Shameless makes its debut on Citytv, April 9

From the working class streets of Chicago to Canadian screens across the country comes an edgy, drama series that is unabashedly Shameless.

Airing uncensored beginning Monday, April 9 at 10pm ET/PT/MT/CT on Citytv, Shameless follows Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy, Fargo), the proud, working-class patriarch of a motley brood of six, smart and independent kids who, without him, would be… better off.

In Frank’s booze-addled view, parenting just eats into his hard-earned bar-crawling time, so he leaves it to eldest daughter Fiona (Emmy Rossum, The Phantom of the Opera) to hold down the fort. 

Watch Shameless on Citytv and next day, post broadcast online at Citytv.com. Viewers can also watch on the go with the Citytv app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Citytv programming is also available on Rogers On Demand and Rogers Any Place TV.

Shameless is the story of the Gallaghers, a dysfunctional family who functions in a pretty predictable way day-to-day. While Frank “sleeps it off,” eldest daughter Fiona makes sure her younger siblings do their chores, keep a clean(ish) home and contribute to the Gallagher family fund jar – because the gas bill is due and everyone (no matter how small) works to keep the lights on and food on the table. Brothers Lip (Jeremy Allen White, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit), Ian (Cameron Monaghan, Prom) and Carl (Ethan Cutkosky, Conviction) use their intellect to break every rule in the book to save money, while younger sister Debbie (Emma Kenney, Boardwalk Empire) would sooner steal her share. Toddler Liam is simply happy to be along for the ride. 

In the Season 1 premiere, the three oldest kids are all upset for one reason or another. Having her handbag stolen proves to be a blessing for Fiona when handsome stranger Steve (Canadian Justin Chatwin, War of the Worlds), comes to her rescue. Lip is shocked to discover Ian could be gay and decides his brother should pay a “visit” to the ever-accommodating Karen Jackson (Laura Slade Wiggins, Private Practice) down the block. But the sudden arrival of Karen’s furious father ensures Ian’s already slim chances of happiness with her, take a severe blow. Later, Steve buys Fiona a romantic gift – but for some reason she is less than impressed with her brand new washing machine.

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