The Netflix Dark Comedy That’s A Must-Watch For Fans Of The Bear

By Charlene Badasie | Published


The popular comedy-drama Shameless is streaming on Netflix. Developed by John Wells, the show is based on the British series of the same name created by Paul Abbott. It premiered on Showtime in January 2011 and concluded in April 2021 after eleven seasons. The story is set in Chicago’s South Side and follows the dysfunctional Gallagher family.

The Gallaghers

Shameless Season 1 introduces viewers to the daily struggles of the Gallagher siblings – Fiona (Emmy Rossum), Lip (Jeremy Allen White), Ian (Cameron Monaghan), Debbie (Emma Kenney), Carl (Ethan Cutkosky), and toddler Liam (Blake Alexander Johnson and Brennan Kane Johnson) – as they navigate poverty and family dysfunction due to their absent father, Frank (William H. Macy).

Fiona takes on the role of caretaker while juggling her job, relationships, and personal ambitions. Throughout the season, the Gallaghers face various challenges, including Frank’s alcoholism and legal troubles. The second season sees Fiona wrestling with her own desires and ambitions. Lip navigates college life, and Ian explores his sexual identity.

More Than Just A Comedy

Subsequent seasons of Shameless explore various social issues, such as poverty, addiction, mental illness, and LGBTQ+ rights. Throughout the story, the Gallaghers rely on each other for support and forge strong bonds within their unconventional family unit despite their chaotic lifestyle and the constant struggles they face.

A Critical Darling

Shameless received critical acclaim throughout its run. The series was praised for its grit, realism, bold storytelling, and complex characters. Viewers especially loved its willingness to tackle difficult subjects with humor and empathy. The show also received numerous award nominations, including Primetime Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards.

All Good Things…


Viewership for Shameless remained strong over its eleven seasons, as its dedicated fanbase remained drawn to its blend of comedy, drama, and social commentary. However, the series finale received mixed reviews from fans and critics. While some felt it was a fitting conclusion to the Gallaghers’ story, others were unsatisfied with the perceived lack of closure.

Guest Stars Galore

Shameless also featured notable guest stars throughout its run, including Joan Cusack, Steve Howey, and Emmy-winning actress Margot Martindale. The show’s opening credits, featuring an energetic theme song by The High Strung, became iconic and synonymous with the series’ irreverent tone.

Jeremy Allen White


Shameless served as a breakout role for Jeremy Allen White. While he did not receive any awards for his role as the academically gifted Lip, White’s performance was widely appreciated. Critics praised his ability to portray the character’s complexities and contradictions. When the series ended, White’s next major role was in the 2022 Hulu series The Bear.

The Bear

Created by Christopher Storer, The Bear stars Jeremy Allen White as an award-winning chef who returns to his hometown in Chicago to take over his dead brother’s sandwich shop. White’s performance as Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto earned him several accolades, including a SAG Award, Golden Globe, and Critics Choice Award for best actor in a comedy series.

Starring alongside Shameless alum White in The Bear are Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ayo Edebiri, Lionel Boyce, Liza Colón-Zayas, Abby Elliott, and Matty Matheson. The show was renewed for a second season of 10 episodes in July 2022, with episodes premiering in June 2023. A third season was announced in November 2023, with a premiere date of June 2024.