Shameless (US) Reviews & Ratings

Sundays, 9:00 PM ET on Showtime

60 minutes

Based on a long-running British drama, Shameless stars William H. Macy as the alcoholic patriarch of a big blue-collar family in Chicago, the Gallaghers. The mother is AWOL, and with the alcoholic patriarch (Macy) usually passed out on the living-room floor, their smart but unpredictable 18-year-old daughter, Fiona (Rossum), is tasked with keeping her five younger brothers and sisters on the straight and narrow.
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Jan 3, 2016 9:28PM EST
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Best way I could sum this up is: each season the writers of the show build a nice house out of human interaction, hopes and emotions and then come down on it with a hammer, really hard. It's fun to watch and since it deals with uninhibited people each finds their own favorite (hell, I've known people who associate themselves with Frank...).

Best way I could sum this up is: each season the writers of the show build a nice house out of human interaction, hopes and emotions and then come down on it with a hammer, really hard. It's fun to watch and since it deals with uninhibited people each finds their own favorite (hell, I've known people who associate themselves with Frank...).

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May 18, 2015 9:05AM EDT
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Better than the UK version.

Better than the UK version.

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May 18, 2015 6:49AM EDT
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Emmy Rossum should be enough reason to start watching this show. Her journey as Fiona is so fucked up in many ways. Emmy is so talented that she owns this character. She has a lot of issues of her own and then she has to be like the caretacker of her younger brothers and sister. Who are not angels at any means.

There could not be another title for this show. Every character goes through so many shitty things. No one is really happy, or not for long atleast. It keeps it intresting, but sometimes it is a bit to much. And I must admit for me it goes over the line sometimes.

Emmy Rossum should be enough reason to start watching this show. Her journey as Fiona is so fucked up in many ways. Emmy is so talented that she owns this character. She has a lot of issues of her own and then she has to be like the caretacker of her younger brothers and sister. Who are not angels at any means.

There could not be another title for this show. Every character goes through so many shitty things. No one is really happy, or not for long atleast. It keeps it intresting, but sometimes it is a bit to much. And I must admit for me it goes over the line sometimes.

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Apr 10, 2015 11:46AM EDT
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lol love frank. so funny

lol love frank. so funny

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Mar 29, 2015 8:29PM EDT
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One of my favorite shows! There's no show that describes such strong women but still very human, and this show, does the right justice of woman and I'm very proud of it!

One of my favorite shows! There's no show that describes such strong women but still very human, and this show, does the right justice of woman and I'm very proud of it!

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Mar 23, 2015 4:06PM EDT
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I am behind on this season, but I always try to save a few of my favorites for the dull seasons around the holidays...and this one is definitely one of my faves. I already watched most of the UK version, and loved it, but this one is even better. I lived in the Chicago area years ago, and saw neighborhoods like this all around the UICC campus, but the real strength of the show is that they know their life is tough, and they really are SHAMELESS about what they have to do to get by...the cons and the outright fraud are just de rigeur for living poor in America. If you don't cut a few corners, you don't make it. It is expensive being poor!

Not since Roseanne has there been anything really close to working class families who have to struggle to make ends meet...Isn't it amazing how almost all the TV families live in four bedroom Georgian mansions?

The characters have grown up in the years that the series has been running, and DEBBIE is especially interesting to see as she grows, but the next to youngest is really a STRANGE KID, while LIP the oldest boy is finding a toehold in the upper class world at college, but doesn't forget his roots, and the oldest daughter somehow manages to keep from apologizing for her family situation even though she knows that it isn't okay to have to struggle so darn much all the time.

I am behind on this season, but I always try to save a few of my favorites for the dull seasons around the holidays...and this one is definitely one of my faves. I already watched most of the UK version, and loved it, but this one is even better. I lived in the Chicago area years ago, and saw neighborhoods like this all around the UICC campus, but the real strength of the show is that they know their life is tough, and they really are SHAMELESS about what they have to do to get by...the cons and the outright fraud are just de rigeur for living poor in America. If you don't cut a few corners, you don't make it. It is expensive being poor!

Not since Roseanne has there been anything really close to working class families who have to struggle to make ends meet...Isn't it amazing how almost all the TV families live in four bedroom Georgian mansions?

The characters have grown up in the years that the series has been running, and DEBBIE is especially interesting to see as she grows, but the next to youngest is really a STRANGE KID, while LIP the oldest boy is finding a toehold in the upper class world at college, but doesn't forget his roots, and the oldest daughter somehow manages to keep from apologizing for her family situation even though she knows that it isn't okay to have to struggle so darn much all the time.

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Mar 10, 2015 2:07PM EDT
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SHAME on you if you haven't been watching SHAMEless from Season 1. Need to feel better about yourself and your life? Watch Shameless! Need more boobies and butts in your life? Watch Shameless! Need to grow invested in a fictional character to the point of rooting for them to succeed when they're so clearly a hot mess? Watch Shameless! Need to walk away from a 1hr long TV show thinking "Did that really just happen?!" WATCH SHAMELESS. And how about the lack of cursing in your life at the moment? Shameless has the answer!
It's not rocket science.. it's basic math.
GREAT Series + KICKASS Cast = Shameless.
LEGIT Writing + WTF Storyline = Shameless.
Emmy Rossum + Nudity = Shameless.
You're Welcome.

SHAME on you if you haven't been watching SHAMEless from Season 1. Need to feel better about yourself and your life? Watch Shameless! Need more boobies and butts in your life? Watch Shameless! Need to grow invested in a fictional character to the point of rooting for them to succeed when they're so clearly a hot mess? Watch Shameless! Need to walk away from a 1hr long TV show thinking "Did that really just happen?!" WATCH SHAMELESS. And how about the lack of cursing in your life at the moment? Shameless has the answer!
It's not rocket science.. it's basic math.
GREAT Series + KICKASS Cast = Shameless.
LEGIT Writing + WTF Storyline = Shameless.
Emmy Rossum + Nudity = Shameless.
You're Welcome.

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Jan 21, 2015 6:43PM EST
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Fantastic show. It makes you understand why people will do bad things, and how poverty forces hard choices, while still being funny. I like this better than the British one. Might be the first time I have said that.

Fantastic show. It makes you understand why people will do bad things, and how poverty forces hard choices, while still being funny. I like this better than the British one. Might be the first time I have said that.

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Apr 2, 2016 6:56PM EDT
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Absolutely Love Love Love This Show!! This Show is True to how most Family's really are in Real Life...Not the Puff and Fluff that you see on TV. If there's a God, There better be a Season 7, 8 etc.... ♥

Absolutely Love Love Love This Show!! This Show is True to how most Family's really are in Real Life...Not the Puff and Fluff that you see on TV. If there's a God, There better be a Season 7, 8 etc.... ♥

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Mar 16, 2016 8:45PM EDT
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Love this so much

Love this so much