The BEST Episodes of Shameless (US)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 22, 2019

Network: Showtime

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.


#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 8.28
2,145 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: John Wells
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 8.26
2,008 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: Etan Frankel, Nancy Pimental

#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 8.24
1,085 votes
Directors: John Wells
Writers: John Wells

#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 8.18
2,144 votes
Writers: Nancy Pimental
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 8.14
2,008 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: Nancy Pimental
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
3,753 votes
Directors: John Wells
Writers: John Wells
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
1,882 votes
Directors: John Wells
Writers: John Wells
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
2,795 votes
Writers: John Wells
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 8.07
1,972 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: Krista Vernoff
Father Frank, Full of Grace

#10 - 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
2,198 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: John Wells
There's the Rub

#11 - 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 8.05
2,160 votes
Directors: David Nutter
Writers: Davey Holmes
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 8.03
1,893 votes
Directors: Mimi Leder
Writers: Etan Frankel
Happily Ever After

#13 - 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
3,971 votes
Directors: John M. Valerio
Writers: John Wells
Order Room Service

#14 - 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 8.03
1,956 votes
Directors: Sanaa Hamri
Writers: Sheila Callaghan
Civil Wrongs

#15 - 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 8.02
1,965 votes
Directors: Gary B. Goldman
Writers: Mike O'Malley
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 8.01
1,956 votes
Writers: Alex Borstein
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 8.01
2,046 votes
Writers: Davey Holmes
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 8.00
1,945 votes
Directors: J. Michael Muro
Writers: Sheila Callaghan
A Gallagher Pedicure

#19 - 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 7.98
2,114 votes
Writers: Mark Steilen
El Gran Cañon

#20 - 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 7.97
2,052 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: John Wells
A Jailbird, Invalid, Martyr, Cutter, Retard, and Parasitic Twin

#21 - 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 7.97
2,108 votes
Directors: Gary B. Goldman
Writers: Nancy Pimental

#22 - Sleepwalking

Season 8 - Episode 12

Fiona taps into her roots to get the homeless family out of her apartment; Ian hides from the authorities; Lip makes a difficult decision; Carl wants to return to school; Frank wants to take advantage of Liam's friend.

star 7.96
2,039 votes
Directors: John Wells
Writers: Paul Abbott
The Legend of Bonnie and Carl

#23 - 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 7.96
2,099 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: Etan Frankel
But at Last Came a Knock

#24 - 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
2,266 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: Paul Abbott, Alex Borstein
A Beautiful Mess

#25 - 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
2,065 votes
Directors: Mark Mylod
Writers: Alex Borstein, LaToya Morgan