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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 9, 2011
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 8
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76

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8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 114 Ratings

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  • Summary: Summer for the Gallaghers means Frank owes $10,000, Ian seeks a way out of Chicago after high school, and Lip, Debbie, and Carl run schemes to make money for the household while Fiona tries to forget about Steve.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jan 9, 2012
    91
    Because the bond between them is so strong, all the show's disparate pieces - the filthy comedy and the desperation, the joy and the depression - hold together just as well.
  2. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Jan 4, 2012
    88
    Almost nothing about this series is conventional. That's part of the appeal.
  3. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Jan 5, 2012
    88
    If you want bold activities, high drama and laughs motivated by something other than fame, tune in for Season 2 of Shameless.
  4. Reviewed by: Luke De Smet
    Jan 9, 2012
    63
    The second season of Showtime's aptly titled Shameless often feels less like a new season and more like a sequel, in which the major players remain the same, but the volume is amplified and the ante doubled.
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Feb 13, 2012
    63
    The show is technically flawless--so is Macy strutting like a mangy Mick Jagger--but the Gallaghers' raucous, defiant pride never really engages me. [20 Feb 2012, p.46]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jan 9, 2012
    10
    Probably one of the best shows on TV. All the actors are great, even the kids, and we can all easily connect with their characters. It'sProbably one of the best shows on TV. All the actors are great, even the kids, and we can all easily connect with their characters. It's almost impossible not to like this show. I also love the comedy resulted by all those hard situations they have to go through. Expand
  2. Jan 11, 2012
    10
    This show is very well written and the actors fit their characters extremely well. this show is a real down and dirty type of show that hasThis show is very well written and the actors fit their characters extremely well. this show is a real down and dirty type of show that has real life situations and puts it into a show. this is my favorite show that is a mixture of drama and comedy at some parts. although this family may by dysfunctional, there are times of real unity which makes the show even better. i can't wait for the rest of the season! Expand
  3. Jan 10, 2012
    10
    Awesome show. This has William H Macy playing the best role of his career, a drunken **** father. The kids all have their own depth that makesAwesome show. This has William H Macy playing the best role of his career, a drunken **** father. The kids all have their own depth that makes this show so watchable. Lip is a smart kid on a tragic path. Liam is gay, and headed straight for the military. Fiona is the crafty, motherly older sister that keeps them all together. This family reminds me so much of my own. Expand
  4. Jan 13, 2012
    10
    I laughed, cried, cheered, gasped, damned, and loved the first season. This Full Package is entertaining as hell! (only for open-minded andI laughed, cried, cheered, gasped, damned, and loved the first season. This Full Package is entertaining as hell! (only for open-minded and mature Adults) Expand
  5. Jan 9, 2012
    9
    I don't feel like writing much but I already watched the first episode of season 2 and I have to say it is just as brilliant as ever. I justI don't feel like writing much but I already watched the first episode of season 2 and I have to say it is just as brilliant as ever. I just hope Steve dies this season, the lack of him made the episode better for me. Expand
  6. Jan 9, 2012
    8
    One of my favorite television dramas. The characters are all great, and Paul Abbott does a brilliant job keeping the story fresh. Fiona, Lip,One of my favorite television dramas. The characters are all great, and Paul Abbott does a brilliant job keeping the story fresh. Fiona, Lip, Frank and all the other Gallagher's are easy to relate to, and the actors who play them do an awesome job making this dysfunctional family come to life. By far the most realistic family on TV. Expand
  7. Apr 10, 2012
    7
    I found season two to be much better than season one. It is still melodramatic, but the good acting from the adult leads always sucks me inI found season two to be much better than season one. It is still melodramatic, but the good acting from the adult leads always sucks me in and helps me overlook its flaws. Though it is a melodrama in some ways, the character's reactions to the exaggerated situations definitely seem realistic. I'm not sure why I really watch this show, but I know it's not because I find it funny; I think the jokes are somewhat petty. Expand