Shameless (US) : Season 1

  • Network: Showtime
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 9, 2011
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 328 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 328

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  1. Jun 5, 2011
    5
    Starting around episode 4, the wheels come off and the show becomes this strange caricature of every weird character you've ever seen exposed to all at once. It started out decent but got too weird/unbelievable. (What's with all the scenes in a bathroom?)
  2. Apr 18, 2011
    6
    Whilst i liked this show, the music editing, acting and direction was really annoying and cheesy, I much prefer the UK version and would recommend it to anyone especially fans of this US version, i find it seems so much more realistic in the uk version (for one people are more normal looking than hollywood looking), the direction and narrative is much more stylish and gritty. charactersWhilst i liked this show, the music editing, acting and direction was really annoying and cheesy, I much prefer the UK version and would recommend it to anyone especially fans of this US version, i find it seems so much more realistic in the uk version (for one people are more normal looking than hollywood looking), the direction and narrative is much more stylish and gritty. characters such as kev, frank, shiela and steve are much better played. the parts people seem to like in this US show are soo much better in the UK version in my opinion. However i may be slightly biased as i grew up beside a UK council estate and met characters and was a part of communities similar to these, and thus you may not relate to it the same way i do, similar to perhaps my relation to this show relative to that of US viewers. Also the same could be said for the office UK and US versions however i can understand why people would prefer the US version as it is a totally different sense of humour and the UK in so cringe worthy at times its impossible to watch without ripping your own face off, however the UK version of shameless has the same sense of humour and so far the same plot more or less, just better done. Overall i think it is a good adaptation but if you like it i would urge you to try out the original. Expand
  3. Jan 13, 2011
    6
    Has moments of insight and amusement but mainly seems to be a writer's invention. A writer smoking something not quite legal. And it's rather a waste of the gifted William Macy. It tries hard -- probably too hard.
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jan 10, 2011
    25
    Exec producers John Wells (ER), Andrew Stearn (The West Wing), and Paul Abbott (Cracker), adapting Abbott's original Brit version, waste the talents of Macy, Joan Cusack, and Emmy Rossum (Mystic River), among others, and you'll waste your time straining to enjoy it.