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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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Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on Showtime
4 Seasons, 49 Episodes - Returning Series
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Shameless Full Episode Guide

  • Sheila seeks custody of the Native American kids and disagrees with Sammi about their living arrangements upon Frank's release. Elsewhere, Lip tries to take care of some of the unpaid bills, while Fiona passes a drug test and gets a job.

  • Fiona is assigned to a correctional facility while Frank wakes up confused after his surgery; Ian is fed up with Mickey, and gives him an ultimatum; Lip meets Amanda’s parents, who make him a surprising offer.

  • Fiona disobeys the terms of her probation, sending the family into a frenzy.

  • Carl hits it off with a girl in detention; Lip and Amanda grow closer; Sheila returns with big intentions; Fiona goes job hunting; Mickey spends time with Ian.

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Good news for fans of a drunk William H. Macy, a shirtless Justin Chatwin, and an often-naked Emmy Rossum: Showtime's new series "Shameless" has just been picked up for a second season! If you haven't been watching the new show, you're seriously missing out: it's one of the best new shows of this season. For those who are unfamiliar, "Shameless" is based off of the UK TV show of the same name, which has run so far for eight seasons (a ninth is planned for 2012).

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