A linear stability of a shear-imposed viscous liquid flowing down a vibrating inclined plane is deciphered for disturbances of arbitrary wavenumbers. The main purpose of this study is to expand the model of Woods & Lin (J. Fluid Mech., vol. 294, 1995, pp. 391–407) for a shear-imposed flow (Smith, J. Fluid Mech., vol. 217, 1990, pp. 469–485) when the inclined plane oscillates in streamwise and cross-stream directions, respectively. The time-dependent Orr–Sommerfeld-type boundary value problem is derived and solved numerically based on the Chebyshev spectral collocation method along with Floquet theory. Numerical results corresponding to the cross-stream oscillation disclose that there exist three different types of instabilities, the so-called gravitational, subharmonic and harmonic instabilities, which can be resonated in separate unstable ranges of wavenumber by varying the amplitude of cross-stream oscillation. In fact, the subharmonic and harmonic resonances occur once the forcing amplitude exceeds the respective critical amplitudes for the subharmonic and harmonic instabilities. At low Reynolds number, the subharmonic resonance excited at low forcing amplitude intensifies but attenuates in the presence of imposed shear stress when the forcing amplitude is high. However, the harmonic resonance excited solely at high forcing amplitude intensifies in the presence of imposed shear stress. In contrast, at moderate Reynolds number, the subharmonic resonance excited at low forcing amplitude can be weakened by incorporating an imposed shear stress at the liquid surface. Furthermore, at high Reynolds number, a new instability, the so-called shear instability, arises along with the aforementioned three instabilities and becomes stronger in the presence of imposed shear stress. However, the gravitational and shear instabilities become weaker as soon as the forcing amplitude of cross-stream oscillation increases. On the other hand, numerical results for a streamwise oscillatory flow reveal that there exist three distinct unstable zones separated by stable ranges of Reynolds number. The resonated unstable zone induced by the streamwise oscillation attenuates, but the unstable zone responsible for the gravitational instability enhances in the presence of imposed shear stress. As soon as the Reynolds number is large and the inclination angle is sufficiently small, a new instability, the so-called shear instability, occurs in the finite wavenumber regime along with the resonated and gravitational instabilities. Further, the shear instability also intensifies in the presence of imposed shear stress for a streamwise oscillatory flow.