooted in three-dimensional, credible characterization. You never feel a bit of inauthenticity here.
  7. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jan 6, 2011
    70
    The promising Shameless is a terrific showcase for Macy, Emmy Rossum, who plays Frank's daughter Fiona, and Joan Cusack, who plays the Gallaghers' neighbor. The show's younger cast members are also impressive; they have a low-key, realistic style that melds perfectly with the unforced truthfulness that Macy brings to his role
  8. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jan 6, 2011
    80
    In Showtime's seemingly unwatered-down version, William H. Macy plays the drunken dad, Frank Gallagher, convincingly enough that you can almost smell the alcohol (along with less-pleasant scents) seeping from every pore. (Other highlights include Joan Cusack as an agoraphobic homemaker whose life's about to change and Emmy Rossum as Fiona, the oldest of Frank's daughters.)
  9. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Jan 6, 2011
    80
    Shameless is deftly adapted and surprisingly appealing, crude, funny and also touching.
  10. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Jan 9, 2011
    80
    The one-hour show has as much comedy as drama, providing a satisfying and unusual viewing experience.
  11. 80
    Shameless also has a rough and original charisma of its own, emphasizing as it does the freedom and not merely the deprivation of its family of quasi orphans.
  12. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    Jan 6, 2011
    88
    The charm of the show--and of the Gallagher family--is in its anarchy.
  13. Reviewed by: Rick Porter
    Jan 9, 2011
    90
    While there's a little something lost in translation, the show retains enough of the core of the original that--bolstered by strong performances from top to bottom--it's as good a remake as any import since "The Office."
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 295 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 38
  2. Negative: 4 out of 38
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. Jul 5, 2011
    10
    I think that the USA shameless is diabolical. it in no way portrays the original shameless, Im interested to see how the political side ofI think that the USA shameless is diabolical. it in no way portrays the original shameless, Im interested to see how the political side of frank is shown in the USA shameless. the original frank is an amazing actor, and is a Shakespearean actor, against this guy who is playing the usa frank, their is no contest. the REAL frank is better ! the banter and what makes the dark side of the drama funny, and not so depressing is removed, and i find the U.S.A version is , boring, with no wit, or sarcasm, and has no originality. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »