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Every Season of 'Shameless', Ranked Best to Worst 

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For this poll we're ranking the best seasons of Showtime's Shameless, with the help of your votes. Referred to by many as the funniest show on TV, you almost can't argue that Shameless isn't an amazing show. Black comedy fans will also enjoy the best seasons of Californication, the best seasons of Weeds, or other shows like Shameless. It's hard not to enjoy anything with William H. Macy, especially when he portrays an amazing character like Frank Gallagher. If you haven't seen Shameless, think of it as the ultimate homage to the dysfunctional American family (though it's actually based on a British series). What season of Shameless really had you hooked? Whether you liked the earlier seasons or the most recent one, vote up the top Shameless seasons and downvote any that you felt were a little dry.

You can also vote for what you believe to be the funniest season of Shameless, regardless of it being the best or your favorite.

 

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Shameless - Season 4 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Every Season of 'Shameless', Ranked Best to Worst
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The fourth season of Shameless premiered on January 12, 2014, and contains 12 episodes. This season finds Frank in need of a new liver.

This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Like Father, Like Daughter," "There's the Rub," and "Liver, I Hardly Know Her."

Memorable moments from Season 4 include:

  • Fiona wrecks a company car.
  • Fiona pleads guilty at her hearing.
  • Mickey's coming out causes a barroom brawl.
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Shameless - Season 1 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Every Season of 'Shameless', Ranked Best to Worst
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Shameless - Season 1

The first season of Shameless premiered on January 9, 2011, and contains 12 episodes. This season introduces viewers to the dysfunctional Gallagher family.

This season contains several memorable episodes including: "Frank the Plank," "Casey Casden," and "Nana Gallagher Had an Affair."

Memorable moments from Season 1 include:

  • Fiona meets Steve.
  • Debbie kidnaps a toddler.
  • Frank goes amok after an attempt to become sober.
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Shameless - Season 3 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Every Season of 'Shameless', Ranked Best to Worst
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The third season of Shameless premiered on January 13, 2013, and contains 12 episodes. This season finds Jimmy moving into the Gallagher house.

This season contains several memorable episodes including: "The American Dream," "The Helpful Gallaghers," and "Civil Wrongs."

Memorable moments from Season 3 include:

  • Estefania terminates her boyfriend in front of Jimmy.
  • Veronica films a store manager making sexual advances on Fiona.
  • Frank unwittingly starts a gay rights movement.
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Shameless - Season 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Every Season of 'Shameless', Ranked Best to Worst
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The second season of Shameless premiered on January 8, 2012, and contains 12 episodes. This season focuses on Frank's gambling debt.

This season contains several memorable episodes including: "I'll Light a Candle for You Every Day," "Father's Day," and "Hurricane Monica."

Memorable moments from Season 2 include:

  • Fiona meets Craig's irate wife.
  • Monica spends the "Squirrel Fund."
  • Karen and Lip's baby is born.
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