Shameless is one of those shows bound to leave you dry-eyed and exhausted at 4 a.m., while you tell yourself “just one more episode.”

With all the hype surrounding Showtime’s third season of Shameless, its British predecessor often gets overlooked. If you are a fan of the American adaption, you should truly give the UK version a chance to win your heart. Filled with the same lovable (and not so lovable) characters from the Showtime hit, UK’s Shameless will be in its 11th, and final, series this year.

The show is introduced by following a single father, Frank Gallagher, and his five kids (Fiona, Lip, Ian, Carl, Debbie, and Liam). Frank, played by David Threlfall in the UK version and William H. Macy in the US version, spends more time at the local pub than at his own house. Abandoned by their mother and neglected by their alcoholic father, the Gallagher kids rely on one another to survive in a world filled with sex, crime, drugs, and violence.

Shameless’ writers do such an exceptional job with character development, often basing entire episodes on a single character’s adventures.

But a word to the wise, getting too attached to any of the characters could end in heartbreak.

The show is notorious for writing off even some of the most beloved characters. Main characters are constantly leaving the show, and being recycled with new ones in their place.

Shameless takes place in a fictional housing project in Manchester, called Chatsworth Estate.  Originally the show was shot on at a real housing project in Manchester, but the producers eventually had to create a set after being harassed by the locals.

With the outrageous number of British television shows being remade in the US, a clash between the people who love the UK originals and those who watch the American remakes have occurred. I’m not trying to persuade anyone to choose one version of Shameless over another; in fact, if you are interested, you should watch both versions. They are both created by Paul Abbott, which may put the UK faithful’s minds to rest, knowing that some new creator hasn’t butchered the beloved story.

Currently all 10 series of UK’s Shameless can be found on Hulu. With 125 total episodes, it will definitely take you more than an afternoon to catch up, but it is certainly worth your time.

Shameless is one of those shows bound to leave you dry-eyed and exhausted at 4 a.m., while you tell yourself “just one more episode.”


Dave is an intern from Fitchburg State University. He has a love for local music, Pokemon, and British television. Born and raised on the Jersey shore, Dave is out to prove there is more to the garden state than bad smells and fake tans.



    I tried watching the British series. The US version is so much better. The characters are way more interesting. you just can;t top William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher.