Created by the father-son duo of Eugene Levy and Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek is a Canadian sitcom that aired on CBC Television. It aired 80 episodes. The series had six seasons between January 2015 and April 2020.
Produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Not a Real Company Productions, Schitt’s Creek follows the lives and problems faced by the formerly wealthy Rose family members.
The main cast for the series included Eugene Levy as Johnny Rose, Catherine O’Hara as Moira Rose, Dan Levy as David Rose, and Annie Murphy as Alexis Rose.
Apart from the four primary characters, the main cast included Jennifer Robertson as Jocelyn Schitt, Emily Hampshire as Stevie Budd, Tim Rozon as Mutt Schitt, and Chris Elliot as Rolan Schitt.
Dustin Milligan as Ted Mullens, Sarah Levy as Twyla Sands, and Noah Reed as Patrick Brewer complete the show’s main cast.
The series has Karen Robinson as Ronnie Lee, John Hemphill as Bob Curie, Rizwan Manji as Ray Butani, Robin Duke as Wendy Kurtz, Steve Lund as Jake, Ted Whittall as Clint Brewer, and Ennis Esmer as Emir Kaplan in recurring roles.
The idea of the series came out of Dan Levy’s curiosity about the reactions of the wealthy American families, as depicted on reality shows, after losing their entire wealth. Dan developed the series with his father.
The story follows the Rose family, whose business, Rose Video, is embezzled by their business manager, and the family ends up losing all their wealth. They relocated to Schitt’s Creek’s small town, which they once purchased.
The Rose family starts living in a motel in Schitt’s Creek. Their interactions with other town residents and how they manage their lives without wealth form the storyline of Schitt’s Creek.
For its initial seasons, the show received limited popularity. After its third season, its popularity grew manifold after it appeared on the streaming platform Netflix.
The critics praised Schitt’s Creek for its writing, acting, and humor. The series managed to amass a cult following.
Schitt’s Creek has received several awards and nominations during its six-season run. It has received 18 Canadian Screen Awards and two ACTRA Awards.
Schitt’s Creek is the first Canadian comedy series to receive a Critics Choice Television Award nomination in the comedy category. It has received two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
It has received 19 nominations for the Primetime Emmy Awards. 15 out of these 19 nominations came for the series in its final season.
The series won seven major comedy awards at the 72nd Primetime Emmys. It won awards for its direction and writing and was named an outstanding comedy series. The four primary actors won awards in the lead and supporting categories.
The series beat The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and set a new record for most wins at the Emmys.
The series received three nominations for the GLAAD Media Awards in the Outstanding Comedy Series category, and the show won the award twice. The awards were a recognition for portraying LGBTQ+ people on Schitt’s Creek.