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E364703 04: Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox Arquette, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer and Lisa Kudrow star in Friends during year 6. (Courtesy of Warner Bros.)
E364703 04: Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox Arquette, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer and Lisa Kudrow star in Friends during year 6. (Courtesy of Warner Bros.) /
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SHAMELESS — Photo: Brian Bowen Smith/SHOWTIME — Scquired Via CBS Press Express
SHAMELESS — Photo: Brian Bowen Smith/SHOWTIME — Scquired Via CBS Press Express /

21. Shameless

Seasons: 9 (and counting)

Starring: William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Cameron Monaghan, Emma Kenney, Ethan Cutkosky, Shanola Hampton, Steve Howey, Noel Fisher, Justin Chatwin, Joan Cusack, Laura Slade Wiggins, Zach McGowan, Emma Greenwell, Jake McDorman, Emily Bergl, Isidoa Goreshter, Richard Flood, Christian Isaiah

When Shameless first hit Netflix, the series grew immensely in popularity as millions of new fans binge-watched the series and got to know the notorious Gallagher family. But as the dramedy continued to air more seasons (the tenth will arrive later this year on Showtime), it’s only natural that the less dedicated fans fellow off the bandwagon. Well, in the name of hunkering down for a long-term binge, Shameless should be at the top of your binge (or re-binge) list.

Based on the British series of the same name, Shameless follows the misadventures of the Gallagher family as they survive and thrive in Chicago’s South Side. Fiona Gallagher (Emmy Rossum) picks up the slack of her deadbeat father Frank (William H. Macy), raising her five siblings on her own and scraping by with whatever odd jobs she and the kids can find. The series takes wild turns you’ll never see coming while tackling important issues with tact and humor.

After its ninth season premiere, Shameless effectively became Showtime’s longest running original scripted series, and there doesn’t seem to be anything that can slow the Gallaghers down.

The series will return for its 10th season later this year, and while they will be down a Fiona, the series will be up a Mickey Milkovich as a series regular. That’s right, Gallovich will be reunited once again. Even though the ninth season isn’t yet available to stream on Netflix as of this writing, there are eight seasons and 96 episodes worth of Shameless ready to binge-watch.