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The Best Episodes of Shameless

Every episode of Shameless ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Shameless!

Chicagoan Frank Gallagher is the proud single dad of six smart, industrious, independent kids, who without him would be... perhaps better off. When Frank's not at the bar spending what little money they have, he's passed out on the floor. But the kids have found ways to grow up in spite of him. They may not be like any family you know, but they make no apologies for being exactly who they are.

Genres:DramaComedy
Network:Showtime

Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "Shameless" is "Lazarus", rated 9.4/10 from 4347 user votes. It was directed by Mark Mylod and written by N/A. "Lazarus" aired on 4/6/2014 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Emily".

  • Lazarus
    9.4/10 4,347 votes

    #1 - Lazarus

    Season 4 Episode 12 - Aired 2014-04-06

    Fiona gets out of jail. Frank is feeling like his old self.

    Director: Mark Mylod

    Writer: N/A

  • Emily
    9.3/10 3,062 votes

    #2 - Emily

    Season 4 Episode 11 - Aired 2014-03-30

    Fiona is hauled off to a correctional facility. Amanda’s parents bribe Lip.

    Director: Anthony Hemingway

    Writer: N/A

  • Happily Ever After
    9.2/10 2,285 votes

    #3 - Happily Ever After

    Season 7 Episode 11 - Aired 2016-12-11

    Frank and Monica have an interesting proposal for the kids. Lip buckles under pressure from Debbie to get his sobriety under control. Meanwhile, Fiona sees a business opportunity as Kev and V attempt to start a new chapter.

    Director: John M. Valerio

    Writer: N/A

  • Requiem for a Slut
    9.2/10 2,367 votes

    #4 - Requiem for a Slut

    Season 7 Episode 12 - Aired 2016-12-18

    The Gallaghers grapple with the loss of one of their own. As Lip takes steps to improve his future, Debbie, Carl and Liam get roped into Frank's new scheme.

    Director: John Wells

    Writer: N/A

  • Just Like the Pilgrims Intended
    9.1/10 2,903 votes

    #5 - Just Like the Pilgrims Intended

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2012-03-25

    It's a typical Gallagher nontraditional Thanksgiving that includes a suicide attempt by Monica, Carl shooting a bald eagle, and Karen going into labor; Steve agrees to allow Estefania's boyfriend to steal his identity; Ian sleeps with a businessman named Ned; Frank tries to get his share of his mother's money from his brother Clayton.

    Director: Mark Mylod

    Writer: Nancy M. Pimental

  • Survival of the Fittest
    9.1/10 2,560 votes

    #6 - Survival of the Fittest

    Season 3 Episode 12 - Aired 2013-04-07

    Fiona and the family prepare a surprise high school,graduation party for Lip. Frank wins a bet and uses the winnings to take Lip out for lobster and some quality father/son time.

    Director: Mark Mylod

    Writer: N/A

  • Crazy Love
    9.1/10 2,905 votes

    #7 - Crazy Love

    Season 5 Episode 6 - Aired 2015-02-15

    Fiona is thrown into chaos by the return of Jimmy. Ian takes Mickey's baby.

    Director: Anthony Hemingway

    Writer: N/A

  • There's the Rub
    9.0/10 2,399 votes

    #8 - There's the Rub

    Season 4 Episode 5 - Aired 2014-02-09

    Fiona's series of bad decisions involving Robbie finally boil over. Meanwhile, Frank and Sammi pursue a cure for Frank's liver trouble and try to catch up on missed father-daughter time; and Lip gets a surprise visit at college from Army investigators.

    Director: David Nutter

    Writer: N/A

  • Carl's First Sentencing
    9.0/10 2,286 votes

    #9 - Carl's First Sentencing

    Season 5 Episode 9 - Aired 2015-03-15

    Frank plays tour guide for his doctor. Fiona preps Carl for sentencing.

    Director: Christopher Chulack

    Writer: N/A

  • You Sold Me the Laundromat, Remember?
    9.0/10 2,050 votes

    #10 - You Sold Me the Laundromat, Remember?

    Season 7 Episode 8 - Aired 2016-11-20

    Fiona takes a DIY approach to renovating the laundromat. Lip agrees to go before the school board in hopes of getting reinstated. Meanwhile, Kev's trust in Svetlana wanes even further when the titty van goes missing.

    Director: Allison Liddi-Brown

    Writer: N/A

  • Found
    9.0/10 1,900 votes

    #11 - Found

    Season 9 Episode 14 - Aired 2019-03-10

    As the Gallaghers decide what to do with a bedridden Frank, Fiona has to make a decision about her future. Carl and Debbie share their heartbreak together. Lip has to deal with a distressed Tami.

    Director: John Wells

    Writer: N/A

  • The Legend of Bonnie and Carl
    8.9/10 2,268 votes

    #12 - The Legend of Bonnie and Carl

    Season 4 Episode 9 - Aired 2014-03-16

    Carl connects with a girl in detention; Lip and Amanda grow closer; Sheila returns with big plans; Fiona searches for a job; Mickey spends time with Ian.

