Saturday, February 8, 2020

Schitt's Creek

TV Show Name: Schitt's Creek
Year of Release: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Creators: Dan Levy, Eugene Levy
Stars: Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Dan Levy, Annie Murphy, Emily Hampshire, Jennifer Robertson, Dustin Milligan, Sarah Levy, Noah Reid, Chris Elliott, Tim Rozon, Karen Robinson, John Hemphill, Rizwan Manji, Steve Lund, Ennis Esmer, Sherry Miller, Stewart Arnott
Genre: Comedy
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 8
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Synopsis and Review:
"Schitt's Creek" originated from the creative minds of actor/writers Dan Levy and his real life father (and comic legend), Eugene Levy. The show which made its debut in 2015, follows the story of the Rose family, comprised of patriarch Johnny, former actress and diva mother, Moira, artistic and creative older son David, and young and restless daughter, Alexis. The once extremely wealthy family find themselves with nothing, when their former business manager evades the country, and they realize he had never paid any taxes on their businesses and investments. The government allows them to keep ownership of a small town once bought by Johnny Rose as a gift to his son David. The family finds themselves living in the small motel the city has, since all their friends and acquaintances (and even family members), shun them. They slowly become acquainted with the locals, and start the process of ingraining themselves in that reality, which at the beginning seems like an impossible task. The family eventually starts flourishing and find venues for their own personalities and create actual sensical relationships, all in this small town populated by quirky characters of their own.
"Schitt's Creek" is a show which flew under the radar for quite a few years, until more recently audiences started noticing just how well written and observed the series actually is. What started as a parody and a "fish out of water" type of premise, evolved into a show where in parallel with humor, there's a probing into the superficial aspects of what our society has become (the social media craze included), and how even in the middle of a seemingly isolated city, people can find happiness and their true selves. It's a well nuanced show, where the characters have evolved and shown different facets, where the seemingly shallow ones have shown their heart, and where the quirky ones, have shown how they have some ties actual ordinary lives (and dreams of better lives). Dan and Eugene Levy have managed to also assemble a phenomenal array of actors, which besides themselves, includes the phenomenal Catherine O'Hara, who is quite possibly one of the finest comediennes working these days, alongside revealing the talents of Annie Murphy, Noah Reid and Emily Hampshire. A very good show worth watching at any time.