Shameless Episodes Ranked

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Season Ratings: Season 1: 8,5/10 Season 2: 8,2/10 Season 3: 8,8/10 Season 4: 9,0/10 Season 5: 9,1/10 Season 6: 8,0/10 Season 7: 8,6/10 Season 8: 7,8/10 Season 9: 7,9/10 Season 10: 7,6/10

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1. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Lazarus (2014)

TV-MA | 57 min | Comedy, Drama

Sheila fights for custody of the Native American kids and clashes with Sammi. Fiona gets sprung from jail and lands a job with the help of her parole officer. And Frank begins to feel like his old, troubled self.

Director: Mark Mylod | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 3,453

9,5/10

2. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Crazy Love (2015)

TV-MA | 57 min | Comedy, Drama

Fiona is thrown into chaos by the return of Jimmy/Jack/Steve. Ian steals Mickey and Svetlana's baby and takes him on a road trip. Plus, a vengeful Sammi takes over the Gallagher house, and Veronica decides to separate from Kevin.

Director: Anthony Hemingway | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 2,247

9,4/10

3. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Requiem for a Slut (2016)

TV-MA | 60 min | Comedy, Drama

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.

Director: John Wells | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,782

9,3/10

4. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Emily (2014)

TV-MA | 49 min | Comedy, Drama

Fiona is hauled away to a correctional facility as Frank wakes up from his operation. Ian crashes Mickey's son's christening, Amanda's parents bribe Lip to stay away. Oh, and DCFS makes an unexpected visit.

Director: Anthony Hemingway | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 2,240

9,3/10

5. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Just Like the Pilgrims Intended (2012)

TV-MA | 50 min | Comedy, Drama

A traditional Gallagher family Thanksgiving includes a suicide attempt by Monica, Carl shooting a bald eagle, a case of willing identity theft, a money grab by Frank, and Karen going into labor.

Director: Mark Mylod | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Justin Chatwin, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,975

9,2/10

6. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: There's the Rub (2014)

TV-MA | 51 min | Comedy, Drama

Fiona's bad decisions involving Robbie finally boil over. Frank and Sammi continue their pursuit of curing his liver trouble. Lip gets a surprise visit at college from Army investigators.

Director: David Nutter | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,749

9,2/10

7. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Survival of the Fittest (2013)

TV-MA | 57 min | Comedy, Drama

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

Director: Mark Mylod | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Justin Chatwin, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,801

9,2/10

8. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: "Gallavich!" (2020)

TV-MA | 58 min | Comedy, Drama

Liam out-Gallaghers Frank, Lip works to convince Tami to stay in Chicago with their baby, Debbie turns over a new romantic leaf and Kev's new business takes off, but V wonders where the money is going. Season finale

Director: John Wells | Stars: William H. Macy, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky, Shanola Hampton

Votes: 879

9,2/10

9. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Happily Ever After (2016)

TV-MA | 56 min | Comedy, Drama

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.

Director: John M. Valerio | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,718

9,1/10

10. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Found (2019)

TV-MA | 56 min | Comedy, Drama

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.

Director: John Wells | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,227

9,1/10

11. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Uncle Carl (2015)

TV-MA | 52 min | Comedy, Drama

Fiona is confused when Gus announces he's leaving to go on tour. Meanwhile, when Carl is asked by his boss to run drugs, Frank sees a way to get revenge on Sammi, and Debbie is tasked with minding Ian's new bipolar meds.

Director: Wendey Stanzler | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,609

9,1/10

12. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Familia Supra Gallegorious Omnia! (2016)

TV-MA | 56 min | Comedy, Drama

It's wedding day and Debbie shows up at the church with Franny. Ian finally brings Caleb to meet the family. Frank shows up uninvited - and high - and reveals that Sean is still a junkie.

