The Best Episodes of Shameless (US)

Last Updated: Apr 10, 2019

Chicagoan Frank Gallagher is the proud single dad of six smart, industrious, independent kids, who without him would be... perhaps better off. When Frank's not at the bar spending what little money they have, he's passed out on the floor. But the kids have found ways to grow up in spite of him. They may not be like any family you know, but they make no apologies for being exactly who they are.

Lazarus

#1 - Lazarus

Season 4 - Episode 12

Sheila fights for custody and clashes with Sammi; Lip catches up on bills; Fiona is released; Frank begins to feel like himself.

star 8.29
2,114 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: John Wells
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Survival of the Fittest

#2 - Survival of the Fittest

Season 3 - Episode 12

Fiona and the family prepare a surprise high school,graduation party for Lip. Frank wins a bet and uses the winnings to take Lip out for lobster and some quality father/son time.

star 8.27
1,974 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: Etan Frankel, Nancy Pimental
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Found

#3 - Found

Season 9 - Episode 14

As the Gallaghers decide what to do with a bedridden Frank, Fiona has to make a decision about her future. Carl and Debbie share their heartbreak together. Lip has to deal with a distressed Tami.

star 8.23
787 votes
Directors: John Wells
Writers: John Wells
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Emily

#4 - Emily

Season 4 - Episode 11

Fiona is taken to a correctional facility; Frank suffers post-operative delirium; Ian crashes Mickey's son's christening; Amanda's parents use bribery to keep Lip away from her; Debbie meets an older student.

star 8.19
2,109 votes
Writers: Nancy Pimental
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Just Like the Pilgrims Intended

#5 - Just Like the Pilgrims Intended

Season 2 - Episode 11

It's a typical Gallagher nontraditional Thanksgiving that includes a suicide attempt by Monica, Carl shooting a bald eagle, and Karen going into labor; Steve agrees to allow Estefania's boyfriend to steal his identity; Ian sleeps with a businessman named Ned; Frank tries to get his share of his mother's money from his brother Clayton.

star 8.15
1,972 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: Nancy Pimental
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Requiem For a Slut

#6 - Requiem For a Slut

Season 7 - Episode 12

The Gallaghers grapple with the loss of one of their own. As Lip takes steps to improve his future, Debbie, Carl and Liam get roped into Frank's new scheme. Meanwhile, Kev and V get their revenge on Svetlana.

star 8.12
3,720 votes
Directors: John Wells
Writers: John Wells
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Fiona Interrupted

#7 - Fiona Interrupted

Season 2 - Episode 12

A lonely Frank schemes to break Monica out of the psychiatric facility. Jimmy earns his way back into Fiona's good graces and she asks to meet his family while Ian runs into Ned again.

star 8.11
1,850 votes
Directors: John Wells
Writers: John Wells
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Familia Supra Gallegorious Omnia!

#8 - Familia Supra Gallegorious Omnia!

Season 6 - Episode 12

During Fiona's wedding Debbie shows up at the church with Franny, and Frank arrives uninvited and high, and reveals that Sean is still a practicing junkie. Meanwhile, Ian brings Caleb to meet the family; and Sean tries to do everything he can to keep his son in his life.

star 8.09
2,755 votes
Writers: John Wells
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Frank the Plumber

#9 - Frank the Plumber

Season 3 - Episode 9

Fiona starts a new office job but has a hard time fitting in with the corporate culture. In an attempt to get medical coverage, Frank inadvertently becomes involved in the gay rights movement where he meets Abraham Paige, a powerful activist.

star 8.08
1,929 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: Krista Vernoff
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There's the Rub

#10 - There's the Rub

Season 4 - Episode 5

Fiona's bad decisions about Robbie come to a head; Frank and Sammi continue their quest for a cure; Lip is visited while at college.

star 8.06
2,126 votes
Directors: David Nutter
Writers: Davey Holmes
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Father Frank, Full of Grace

#11 - Father Frank, Full of Grace

Season 1 - Episode 12

Steve tries to convince Fiona to skip town with him now that his true livelihood as been discovered; Frank and Karen's secret is revealed, forcing Frank to go into hiding; Fiona tries to figure out how to get Lip and Ian out of jail after their arrest for car theft.

star 8.05
2,164 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: John Wells
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A Long Way From Home

#12 - A Long Way From Home

Season 3 - Episode 7

Frank and Fiona go to extreme lengths in court to claim custody of the kids.

