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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 series that is currently running and has 11 seasons (129 episodes). The series first aired on December 12, 2010.

Where do I stream Shameless online? Shameless is available for streaming on Showtime, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Shameless on demand at 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
11 Seasons, 129 Episodes
December 12, 2010
Drama
8.6/10
Cast: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Cameron Monaghan, Emma Kenney
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Shameless Full Episode Guide

  • The Milkoviches move in next door and wreak havoc, leading Frank, Kev and Liam to plot how to get rid of them; Mickey embarks on a new security gig for Kev and V and drags Ian along against his will; V and Debbie turn into stage moms when Gemma and Franny compete in the Little Miss South Side beauty pageant; Lip gets a big surprise when he reluctantly agrees to go to brunch with Tami and her old high-school music teacher.

  • In a rush to get out of the house, Debbie loses track of Franny and has to balance her search for Franny with her handy-woman jobs. Meanwhile, Frank and Franny have a day of weed runs and adventure. Ian and Mickey question who is the "man" in their relationship. A delighted Carl gets a new Training Officer who loves to kick ass. When Brad and Cami learn about their newborn baby's health complications, Lip and Tami step in to help. Kev's newfound money and lack of modesty prove to be trouble.

  • The Gallaghers adjust to life during the pandemic: Frank fears the loss of the South Side to gentrification, while bar closures force Kev and V to get creative at the Alibi. Sleep-deprived Lip and Tami work to make their new house a home as Carl finishes his time at the police academy. Debbie becomes her own boss and deals with the repercussions of her statutory rape conviction of 17-year-old Julia. Ian and Mickey's honeymoon phase is over as they have very different ideas about what married life would be.

  • A death causes Ian and Mickey to face the dynamics of their relationship.

  • Kev and V are forced to face their fears and help Gemma get back on track.

  • 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.

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The series' showrunner has some ideas.

Another Cast Member is Leaving 'Shameless'

Emmy Rossum's exit won't be the only one this season.

How Will 'Shameless' Go on Without Emmy Rossum?

The series' showrunner and her co-star give some hints.

Can 'Shameless' Continue without Emmy Rossum?

Will the series be able to survive Fiona's departure?

Emmy Rossum Quits 'Shameless'

The fan favorite is leaving the popular Showtime series.

Emmy Rossum Steps into Kim K Weight Controversy

The 'Shameless' star has some wise words about body image.

Emmy Rossum to Star in Biopic About Billboard Model

The movie will be produced by Rossum and her husband, the creator of 'Mr. Robot.'

'Shameless' Renewed for Another Season

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

Director Asks Emmy Rossum to Wear Bikini at Meeting

She was up for a role that didn't even have a bikini scene.

Emmy Rossum Hangs with Gorillas on Her Honeymoon

The 'Shameless' star got married over the Memorial Day holiday.

Emmy Rossum is No Longer Single

The actress got married in a holiday-weekend ceremony.

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