Director: Christopher Chulack | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,507

9,0/10

13. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Face It, You're Gorgeous (2018)

TV-MA | 54 min | Comedy, Drama

Frank employs Liam to help him chase down a romantic connection; Fiona struggles to keep up with the demands of her new investment as Ford pushes her to get serious about their relationship.

Director: Allison Liddi-Brown | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,178

9,0/10

14. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Frank the Plumber (2013)

TV-MA | 56 min | Comedy, Drama

Fiona starts a new office job but has a hard time fitting in with the corporate culture. Frank inadvertently becomes involved in the gay rights movement where he meets Abraham Paige (Bradley Whitford).

Director: Mark Mylod | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Justin Chatwin, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,541

9,0/10

15. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Father Frank, Full of Grace (2011)

TV-MA | 50 min | Comedy, Drama

Steve tries to convince Fiona to skip town with him while she's trying to get Lip and Ian out of jail; Frank and Karen's secret is revealed, forcing Frank to go into hiding.

Director: Mark Mylod | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Justin Chatwin, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,875

9,0/10

16. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Carl's First Sentencing (2015)

TV-MA | 58 min | Comedy, Drama

Frank plays tour guide for his terminally ill doctor, Bianca. Fiona preps Carl for his sentencing hearing. Plus, Lip sleeps with a professor, Ian realizes it's time to get back on meds and Kev finds himself the campus 'rapewalker.'

Director: Christopher Chulack | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,678

9,0/10

17. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: The Legend of Bonnie and Carl (2014)

TV-MA | 53 min | Comedy, Drama

In detention, Carl shares a connection with a troubled girl named Bonnie. Fiona experiences the struggles of job-hunting with a criminal record, while Mickey ignores the birth of his son to spend time with Ian.

Director: Mark Mylod | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,671

9,0/10

18. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: You Sold Me the Laundromat, Remember? (2016)

TV-MA | 54 min | Comedy, Drama

Fiona takes a DIY approach to renovating the laundromat. Lip agrees to go before the school board in hopes of getting reinstated. Meanwhile, Kev's trust in Svetlana wanes even further when the titty van goes missing.

Director: Allison Liddi-Brown | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,519

9,0/10

19. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Drugs Actually (2015)

TV-MA | 55 min | Comedy, Drama

Frank grows concerned as Bianca's behavior becomes increasingly more erratic and dangerous - but he'll do just about anything to show her a great time.

Director: Mimi Leder | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,609

9,0/10

20. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Order Room Service (2013)

TV-MA | 54 min | Comedy, Drama

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

Director: Sanaa Hamri | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Justin Chatwin, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,482

8,9/10

21. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Love Songs (In the Key of Gallagher) (2015)

TV-MA | 59 min | Comedy, Drama

Fiona reunites with Gus after his tour but is torn by the fact that her friendly feelings for Sean have turned into love. Plus, Frank has his own love struggles as he works to keep Bianca happy - in Costa Rica.

Director: Christopher Chulack | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 2,019

8,9/10

22. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Rite of Passage (2015)

TV-MA | 51 min | Comedy, Drama

Fiona's plans to announce her marriage unravel when a coworker OD's on heroin. Meanwhile, Mickey asks for Lip's help in dealing with Ian, Frank avoids Sammi, and Veronica sends Kevin out on a mission to get a handjob.

Director: Alex Graves | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,617

8,9/10

23. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Ride or Die (2016)

TV-MA | 55 min | Comedy, Drama

Fiona, facing mounting issues, contemplates Margo's offer to buy the laundromat. Meanwhile, Ian tries to deal with the fact that Mickey might be out of prison and Kev and V take matters into their own hands after Svetlana's betrayal.

Director: Zetna Fuentes | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,446

8,9/10

24. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Hope Springs Paternal (2014)

TV-14 | 55 min | Comedy, Drama

Fiona prepares for a visit from her probation officer and must rid the house of all suspicious items. Meanwhile, Ian gets kicked out of Mickey's house by a hammer-wielding Svetlana, and finally returns to the Gallaghers.