star 8.04
1,857 votes
Directors: Mimi Leder
Writers: Etan Frankel
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Order Room Service

#13 - Order Room Service

Season 3 - Episode 11

Fiona takes the kids on a camping trip. Essentially homeless, Frank seeks out Carl who sneaks him into the Gallagher van for the night.

star 8.04
1,919 votes
Directors: Sanaa Hamri
Writers: Sheila Callaghan
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Civil Wrongs

#14 - Civil Wrongs

Season 3 - Episode 10

Fiona's job has brought structure ito her life, but when Jimmy drops a bomb on her things fall apart. Frank is happy with his newfound celebrity as the face of the gay rights movement.

star 8.03
1,931 votes
Directors: Gary B. Goldman
Writers: Mike O'Malley
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Happily Ever After

#15 - Happily Ever After

Season 7 - Episode 11

Frank and Monica have an interesting proposal for the kids. Lip buckles under pressure from Debbie to get his sobriety under control. Meanwhile, Fiona sees a business opportunity as Kev and V attempt to start a new chapter.

star 8.03
3,944 votes
Directors: John M. Valerio
Writers: John Wells
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Cascading Failures

#16 - Cascading Failures

Season 3 - Episode 6

Fiona is desperate to get the children back after the Department of Family Services hauls them away.

star 8.02
1,919 votes
Writers: Alex Borstein
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Liver, I Hardly Know Her

#17 - Liver, I Hardly Know Her

Season 4 - Episode 10

Fiona violates terms of her probation, sending the family into search party mode.

star 8.02
2,011 votes
Writers: Davey Holmes
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The Sins of My Caretaker

#18 - The Sins of My Caretaker

Season 3 - Episode 5

The city needs to work on the sewer main and Frank must find Aunt Ginger's bones in the yard before they dig.

star 8.01
1,906 votes
Directors: J. Michael Muro
Writers: Sheila Callaghan
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El Gran Cañon

#19 - El Gran Cañon

Season 3 - Episode 1

Fiona struggles to accept the new Jimmy; Frank wakes up in a place completely foreign to him.

star 7.98
2,017 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: John Wells
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A Jailbird, Invalid, Martyr, Cutter, Retard, and Parasitic Twin

#20 - A Jailbird, Invalid, Martyr, Cutter, Retard, and Parasitic Twin

Season 4 - Episode 7

Fiona is released; Lip takes over guardianship duties, receiving unexpected assistance.

star 7.98
2,079 votes
Directors: Gary B. Goldman
Writers: Nancy Pimental
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A Gallagher Pedicure

#21 - A Gallagher Pedicure

Season 8 - Episode 11

Fiona's homeless tenants barricade themselves in her apartment; Lip takes in Sierra and Lucas; Ian provides sanctuary to a runaway teen; Frank considers retirement.

star 7.97
2,061 votes
Writers: Mark Steilen
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The Legend of Bonnie and Carl

#22 - The Legend of Bonnie and Carl

Season 4 - Episode 9

Carl connects with a girl in detention; Lip and Amanda grow closer; Sheila returns with big plans; Fiona searches for a job; Mickey spends time with Ian.

star 7.97
2,066 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: Etan Frankel
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A Beautiful Mess

#23 - A Beautiful Mess

Season 2 - Episode 4

Fiona deals with the consequences of sleeping with Craig when his angry wife shows up at the door; Debbie develops a stress-rash and Fiona wonders if she's putting too much responsibility on the kids; Sheila has made it all the way to the hair salon and Frank realizes his days in the Jackson household are numbered; no longer having sex with Karen, Lip tries to dig up dirt on Jody; Ian continues on the path to West Point; Carl house-sits with his friend, Little Hank; Ethel meets Malik, a boy on Kevin's youth basketball team.

star 7.96
2,031 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: Alex Borstein, LaToya Morgan
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Sleep No More

#24 - Sleep No More

Season 6 - Episode 11

Frank offers to pay for Fiona's wedding reception and then goes scamming around town to raise the money. Meanwhile, Sean fears that Frank will end up hurting Fiona and confronts him on it. Their difference of opinion quickly descends into a brawl.

star 7.96
2,482 votes
Writers: Sheila Callaghan
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But at Last Came a Knock

#25 - But at Last Came a Knock

Season 1 - Episode 9

Monica comes back when Frank needs her to sign documents and decides to take Liam with her. Meanwhile, Steve and Fiona move together.

star 7.96
2,229 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: Paul Abbott, Alex Borstein
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