A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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.
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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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