    Director: Mark Mylod

    Writer: N/A

  • Drugs Actually
    8.9/10 2,169 votes

    #13 - Drugs Actually

    Season 5 Episode 11 - Aired 2015-03-29

    Frank grows concerned as Bianca's behavior becomes erratic and dangerous.

    Director: Mimi Leder

    Writer: N/A

  • Familia Supra Gallegorious Omnia!
    8.9/10 2,074 votes

    #14 - Familia Supra Gallegorious Omnia!

    Season 6 Episode 12 - Aired 2016-04-03

    It's wedding day and Frank shows up uninvited - and high.

    Director: Christopher Chulack

    Writer: N/A

  • God Bless Her Rotting Soul
    8.9/10 1,696 votes

    #15 - God Bless Her Rotting Soul

    Season 8 Episode 3 - Aired 2017-11-19

    A violent meth dealer threatens the Gallaghers, forcing Ian, Carl, Lip and Debbie to find a way to pay him off without involving Fiona. Fiona battles it out with a vindictive tenant. Lip cares for a down-and-out Professor Youens. Frank - miraculously - attains something resembling sainthood.

    Director: Michael Morris

    Writer: N/A

  • Face It, You're Gorgeous
    8.9/10 1,755 votes

    #16 - Face It, You're Gorgeous

    Season 9 Episode 6 - Aired 2018-10-14

    Frank employs Liam to help him chase down a romantic connection; Fiona struggles to keep up with the demands of her new investment as Ford pushes her to get serious about their relationship.

    Director: Allison Liddi-Brown

    Writer: N/A

  • "Gallavich!"
    8.9/10 1,807 votes

    #17 - "Gallavich!"

    Season 10 Episode 12 - Aired 2020-01-26

    Liam out-Gallaghers Frank, Lip works to convince Tami to stay in Chicago with their baby, Debbie turns over a new romantic leaf and Kev’s new business takes off, but V wonders where the money is going.

    Director: John Wells

    Writer: N/A

  • Father Frank, Full of Grace
    8.8/10 2,740 votes

    #18 - Father Frank, Full of Grace

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2011-03-27

    Steve tries to convince Fiona to skip town with him now that his true livelihood as been discovered; Frank and Karen's secret is revealed, forcing Frank to go into hiding; Fiona tries to figure out how to get Lip and Ian out of jail after their arrest for car theft.

    Director: Mark Mylod

    Writer: John Wells

  • Cascading Failures
    8.8/10 2,279 votes

    #19 - Cascading Failures

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Aired 2013-02-24

    The Department of Family Services hauls the Gallagher children away, leaving Fiona desperate to get them back. With Monica nowhere to be found, Fiona is forced to find Frank and get him to make a "Father of the Year" appearance in court. It all goes well until Fiona discovers that Frank's not the solution to her problem - he's the cause. Meanwhile, Kev and Veronica recruit V's mother as a surrogate and Terry catches Mickey and Ian in a compromising situation.

    Director: Anthony Hemingway

    Writer: N/A

  • Frank the Plumber
    8.8/10 2,198 votes

    #20 - Frank the Plumber

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2013-03-17

    Fiona starts a new office job but has a hard time fitting in with the corporate culture. In an attempt to get medical coverage, Frank inadvertently becomes involved in the gay rights movement where he meets Abraham Paige, a powerful activist.

    Director: Mark Mylod

    Writer: N/A

  • Iron City
    8.8/10 2,164 votes

    #21 - Iron City

    Season 4 Episode 6 - Aired 2014-02-16

    Fiona ends up in jail; the family waits for news about Liam; Frank wakes up in the emergency room.

    Director: James Ponsoldt

    Writer: N/A

  • A Jailbird, Invalid, Martyr, Cutter, Retard, and Parasitic Twin
    8.8/10 2,210 votes

    #22 - A Jailbird, Invalid, Martyr, Cutter, Retard, and Parasitic Twin

    Season 4 Episode 7 - Aired 2014-02-23

    Guardianship duties fall upon Lip - who gets some unexpected assistance.

    Director: Gary B. Goldman

    Writer: N/A

  • Rite of Passage
    8.8/10 2,155 votes

    #23 - Rite of Passage

    Season 5 Episode 5 - Aired 2015-02-08

    Fiona's plans to announce her marriage unravel. Mickey asks for Lip's help.

    Director: Alex Graves

    Writer: N/A

  • Uncle Carl
    8.8/10 2,170 votes

    #24 - Uncle Carl

    Season 5 Episode 8 - Aired 2015-03-08

    Gus tells Fiona he's leaving to go on tour. Frank seeks revenge on Sammi.

    Director: Wendey Stanzler

    Writer: N/A

  • South Side Rules
    8.8/10 2,111 votes

    #25 - South Side Rules

    Season 5 Episode 10 - Aired 2015-03-22

    Frank has a ball with his new sick friend and formerly uptight doctor.

    Director: Michael Uppendahl

    Writer: N/A