Last season, Frank and Monica rekindled their self-destructive relationship after Frank's mother returned from prison to wreak havoc.
Fiona was thrown for a loop when Steve returned from Rio with a Brazilian wife, Lip dropped out of school and moved out of the house in preparation for the arrival of his and Karen's baby and Karen and Sheila tussled over Karen's new husband Jody, a good-hearted but weird guy she met in Sexaholics Anonymous.
Ian tried to get into West Point, Debbie prepared for the onset of puberty and Kev and Veronica contemplated starting a family.
Season 3 of Shameless finds each member of the Gallagher family seeking their individual version of the American Dream.
With spring in the air, almost five months have passed since we've last seen the Gallaghers. Jimmy (Justin Chatwin) has moved into the Gallagher home, and Fiona (Emmy Rossum) is beginning to realise that a long-term relationship isn't nearly as fulfilling as she expected... and her GED will only get her so far.
Meanwhile, Frank (William H. Macy) reappears south of the border, with no idea how he got there.
Based on the long-running hit UK series, Shameless is executive produced by Emmy-winning television and film producer John Wells, as well as Andrew Stearn and Mark Mylod. Wells developed the series for American television, with the UK series creator Paul Abbott serving as an Executive Consultant.
The series is produced by Bonanza Productions, Inc. in association with John Wells Productions and Warner Bros. Television.
Season 3 premiered on M-Net Series Showcase on Sunday 22 September 2013, at 23h30. It changed to Sundays at 22h30 from Episode 8.