Shameless: Season 1 (2011)

Season 1

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



Critic Ratings: 37


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User Ratings: 471

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Air date: Jan 9, 2011

In the series premiere, we meet the fabulously dysfunctional Gallagher family. Dad's a drunk, Mom split long ago, and eldest daughter Fiona tries to hold the family together.

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Air date: Jan 16, 2011

When Frank is nowhere to be found on the day his disability check arrives, the family starts a manhunt and panic sets in.

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Air date: Jan 23, 2011

When a government official suspects that someone might be cashing Aunt Ginger's social security checks, the Gallagher's set out to find her before the government does.

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Air date: Jan 30, 2011

After a lonely Debbie steals a little boy from a birthday party, the family hatches a plan to return the toddler safe and sound without attracting attention from the Chicago Police.

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Air date: Feb 6, 2011

Even though Kevin is already married, the Gallaghers help to pull off the fake wedding of the year when Veronica's mother offers a cash gift for her wedding day.

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Air date: Feb 13, 2011

When a letter from Carl's teacher arrives at the Gallagher home, Fiona is thrown into action to prove it's a suitable domicile for rehabilitating a delinquent.

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Air date: Feb 20, 2011

Desperate to come up with a plan to pay two goons looking for the $6000 that he owes, Frank stumbles onto a risky solution that might work -- if his family goes along with it.

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Air date: Feb 27, 2011

When Frank gives up drinking, Carl and Debbie enjoy having their dad back despite Lip's warning it won't last. Meanwhile, Fiona scrambles to find a better job.

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Air date: Mar 6, 2011

Frank has some settlement money coming his way. The only catch -- he needs his ex-wife Monica's signature on the documents.

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Air date: Mar 13, 2011

Monica's return to the family wreaks havoc on the Gallagher clan -- leaving the children determined to find out if Frank is their real father. Fiona moves in with Steve next door.

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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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  • Jul 04, 2021
    OMG freaking hilarious Why did I wait so long to watch this show now I have to binge watch the show because season 11 just ended.
  • Apr 21, 2021
    Dark . Hysterical . Raw . Hilarious . Shameless A drunk father (Frank), who leaves his 6 children to fend for themselves. Fiona, the elder sister takes care of her siblings. If you are some soft person who looks only good in the world, then you better find another show, because this show is so uncut and dark. I had to stop watching the show at one point, when shiela killed Frank's mom by sitting on her face. But I came back, coz you always come back for a good show. At the same time, there are moments where you have to pause, to laugh your guts out . My favorite character is Kevin, he is this big and dumb bartender who makes you laugh every time he comes on screen.
  • Mar 23, 2021
    Great show. The only issue I had with this season was when Karen r*ped Frank while Frank was on drugs because he shot his hand and everyone blamed Frank. They glorified a woman r*ping a man and made it seem like it was the guy's because of the show's age difference between both of them. Really creepy in my opinion. What were they thinking while writing the script for that episode? "Ya know what? I think for this episode Karen should r*pe Frank to get back at her father and then everyone will blame Frank and say it's his fault." LMAO
  • Feb 03, 2021
    8/10: Great, I love this,
  • Dec 31, 2020
    Really good show, but half way they go 250% on the gay throttle and absolutely kills there original mood, 🛑 STOP🛑
  • Oct 25, 2020
    I used to love the show all the way from the beginning. Things were lit and every character were amazing especially the film's director's effort to bring the best out of Fiona, like she deserves to be, and in a way that depicts what some families undergoes through. She's probably the weird but best sister I'd wish to have. Unfortunately, I didn't like the way some scenes and characters were developed. Not that I'm an anti-gay ( and of course I am) , but too much display of gay scenes and their weird psycho kind of make the film boring to watch, and yes,This is shameless!. I watched the film from season 1-10. Probably did not get through with all the episodes in the last season for obvious reasons: weak plots, the characters are not well developed like they deserve to be, predictability and so on. Plus I did notice something about the camera; kind of shaky. Season 10 is just a total crap: the more reason it deserves a 3-star rating if not one. Like the show should've just ended in season 9 or even 8, or better still should've been renewed for something else other shameless. And ohh! The racism thing. I've seen a few torments about it. It's for sure kind of a big letdown to the show. Why is it that black people ( deemed to come from Africa) are less previlledged in white man's land? Why must the American society treat them as outcast. Look and the case of Liam and his black buddy. And yeah, Debbie's comment: ...from Africa ... Quite shameless. Well, I it's time to say goodbye to the show. Ain't gonna watch it again after that disgusting season 10
  • Jul 30, 2020
    Shameless is my 2nd favorite new show of 2011, one of my top 5 favorite comedy shows of all time, one of my top 5 favorite drama shows of all time, and one of my favorite shows of all time. The perfect blending of really funny comedy and deep, touching, and heartbreaking drama is exceptional. The writing is both funny and deeply touching but heartbreaking at the same time, the writing is just phenomenal. The character development was outstanding especially with Fiona, Shelia, Karen, Ian, and Lip. Emmy Rossum, Joan Cusack, William H. Macy, Cameron Monaghan, Laura Slade Wiggins, and Jeremy Allen White gave remarkable performances. The performances from Shanola Hampton, Steve Howey, Emma Kenney, Gloria LeRoy, Noel Fisher, Joel Murray, Amy Smart, and Jane Levy were also pretty fantastic. The chemistry between the cast is perfect and just so funny, touching, and really authentic feeling, some of the best I have ever seen. The makeup and hairstyling was excellent especially on William H. Macy, Laura Slade Wiggins, Jane Levy, Emmy Rossum, Shanola Hampton, Noel Fisher, Joan Cusack, Alex Borstein, and Steve Howey. The costumes on Joan Cusack, Emmy Rossum, Madison Davenport, Jane Levy, Laura Slade Wiggins, Marguerite Moreau, William H. Macy, Justin Chatwin, Shanola Hampton, and Steve Howey were great. The intro and opening theme are hilarious and fantastic. This was a superb first season.
  • Mar 19, 2020
    1 of my favorite seasons!
  • Feb 26, 2020
    Shameless stars with a very Erratic But Fun Pilot and begin to pick up The Real Self of The Show's Soul at the 2nd Episode , what can i say is that this Series Really Lives Up to it's name! , despite not Crack me up to Laughs as a bunch of people Claims the show Provide , the Poetic Performances and and inner Conflict between each Character puts a Consistent grin in my Face , we have a lot o social Commentaries , politics , Raw Drama about the lesser things about ourselves and awkward situations throughout the majority of this First Season ! , the show easily can give up life to any minor Character who appear on Screen and that's a Plus for the Developers, but apparently the ShowRunners and Writers are Giving the chance to shine to a not very interesting Character Called Steve! interpret by Justin Chatwin , i have nothing Against the Actor but his Character seems to have No Real business in the Show's lore and really messes with Direction Of Realism that i feel that ShowTime Wants to Transmit to his Viewers .... 90% i'll recommend it...
  • Jan 30, 2020
    This used to be such a great show, This season is completely ruined by Hollywood trying to push the gay stuff down everyone`s throat. Storylines are shit now, way to ruin it.

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