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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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (19)

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…

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…

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.

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

Once you get past the shock value of seeing an elementary-schooler swilling a beer in plain sight of his family, who only seem mildly annoyed that he's drinking it: You find yourself rooting for the Gallagher kids.

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

If Shameless lives up to its pilot, it could fit nicely among cable's many have-it-both-ways dramas, the ones that wink at rock bottom while making you crave a drink.

Jan 9, 2011 | Full Review…

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