|Shameless is an American television drama series that airs on Showtime on Sundays at 9 pm Eastern/8 pm Central.
It is a remake of the award-winning British series of the same name broadcast on Channel 4. The series is set in Chicago’s South Side Canaryville neighborhood, although it is filmed in South Lawndale, Chicago and Burbank, California at Warner Bros. Studios. The series premiered on January 9, 2011. The show’s second season, which began shooting on July 5, premiered on Sunday, January 8, 2012. On February 1, 2012, it was renewed for a third season.
The series follows the dysfunctional family of Frank Gallagher, a single father of six children. While he spends his days drunk, his kids learn to take care of themselves.
The show’s producers sought to distinguish it from previous American working-class shows by highlighting how Frank’s alcoholism affects his family. Paul Abbott, creator of the original, said, “It’s not My Name Is Earl or Roseanne. It’s got a much graver level of poverty attached to it. It’s not blue collar; it’s no collar.” When John Wells, the showrunner, began pitching the show, he had to fight efforts to place the show in the South or in a trailer park. He explained, “We have a comedic tradition of making fun of the people in those worlds. The reality is that these people aren’t ‘the other’ — they’re people who live four blocks down from you and two blocks over”.