The WORST Episodes of Shameless (US)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 29, 2020

Network: Showtime

Chicagoan Frank Gallagher is the proud single dad of six smart, industrious, independent kids, who without him would be... franco, 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.

O Captain, My Captain

#1 - O Captain, My Captain

Season 10 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 5, 2020

Frank goes back in time to uncover his connection to Faye, as Debbie’s day with Claudia’s daughter goes awry. Carl takes extreme measures to toughen up his new group of cadets. Ian struggles to connect with Mickey after their blowup.

star 7.49
825 votes
Writers: Philip Buiser
Debbie Might Be a Prostitute

#2 - Debbie Might Be a Prostitute

Season 10 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 29, 2019

Debbie weighs the pros and cons of a new career path. Frank uncovers the truth about Faye’s living situation. A miscommunication between Ian and Mickey has disastrous consequences and Lip and Tami disagree over who should be taking care of Fred.

star 7.56
866 votes
Directors: Rose Troche
Writers: Molly Smith Metzler
Sleep Well My Prince for Tomorrow You Shall Be King

#3 - Sleep Well My Prince for Tomorrow You Shall Be King

Season 10 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 17, 2019

Feeling the pressure from Debbie, Frank sets out to make money to keep his place in the house, but Mikey has bigger plans for him. Lip is overwhelmed by the demands of a newborn, and Carl learns more about his mysterious new coworker at Captain Bob’s. Ian and Mickey struggle to keep the romance alive in prison.

star 7.57
919 votes
Adios Gringos

#4 - Adios Gringos

Season 10 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 15, 2019

Frank and Liam get wined and dined by potential baby buyers. Carl comes up with a strategy to protect Anne’s family business, and Ian gets on Paula’s bad side. Backed into a corner, Debbie fights to protect Franny from Pepa. A figure from Kev’s past makes him reconsider his childhood.

star 7.58
854 votes
Writers: Sherman Payne
The Apple Doesn't Fall Far from the Alibi

#5 - The Apple Doesn't Fall Far from the Alibi

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 20, 2019

Fiona's downward spiral continues and Debbie steps in to pick up the slack at the Gallagher house. Ingrid ropes Frank into fulfilling her lifelong dream. Tami shows Lip a different version of adulthood.

star 7.59
1,298 votes
Directors: Zetna Fuentes
Writers: Joe Lawson
Which America?

#6 - Which America?

Season 10 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 24, 2019

Liam gets to know his newfound family members as Frank revels in his new position in the Gallagher house. Lip looks for support as the pressures of fatherhood take their toll. Ian and Mickey make a decision about their future, and Carl tries to woo Anne despite Lori’s efforts to get in his way.

star 7.62
889 votes
Directors: Silver Tree
Writers: Molly Smith Metzler
Citizen Carl

#7 - Citizen Carl

Season 10 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 22, 2019

Carl embraces his civic duty while Debbie searches for her next payday. Frank meets the woman of his dreams, and Ian and Mickey get roped into a dangerous scam for Paula. When tragedy strikes at the Alibi, Kev and V go undercover to find new customers.

star 7.63
883 votes
Directors: Erin Feeley
Writers: Nancy M. Pimental
This Is Chicago!

#8 - This Is Chicago!

Season 11 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 6, 2020

The Gallaghers adjust to life during the pandemic: Frank fears the loss of the South Side to gentrification, while bar closures force Kev and V to get creative at the Alibi. Sleep-deprived Lip and Tami work to make their new house a home as Carl finishes his time at the police academy. Debbie becomes her own boss and deals with the repercussions of her statutory rape conviction of 17-year-old Julia. Ian and Mickey’s honeymoon phase is over as they have very different ideas about what married life would be.

star 7.63
345 votes
Writers: John Wells
We Few, We Lucky Few, We Band of Gallaghers!

#9 - We Few, We Lucky Few, We Band of Gallaghers!

Season 10 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 10, 2019

Frank milks his injury for all its worth as Debbie, now the self-elected leader of the Gallagher family, cooks up a scam of her own. Lip and Tami get a surprise. Carl returns home from military school and Liam faces an identity crisis.

star 7.64
1,000 votes
Directors: John Wells
Writers: John Wells
A Little Gallagher Goes a Long Way

#10 - A Little Gallagher Goes a Long Way

Season 10 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 1, 2019

Frank and Mikey set off on a day of adventure around the city in pursuit of Mikey’s dreams. Debbie discovers a new way to make money in the midst of a strike as Lip leans on his new friend for parenting advice. Carl gets more than he bargained for when he offers to help Anne. Liam grows suspicious of his seemingly perfect mentor.

star 7.65
894 votes
Writers: Joe Lawson
Location, Location, Location

#11 - Location, Location, Location

Season 10 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 19, 2020

Frank finds a cushy place to make his new home. Lip gets cold feet when Tami moves forward with a plan for their future. Ian sees a new side of Mickey, and Debbie’s love triangle reaches a breaking point.

star 7.66
827 votes
Directors: Silver Tree
Writers: Joe Lawson
Now Leaving Illinois

