Shameless. Frank Gallagher (David Threlfall). Copyright: Company Pictures


  • TV comedy drama
  • Channel 4 / E4
  • 2004 - 2013
  • 139 episodes (11 series)

Comedy drama set in a fictional housing estate in Manchester which follows the dysfunctional Gallagher family and their neighbours. Stars David Threlfall, Gerard Kearns, Elliott Tittensor, Luke Tittensor, Joseph Furnace and more.

  • JustWatch Streaming rank this week: 488

Press clippings

Jody Latham responds to calls for a Shameless reunion

The Lip Gallagher actor says he also auditioned for another role on the cult Channel Four show.

Katie Fitzpatrick, Manchester Evening News, 21st September 2020

The 100 best TV shows of the 21st century

The Thick Of It is the highest rated British comedy in fourth place. Also listed: The Office (6), Fleabag (8), Peep Show (9), Nighty Night (16), Black Mirror (23), Spaced (29), Catastrophe (34), Brass Eye (37), Detectorists (38), Nathan Barley (47), Black Books (53), Inside No. 9 (66), Shameless (70), The Inbetweeners (74), Gavin and Stacey (81), Fresh Meat (86), Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (92), The Trip (95) and The Mighty Boosh (98).

The Guardian, 16th September 2019

Paul Abbott: 'Shameless became too hysterical.'

As darkly comic police drama No Offence returns to Channel 4, the scriptwriter talks about former hits, problems with pitching, and State of Play 2.

Andrew Anthony, The Observer, 1st January 2017

David Threlfall: Frank Gallagher was a great mess

David Threlfall, 59, played 21st-century TV icon Frank Gallagher in Shameless. Now his career is a mixture of sleuthing, submarines - and a fez...

Keith Watson, Metro, 6th September 2013

It's been a decade since David Threlfall's iconic waster Frank Gallagher swaggered on to our screens, effin' and blindin', fag dangling precariously out of his gob. But, 11 series in, we've waved goodbye to the Chatsworth estate (or, true to Gallagher style, given it the finger), though Frank's legacy lives on in William H Macy, who plays him in the American version of the show, which has just been renewed for a fourth season. All 139 episodes of the original are available to watch on 4oD.

The Guardian, 1st June 2013

Shameless, Channel 4, review

Last night it ended on a high, with departed stars returning for a rather touching swansong.

Michael Hogan, The Telegraph, 29th May 2013

Shameless: 1.3m viewers join final party

Channel 4's longest-running drama, Shameless, bowed out after nearly a decade and 11 series with 1.3 million viewers on Tuesday night.

Jason Deans, The Guardian, 29th May 2013

Shameless had become pale imitation of its past glories

We said a final farewell to Shameless and the Chatsworth Estate but it should have called it quits when it was at the top of its game.

Keith Watson, Metro, 29th May 2013

Last night's viewing - Shameless, Channel 4

This fond farewell reminded us of all that was great - and groundbreaking - about Shameless when it first burst on to our screens with its shiftiness, its chaos and its ability to draw a comedy around the working classes with no hint of condescension or contempt for them.

Arifa Akbar, The Independent, 29th May 2013

Review: Shameless, Channel 4

Familiar faces return for the final episode of Paul Abbott's long-running family drama.

Lisa-Marie Ferla, The Arts Desk, 29th May 2013

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