It became the little comedy that could: Schitt$ Creek, the low-budget Canadian television sitcom that debuted in January 2015 and aired its 80th and final episode in April 2020, made a clean sweep of the Emmy Awards on Sunday night.
The brainchild of Dan Levy and his father, comedy legend Eugene Levy, the show that followed the lives of the wealthy Rose family, who lost everything but a rundown motel in the fictional hamlet of Schitt’s Creek, a small town they’d once purchased as a gag.
Nominated for 15 Emmys, Catherine O’Hara as Moira Rose won for lead actress in a comedy series. Eugene Levy, who portrayed Johnny Rose, was honoured for lead actor in a comedy series and son Dan (as David Rose) won three Emmys, as supporting actor, as writer and as co-director. To complete the sweep, Annie Murphy (Alexis Rose) born and raised in Ottawa, was named best supporting actress.
Additional Emmys were awarded for casting, costumes and outstanding comedy series.
Dan Levy developed the series with his father and it was first sold to CBC and later to Pop TV in the United States. The program was a cult hit until it began streaming on Netflix and became a runaway success, winning critical acclaim, two ACTRA Awards and 18 Canadian Screen Awards among others.
Its portrayal of LGBTQ+ people — Dan Levy’s pansexual character was played with humour, sensitivity and strength — brought both critical acclaim and an outpouring of support from those both within the community and without.
Stripped of their wealth by a dishonest business manager the Rose family — entrepreneur Johnny Rose, retired soaps actress Moira Rose and their spoiled children David and Alexis found themselves having to build new lives while living in adjoining motel rooms in Schitt$ Creek.
Through 80 episodes they found each other and, with the rest of a stellar Canadian ensemble cast, what really matters in life.