Monday, October 19, 2020

SCHITT'S CREEK

Sometimes it takes me a while, other times I am pretty quick to like or dislike something.  When I heard the Emmy's piled 7 awards on the show Schitt's Creek, I was a little bummed since I don't get Netflix.  Then I noticed a local channel was showing two episodes a night starting with the pilot from 2015 so I thought I'd see what all the noise was about.

To quote imdb, "When filthy-rich video store magnate Johnny Rose and his family find themselves broke, they are forced to leave their pampered lives to regroup and rebuild their empire with in the rural city limits of their only remaining asset-Schitt's Creek--an armpit of a town they once bought as a joke."   

First show I thought good grief, this is what the Emmy's are raving about?  I never saw a show so full of unlikable people in my life.  They were all weird and whiny. Moira, the pretentious mother, totally turned me off.  Johnny, the dad appeared weak.  David, the son, was vapid, and Alexis, the daughter, has "shallow" cornered.  Roland, the mayor, was creepy and Stevie, the motel manager, seemed to be the only one even close to normal. 

You would think with that first impression I would just pass on the rest of the episodes but I learned a lesson with the show Mom a couple of years ago. First time I saw that one I was horrified. As a former alcoholic myself, I couldn't see any humor in their jokes about addiction.  However with Mom, I gave it another shot as I realize I am sometimes a slow sell on a show.   Now I can honestly say Mom is a can't miss for me though I am not sure I will like the new season as well without Christy. 

Since a local channel was running two episodes of Schitt's Creek almost every night, I started recording the shows as I am always looking for a half hour show to watch. Short attention span and needing a respite from the daily news. 

Well they have finally worn me down and I am getting a bit attached to this seriously flawed family. Still haven't cozied up to Moira but am rather enjoying the others. If nothing else, they make you feel really good about yourself in comparison. Roland is still kind of creepy but he might be growing on me also.

Have you been watching this show and if you are, did you like it right away?

54 comments :

  1. Don't have anything but antenna tv, so don't see it (FOX covers something called Filthy Rich...is that the same?). Anyway, I don't watch much TV at all. I have seen MOM a few times, it's okay.

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    1. Anni,
      Not sure about Filthy Rich but I think it is the opposite where poor become rich instead of the reverse.

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  2. First, I have to say: WHAT!? no Christy? I realize the actress playing the mom (name escapes me) is fabulous and has won endless awards, but I’ll miss the other character.
    And my daughter has been nudging my to try Schitts Creek, but my first reaction was like yours

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    1. Marty,
      I know, what are they thinking? I do like all the characters but hate that Christy is leaving.
      Give Schitt's Creek more than one try. It takes a while.

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  3. Well Patti, you couldn't have written about this at a better time. I DO have Netflix, and I am just finishing up 2 series on there, "Ozark" & "Ratched". (That second one, set in a 1940s mental institution is wicked!) Anyway, was talking to an old friend & former coworker a couple nights ago and she was surprised I'd never seen Schitt's Creek. It's her favorite thing on Netflix. Told her I might check it out sometime. But if it has a Patti Seal of Approval, I'm doing it this week :) Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Doug,
      Just give it more than one try. It is an acquired taste but quite enjoyable. When this taste is over, I may have to cave and get Netflix to continue.

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  4. I have watched only parts of Mom -- it doesn't capture me. I watched two episodes of Schitt's Creek and am not inclined to give it another chance. I thought the Big Band wouldn't last to a second season though, so what do I know.

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    1. Olga,
      Well you have given both a try. That seems fair. Big Bang is also another don't miss for me.

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  5. I was going to add that my granddaughter, at the age of four, commented "Grandma, you don't do TV very good."

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    1. Olga,
      How funny, getting a TV critique from a 4 year old:)

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  6. We love Shitt’s Creek. We started watching because Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara are such great favorites from the movies Eugene Levy co-wrote with Christopher Guest, especially Best In Show andA Mighty Wind. (And Eugene Levy is wonderful as the dad in The Marvelous Mrs. Maizel.) It is great to see Chris Eliot carrying on his off-the-wall humor that father Bob Eliot was so great at as part of Bob and Ray. (Garish Heights anyone?)

