Shameless (U.S.)

2011 TV-MA 10 seasons

Shameless (U.S.)

2011 TV-MA 10 seasons
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Inspired by an award-winning British series of the same name, this Showtime dramedy centers on a brood of dysfunctional Chicago siblings who struggle to make ends meet in between their alcoholic father's frequent blackouts.
William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Cameron Monaghan, Emma Kenney, Ethan Cutkosky, Shanola Hampton, Steve Howey, Justin Chatwin, Joan Cusack, Noel Fisher, Emma Greenwell, Isidora Goreshter, Laura Wiggins, Zach McGowan, Jake McDorman, Emily Bergl
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  4
  • SEASON  5
  • SEASON  6
  • SEASON  7
  • SEASON  8
  • SEASON  9
  • SEASON  10

Summary of Season 1 (2011) - 3 discs

William H. Macy stars as single dad Frank Gallagher in this quirky dramedy about a dysfunctional Chicago family. With Frank's steady drinking soaking up his meager paycheck, it's up to oldest daughter Fiona to keep her dad and five siblings in line.
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Widescreen 1.85:1
English SDH, French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1
English SDH, French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, Japanese: Dolby Digital 5.1
TV-MA - This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this award-winning British drama -- which follows the loving-but-dysfunctional Gallagher family, who live in a Manchester housing project -- is both dramatic and funny, with mature themes (alcoholism, child abandonment, homosexuality, and drug use, just to name a few), as well as nudity and lots of profanity (including "f--k"). The family patriarch is an alcoholic; the children must often take on parental roles to survive and to avoid being separated by social services. Despite its TV-14 rating, the show is quite adult-oriented and isn't really age-appropriate for younger teens.

Sexual Content

Strong sexual innuendo; lots of conversations about "shagging." Birth control pills and condoms visible. Moments of partial nudity (including flashing of breasts, bare buttocks, and male genitals). One character is bisexual; another is gay.


Some arguing, pushing, and shoving. When Frank is drunk, he occasionally hits his older son.


Frequent use of "f--k" and other curse words, though some are hard to understand thanks to strong Manchester accents.

Social Behavior

The show deals with issues like child abandonment, paternity, sexual identity, and relationships. It also comments on the British working class and the welfare system.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Lots of consumption of alcohol and lots of cigarette smoking (typical of many British series). Frank is an alcoholic. Liam accidentally swallows birth control pills, but he doesn't get hurt. The Maguires are drug dealers; occasional drug use is shown.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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