Director: Mimi Leder | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,569

8,9/10

25. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Fiona Interrupted (2012)

TV-MA | 56 min | Comedy, Drama

Frank schemes to break Monica out of the facility, Jimmy earns his way back.

Director: John Wells | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Justin Chatwin, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,643

8,8/10

26. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Cascading Failures (2013)

TV-MA | 54 min | Comedy, Drama

A government agency threatens the cohesion of the Gallagher clan. Meanwhile, Kev and Veronica recruit V's mother as a surrogate and Terry catches Mickey and Ian in a compromising situation.

Director: Anthony Hemingway | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Justin Chatwin, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,605

8,8/10

27. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Tell Me You F**King Need Me (2015)

TV-MA | 51 min | Comedy, Drama

Ian finds himself under a mandatory hold at the psych ward. Meanwhile, Sammi takes drastic measures to teach Frank a lesson, Fiona makes a decision regarding Jimmy and Gus, and after V moves out, Svetlana moves in with Kev.

Director: William H. Macy | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,515

8,8/10

28. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: God Bless Her Rotting Soul (2017)

TV-MA | 53 min | Comedy, Drama

A meth dealer threatens the Gallaghers, forcing Ian, Carl, Lip and Debbie to find a way to pay him off without involving Fiona. Meanwhile, Fiona battles a vindictive tenant; Lip cares for Professor Youens; and Frank attains sainthood.

Director: Michael Morris | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,174

8,8/10

29. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Hiraeth (2016)

TV-MA | 54 min | Comedy, Drama

Frank wakes up after a month-long coma to find no one missed him. Debbie takes a criminal approach to making sure Franny grows up wealthy. Plus, Lip completes rehab and Carl, uncircumcised, looks into surgery.

Director: Christopher Chulack | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,374

8,8/10

30. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Sleep No More (2016)

TV-MA | 50 min | Comedy, Drama

Frank offers to pay for the reception - then goes scamming around town to raise the money. Sean worries Frank only will end up hurting Fiona and confronts him on it. Their difference of opinion quickly descends into a brawl.

Director: Anthony Hemingway | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,352

8,8/10

31. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: A Night to Remem... Wait, What? (2015)

TV-MA | 52 min | Comedy, Drama

In search of his insurance payout, Frank retraces the path of an epic bender. Meanwhile, Fiona and Gus head to city hall, Lip visits Amanda, Ian steals suitcases from the airport baggage claim, and Debbie crushes on a new boy.

Director: Richie Keen | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,620

8,8/10

32. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: A Jailbird, Invalid, Martyr, Cutter, Retard, and Parasitic Twin (2014)

TV-MA | 50 min | Comedy, Drama

In the aftermath of Fiona's release from jail and Frank's illness guardianship of the Gallagher clan falls squarely on Lip - who gets some unexpected assistance from Amanda, his roommate's girlfriend.

Director: Gary B. Goldman | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,620

8,8/10

33. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: A Long Way from Home (2013)

TV-MA | 52 min | Comedy, Drama

Fiona makes a bold decision regarding her future with the kids. Debbie and Carl continue to deal with their foster homes. Frank prepares for his court appearance by getting sober. Timmy Wong and his mother arrive at Sheila's to take Hymie.

Director: Mimi Leder | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Justin Chatwin, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,474

8,7/10

34. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Nana Gallagher Had an Affair (2011)

TV-MA | 48 min | Comedy, Drama

Monica's return wreaks havoc on the Gallagher clan, while Frank hits a new low to stop a disability worker from tampering with his benefits.

Director: Adam Bernstein | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Justin Chatwin, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,710

8,7/10

35. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Ouroboros (2016)

TV-MA | 52 min | Comedy, Drama

Monica is back. And her first task is to help Debbie get back Franny. Meanwhile, Frank tries to avoid her, Ian has his first fight with Trevor, Lip tries to mask his relapsing alcoholism and Fiona's laundromat gets a bad review.

