||Shanola Hampton, Jeremy Allen White, Emmy Rossum, Steve Howey, Cameron Monaghan, Justin Chatwin, Emma Kenney, Ethan Cutkosky, Noel Fisher
The series originally charted the lives of Frank Gallagher, an intelligent but wasteful alcoholic, and his large, dysfunctional family, but as the show progressed it also widened the scope to include other occupants of the Chatsworth Estate. Central characters in the Gallagher family include eldest daughter Fiona (S1.1 - S2.11), eldest son 'Lip' (1.1 - 5.1), plus younger Ian (S1.1 - S7.16), Carl, Debbie (S1.1 - S6.16), Liam (S1.1 - S8.5) and baby Stella who grows up as the show continues. The Gallagher family reside at 2, Windsor Gardens on the fictional Chatsworth Estate, a council estate in Stretford, near Manchester. Originally, the show was filmed on location on a council estate in West Gorton and in the Pie Factory Studios in Salford. Since Series 5, the show has been filmed from a purpose built set on the Roundthorn Industrial Estate in South Manchester on the site of an old Umbro warehouse, and around Wythenshawe and Sale. Series 1 consisted of eight episodes ending with a Christmas Special (23 December 2004). Series 2 followed with a longer run of ten episodes (4 January – 8 March 2005). Channel 4 introduced 'First Look' to their scheduling of Shameless from Series 2 onwards, enabling viewers to see all but the first episode a week early on their sister channel E4. The preview screening immediately following the Channel 4 episode, allowing two consecutive episodes to be watched in quick succession.