★★★★★ 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

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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

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