#12 - Now Leaving Illinois

Season 10 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 12, 2020

An incident in the Tamietti family presents Lip and Tami with a new opportunity. Faye’s betrayal lands Frank in front of a judge. Mickey’s antics drive Ian to online dating. Carl makes an unexpected discovery at his new job.

star 7.66
839 votes
Directors: Kevin Bray
Writers: Sherman Payne
Abortion Rules

#13 - Abortion Rules

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 17, 2016

Debbie carries a bag of flour around - determined to prove Fiona wrong.

star 7.68
2,850 votes
Writers: Nancy Pimental
Simple Pleasures

#14 - Simple Pleasures

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 12, 2014

Frank returns, disrupting life; Lip attends college; Ian is missing; Fiona tries to connect with Debbie and Carl.

star 7.68
3,113 votes
Directors: John Wells
Writers: John Wells
Frank the Plank

#15 - Frank the Plank

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 16, 2011

Frank has a drunken run-in with Karen's father and takes it out on Ian. The family starts a manhunt when Frank is nowhere to be found on disability check day.

star 7.69
5,152 votes
Directors: John Wells
Writers: Paul Abbott
Pimp's Paradise

#16 - Pimp's Paradise

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 21, 2016

Carl struggles with Nick's absence, continuing to put up false hood bravado. He takes over the Gallagher home, remaking it as his "crib" and inviting his friends over to party and make music. Frank and Queenie rule the house - and Debbie returns when she's let go by Erica and Tyler.

star 7.69
2,741 votes
Directors: Pete Segal
Writers: Dominique Morisseau
Summer Loving

#17 - Summer Loving

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 15, 2012

Frank seeks new financial footing in fellow bar patron Dottie, whose declining health and city pension makes her attractive; Fiona juggles her job, kids and a burgeoning love life; Jasmine tries to help by setting her up with a sugar daddy.

star 7.69
4,013 votes
Directors: John Wells
Writers: LaToya Morgan, Mike O'Malley
Like Father, Like Daughter

#18 - Like Father, Like Daughter

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 26, 2014

Frank stalks his daughter, Sammi; Fiona and Mike get serious; Carl tries to hear money for Frank; Sheila has a successful date.

star 7.70
3,039 votes
Directors: Sanaa Hamri
Writers: Sheila Callaghan
I'm the Liver

#19 - I'm the Liver

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 18, 2015

Sheila gets an offer to buy her home. Plus, Fiona is off house arrest!

star 7.70
2,461 votes
Directors: Sanaa Hamri
Writers: Krista Vernoff
Occupy Fiona

#20 - Occupy Fiona

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 17, 2017

Ian tests Fiona's patience and resolve by bringing a messy “Occupy Fiona” movement right to her front door. Lip struggles to get Professor Youens to court for his DUI trial. Meanwhile, a now unemployed Frank goes on a job hunt and Carl gets a feisty new rehab client with a plan to help him get the rest of his tuition.

star 7.71
2,410 votes
Writers: John Wells, Mark Steilen
Three Boys

#21 - Three Boys

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 6, 2011

When the Gallagher's find out Veronica comes from a wealthy family, they try to scheme a fake wedding for the dowry. Meanwhile, Frank gets some bad news about his health.

star 7.71
4,474 votes
Directors: Mimi Leder
Writers: Alex Borstein
Milk of the Gods

#22 - Milk of the Gods

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 11, 2015

Fiona juggles her job and a crush. Lip heads back home.

star 7.73
2,619 votes
Writers: Nancy Pimental
I'll Light a Candle for You Every Day

#23 - I'll Light a Candle for You Every Day

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 22, 2012

Fiona hopes her moral compass isn't leading her astray when she reconnects with her married high school crush, but when she finds an abandoned purse with over five hundred dollars inside, she assumes her luck is finally changing; Frank is willing to do just about anything to stay in Dottie's good graces, even marry her; after Harry's passing, Debbie becomes obsessed with death; Kevin thinks about buying the Alibi; Lip meets with a colonel to glean information for Ian about West Point; Jody asks Frank for Karen's hand in marriage.

star 7.74
3,813 votes
Directors: Craig Zisk
Writers: LaToya Morgan, Nancy Pimental
Icarus Fell and Rusty Ate Him

#24 - Icarus Fell and Rusty Ate Him

Season 8 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 10, 2017

Fiona is forced to reflect on her own life after a lonely tenant dies and the duty of cleaning out the apartment falls upon her. Meanwhile, Debbie has a pregnancy scare and winds up in a compromising position, Lip enlists Carl's help to search for his sponsor and Frank enjoys having his first-ever credit card.

star 7.74
2,486 votes
Directors: Zetna Fuentes
Writers: John Wells, Mark Steilen
Boooooooooooone!

#25 - Boooooooooooone!

Season 9 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 27, 2019

Frank searches for ways to finance Ingrid’s vision for their future together. Fiona’s anger issues cause problems at Patsy’s. Lip is forced to confront his real feelings for Tami. Kelly’s father attempts to get in the middle of her relationship with Carl. Kev and V realize they are in over their heads with their latest fostering endeavor.

star 7.74
1,278 votes
Writers: John Wells, Philip Buiser