Shameless: Season 1 (2011)



Critic Consensus: Shameless is a dark, urban dramedy that overcomes its leaps of logic thanks to fantastic casting, intriguing ambiance, and shock value.


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Air date: Jan 9, 2011
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From producers John Wells and Paul Abbott, this outrageous family drama is based on the long-running hit UK series and stars Emmy winner William H. Macy (Fargo) as a working class patriarch of an unconventional Chicago brood of six kids headed by the eldest sibling (Golden Globe nominee Emmy Rossum - Mystic River) who keep the home afloat while their dad is out drinking and carousing.

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Hamming it up big time, William H. Macy plays a booze-addled father of six kids in this uneven drama that seems more intent on taking its pay-cable liberties (nudity, profanity, etc.) to the extreme than weaving an engaging story.

Mar 29, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

William H. Macy is miscast as alcoholic dad Frank, though Emmy Rossum almost rings true as tough-minded daughter Fiona.

Sep 14, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

An inexplicable misfire.

Jan 9, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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Shameless will sorely test any prospective viewers' compassion fatigue

Jan 9, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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Based on opening night, it looks like Shameless fun.

Jan 9, 2011 | Full Review…

Despite all the booze, illegal activity, open sexuality, and adult narcissism, the kids are all right.

Jan 9, 2011 | Full Review…

Macy, the star of the show, barely appears in the premiere episode, which focuses instead on his eldest daughter, played by Emmy Rossum, and the other kids. But they're strong enough to carry on without him -- which, in this show, is the entire point.

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Macy and even Joan Cusack are so far unable to breath new life into the roles, and everyone else are sad, sad imitations. To me, it's like the British "Shameless" has been turned into "Party of Five."

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Praised by critics since its first season, Shameless maintains an exceptional level. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Each character faces real struggles, issues I couldn't relate to during even my lowest points in life. Yet, somehow, they are so believable one can't help but love (or, in Frank's case, love to hate) them and celebrate when they succeed in some way.

Sep 12, 2017 | Full Review…

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