The first time I saw Schitt’s Creek suggested for my viewing on Netflix a couple of years ago, I didn’t have high hopes. I immediately assumed, based on the entendre of the title, that it would be some vulgar reverse spin on The Beverly Hillbillies.
This year, though, I watched all six seasons. Such an astonishing surprise, this show. What could’ve been a horrible jumble of cliches – rich folks lose everything and are forced to live among the yokels – is instead a revelation of a family’s perseverance through hard times in a community of acceptance. Maybe it’s because Canadians made it (created by Daniel Levy and his SCTV alum father, Eugene), but it is NICE. SO NICE. Sometimes the humor’s dark, yes, but the general themes are NICE. The show reminds me a lot of The Good Place without any supernatural elements.
All the characters go through brilliant evolutions through the course of the show – none quite as amazing as Alexis, who goes from self-absorbed, eternally dependent debutante in Season 1 to wise, self-realized, and loving friend in Season 6.
If you haven’t watched, Schitt’s Creek deserves your attention.