The series depicts the dysfunctional family of Frank Gallagher, a single father of six children. Frank goes missing and turns up in Toronto, tries without success to embrace sobriety, and bends the law to protect his disability checks. Fiona has her purse snatched at a nightclub and Steve attempts to retrieve it from a mugger. Brothers Lip, Ian and Carl uses their intellect to break every rule in the book to survive, while Debbie would sooner steal her share. Toddler Liam, the youngest, is just happy to be along for the ride. The Gallaghers are irreverent, endearing, resilient... and they are absolutely, wildly and unapologetically Shameless.
Once you get past the shock value of seeing an elementary-schooler swilling a beer in plain sight of his family, who only seem mildly annoyed that he's drinking it: You find yourself rooting for the Gallagher kids.
Shameless may be a near-miss to start but it features such a strong cast along with one of the best TV showrunners out there in Wells that it could rise to the ranks of the Showtime greats before the end of the season.