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Shameless US - S01E02

Drama . Comedy

Frank has a drunken run-in with Karen's father and takes it out on Ian. The family starts a manhunt when Frank is nowhere to be found on disability check day.

Episode Title: Frank the Plank
Airs: 2011-01-16 at 09:00 pm
  • Tim Goodman

    Shameless is excellent, compelling television from the first moment. As long as it stays true to the roots of the original, it's going to be essential viewing.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Abbott makes sure the quirkiness of the Gallaghers is firmly rooted in three-dimensional, credible characterization. You never feel a bit of inauthenticity here.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Rick Porter

    While there's a little something lost in translation, the show retains enough of the core of the original that--bolstered by strong performances from top to bottom--it's as good a remake as any import since "The Office."

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    [The] sentimental streak in the show is compensated by Frank's coldness and the scrappy urban realism, translated so effectively from the British original.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Paige Wiser

    The charm of the show--and of the Gallagher family--is in its anarchy.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Emily Nussbaum

    Shameless also has a rough and original charisma of its own, emphasizing as it does the freedom and not merely the deprivation of its family of quasi orphans.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Don't let all this make the show sound complicated. Based on opening night, it looks like Shameless fun.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    That's Shameless in 30 seconds or less: messy, overcrowded, unapologetically frank and, at times, darkly funny.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    The one-hour show has as much comedy as drama, providing a satisfying and unusual viewing experience.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    Shameless is deftly adapted and surprisingly appealing, crude, funny and also touching.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    In Showtime's seemingly unwatered-down version, William H. Macy plays the drunken dad, Frank Gallagher, convincingly enough that you can almost smell the alcohol (along with less-pleasant scents) seeping from every pore. (Other highlights include Joan Cusack as an agoraphobic homemaker whose life's about to change and Emmy Rossum as Fiona, the oldest of Frank's daughters.)

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    It's best not to think of Shameless as a deep, important show. Tune in for the character drama and recognize the characters' anti-social behavior for what it is. There's no shame in that.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    The promising Shameless is a terrific showcase for Macy, Emmy Rossum, who plays Frank's daughter Fiona, and Joan Cusack, who plays the Gallaghers' neighbor. The show's younger cast members are also impressive; they have a low-key, realistic style that melds perfectly with the unforced truthfulness that Macy brings to his role

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Now and then Shameless sloughs off its mostly self-imposed constraints and fires on all cylinders, observing economic hardship, drunken tomfoolery and sexual shenanigans with a keen eye for class specifics.

    Salon Full Review
  • Michael Abernethy

    All this worries Fiona, of course, and her compassion keeps Shameless--a remake of a hit British show--from being a glib mockery of poverty. She is the yin to Frank's yang, organized, focused, and efficient.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Chuck Barney

    Hamming it up big time, William H. Macy plays a booze-addled father of six kids in this uneven drama that seems more intent on taking its pay-cable liberties (nudity, profanity, etc.) to the extreme than weaving an engaging story.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Shameless instead is about as uplifting as rectal cancer, even though it's hard not to at least respect the gumption and resilience of Fiona. Rossum's performance in this role is all together pretty terrific.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    It simply too often feels like an unconvincing portrait of poverty and the Gallaghers, like an English council-estate family plopped in the Midwest. The next two episodes depart more from the original, and suggest the series may find its own voice; on the other hand, they're not nearly as well written.

    Time Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Moments and characters like these take us out of the reality that Shameless otherwise aims to portray, falling victim to the pay-cable impulse to push the shock envelope just because it can. Which ultimately is less shocking than irritating. A shame, really.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    For all the show's flaws, you can see the attraction for an actor of Macy's quality, with the kind of showy, outsized role that wins awards. But as fine an actor as he is, Frank just comes across as loud and empty. Much like Shameless.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    It's clear that Wells has nothing but respect for the original material; if only he felt the same for American viewers. Unfortunately, [executive producer John Wells] seems to have bought into the notion that Americans need everything to be bigger, louder, messier and drawn in primary colors.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Some brief memorable performances, particularly Cusack as a tippling housewife. Otherwise, an inexplicable misfire.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    For the most part, there's nothing here to be ashamed of. It's just that at a time when TV drama is so flush with riches, Shameless plays like a poor relative.

    Variety Full Review
  • Kris King

    While Frank's high jinks are good for a chuckle, and his love/hate relationship with his kids speaks a lot about the complicated nature of having a down-and-out family, Shameless tries too hard to milk weighty drama from generally dull characters.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Exec producers John Wells (ER), Andrew Stearn (The West Wing), and Paul Abbott (Cracker), adapting Abbott's original Brit version, waste the talents of Macy, Joan Cusack, and Emmy Rossum (Mystic River), among others, and you'll waste your time straining to enjoy it.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Shameless lives up to its title. What's left for the rest of the season? Cannibalism? Macy is a good sport about being dragged around the kitchen like dead weight.

    Boston Herald Full Review
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