Shameless

Shameless is an American comedy-drama television series developed by John Wells which debuted on Showtime on January 9, 2011. It is an adaptation of the British series of the same name created by Paul Abbott, featuring an ensemble cast led by William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum. It is set in the South Side of Chicago and filmed throughout both the city and Los Angeles. The series was renewed for a ninth season, which premiered on September 9, 2018 and is the longest-running original scripted series in Showtime’s history.

The series depicts the dysfunctional family of Frank Gallagher, a single father raising six children. He spends his days drunk or in search of misadventures, and his children learn to take care of themselves. The show’s producers sought to distinguish this production from previous American working-class shows by highlighting how Frank’s alcoholism affects his family.The show’s creator Paul Abbott said, “It’s not My Name Is Earl or Roseanne. It’s got a much graver level of poverty attached to it. It’s not blue collar; it’s no collar.” Showrunner John Wells fought efforts to place the show in the South or in a trailer park. “We have a comedic tradition of making fun of the people in those worlds,” he said. “The reality is that these people aren’t ‘the other’—they’re people who live four blocks down from you and two blocks over.”