Shameless is one of Showtime's unfortunate secrets - as in, it shouldn't be a secret. Often having to bat clean-up after Homeland and Dexter, the crazed tales of drunks, drugs, crime, love, children and relationships of the Gallagher family are often overlooked on television.
If the fact that William H. Macy is leading this show doesn't have you won over, you should know that everyone in the cast – especially the 6 children of varying ages – are equally as terrific a performer as Macy. And if you're looking for a truly earnest series, nothing beats Shameless' ability to bring every chaotic element of the family's life alive by staying true to characters and the environment in which they live.
What You Need to Know: Shameless is like a modern-day version of Roseanne, with much more swearing and nudity.