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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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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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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (17)

An inexplicable misfire.

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

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

January 9, 2011 | Full Review…

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

January 9, 2011 | 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.

September 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Shameless may be a near-miss to start but it features such a strong cast along with one of the best TV showrunners out there in Wells that it could rise to the ranks of the Showtime greats before the end of the season.

January 9, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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