Schitt's Creek is written by Eugene and Dan Levy, who also star in the show as Johnny Rose and his son David. A very funny comedy, the show follows the uber-rich Rose family as they find themselves suddenly very broke. With nowhere else to go they head a town they bought years ago as a joke for their son. The aptly named Schitt's Creek. Which is exactly what they are up without a paddle!
The Roses, who don't even like each other, find themselves living in two rooms of a motel in what they perceive as a dump of a town. Season 1 finds them desperately trying to find a way to get out of dodge and back to their old lives by selling the town. But of course it's not that simple. The family, including two indulged and spoiled grown-up kids, have to adapt to their new life and find a way to make the best of things.
It is funny, and gets better with each season especially with Dan Levy's performance as David who is the standout in the show. His friendship with Stevie the motel clerk, played by Emily Hampshire, is pure chemistry.
Interestingly, as the show evolves, it's the kids who adjust better and somehow start to realise the shallowness of their old life first. They become likeable very quickly but it took much longer for me to warm to Catherine O'Hara. She plays an over-the-top character which initially can come across as just overacted. But thankfully her quirks and idiosyncrasies shine through she really does grow on you. With all of the seasons available on Netflix, there's plenty of time for all of the characters to grow and become solidly good people.
Schitt's Creek will either hit the mark for you or it won't be funny enough as traditional comedies go. But it's worth watching the first couple of episodes to see if you can get into it.
Update: There are now FIVE seasons of Schitt's Creek available on Netflix. They just keep getting funnier and the good news is that the show has been renewed for a sixth season. However, sadly that will also be the last one. Creators Dan and Eugene Levy issued a statement saying:
“It’s not lost on us what a rare privilege it is in this industry to get to decide when your show should take its final bow.
“We could never have dreamed that our fans would grow to love and care about these characters in the ways that you have.”