Moderator: Chief Couch Potato Kylie
Who: “Schitt’s (Schitt$) Creek” is a Canadian sitcom, which airs on cable network POP in the United States, though it is currently on hiatus.
What: “Schitt’s Creek,” created by Eugene Levy and Dan Levy, is based on a series of situations contrasting a once-rich family and their worldly big-city attitudes with sudden small-town living and the honest, down-to-earth, hard-working residents of fictional town Schitt’s Creek.
When: The first season aired from February 11, 2015, to May 6, 2015, and the second season aired from January 19, 2016, to March 29, 2016, on cable network POP in the United States (after first airing on the CBC in Canada), each with a total of thirteen episodes.
Where: The action is set primarily in the fictional town of Schitt’s Creek, which we can only guess is somewhere in Ontario, Canada, since that is where the show is filmed.
Why: To find out why individual podcast panelists started watching this show, listen to the podcast episode via the link below!
How – as in How Was It?
The pilot/premiere rating scale:
***** – I HAVE TO WATCH EVERYTHING. HOLY SMOKES!
**** – Well, it certainly seems intriguing. I’m going to keep watching, but I see possible pitfalls in the premise.
*** – I will give it six episodes and see what happens. There are things I like, and things I don’t. We’ll see which “things” are allowed to flourish.
** – I will give it three episodes. Chances are, I’m mainly bored, but there is some intrigue or fascination that could hold it together. No matter how unlikely.
* – Pass on this one, guys. It’s a snoozer/not funny/not interesting/not my cup of tea… there are too many options to waste time on this one.
Schitt’s (Schitt$) Creek = 4.8, by average of the podcast panel.
The series stars Eugene Levy as Johnny Rose, a wealthy video store magnate, and Catherine O’Hara as his wife Moira, a formerly successful soap star. The family loses their fortune when their business manager fails to pay their taxes. They are forced to rebuild their lives with their sole remaining asset: a small town named Schitt’s Creek which they had bought their son as a joke birthday gift years before. The story revolves around the family’s life living in two adjacent rooms of a rundown motel with their pampered twenty-something adult children, David and Alexis, played by Dan Levy and Annie Murphy, respectively. The cast also features Chris Elliott, Jennifer Robertson, and Emily Hampshire as series regulars.
By popular request, though notably by established CPU! panelists and viewers, Schitt$ Creek has, as of this publication, become a new show panel at the CPU! Water Cooler! Requesting CPU! panelists include Nick, our panel silver medalist who likes to meditate in CPU!’s “nerdy” and “funny” realms; his wife Sarah, who joins him for talks about lots of shows as long as they are not comic book adaptations; Netflix and “Looking Back” aficionado Andrew; and Amy, who appeared once before around the Water Cooler to Look Back at Ally McBeal. These four and the Chief CP as moderator gathered “Around the Water Cooler” to take a “First Look” at the first two seasons of this quirky comedy. In so doing, the panelists examine the Rose family dynamics and contributing personalities, laugh along with the folks the Roses meet in the town, and generally praise this show effusively. The panel generally finds the series to be as smart as it is subtly funny and unlike anything on typical American TV nowadays, despite the show’s clear influences (as the panel sees it) of Arrested Development, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Riches, and Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara’s prior projects, with a particular flavor of Waiting for Guffman contributing to the proceedings. Of course, in Schitt$ Creek, these influences mix together to form a special sauce – or, perhaps, chicken enchiladas – entirely of the show’s, and its creators’, own making.
Tonight’s episode is the first part of a two-part miniseries in which CPU! gets caught up on this show, which premiered on United States cable network POP in 2015. In this episode, our panel reflects on and recaps the first two seasons of Schitt$ Creek, reacting to the various quirky characters and notably hilarious situations in which they find themselves.
This episode was recorded in June 2018, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS, as the panelists cover key plot points of the first two seasons. Listen at your own risk, and let us know what you think by commenting below!
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Schitt$ Creek is universally recommended by our CPU! panel to fans of the actors in the cast, particularly of Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara, and to fans of comparable and/or influential fare like Arrested Development, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Riches, and director/actor Christopher Guest’s feature films, in which Levy and O’Hara made many joint appearances. The panelists agreed that anyone who watches this comedy “can get something out of it,” particularly whatever the viewer wants to get out of it, because the show is an easy, low-risk binge and, therefore, low commitment overall. The humor is distinctly the show’s own and may not appeal to everyone; however, it is subtle and satirical all at the same time. The characters have some caricature-like qualities but embody those qualities so completely, they become fully fleshed out personae for the viewer and accessible to anyone, regardless of background. One panelist described the series as “surprising,” stating that he did not expect to like it as much as he did. Additionally, the panel generally praises the comedic performances of the four main actors and the writing and generally characterizes the show as “better and better” the more one watches. In any event, the panelists find the show “fun” and believe those who connect to it will have as much fun as we have had watching and discussing it so far!
THE FUTURE OF THE SHOW
The CBC and, therefore, POP renewed Schitt$ Creek for a fifth season, which is expected to premiere in January 2019, though no tentative premiere date has yet been announced. CPU! will next visit Schitt$ Creek for Part Two of this “Catch-Up Miniseries” following the release of Season 4 to Netflix, which currently has the streaming rights to the series and which has, in the past, released seasons of this show to its service in the fall. Our next Schitt$ Creek episode will focus upon the third and fourth seasons of the show and will bring our humble podcast to current times, appreciations, and readiness for Schitt$ Creek coverage going forward. Like, follow, and/or subscribe to the website, iTunes, YouTube, Stitcher Radio, Google Play, or our social media accounts to stay abreast of new episodes regarding Schitt$ Creek as well as new episodes for all of our podcast panels! And, if you feel so inclined, please leave us a review. Thank you! 🙂