Shameless


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Shameless is an American comedy-drama television series which airs on Showtime. This remake of the British series is set in Chicago, although filmed in Los Angeles, with the exterior scenes filmed in Chicago.

The series depicts the dysfunctional family of Frank Gallagher, a single father of six children. While he spends his days drunk, his kids learn to take care of themselves.

The show's producers sought to distinguish it from previous American working-class shows by highlighting how Frank's alcoholism affects his family. Paul Abbott, the show's creator, 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." When John Wells, the showrunner, began pitching the show, he had to fight efforts to place the show in the South or in a trailer park. He explained, "We have a comedic tradition of making fun of the people in those worlds. The reality is that these people aren't 'the other' – they're people who live four blocks down from you and two blocks over."

Highlights
John Wells on executive producing Shameless starring William H. Macy
09:28
John Wells on balancing the drama and the comedy on Shameless
04:32
Who talked about this show

Felicity Huffman

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Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy on what it's like to see their real-life spouse acting in love scenes, particularly when Macy's character on Shameless was in love
02:26

William H. Macy

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William H. Macy on working with showrunner John Wells on Shameless
03:05
William H. Macy on what Shameless is about and how it depicts sex (as well as his personal objections to the unrealistic way violence is depicted on television)
07:11
William H. Macy on handling some of the shocking scenes that he has had to perform on Shameless
01:20
William H. Macy on his Shameless character, "Frank Gallagher" falling in love in season 5
01:21
William H. Macy on playing his Shameless character, "Frank Gallagher," as sober after many seasons of his character being frequently drunk
03:04
William H. Macy on the original British version of Shameless and meeting David Threlfall, who played "Frank Gallagher" on the British version
02:40
William H. Macy on the Shameless episode, "Can I Have a Mother," which he wrote with Steven Schachter
02:16
William H. Macy on the Shameless episode, "Can I Have a Mother," which he wrote with Steven Schachter, and his character, "Frank Gallagher's" mother appearing on that episode
01:36
William H. Macy on directing the season 5 episode of Shameless, "Tell Me You F**king Need Me"
01:45
William H. Macy on his hopes for the then-upcoming seventh season of Shameless
01:03
William H. Macy on what his expectations were for the series when he first signed on to Shameless, and how he reads scripts to see if he's interested in them
01:57

John Wells

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John Wells on executive producing Shameless starring William H. Macy
09:28
John Wells on balancing the drama and the comedy on Shameless
04:32
John Wells on adapting Shameless from the original British series
02:08
John Wells on William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum as "Frank Gallagher" and "Fiona Gallagher" on Shameless
01:50
John Wells on having the characters break the fourth wall on Shameless
02:53
John Wells on season six of Shameless and notes from Showtime regarding the series
03:29

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