Shameless centers around the Gallagher family, which includes six children who must learn to take care of themselves. Their father, Frank Gallagher, who is played by William H. Macy, is an alcoholic. He comes home only to beg or steal money from his children to support his habit. The kids, meanwhile, must do whatever it takes to support themselves and survive, even if their methods are sometimes "shameless."
The Gallagher family, who live in Chicago, is kept together mostly through the actions of the oldest child, Fiona, who is played by Emmy Rossum. Fiona quit high school so that she could take care of her siblings. She now works odd jobs to support her family but still finds time to hang out with her friend and neighbor, Veronica. In the first few episodes, Fiona also catches the eye of handsome but dangerous Steve, whose reoccurring role throughout the series creates a tense romance.
Each of the children in the Gallagher family also has an interesting story to tell. Fiona's second oldest brother, Lip, is a genius who uses his school skills to take tests for other students. Ian Gallagher is hoping for a career in the army, but hides a secret from his friends and family. Debbie, the youngest sister, is sweet and caring, and simply hopes for her family to remain together.
Throughout the series, viewers follow the intense stories behind each of the characters. As the kids meet friends and potential love interests even more fascinating characters are introduced and followed. The plot is always surprising and their never seems to be a dull moment in the lives of these children who must act like adults.
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Frank assists Erica through the cancer concierge process; Debbie steps up to comfort Tyler; Lip makes efforts to save Helene from the fallout of Amanda's confession, but she declines to see him.
Fiona confronts Patrick. Ian makes a discovery at the firehouse.
Frank schools Debbie on how to use the welfare system to her advantage. Also, Kevin and Veronica go to see Yanis, who is paralyzed, to try to make things right, but Yanis comes home and tries to be rid of the two Lisas with Kev's van.
Debbie packs around a sack of flour all day to show Fiona she is able to take care of a child while attending school. She finds out fast that people don't conform as well to moms and babies as she wished they would.
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