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    1. smartcat,
      I had no idea the guy playing the Mayor was Bob Elliott's son. Now maybe I will view him more kindly.

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  7. First off this is me exactly. I never watched Mom and didn't think I'd ever care to. Then I saw a repeat and laughed like crazy. Then someone told me it was horrible it doesn't take sobriety seriously. Because this woman is a twit, I gave it another chance. They sure do take it seriously but also has the humor of life.
    As for Schitts Creek I watched 1.5 shows and thought the same exact thing. I never went back. I adore Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara from the SCTV days (yes the 70s, I'm old) But I just didn't get it. So maybe now that they are streaming maybe I will give it another go as you did. I may have something to watch now that I don't care about the 2 teams in the WS. :-)

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    1. Margaret,
      I think Mom has some of the best humor on TV. Love it now. I'd give Schitt's Creek another shot. It tends to grow on you and I agree about the two teams in the WS.

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  8. BTW....Eugene Levy is not in Marvelous Mrs Maizel. Tony Shalhoub is the father of Mrs. Maizel and Kevin Pollack is the Father in Law.

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    1. Margaret,
      Haven't seen that one either. Maybe someday I will get adventuresome and try Netflix.

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    2. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is one I know you'd enjoy. It's on Amazon Prime though not Netflix. It's the only reason I have Prime. It is by far my favorite show. And Patti with the exception of The Big Bang Theory most things written By Chuck Lorre I enjoy.(don't get Big Bang- yuk) His humor on Mom is just like Mike and Molly.(2 1/2 Men original) If I didn't know he wrote it I'd know he wrote it. Does that make sense? Oh dear.Looks like Schitts Creek tonight. :-)

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    3. I knew it was Tony Shalhoub on Mrs. Maizel as soon as I posted. OOPS!
      We don’t get Amazon Prime what we do is order a bunch of stuff that we need from Amazon and get a month of Prime free. You just have to wait until your favorite show is being released.

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  9. Schitt's Creek really grows on you as the characters grow into an actual family. They start out their former selves and change. I guess that is what is so damn loveable about them. I adore the show but also disliked the first few episode. I've laughed and cried. It is simply wonderful.

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    1. Linda,
      Thanks for stopping by and I think you are right. They do start out so despicable but they grow and as they grow, become quite likable and you tend to pull for them. I'm a convert.

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  10. I started watching the show because of the haul at the Emmys and just finished the last show yesterday. I felt like you in the beginning, but the characters all grew on me, every single one. Catherine O'Hara is a hoot in those getups, but the character I came to love the most is David, the silly gay guy with a heart of gold. I cried tears of happiness during the last season.

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    1. Djan,
      We both bought the hype of the Emmy nods. Yes, they have grown on me and I am pulling for them now. David I thought had a thing for Stevie and I was pulling for that. I am early into the series. It is delightful seeing them evolve.

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  11. I'm lucky to have Netflix and I binged watched Schitts Creek one weekend. I didn't like it at first but it slowly grew on me. I mostly watch it for Eugene Levy. My daughter still can't believe the Beetjuice mom & Moira are the same person.

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    1. Plain Jane,
      Welcome to TNS and thanks for stopping by. This show does grow on you and now I'm glad it has.

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  12. We heard about it thru friends a while ago. Like some others, we didn't like it at first, but then we were sucked in . . . to the point where we couldn't wait until the new season which just came out on Netflix. Head nod. Smirk. So ...

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    1. Tom,
      Know the feeling about it being an acquired taste. I will probably get hooked enough to subscribe to Netflix when my access ends. Pretty sure that was the intent.

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  13. We watched one episode a couple of months ago and hated it. We were so surprised that it won so many Emmy awards. It still didn't make us want to try it again, but this post has moved me in that direction... maybe. I'll let you know. LOL!

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    1. robin,
      I know, that was my first reaction. There was not one redeeming quality in the whole family. However, they have grown on me--not quite ready to give them 7 Emmys but it is early for me yet. Good luck.

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  14. I've never seen Schitts Creek but would try it if I could get it here. As for the show Mom I've seen it a couple of times and you can put me down for one of those people who saw no humor in it. I just can't relate to the mother/daughter thing or the addiction issues.

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    1. Jean,
      Neither show is for everyone which is a great reason to have so much choice.

