The first series of Shameless consisted of 7 episodes which aired weekly on Tuesday nights at 10pm from 13 January 2004. The show centers around the Gallagher family, Frank, Fiona, Phillip, Ian, Debbie, Carl and Liam, as well as the other residents on Chatsworth Council Estate near Manchester. The main story line followed the tumultous love match of Fiona Gallagher and Steve McBride. In April 2005, the series won the Best Drama Series category at the British Academy Television Awards. It was also nominated for 'Best British Drama' at the 'National Television Awards 2007', but lost out to Doctor Who.
The series opens on Phillip Gallagher, also known as Lip, arriving at the home of Karen and her mother Sheila Jackson to help Karen with her homework. Karen pays him with oral sex under the table, with her mother in the next room. The viewer is also introduced to Sheila's many medical illnesses, such as agoraphobia. Lip is later shown at home, where he is shocked to find a folder full of gay porn belonging to his brother Ian Gallagher.
The major story of the series however follows the meeting and relationship of Fiona Gallagher and Steve McBride. They met when Fiona has her bag snatched while at a night club, Steve who later reveals he had been trying to summon the courage to speak to her for a while tries to retrieve her bag without success. Their relationship continues with a whirlwind of problems from Fiona's family, the Gallaghers, to Tony, the local Police Officer who's in love with Fiona and Steve's questionable profession. Particular problems arrise from Steve's feelings on how Fiona must shoulder all responsibly for her brother's and sister and her waste of space, alcoholic father Frank.
Frank finds a golden opertunity in newly single Sheila Jackson, a woman full of psychological problems yet plenty of money from Sickness Benefit. They form an unlikely relationship only for an affair to start between Frank and Karen, Sheila's teenage daughter and Lip's new girlfriend. Complicated when Steve finds out Frank is having sex with his own son's girlfriend.
|Meet the Gallaghers||Writer: Paul Abbott||Director: Mark Mylod||January 13, 2004||#101|
|First episode. Fiona meets Steve McBride on a night out and they immediately fall for each other, Lip discovers Ian's affair with Kash.
|We're Going to the Moon||Writer: Paul Abbott||Director: Jonny Campbell||January 20, 2004||#102|
|Frank goes missing and everyone panics when they realize he's missing his giro day, something he's never do by choice. Agoraphobic Sheila Jackson gets a new man.
|We're Getting Married||Writer: Daniel Brocklehurst||Director: Jonny Campbell||January 27, 2004||#103|
|Kev drunkenly proposes to Veronica, but it is revealed he is already married. Mandy Maguire wants Ian, but he doesn't want to tell her he's gay which results in a confrontation between Ian and the Maguire's.
|Abduction||Writer: Paul Abbott||Director: Mark Mylod||February 3, 2004||#104|
|Debbie steals a baby which results in a panic in Chatsworth, so the Gallagher's must come up with a master plan to return the kid without bringing attention to the family.
|Affairs||Writer: Carmel Morgan||Director: Mark Mylod||February 10, 2004||#105|
|It's the school's parents evening and Frank is nowhere to be seen. Frank's relationship with his girlfriend's daughter and his son's girlfriend, Karen, is discovered and Yvonne discovers her husband's relationship with Ian.
|Monica Comes Home (1)||Writer: Paul Abbott||Director: Dearbhla Walsh||February 17, 2004||#106|
|The debt collectors are after Frank after they find out his current address and his run-away wife, Monica returns to the Chatsworth Estate with girlfriend Norma in tow.
|Dead (2)||Writer: Paul Abbott||Director: Dearbhla Walsh||February 24, 2004||#107|
|Frank fakes his own death to escape the Debt Collectors, Steve is arrested and Sheila makes it outside.
- Fiona Gallagher - Anne-Marie Duff
- Frank Gallagher - David Threlfall
- Steve McBride - James McAvoy
- Sheila Jackson - Maggie O'Neill
- Veronica Fisher - Maxine Peake
- Kevin Ball - Dean Lennox Kelly
- Phillip 'Lip' Gallagher - Jody Latham
- Ian Gallagher - Gerard Kearns
- Kash Karib - Chris Bisson
- Karen Jackson - Rebecca Atkinson
- Debbie Gallagher - Rebecca Ryan
- Carl Gallagher - Luke Tittensor and Elliott Tittensor
- Liam Gallagher - Joseph Furnace
- Carol Fisher - Marjorie Yates
- Marty Fisher - Jack Deam
- Mandy Maguire - Samantha Siddall
- Eddie Jackson - Steve Pemberton
- Monica Gallagher - Annabelle Apsion
- Norma Starkey - Dystin Johnson
- Jez - Lindsey Dawson
- Yvonne Karib - Kelli Hollis
- Tony - Anthony Flanagan
- Stan Waterman - Warren Donnelly
- Conrad - Steve Hillman
Frank's Intro Speech
"Now nobody's saying that Chatsworth Estate is the Garden of Eden, at least I don't think they are. But it's been a good home to us. To me, Frank Gallagher and me kids, who I'm proud of cos every single one of them reminds me a little of me. They can all think for themselves which they've me to thank for. Fiona, who's a big help, massive help. Lip, who's a bit of a gobshite which is why nobody calls him Phillip anymore. Ian, lot like his mam, which is handy for the others cos she's disappeared into thin air, and good luck to her. Carl, we daren't let him grow his hair. One, it stands on end and makes him look like Toyah, two, nits love him. Debbie! Sent by God, total angel. You've to check your change but she'll go miles out of her way to do you a favour. Plus Liam, little rock'n'roller, wanna be a star, once we've got the fits under control. There's three things vital to a half-decent community: Space - You need wide open spaced where everyone goes mental, and neighbours, you know, fantastic neighbours. Kev and Veronica! Lend you anything, well,... not anything. But all of them, to a man, know first and foremost one of the most vital necessities in this life is the know how to throw a party!"