Director: Christopher Chulack | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,222

8,7/10

36. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: May I Trim Your Hedges? (2013)

TV-MA | 53 min | Comedy, Drama

Frank tells Carl he has cancer so he can scam a charity foundation. Fiona is blown away by what she's asked to do to get a job as a cashier. Lip leads a crusade to hunt down pedophiles in the neighborhood.

Director: Steve Shill | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Justin Chatwin, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,630

8,7/10

37. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Liver, I Hardly Know Her (2014)

TV-MA | 51 min | Comedy, Drama

Fiona goes off the rails, violating multiple terms of her probation by partying with Robbie's degenerate friends. When the family doesn't hear from her, it sends them into search-party mode - not unlike their past experiences with Frank.

Director: Christopher Chulack | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,532

8,7/10

38. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: South Side Rules (2015)

TV-MA | 53 min | Comedy, Drama

Frank is having a ball with Bianca, his new sick friend and formerly uptight doctor. But when Bianca thinks Frank might be developing feelings for her she kicks him to the curb. Frank, however, returns to put up a fight.

Director: Michael Uppendahl | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,564

8,7/10

39. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Pilot (2011)

TV-MA | 58 min | Comedy, Drama

Drunken father Frank is of no use to his dysfunctional family; Fiona meets a handsome stranger when her purse is stolen; Lip is shocked to discover his brother Ian is gay.

Director: Mark Mylod | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Justin Chatwin, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 2,630

8,6/10

40. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Home Sweet Homeless Shelter (2016)

TV-MA | 55 min | Comedy, Drama

Kevin, Veronica and Svetlana start a topless maid service. Frank makes new friends at the shelter to replace his old family. Plus, Debbie's lifestyle comes to an end; Carl gets a syphilis scare; and business at Patsy's hits the skids.

Director: Iain B. MacDonald | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,234

8,6/10

41. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Lost (2019)

TV-MA | 58 min | Comedy, Drama

Frank's injury gets in the way of everyone's plans as Fiona attempts to get her life back on track and Lip grows frustrated with his relationship with Tami. Carl gets some bad news about his future, and Debbie finally makes a move on Kelly.

Director: Iain B. MacDonald | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 678

8,6/10

42. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: I Only Miss Her When I'm Breathing (2016)

TV-MA | 57 min | Comedy, Drama

Frank is still mourning the loss of Bianca while his newfound appreciation for life is freaking the Gallaghers out. Fiona is determined to get Ian to take his meds and to get Debbie to the clinic for a pregnancy test.

Director: Christopher Chulack | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,535

8,6/10

43. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: Hurricane Monica (2012)

TV-MA | 51 min | Comedy, Drama

Monica returns to party with Frank, but nobody thinks she's back to stay; Fiona reconsiders kicking Lip out of the house; Frank is determined to claim every penny his mother left behind.

Director: Alex Graves | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Justin Chatwin, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,528

8,6/10

44. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: The Sins of My Caretaker (2013)

TV-MA | 56 min | Comedy, Drama

The city of Chicago gives notice that they're doing work on the sewer main. The problem? Aunt Ginger's bones are still buried in the lawn and Frank needs to find her before the city does.

Director: James M. Muro | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Justin Chatwin, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,556

8,6/10

45. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: The Defenestration of Frank (2016)

TV-MA | 58 min | Comedy, Drama

Fiona sees opportunity in a laundromat for sale and decides to invest. Frank revels in the good fortune of his scam, but the troops catch a whiff of foul play. Meanwhile, Kev and V discover a shocking secret about Svetlana's father.

Director: David Nutter | Stars: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky

Votes: 1,193

8,6/10

46. Shameless (2011– )
Episode: It's Time to Kill the Turtle (2011)

TV-MA | 46 min | Comedy, Drama

8.6