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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 9, 2011
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
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66

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8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 387 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: 41 out of 49
  2. Negative: 5 out of 49
  1. Jan 2, 2016
    10
    If you want drama, if you want sex scenes, if you want comedy, you are at the right place. They are all shameless and they will take it to theIf you want drama, if you want sex scenes, if you want comedy, you are at the right place. They are all shameless and they will take it to the next level any time. Expand
  2. Mar 21, 2011
    10
    The Best show of the year by far.i would like to spend a year in Gallagher household and experience the hardships and toughen my character butThe Best show of the year by far.i would like to spend a year in Gallagher household and experience the hardships and toughen my character but overall improve my sense of humor.Im following... 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. Apr 1, 2012
    9
    William H. Macy is a truly great actor. For anyone who ever seen in the movie, "Door To Door", or, ":Fargo", you can appreciate the amazingWilliam H. Macy is a truly great actor. For anyone who ever seen in the movie, "Door To Door", or, ":Fargo", you can appreciate the amazing range and depth of his talent. But there are other great and budding starts on this show too. At times the action is so fast I need to do a digital rewind to keep up, but I like it that way. Never a dull moment and nothing drags. And the characters in this show are very real sometimes almost too much so. Really intense at times. This is another series that helps me understand another side of our nation's cultural fabric.

    At times it is rough but it shows how some people undoubtedly really live. There are times I am completely grossed out but laughing at the same time. The broadcast networks really have their hands tied their backs in that department. Shameless is not a series for everyone, but for those who enjoy their entertainment a little on the wild side with real and sometimes brutally honest human emotions exploding all over the place its worth a shot.
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  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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