Schitt's Creek (stylized as Schitt$ Creek) is a Canadian television sitcom created by Dan Levy and his father, Eugene Levy which premiered on Canada's CBC Television on January 13, 2015, and on USA's Pop network on February 11, 2015.
On March 6, 2018, the show was renewed for a 14-episode fifth season, which began airing on January 8, 2019. On March 21, 2019, it was announced the show would air a sixth and final season consisting of 14 episodes.
Schitt's Creek is produced by Not a Real Company Productions and has won various accolades, including an ACTRA Award and 11 Canadian Screen Awards. It is the first Canadian comedy series to be nominated for a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Comedy Series.
The wealthy Rose family—video store magnate Johnny (Eugene Levy), his wife and former soap opera actress Moira (Catherine O'Hara), and their adult children David and Alexis (Dan Levy and Annie Murphy)—lose their fortune after being defrauded by their business manager. They are forced to rebuild their lives with their sole remaining asset: a small town named Schitt's Creek, which Johnny had bought David as a joke birthday gift years earlier.
The Roses relocate to Schitt’s Creek, moving into two adjacent rooms in a run-down motel. As the family adjusts to their new lives, their well-to-do attitudes come into conflict with Schitt's Creek's more unsophisticated and down-to-earth residents, including mayor Roland Schitt (Chris Elliott), his wife Jocelyn (Jennifer Robertson), and the motel's manager, Stevie Budd (Emily Hampshire).
Dan Levy came up with the idea for the show while watching reality television. He told Out.com, "I had been watching some reality TV at the time and was concentrating on what would happen if one of these wealthy families would lose everything. Would the Kardashians still be the Kardashians without their money?" He turned to his father, Eugene Levy, to help develop the show; Eugene Levy came up with series title. Daniel Levy originally decided to make the location of Schitt's Creek vague, but in August 2018 said that it is in Canada.
The series is filmed on location in Goodwood, Ontario, the Regional Municipality of Durham of the Greater Toronto Area, and Mono, Ontario, where the motel scenes are filmed. The interior scenes for the first two seasons were filmed at Pinewood Toronto Studios in Toronto, while interior scenes for season 3 were shot at Dufferin Gate Studios in Toronto. The opening shot of the first season features Lisa Vanderpump’s former Beverly Park estate as the façade of the Rose family estate. Exterior scenes of the neighboring town of Elmdale were shot in Unionville, Ontario.
The executive producers are Eugene Levy, Dan Levy, Andrew Barnsley, Ben Feigin, Fred Levy, and Kevin White. Dan Levy is the showrunner.
Cast and characters
- Eugene Levy as Johnny Rose
- Catherine O'Hara as Moira Rose
- Daniel Levy as David Rose
- Annie Murphy as Alexis Rose
- Chris Elliott as Roland Schitt
- Jennifer Robertson as Jocelyn Schitt
- Emily Hampshire as Stevie Budd
- Sarah Levy as Twyla Sands
- Dustin Milligan as Ted Mullens
- Noah Reid as Patrick Brewer (season 3-present)
- Tim Rozon as Mutt Schitt (seasons 1-3; guest, season 4)
- Karen Robinson as Ronnie Lee
- John Hemphill as Bob Currie
- Rizwan Manji as Ray Butani
- Robin Duke as Wendy Kurtz
- Steve Lund as Jake
- Jasmin Geljo as Ivan
- Ennis Esmer as Emir Kaplan (season 5)
The first season of Schitt's Creek received generally positive reviews. It holds an approval rating of 61% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 23 reviews, with an average rating of 6.38/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The title is one of the best jokes of Schitt's Creek, but performances from Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara give the writing a comedic boost." On Metacritic, the first season has a score of 64 out of 100, based on 11 critics, indicating "generally favourable reviews". Vinay Menon of the Toronto Star wrote that the show "is one of the best CBC comedies in years," though John Doyle of The Globe and Mail sharply criticized it as "as anodyne and polite as the feel-good remarks made by its stars when asked about it. It's nice and it's droll, but it fails." After being picked up by Pop, the Los Angeles Times described the show as "very funny, beautifully played, [and] sometimes touching", while Mike Hale of The New York Times called Schitt's Creek "drab and underwritten."
Subsequent seasons of Schitt's Creek have been more positively received, with the show growing in popularity after debuting on Netflix in January 2017. On Rotten Tomatoes, seasons 2, 4 and 5 have approval ratings of 100%, with season 4's consensus reading, "The comedic real estate value rises for Schitt's Creek in its fourth year, the series gradually maturing into appointment viewing with a big, beating heart beneath its absurdity." Bridget Read of Vogue wrote that while the series "started off with typical fish out of water scenarios," it has "fully come into its own, with a whole cast of Twin Peaks-meets-Christopher-Guest-universe characters that are as equally endearing." In New York Magazine, Maggie Fremont wrote that "the show takes a few episodes to get into its groove, but once it does, you’ll never want to leave." The series has placed on annual best-of lists published by Esquire, Glamour, The New Yorker, and Variety.
The series has also been praised for its portrayal of a pansexual character, played by Dan Levy, as well as for how David's sexuality is simply accepted by the other characters with no expressions of homophobia in the storyline.
Awards and nominations
In 2015, Schitt's Creek's first season received two Directors Guild of Canada awards from three nominations. At the 2016 ceremony, season 1 received nine Canadian Screen Awards from 16 nominations. Schitt's Creek's second season received 13 nominations at the 5th Canadian Screen Awards. In 2018, the series received nominations from the US-based MTV Movie & TV Awards and the Critics' Choice Television Award.