While it often seems like Frank Gallagher and his family are out to be the most loathsome individuals on TV, they do have their charming moments. Even Frank. But there's a reason the show is called Shameless. There are some great moments from Shameless that stand out among the rest, a best-of roundup of awful behavior that leaves viewers' jaws on the floor.
The Gallaghers are the family you love to hate and hate to love, but Shameless is certainly one of the best shows on TV. The showrunners have tried to spread out the dreadful antics of Frank and co. throughout the series, and, luckily the very best Shameless scenes aren't all front loaded in the first few seasons. And Frank isn't the only offender. Whether it's Fiona cheating on the only nice guy she's ever dated, Carl selling firearms at school to students and teachers, or Debbie stealing strollers to feed her kid, there's plenty to unpack from these dysfunctional Chicago Southsiders.
Frank Calls DFS On Fiona
After one too many drunken episodes, the Gallagher kids band together and officially throw Frank out for good. Of course Frank would never just go away quietly, but to call DFS on his own family is low for even him.
When DFS visits, Mickey shows up shot and bleeding, the makeshift daycare has run amok, and all hell breaks loose. The kids are all then sent to different foster families and group homes.
Frank Screws "Butterface" To Death
Frank is at his absolute worst (which is probably the worst in human history) when he doesn't tell "Butterface" Dottie that she won the heart transplant lottery. Yes, he lets a heart transplant patient die in the hopes that he's in her will (he isn't). Then, they have one last roll in the hay that ends her life.
Debbie Gets Pregnant In An Attempt To Keep Her Boyfriend
Debbie starts off as the least shameless of the bunch, but quickly ramps up her game and becomes one of the most egregious offenders in the family. In one of her worst moments, she decides to stop taking her birth control in an effort to force her way into her 16-year-old boyfriend's life. It works, until it doesn't – Debbie ends up pregnant, but her boyfriend skips town with the help of his family to avoid being held responsible. Oof.
Frank Almost Sleeps With His Daughter And Asks For Her Liver
After Frank discovers that his lifetime of drinking has turned his liver into cancer-ridden mush, he thinks the best course of action is to track down his estranged daughter, Sammi. But, instead of telling her who he is, he pretends to be a sober guy looking for love and a little piece of her liver. They don't have sex, but they do get terribly close.
Ultimately, viewers find out Sammi's liver isn't a match for Frank, but she still stays by him when the truth about their relationship comes out.