Series 1: Blisteringly funny, offbeat drama following the rollercoaster lives and loves of an anarchic family from Manchester. Meet the Gallaghers. Mum went AWOL years ago, Dad stayed at home with the six children only to hit the bottle. And sometimes the kids... The real head of the family is big sister Fiona (20), who looks after Carl (11), Debbie (9) and baby Liam (3). She is occasionally helped, more often hindered, by reluctant virgin 'Lip' (16) and the actively gay, but very private, Ian (15).
Series 2: Seven months on from the first series and Manchester's favourite son, Frank Gallagher, is expecting another addition to the clan, this time with his agoraphobic lover, Sheila.
On the back of a fiddled insurance claim the Gallagher children have extended their home into the house next door. Underage Ian's married Muslim lover, Kash, is being pressured by wife Yvonne to have 'thermometer sex' to inseminate her. Meanwhile, loved up next-door neighbours Veronica and Kev have their own family crisis, with Veronica's rampant mum Carol and troubled brother Marty living with the Gallaghers since Marty burnt their house down.
Series 3: The critically acclaimed and brilliantly funny drama from award-winning writer Paul Abbott features the Chatsworth Estate's Gallaghers, probably the UK's most dysfunctional family. Head of the family, Frank, embarks on a series of adventures with his remarkably well-balanced children Fiona, Lip, Ian, Debbie, Carl and Liam - not forgetting the other two with Frank's valium-fuelled lover, Sheila.
Series 4: Frank is sent into a spin when mum Monica turns up, claiming to be back for good. Surely the house is not big enough for her and Sheila?
Lip is juggling with parenting, and Ian is looking for love. Carl is busy on a secret crime spree, while Debbie decides to interview potential boyfriends. Carol is still having trouble keeping her legs and mouth shut, while Kash is happy screwing the council. Meanwhile the Maguires have moved in next door. After a stint in prison, Jamie Maguire returns and sparks fly with barmaid Karen.
Series 5: The multi-award winning Shameless is back with a bang - and a sizzle when Frank accidentally urinates on a generator, electrocuting his privates. In series five things turn from bad to worse when in hospital he's told he has a heart condition and doesn't have long to live. Meanwhile Lip returns home from University and is followed closely by his new girlfriend, much to Mandy's dismay. And he's not the only one with relationship issues: Ian very nearly finds love, Carl continues with his sexploits and the quiet outsider, Debbie, surprises everyone by falling head over heels. The Gallagher family look set to grow when Monica falls pregnant; it's just as well they're keeping the numbers up see.
Series 6: Head of the family, in name only, is Dad Frank - a feckless, charmless, self-pitying, unemployed bully - a model father. Since mum went AWOL, dad hit the bottle leaving his six remarkably well-balanced children Fiona, Lip, Ian, Debbie, Carl, and Liam to fend for themselves. But the Gallaghers need not worry anymore, now they've teamed up with the local gangsters the Maguires, who continue to explode the myth of a conventional family.
Series 7: Life as normal on the Chatsworth estate.