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Pilot 

Drunken father Frank is of no use to his dysfunctional family; Fiona meets a handsome stranger when her purse is stolen; Lip is shocked to discover his brother Ian is gay.

Director:

Mark Mylod

Writers:

Paul Abbott (original British series pilot written by), Paul Abbott (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William H. Macy ... Frank Gallagher
Emmy Rossum ... Fiona Gallagher
Justin Chatwin ... Steve
Ethan Cutkosky ... Carl Gallagher
Shanola Hampton ... Veronica Fisher
Steve Howey ... Kevin Ball
Emma Kenney ... Debbie Gallagher
Cameron Monaghan ... Ian Gallagher
Jeremy Allen White ... Lip Gallagher
Joan Cusack ... Sheila Jackson
Marguerite Moreau ... Linda
Joel Murray ... Eddie Jackson
Pej Vahdat ... Kash
Laura Wiggins ... Karen Jackson (as Laura Slade Wiggins)
Noel Arthur ... Bouncer
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Storyline

In the series premiere, drunken father Frank is no use to his dysfunctional family; Fiona meets a handsome stranger when her purse is stolen; Lip is shocked to discover his brother Ian is gay and tries to hook him up with a willing neighbor.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

Liam Gallagher (Brenden Sims) makes a cameo appearance. See more »

Goofs

When Frank is telling Steve about his wife having left, he says that Fiona was 14, Lip was 11, Ian was 10, Debbie was 7, Carl was 5 and Liam was 4 months old. Earlier in the episode, they said that Carl was almost 9, which would only make Fiona 18, Lip 15, Ian 14, Debbie 11, and Liam 4, but Liam appears to be a toddler much younger than 4. Though her age is not stated, given the show's timeline, Fiona should actually be 20, meaning Liam should actually be 6, definitely not sleeping in a crib or wearing diapers.

However, frank was drunk and high when he said this and barely knows anything about his kids anyway, so of course he would got it wrong. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frank Gallagher: Nobody's saying our neighborhood is the Garden of Eden. Hell, some people say God avoids this place altogether. But it's been a good home to us, to me and my kids, who I'm proud of, 'cause every single one of them reminds me a little bit of me. Fiona, my rock, huge help. Has all the best qualities of her mother, except she's not a raging psycho bitch.
Fiona Gallagher: [handing her kids a Kleenex] Blow.
Frank Gallagher: Lip, smart as a whip. Straight As and the honor roll - boy's definitely going somewhere.
Cop: [...]
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Connections

Remake of Shameless: Episode #1.1 (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Mamasita
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Performed by Extreme Music
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Eh.
10 January 2011 | by rwk2See all my reviews

The pilot episode was vaguely interesting. Unfortunately not enough so to keep me from switching between it and other new shows. This is the TV story of a poor family in Detroit who works together for the good of the whole. The hook is their work is mostly shifty. The dad collects disability checks from getting hit in the chest by a headless chicken while working at the local meat packing plant. He then proceeds to get pass-out drunk EVERY night. One daughter collects money for UNICEF but doesn't give it to the organization. One son tutors, even telling his client as she's giving him oral sex he'll have to still charge her as it's his job.

There is the usual amount of Showtime nudity, which seems to be what they're using for a formula these days. Breasts + seedy characters + course language = hit. It worked for Californication I suppose. Not so much for Shameless.

Perhaps if they shift focus to the kids more and the scams they're running it would be more entertaining. More useful at any rate. As it is, not only is it nothing we haven't seen before, it's nothing most of us (or at least childhood friends) haven't lived before either.


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