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    11 Things You Probably Didn't Know About "Shameless"

    Cool facts about the hit TV series.

    1. The show is a remake of a British tv series, also titled Shameless.

    Both versions of the show are available to watch on Netflix!

    2. The original's creator has said the Gallagher family is not blue collar, instead calling them "no collar."

    Paul Abbott, the show's creator, has said, "It's not My Name Is Earl or Roseanne. It's got a much graver level of poverty attached to it. It's not blue collar; it's no collar."

    3. Shanola Hampton, who plays Veronica, is the daughter of a pastor in South Carolina. According to Hollywood Life, she grew up singing gospel music in church.

    Shanola says her character’s sexcapades could never cause her to lose the unwavering support of her father, his two churches and her entire family back home – including her 83-year-old grandmother.

    4. In the original UK series Karen never gets pregnant -"Mandy Maguire" (the UK equivalent of Mandy Milkovich) was the one that becomes pregnant with Lip's child.

    Mandy became pregnant with Lip's child and was unable to abort it due to her family's strong Catholic beliefs. She went into labor in Season 3 and gave birth to her and Lip's daughter, Katie.

    5. Steve tells Fiona to meet him at O'Hare, but "Midway International Airport" it is clearly visible on the wall when he is shown waiting at the airport.


    Midway Airport is way on Chicago's Southside and O'Hare Airport is on Chicago's Northwest side.

    6. The pool location Fiona and Steve have sex in, is the same as the one used in the movie Cruel Intentions.


    The indoor swimming pool is the Roman-style pool at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles.

    7. Unusual for a TV-show, creator John Wells has a very strict policy of no scripts allowed on set.

    As a result, the cast must learn their lines by heart, or risk being embarrassed in front of their peers.

    8. The "Patsy's Pies" restaurant that Fiona is shown working at is based on a real bar and grill called "Patsy's", located at Lincoln Avenue in Chicago, Illinois.

    It is located at 2825 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60657. But the actual location looks nothing like it does in the show.

    9. Prior to portraying Husband and wife on Shameless, Steve Howey (Kevin) and Shanola Hampton (Veronica) were in an episode of "Reba" together. ("The Steaks are high")

    Aside from paying roles together, Steve and Shanola like to hang out apart from the acting stage.

    10. Even though it was established that Veronica was almost barren, she actually got pregnant on season 4 because Shanola Hampton got pregnant in real life.

    “Doc” weighed in at 7 lbs., 6 oz., and measured 20 inches long and is named after his father, Daren Dukes, Hampton’s husband of 16 years.

    11. The show goes twice to Chicago for a week to shoot exteriors, after filming every six episodes on Warner Brothers sound stages.

    William H. Macy (Frank) actually started his career in Chicago at a small theater making $100 a week.