SCHITT’S CREEK: SEASONS 1, 2 & 3
★★★★★ FROM APRIL 5 / SHOWRUNNERS Eugene Levy, Dan Levy / CAST Eugene Levy, Catherine O’hara, Annie Murphy, Dan Levy, Chris Elliott, Emily Hampshire, Tim Rozon Riches to rags story
THE FILTHY RICH
Rose family discovers that their business manager has absconded with their money, leaving them broke and owing so much tax that the government seizes their house and all their belongings… except for the small rural town of Schitt’s Creek, which the father bought as a joke. (All this is covered off in the first two minutes of the show, in a brilliantly efficient set-up.) And so you have a classic fish-out-of-water comedy, as the spoiled Roses are forced to move to the sticks and live in a decrepit motel run by town mayor Roland Schitt (Chris Elliott, in a Joe Dirt mullet wig), and contend with life in the flyover states.
Created by Eugene Levy (who plays family patriarch Johnny Rose, and whose eyebrows are growing more illustrious every year) and his son Dan Levy (who plays TV son David Rose), it’s a sort of cross between Northern Exposure and Arrested Development, and is amusing without hitting the highs of either of those two touchstones. And unlike Northern Exposure, the small town of Schitt’s Creek isn’t filled with lovable locals — in fact, many of the locals are as appalling as the Roses. The Roses spend most of their time trying to sell the town to reclaim their high-flying lifestyle; Roland Schitt spends most of his time trying to stymie them.
This six-disc set has the first three seasons (it’s recently been renewed for a fourth season) of 13 episodes each. MB