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  15. No, I have't watched this show. I don't know if I can get it and I don't watch any series on TV right now. Only old ones I get on my Kindle Fire before I go to sleep.

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    1. Inger,
      Well until this there wasn't much on TV for me to watch either. Don't have a Fire but I rely on my plain ole Kindle for books to go to sleep by also. Great invention.

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  16. I've never seen Shitts Creek, but after reading people's reactions, may give it a shot. I do know that some shows do 'grow' on you. I like Mom but don't love it. Can't imagine it going on without Christy... even though the mom is great.

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    1. Rian,
      I know I was shocked that Christy was being written out this year. I hate it when they break up a cast on a favorite show. Good thing they have a strong cast.

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  17. No, I never watched the show but I watched Mom now and then and liked it.

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    1. gigi,
      The good news is the new season of Mom is starting up in November. I'm ready.

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  18. I tried to watch it after hearing the hype but did not get into it. Maybe I will give it another shot.

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    1. Sue,
      It has to grow on you. One and done didn't work for me. Good luck.

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  19. I haven't watched Schitt's Creek or Mom. I did just watch Pete Souza's The Way I See It which was awesome. He was Obama's White House photographer. I'm also hooked now on Call the Midwife. A friend of mine told me I needed to see it and I just didn't have the time. I do now. Sigh... I'm sorry. That's on Netflix though. The Way I See It was on MSNBC yesterday. They might show it again someday. I can't wait for The Good Doctor to start up again.

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    1. Kay,
      I think we are all hungry for the fall season to start. It has been a dry summer entertainment wise.

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    2. OK, That’s it. I put Schitt’s Creek on my Watch List. Now I’ll have Schitt’s Creek to add to my Call the Midwives.

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  20. We just got Netflix earlier this year. We had heard about Shitt's Creek so we checked it out. We are hooked. We are into Season three. We usually watch two or three episodes at a time. It's very quirky but it does have it's moments of depth.

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    1. Linda,
      It does tend to rope you in. I don't have Netflix nor a smart TV. Well see how much I like the show if I upgrade.

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  21. I've heard of it, but don't think it is on TV here in Australia and since I don't have any streaming going on I'll happily give it a miss. I'm currently enjoying Magnum PI with Tom Selleck's long lovely legs.

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    1. River,
      Magnum and Tom are quite the eye candy. I thought I would hate the new version with a different actor but I am liking it now also. Again, that was a slow sell for me.

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    2. River,
      Yes, Jay Hernandez plays Magnum. He is no Selleck but he has grown on me also. Higgins is played by a woman but the rest of the characters are true to character. I really enjoy it now.

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  22. I watched the first episode of Mom and was so distracted by the annoying laugh track I didn't watch any more. We binge watched Schitt's Creed but it took three episodes to get to the point of liking it. I was embarrassed to admit we were hooked on it.

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    1. Linda Myers,
      Funny, I never noticed the laugh track on Mom. Now I will probably hear it.
      Schitt's Creek does grow on you doesn't it.

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  23. I haven't seen it but have been curious since seeing it won all those awards but just haven't gotten around to it as I do have Netflix. Not sure now if I want to bother.

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    1. Joared,
      If you do give it a shot, give it several. It takes a little while but now I do enjoy it a lot.

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  24. It's a Canadian program and so I thought I should support it, but the first episodes I saw I just about gave up. My impression about the characters was similar to yours. I've watched 3 or 4 more, and while I doubt it will ever be my favorite program I kind of get it. It's a bit over the top (okay maybe a whole lot sometimes) but that makes it fun.

    I was a fan of the Big Bang Theory but came to it late also. I've watched Mom but not a whole lot. My taste runs to police and medical dramas mostly.

    Take care and stay well.

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  25. I don't have the patience for most of the TV that is on now. It literally makes me sick to see the lack of what I would call uplifting shows. I actually watch the evening news (favorite is "The Beat" with Ari Melbar for his choice of guests) & then call it quits and prefer a good book.

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  26. Your post and all these comments make me realize I'm so out of the loop! I've never even heard of these shows. We don't have cable but can stream on our Apple Box. However, we just don't do much tv. However, yesterday, Bob watched old ski movies for hours - what a hoot to see the ski outfits and the old gear.

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