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: 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Abernethy
    Jan 9, 2011
    60
    All this worries Fiona, of course, and her compassion keeps Shameless--a remake of a hit British show--from being a glib mockery of poverty. She is the yin to Frank's yang, organized, focused, and efficient.
  4. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jan 7, 2011
    50
    It simply too often feels like an unconvincing portrait of poverty and the Gallaghers, like an English council-estate family plopped in the Midwest. The next two episodes depart more from the original, and suggest the series may find its own voice; on the other hand, they're not nearly as well written.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 7, 2011
    50
    Moments and characters like these take us out of the reality that Shameless otherwise aims to portray, falling victim to the pay-cable impulse to push the shock envelope just because it can. Which ultimately is less shocking than irritating. A shame, really.
  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: Mary McNamara
    Jan 6, 2011
    50
    It's clear that Wells has nothing but respect for the original material; if only he felt the same for American viewers. Unfortunately, [executive producer John Wells] seems to have bought into the notion that Americans need everything to be bigger, louder, messier and drawn in primary colors.
  8. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jan 6, 2011
    50
    Some brief memorable performances, particularly Cusack as a tippling housewife. Otherwise, an inexplicable misfire.
  9. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 4, 2011
    50
    For the most part, there's nothing here to be ashamed of. It's just that at a time when TV drama is so flush with riches, Shameless plays like a poor relative.
  10. San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    Reviewed by: Chuck Barney
    Jan 9, 2011
    58
    Hamming it up big time, William H. Macy plays a booze-addled father of six kids in this uneven drama that seems more intent on taking its pay-cable liberties (nudity, profanity, etc.) to the extreme than weaving an engaging story.
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 »