It’s More Wholesome Than We Expected
This show is a lovely barrel of laughs but what you might not expect is that it’s also perfectly wholesome. It begins with a fabulously wealthy family that lost everything, apart from a town called “Schitt’s Creek,” which Johnny Rose (played by Eugene Levy) once bought for his son, David (played by the show’s co-creator, Daniel Levy and his real-life son.).
They arrive in the small town full of scorn and superiority, making all the cliched jokes about the locale and its folky inhabitants. But the trick’s on them: it’s the townsfolk the audience relates to, recognizing how ridiculous, unhinged, and utterly delusional the Roses are. It is through their interactions with people in the town that the Roses learn what family is, and slowly they are guided into the first healthy relationships they’ve ever had. Who knew wholesome could be so funny?
Moira is a Treasure
Catherine O’Hara is arguably a one-of-a-kind presence, and she does not disappoint as the matriarch, Moira. From her wigs to her dauntless self-absorption, her real triumph is her accent, which is peppered with unhinged, lengthy verbosity and outlandish pronouncements. Moira’s eccentricities are all O’Hara’s doing. “We always knew Moira was an actress, an ex-soap star, who became a socialite, chairing major charity events worldwide,” Eugene told The Hollywood Reporter. “But Catherine, who always brings something so creative to the table, added a very extreme affectation to her actress character that made Moira so much funnier than we had imagined her.”