Schitt's Creek

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Great cast, positive messages in fish-out-of-water comedy.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 24 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 49 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Underneath the bickering, there's love among the Roses. Romantic relationships are treated respectfully (and hilariously). 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Roses appear snobby and mean, but there's a layer of warmth hiding underneath the quips and burns. David is an LGBTQ character who learns more about his sexuality as the series progresses.


Jokes about sex and bodily fluids, bathroom humor. 


Some cursing: "son of a bitch" and "ass." "F--k" is bleeped. Show's name itself is a vulgar joke. Siblings tell each other, "Shut up!" 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One main character has a substance abuse problem that is played for laughs. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Schitt's Creek is a comedy about a formerly wealthy family that falls on hard times. There's some cursing, often in jest: "son of a bitch," "ass," and "f--k" (bleeped). Siblings use a lot of argumentative language parents may not appreciate, telling each other to "shut up" repeatedly. Family members say unflattering things and behave as if they don't like each other, but the love between the Rose family is clear. Jokes about sex, body parts, and bodily fluids are common, but the series also contains a lot of empathy and shows LGBTQ and family relationships with compassion and heart.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 15 and 16-year-old Written bykning March 5, 2019

Fantastic show, but not for kids

This is a wonderful comedy, but is most appropriate for adults. There is some swearing and sex and really, is just more relatable to adults. The characters an... Continue reading
Adult Written byM H. February 16, 2019

Great for teaching tolerance and kindness

I can't believe Commonsensemedia only gave this show a 2-star rating. I love this show, for so many reasons. But the reason I love it the most is that it s... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byitsjustabebe January 20, 2021

So funny! A little bit inappropriate though...

This is probably my favorite tv show. It's so funny, and I've seen all 6 seasons. However, it uses F*** and son of a b**** many times throughout the t... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byBear2018 August 24, 2020
This is a very good show but idk why it is tv ma it has no nudity or killing just a small amout of cursing

What's the story?

Johnny and Moira Rose (Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara) used to rule over a vast video store empire. But that was back when people still watched videos. Now they're down -- with their former mansion and all its contents seized by the U.S. government -- but not out: As a joke, Johnny once purchased the backwater town of SCHITT'S CREEK. Now Schitt's Creek is the only place left to go, so the Roses retreat there with their spoiled kids David (Daniel Levy, son of Eugene) and Alexis (Annie Murphy) and broken dreams. They're greeted by feckless Mayor Roland Schitt (Chris Elliott), who offers his new overlords his own creepy brand of friendship; Stevie Budd (Emily Hampshire), the proprietor of the sleazy motel that's their new home; and a whole cast of quirky characters.  

Is it any good?

Levy and O'Hara are certified comic geniuses, able to breathe life into the most unfunny of situations. And over the years, they've turned Schitt's Creek's timeworn premise into one of Canada's most beloved exports. With over-the-top but remarkably nuanced characters, including Dan Levy's often prissy, sometimes mean, but ultimately open-hearted David, this "rich city people go to the backwoods and learn lessons" series is delightful. Add in O'Hara's utterly bonkers and oft-memed performance as matriarch Moira Rose, and what started as some very average comic material put over by great comic actors has developed into a wonderfully character-driven (but still totally insane) sitcom.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about real-life celebrity families who bear a resemblance to the Roses. Which famous people do you think the Roses were based on, if any? 

  • Are viewers supposed to like the Roses? One family member more than others? How can you tell? What about the way they're presented makes them likable or unlikable? 

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