With Season 11, Shameless comes to an end after a remarkable run of ten seasons. The show’s tenth season aired from January 2020 to January 2021. The show focuses on the Gallagher family, a working-class unit in Chicago’s South Side. The family’s technical leader is Frank (William H. Macy), but Fiona (Emma Rossum) is the primary caregiver for her younger siblings for the majority of the show’s run.
It’s no secret that the Gallaghers are a morally bankrupt bunch who are constantly involved in illegal drug use and violent crime. Frank and Monica’s poor upbringing is usually the root of their immoral behavior (Chloe Webb). While the Gallaghers have a reputation for immorality, they are a warm and caring family at their core.
With only one season left of Shameless before it goes on hiatus, you’re probably looking for something new to watch. In order to satisfy your craving for naughty family dramedies, we’ve selected a few series.
1. Weeds (Netflix)
Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) is a widow in an upper-middle-class suburban neighborhood who decides to start selling marijuana to make ends meet for herself and her two sons. Elizabeth Perkins, Justin Kirk, Hunter Parrish, and Kevin Nealon round out the cast of Weeds. Weeds was created by Jenji Kohan.
Shameless and Weeds fans will enjoy this because of the corruption that develops in their characters as they get older in both shows. Onward, the Botwins become more heavily involved in the drug distribution business, among other illegal activities. Showtime’s dramedies Shameless and Weeds share similar themes and tones.
2. Malcolm In The Middle (Hulu)
In Malcolm in the Middle, the main character, Malcolm (Frankie Muniz), learns that he is a gifted student. Malcom’s family is taken aback by his brilliance, especially considering their lack of formal education. Malcolm in the Middle stars Jane Kaczmarek and Bryan Cranston before he became Walter White.
When compared to the Gallagher family, Malcolm’s life is much more tame, but that doesn’t mean his family is any less dysfunctional. There are characters in the family who are similar to Fiona and her siblings, as well. If a few key variables changed, Lip (Jeremy Allen White) and Malcolm could be the same person. Is the thought of it terrifying? Yes, I am aware of that. There is less drug use and criminal activity in Malcom in the Middle, compared to Shameless in the PG version.
3. Shameless UK (Hulu)
Show Plot: The Shameless series originally aired from 2004 to 2013. The story revolves around the Gallagher family, and many of the characters are carried over from the American version. The only difference between this version and the American one is that Anne-Marie Duff’s Fiona leaves after Season 2. James McAvoy’s Steve/Jimmy is another option for her love life. Frank Gallagher is played by David Threlfall, who also serves as the show’s producer.
Shameless is an excellent origin story series to watch to see how the shows intertwine and diverge from one another. Shameless fans will enjoy this. Season one of American Shameless follows the blueprint closely, but by Season two it has developed its own pace, rhythm, and personality all its own. You won’t get the impression that you’re watching the same show with different actors just because they have different accents.
4. Skins (Netflix)
With a focus on sexuality, love, growing up, and friendship, Skins explores the lives of a group of teens. Adolescence is examined through the eyes of three different groups of teenagers in the show. Skins ran for six seasons on Syfy and was adapted into three feature films or miniseries. With Kaya Scodelario and Nicholas Hoult in the lead role and Jack O’Connell in the role of Hannah Murray, the cast of Skins was complete.
Skins is more of a drama than Shameless, but both shows have dark and comedic undertones, making them appealing to Shameless fans. The show also deals with the difficulties of adolescence and the quest to discover one’s own identity. Skins also features characters who are anything but honorable, and whose erratic behavior brings the entire community to their knees.
5. Arrested Development (Netflix)
What The Show Is About: When George Bluth Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor) is sentenced to prison for white-collar crimes, the Bluth family finds themselves in an unusual situation. In order to keep their real estate business afloat, Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) will have to step up and take charge. The show Arrest Development aired on Netflix for two seasons only.
Why Shameless fans will enjoy it: The Bluths are a shambles. In fact, we can envision a scenario in which the Bluth and Gallagher families spar over whose clan is the messiest of them all.. We know it’s the Gallaghers, but we don’t think they would. While the Bluths and Gallaghers used to be on opposite ends of the economic spectrum, they now have a lot in common because of their complex family relationships.
6. United States Of Tara (Hulu)
A woman named Tara (Toni Collette), who has dissociative identity disorder, is the focus of this Showtime drama directed by Diablo Cody. She adopts the personality traits of a wide range of people. The United States of Tara explores the ways in which Tara’s illness affects her personal and family relationships. Rosemarie DeWitt, Keir Gilchrist, John Borbett, and Brie Larson round out the cast.
Fans of Shameless will enjoy it because the Gallagher family always sticks together despite their differences and is always there for each other when needed. Tara’s united front ideology can be found in the United States of Tara as well. Both families are determined to overcome any obstacles that stand in their way.
7. Misfits (Hulu)
Show Plot: After a supernatural thunderstorm strikes a group of young offenders doing community service, they develop supernatural abilities. Kelley (Lauren Socha) is one of the original Misfits, and the other original Misfits are Nathan (Iwan Rheon), Curtis (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett), and Alisha (Antonia Thomas) (Robert Sheehan).
Fans of Shameless will enjoy this because it has more supernatural elements than Shameless, but it also features characters who have done bad things because of their circumstances, rather than because they are bad people per se. While many of the characters on Shameless deteriorate over time, Misfits does the exact opposite. As the series progresses, they mature as characters and try to put their superpowers to good use. Both shows also deal with serious issues, such as sexual immorality and reckless behavior.
8. Married With Children
Married with Children is a ’80s/’90s sitcom starring Ed O’Neill and Katey Sagal. They portray Al and Peggy Bundy, a squabbling couple. Kelly Bundy and Bud Bundy are played by Christina Applegate and David Faustino, respectively. The Bundys are a typical all-American family with the exception that they are violent and stuck in a never-ending cycle of failure.
Fans of Shameless will enjoy it because the Bundy and Gallagher families have a lot in common, such as being poor and down on their luck. In comparison to the Bundys, the Gallaghers are a lot more capable and ambitious. However, both families exemplify the worst of the American working class.
9. You’re The Worst
Aya Cash and Chris Geere star in the show as two unstable individuals who work together to solve problems. They despise everyone but are madly in love with one another. Kether Donohue and Desmin Borges are also part of the You’re the Worst ensemble cast.
Who Should Watch It If They Enjoyed Shameless: Gretchen and Jimmy cause mayhem for those around them, but their chemistry is what keeps them in check. They benefit from the chaos because it serves their purposes. This can be seen in many of the pairings on Shameless. They may appear to be a disaster to others, but they find beauty in each other’s shambles.
10. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Hulu)
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia follows the antics of Dee (Kaitlin Olson), Charlie (Charlie Day), Mac (Rob McElhenney), Dennis (Glenn Howerton), and Frank (Danny DeVito) as they run a failing bar and engage in questionable business practices.
Fans of Shameless will enjoy it because the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia gang behaves just as badly as the Gallaghers did on Shameless. Also, the father figures in both shows are named Frank. I’m not saying all Franks on TV are bad, but most of them aren’t.