I don’t know if you’re like me, but I start and stop so many shows on Netflix. Not because they’re bad or poorly written, but I just don’t feel a pull to any of the characters, forget to keep watching and end up going to get ice cream instead, or (more often than not) end up just watching The Office for the billionth time.
My brain also does this thing that if anything — a movie, book, TV show, food — is overhyped, I immediately want nothing to do with it. When everyone and the media is saying OhMyGoshThisIsTheBestThingEver I find myself rebelling against wanting to be a part of the fandom or craze because I know my expectations will skyrocket to unrealistic heights. I think I stay away from hyped things because I’m afraid I’ll be letdown when I finally check it out.
But of course, there are certain things that are hyped up for good reason. Which makes me feel somewhat silly postponing enjoying them on the off chance they’re not as good as I imagined. Don’t believe me? It took me 5 years after the Hunger Games novel was released to even entertain the thought of reading it (good news is, the series was awesome if not sligghhhhhtttlllyyyy disappointing at the end). I didn’t eat at Chipotle until about 6 years ago because I thought I wouldn’t like it and it couldn’t be that good. And guess what? I go there at least once a week now.
So I’m happy to say it didn’t take me as long to become totally swept up in the hype that is my new favorite show: Schitt’s Creek
A little background on the show. Schitt’s Creek originally aired in Canada on the CBC, before debuting on POP TV in the United States. It’s now (thankfully) on Netflix for your bingeable viewing pleasure.
The premise is “the wealthy Rose family—video store magnate Johnny (Eugene Levy), his wife and former soap opera actress Moira (Catherine O’Hara), and their spoiled 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 for David as a joke birthday gift in 1991. The Roses relocate to Schitt’s Creek, moving into two adjacent rooms in a run-down motel” (Wikipedia, 2020).
Isn’t that premise alone enough to make you want to curl up and watch it all day? What I love about this show, besides the dry humor and INCREDIBLE comedic writing, is how much heart these characters have. Their flaws make the show’s fish-out-of-water trope even more endearing, making you root for their successes even through setbacks and the hilarious humiliations they go through. Each season finale I bawl my eyes out from how full my heart is. The family dynamic is so heartwarming and feel-good, you can’t help but fall in love with every single person on the show.
The cast is flawless. Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara are comedic legends, having been performing together for decades, starting with Canada’s Second City. Dan Levy is effortless playing his character, David, whose clothing choices are now what I aspire to dress like (not to mention, the Levy men’s eyebrows are a mood). Annie Murphy as Alexis is literally everything you hate in an IT girl, while also being the most likeable spoiled person in the world. She has some of the funniest lines and overall weird and slightly unrealistic background stories as to why she is calm and collected in any situation. Case in point, in Season 2, after finding and rescuing David from an Amish family farm, he can’t understand why the rest of the family was so distressed when no one cared when Alexis went missing. She goes on to say “I didn’t go missing, David….The FBI knew where I was the entire time.”
Not only is this show amazing in both character development and funny, yet heartfelt plotlines, but it’s award-winning! This year at the Emmys, it was nominated for 15 different awards, which broke the record for the most nominations given in a comedy shows final season (Sippell, 2020). Not only was the show nominated, but it won for:
- Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Eugene Levy as Johnny Rose
- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Catherine O’Hara as Moira Rose
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Annie Murphy as Alexis Rose
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Daniel Levy as David Rose
- Outstanding Comedy Series
- Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
- Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series
- Outstanding Contemporary Costumes
- Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
So, if you’re looking for a new show to get you through the pandemic or the winter months, I highly recommend checking out Schitt’s Creek. At the library, we have several of the seasons on DVD or if you’re a Niles-Maine District Library card holder, you can check out a Roku, which is loaded with Netflix, so you can binge all six seasons!
- Emmys. (2020). Schitt’s Creek: Emmy Awards, Nominations, and Wins. Retrieved from https://www.emmys.com/shows/schitts-creek
- Sippell, M. (July 28, 2020). Schitt’s Creek Breaks Record for Most Emmy Nominations Given to a Comedy in Its Final Season. Retrieved from https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/schitt-creek-breaks-record-most-171402393.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=ma
- Wikipedia. (2020). Schitt’s Creek. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schitt%27s_Creek