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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.

Shameless is a Drama series that is currently running and has 10 seasons (123 episodes). The series first aired on December 12, 2010. It has mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.6.

Shameless is available for streaming on the Showtime website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Shameless on demand at Crackle Showtime, Apple TV+, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, FuboTV, Microsoft Movies & TV, Sling, iTunes, Showtime Anytime, Crackle online.

Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on Showtime
10 Seasons, 123 Episodes
December 12, 2010
Cast: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Justin Chatwin, Ethan Cutkosky, Shanola Hampton
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Shameless Full Episode Guide

  • Liam out-Gallaghers Frank, Lip works to convince Tami to stay in Chicago with their baby, Debbie turns over a new romantic leaf and Kev's new business takes off, but V wonders where the money is going.

  • Frank finds a cushy place to make his new home. Lip gets cold feet when Tami moves forward with a plan for their future. Ian sees a new side of Mickey, and Debbie's love triangle reaches a breaking point.

  • Lip and Tami get a new opportunity; Faye's actions get Frank in trouble; Ian joins online dating; Carl discovers something from his new work.

  • Frank goes back in time to uncover his connection to Faye, as Debbie's day with Claudia's daughter goes awry. Carl takes extreme measures to toughen up his new group of cadets. Ian struggles to connect with Mickey after their blowup.

  • Debbie weighs the pros and cons of a new career path. Frank uncovers the truth about Faye's living situation. A miscommunication between Ian and Mickey has disastrous consequences and Lip and Tami disagree over who should be taking care of Fred.

  • Carl accepts his civic duty while Debbie looks for her next payday.

  • Frank and Liam get wined and dined by potential baby buyers. Carl comes up with a strategy to protect Anne's family business, and Ian gets on Paula's bad side. Backed into a corner, Debbie fights to protect Franny from Pepa. A figure from Kev's past makes him reconsider his childhood.

  • Frank hatches the idea for a new scheme when an unexpected visitor shows up at the Gallagher house. With Tami back in the house, Lip struggles to give up control of Fred. Debbie's fight for child support escalates and Carl tries to juggle multiple romantic prospects. Ian returns home and is immediately thrown in with a corrupt parole officer.

  • Frank and Mikey set off on a day of adventure around the city in pursuit of Mikey's dreams. Debbie discovers a new way to make money in the midst of a strike as Lip leans on his new friend for parenting advice. Carl gets more than he bargained for when he offers to help Anne. Liam grows suspicious of his seemingly perfect mentor.

  • Liam gets to know his newfound family members as Frank revels in his new position in the Gallagher house. Lip looks for support as the pressures of fatherhood take their toll. Ian and Mickey make a decision about their future, and Carl tries to woo Anne despite Lori's efforts to get in his way

  • Feeling the pressure from Debbie, Frank sets out to make money to keep his place in the house, but Mikey has bigger plans for him. Lip is overwhelmed by the demands of a newborn, and Carl learns more about his mysterious new coworker at Captain Bob's. Ian and Mickey struggle to keep the romance alive in prison.

  • Frank milks his injury for all its worth as Debbie, now the self-elected leader of the Gallagher family, cooks up a scam of her own.

  • As the Gallaghers decide what to do with a bedridden Frank, Fiona has to make a decision about her future; Carl and Debbie share their heartbreak together; Lip has to deal with a distressed Tami.

  • Frank's injury gets in the way of everyone's plans as Fiona attempts to get her life back on track and Lip grows frustrated with his relationship with Tami. Carl gets some bad news about his future, and Debbie finally makes a move on Kelly. Kevin and Veronica get in trouble at the twins preschool.

  • When a blackout hits the South Side, Kevin and Veronica come up with a plan to bring the neighborhood together. Carl grows suspicious of Debbie's attempts to get closer with Kelly. Fiona receives guidance from an unexpected person and Lip has to deal with the fallout from Xan's DCFS visit.

  • The finals of the Hobo Games have arrived, and Frank faces off against his friend and greatest opponent while Ingrid grows anxious about his commitment to their future family. Lip prepares to officially adopt Xan, but his plans collide with Fiona's partying. Debbie starts developing feelings for someone surprising, and Carl excels at the shrimp shack.

  • Frank meets his match in a fellow participant in the Hobo Loco competition; Fiona has a dark encounter at Patsy's that scares her into cleaning up her act; Debbie throws herself into home improvements as she gets closer with Kelly.

  • Frank searches for ways to finance Ingrid's vision for their future together. Fiona's anger issues cause problems at Patsy's. Lip is forced to confront his real feelings for Tami. Kelly's father attempts to get in the middle of her relationship with Carl. Kev and V realize they are in over their heads with their latest fostering endeavor.

  • Ingrid ropes Frank into fulfilling her lifelong dream.

  • Debbie finds Fiona at a low point and helps her pick up the pieces as Fiona continues to face pressure from Max Whitford on her investment hubris. Tami stumbles back into Lip's life. Frank enjoys the honeymoon period of his relationship with Ingrid, but reality interferes soon enough. Kev and V disagree about the future of their family.

  • Frank gets Liam to help chase down a romantic connection.

  • Frank's new liver medication comes with tragic side effects. Ian tries to get away from Fiona's hovering. Lip has to keep himself occupied during a day of temptation. Carl makes a connection at a West Point mixer. Debbie tries to repair things with Alex.

  • Election day puts Frank and Fiona in a head to head battle as they each try to round up votes for their candidates. Lip has to make an important choice about Xan's future. Debbie gets in over her head with Alex. Carl's killer instinct is put to the test. With his trial looming, Ian struggles to decide how to plead.

  • Frank faces obstacles in his new role as a campaign manager. Fiona prepares to close her real estate deal. Carl enlists V to help him get a West Point recommendation from a congressman. Xan's medical emergency puts Lip in a compromising position. Debbie gets closer with her partner in crime. Ian embarks on a spiritual journey.

  • Fiona makes a play for a risky investment opportunity, ignoring Ford's advice. Frank discovers the financial incentives of local politics. Carl bolsters his West Point application in unexpected ways. Debbie struggles to find allies in her battle against sexual harassment. Ian is overwhelmed by the growth of the Gay Jesus movement. Kev and V try to find the perfect preschool for the twins.

  • Frank's latest sexual escapades get him into trouble with the Hopkins Academy PTA. Fiona struggles with her decision to bail Ian out of jail, while he continues his Gay Jesus antics inside. Lip juggles taking care of Xan with a potential romance. Debbie fights for equal pay at work, and Carl has to prove himself at military school. Kev and V have trouble with the twins without Svetlana.

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Showtime is definitely keeping its hit series around for a ninth season.

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Emmy Rossum is No Longer Single

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