'Shameless' season 10: Release date, cast, plot and everything you need to know about the shady Gallaghers family's 10th year

Nine successful and entertaining seasons later, the messy, outrageous, and absolutely insane bunch from the Showtime dramedy are returning once again

                            'Shameless' season 10: Release date, cast, plot and everything you need to know about the shady Gallaghers family's 10th year

At first glance, the 'Shameless' Gallaghers from southside Chicago might appear a bit too dysfunctional to digest, but it is the same trait that helps them ease you into their family. Nine successful and entertaining seasons later, the messy, outrageous, and absolutely insane bunch from the Showtime dramedy are returning once again, and we couldn't be more thrilled!

It's a given that we will miss our favorite matriarch, Fiona Gallagher, owing to Emmy Rossum's sudden exit from the show ahead of its ninth season, but Ian is back as Cameron Monaghan recently revealed on his Instagram. And so is Noel Fisher's rowdy Mickey. So before you gear up one more time to greet the sometimes amoral, but always resilient Gallagher family here's all you need to know about the upcoming season.

Release date

Showtime confirmed season 10 on an announcement at the TCA winter press tour. Season 10 is coming out on November 3 on Showtime. The past seasons of the show have always premiered around fall, and the preceding ninth season premiered on September 2018. So there's finally something to look forward to in the latter part of the year.



In a statement, Showtime president Gary Levine had said: "The Gallaghers are a force of nature, and they are coming back. 'Shameless', with its ever-growing fan base, is like no other show on television. We are thrilled it will live on with its unique blend of love and larceny on Showtime."

And it is the same unique mix of all things imperfect that will perfectly churn out in the upcoming Fiona-less season. We know Ian and Mickey were reunited at the end of the previous season, and teasers have hinted a jailbreak plot for the two. Meanwhile, two Gallagher babies are on the horizon as Frank (William H. Macy) and Lip (Jeremy Allen White) are both about to become fathers. As scary as that sounds, Kevin (Steve Howey) and Veronica Ball (Shanola Hampton) will probably continue to pursue the fostering/adopting children front, while Debbie (Emma Kenney) will expectedly explore her sexuality while juggling mommy-chores alongside. As for Carl and Liam, they are most probably going to find a riskier business to indulge in, but that won't seem unfit for the Gallaghers at all.

According to latest updates, Lip's plot will tackle further crisis as his girlfriend Tami will be diagnosed with breast cancer in season 10. And with Ian and Mickey both being imprisoned here's hoping there will be a sizzling prison love story in season 10.


Based on the UK series of the same name, the US version premiered in January 2011 and comes from showrunner John Wells. Since then, the show has proved to be a consistent performer for the network, having earned 12 Emmy nominations, before it passed the 100th episode mark in season 9.


William H. Macy

The critically acclaimed actor plays the role of the immoral and self-centered narcissist patriarch of the Gallagher family, Frank. The character is a no-gooder always looking for thrifty ways to make fast cash, that he will waste on booze and sex, while his six children continue to fend for themselves. The only time Frank can relate to his children, raised by his eldest daughter Fiona, is when they massively screw up, and that says it all.

Jeremy Allen White

The new father is going to become a father on screen, expectedly in the upcoming season as his character, Lip's girlfriend is pregnant. Lip was the brightest of the lot, with scholarships to top schools and a shining future ahead. All of that ended up going to waste as one bad decision after the other spiraled the boy into alcoholism. He is clean now and is quite keen on raising a child. 

Cameron Monaghan

Everyone's favorite Joker from the TV show 'Gotham' plays the controversial gay sibling on the show. Called Ian, the character has had a troubled past, both with his sexuality and in terms of his bipolar disorder that he believes he inherited from their deceased mother, Monica. Season nine ended with Ian going to prison for being the 'Gay Jesus' to homeless kids from the LGBTQ shelter he volunteered at, but his cellmate turns out to be his on and off flame Mickey. And in season 10, they might break out of prison!

(L to R): Steve Howey as Kevin Ball, Shanola Hampton as Veronica, Emma Kenney as Debbie, Cameron Monaghan as Ian, William H. Macy as Frank, Emmy Rossum as Fiona, Jeremy Allen White as Lip, Ethan Cutkosky as Carl, and Christian Isiah in the front, as Liam. (Showtime)


Ethan Cutkosky

The young actor plays one of the most morbid Gallagher siblings, Carl. The boy is relentless when it comes to his pursuits at cadet training school, but he also doesn't shy away from his violent side whenever the need arises. Carl is just different, but that is what makes us like the explosive character so much.

Emma Kenney

As Debbie, Kenney probably embodies one of the most criticized characters on the show. From tricking her boyfriend into impregnating her to tricking another differently abled man into taking care of her and the baby, Debbie has done a lot of questionable things on the show. And that includes getting a boy drunk to have sex with him, and making out with a girl just to experiment if she herself was queer. But Debbie also has a lot of good intentions when it comes to her daughter, and slowly she is easing into the gap that Fiona left behind. So it will be fun to see what outrageous things she does next season.

Noel Fisher

Fisher will also be returning to reprise his role of the bad-boy softie Mickey, the love of Ian's life. In a video released earlier this year, Fisher had teased Mickey would be using a spoon to dig his and Ian's escape route out of prison in season 10. That should be worth watching out for!

The show also stars Christian Isaiah as the youngest, and only black Gallagher sibling, Liam, who pretty much lives in a world of his own. Steve Howey plays Kevin, and Shanola Hampton plays his wife, Veronica, who are the Gallaghers' next-door neighbors and also the closest thing to a family they know outside of their own.  Katey Segal — who joined the cast in season nine — will come back as Ingrid, aka Frank's new lady love who is pregnant with sextuplets conceived from Carl's sperm. Yep, you read that right. Fun!

Kate Miner

Kate Miner, who played the role of Lip's girlfriend, Tammi, in season 9, has been changed to a series regular for season 10, says The Hollywood Reporter.


Unfortunately, there's no trailer out for season 10 yet. Watch this space for more updates!


The filming for season 10 has officially begun and Kenney, who plays Debbie, announced the joyous news on Twitter sharing some back-to-set photos of the cast members.



The filming for season 10 was officially confirmed as William H. Macy was spotted in his Frank Gallagher avatar on sets recently. Filming for season 10 is in full swing with Shanola Hampton announcing to her Instagram followers that they have been shooting for 12 hours at a stretch often. Guess this means season 10 is officially not all that far away.

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