- 11 Seasons
In this comedy-drama, an alcoholic (but lovable) father of six kids abdicates his parental responsibilities. Taking care of the family, then, falls on the shoulders of his oldest child, Fiona, who would like to be able to live a life of her own. The American version of this British series airs on Showtime. The series is built on the problems of Frank, an antihero whose alcoholism gets him into all kinds of trouble. He can't take care of his kids, so they have to take care of themselves. The eldest, Fiona, serves as a de facto parent, but even under her guidance, the kids get into lots of trouble themselves. The series uses dark humor to explore the American lower class in a much more realistic way than previous blue collar series. Still, the series manages to make fun out of situations that, in reality, are not funny at all. The series generated some controversy when Emmy Rossum demanded more money for her role. She revealed that she was making much less than co-star William H. Macy despite the fact that her role was much more central to the bulk of the series. Macy supported Rossum in her negotiations, but she ended up leaving the series after its ninth season. A tenth season of the series aired in 2019. The eleventh season will be its last and was originally scheduled to air in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the release of the season, however. As of late 2020, Showtime has not announced a new premiere date.