It’s never a bad idea to go back and revisitSchitt’s Creek.
A cult following grew around Danand Eugene Levy’s comedy about the (previously) opulent Rose family who were forced to start over in a small town. The show eventually went on to win Emmys for its final season because of the show’s compassionate story-telling, stellar cast, and ability to make its audience laugh and cry at the same time. This is true of a lot of happy-making shows: Schitt’s uniqueness lies in how its biting sense of humor remains throughout the show’s six-season run. We have a long list of shows that have elements of Schitt’s Creek if you’ve just finished a rewatch and want to try something new.
Other shows may never match Schitt’s Creek in terms of quality, but there are plenty of others that will remind you why you loved the Roses, their quirky town, and the even stranger people who lived there. Whether you’re looking for a new sitcom about a dysfunctional family, one that features three-dimensional LGBTQ+ characters, or simply something that serves up smart, fast-paced comedy, we very well may have the show for you here at NBC.
Interested in seeing what else we recommend you check out? They’re in abundance here! Also, if you want more recommendations based on your favorite shows, we’ve got those, too.
1. Ted Lasso
While there may be similarities in subject matter, the two films Ted Lasso and Schitt’s Creek are the best and most recent examples we have of heartwarming comedies. All things considered, it’s not a bad comparison. There are parallels between the two shows, with the Roses finding themselves in an unfamiliar town after losing all of their money, and Ted (Jason Sudeikis), an American college football coach who accepts the job of coaching a Premier League soccer team in England. Despite the fact that Ted is clearly underqualified for his new role, he maintains his unwavering optimism, and his can-do attitude transforms the show’s most trying moments into some of its most heartwarming. It’s definitely the sweetest show on television, and it shows how much love it has for its oddball cast: Everyone’s story is handled with care and humor, from the team’s shy punching bag Nathan (Nick Mohammed) to the aging curmudgeon Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein). The time spent in front of the television is simply enjoyable!
2. Workin’ Moms
Can’t get enough of the wit and levity that can be found in Canada? A sleeper hit on Netflix, Workin’ Moms is a Canadian comedy that has quietly gained a following with each season that has yet to be released. Catherine Reitman, Dani Kind, Juno Rinaldi, and the other moms in their Mommy and Me group star in the show, which also stars Catherine Reitman. In the same way that Schitt’s Creek exposed Moira (Catherine O’Hara) as a parent, think of Workin’ Moms as the story of her less eccentric (yet still privileged) peers if you enjoyed Schitt’s Creek’s brutally honest look at motherhood. “It’s all about the money”
3. Arrested Development
You can watch Arrested Development to make up for Schitt’s Creek’s rich characters trying to fit in with the rest of society. It follows the Bluths, a formerly wealthy family whose way of life is turned upside down when their real estate developer father (Jeffrey Tambor) goes to prison for white collar crime. The sitcom first aired on Fox in 2003 before making a Netflix comeback in 2013. It’s been said that Arrested Development served as a blueprint for subsequent comedies like Schitt’s Creek because of its reality TV-inspired filming style, clever deadpan jokes, and oblivious, eccentric characters. To put it another way, Moira Rose wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Lucille Bluth (Jessica Walter), who paved the way for her.
4. Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens
While making dumplings with her grandmother (Lori Tan Chinn), Nora (Awkwafina) confesses, “I can’t even roll a joint right.” Grandma speculates, “Maybe your talent isn’t in your fingers.” “Perhaps it’s in a different location.” During a hilarious episode about Nora’s father (B.D. Wong) posting a half-nude photo on Instagram, they have a brief exchange that exemplifies why Nora From Queens is such a unique and special show. Like Schitt’s Creek, the story revolves around the day-to-day activities of a strange family in a small town. While trying to figure out what her life’s purpose is, Nora, the book’s young protagonist, keeps failing. Granted, there are some laughably silly scenes in it (like Grandma explaining to Nora in Korean drama style how she met and married her husband), but it’s really about three people who love and believe in each other no matter what. That support David (Dan Levy) and Alexis received from Schitt’s (and from their parents) will warm your heart, as will Grandma’s constant encouragement to Nora to continue on, even as she struggles with getting her life together in Schitt’s 2.
5. Please Like Me
When you take homophobia out of the equation, you’re saying it doesn’t exist or shouldn’t exist. That’s what Dan Levy once said about Schitts Creek. Another show that shares that sensibility is Please Like Me, which is an excellent watch. Schitt’s Creek touched many people because of the compassion put into developing David (Noah Reid) and Patrick (Noah Reid) as fully realized queer men. Australian dramedy Josh (played by Thomas), a listless twenty-something who moves back home to take care of his depressed mother after being dumped by his girlfriend and then realizing he’s gay, is created, co-written, and occasionally directed by its star Josh Thomas in Australia (Debra Lawrance). But one of the series’ most notable qualities allows Josh to be accepted without fanfare by his friends and family, making it lovably awkward, deeply touching, and wholly lived-in. They may be a dysfunctional gang of self-absorbed, codependent misfits, but they still serve an important role as a safety net. It’s possible Josh doesn’t have a clue where his adult life is going, but at least he has a strong support system.
6. Santa Clarita Diet
As a result of a freak accident, Drew Barrymore’s character Sheila (played by Barrymore) turns undead and begins ravaging the town. Timothy Olyphant also stars. There are people who are turned off by the word “zombie,” and if you are one of them, Santa Clarita Diet may not be the show for you. But instead of depicting gory murders (although there is a lot of too-campy blood) or brain dead daywalkers being shot in the head, the film focuses on how to make the darkest of situations into opportunities for big laughs, as well as how even the most absurd circumstances can bring a family closer together through comedy. In fact, it manages to give new life (sorry) to an overdone genre by forcing the audience to consider issues they may not have previously thought about, such as whether or not it’s okay for a zombie to consume a Nazi, given that Nazis are notoriously bad people. It’s a lot wackier than Schitt’s Creek, but it’s still worth watching.
7. Kim’s Convenience
Isn’t it amazing how well Canada knows how to write a sitcom? An immigrant family’s struggles are explored in Kim’s Convenience, which is a screwball comedy that succeeds thanks to the strong bonds formed between the main characters as well as their observations of immigrant family life. The show understands how difficult parent-child relationships can be, even if you love each other. This is why it’s so heartwarming to see Appa (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee), the traditional patriarch, slowly begin to mend his relationship with his estranged son Jung (Simu Liu), or Janet (Andrea Bang), the young, independent woman trying to pave her own way without upsetting her mother (Jean Yung). When watching it, it’s like getting a big bear hug.
8. Great News
This episode of Great News poses a hypothetical question that most of us would rather not consider: What would you do if you had to work with your mother? So it goes for undervalued producer Katie (Briga Heelan), when her controlling mother Carol (perfectly played by Andrea Martin) is hired as her intern on a local news show. Great News and Schitt’s Creek, both created by Tracey Wigfield and executive produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, share the ability to find humor even in the most heartbreaking moments of life.
9. Playing House
Making House, the Jessica St. Clair-led comedy slated for cancellation way too soon, centers on childhood best friends Maggie (Parham) and Emma who move in together after Maggie discovers her husband has been cheating on her all through her pregnancy. They were childhood sweethearts, after all. In the end, Emma gives up her lucrative career in China to return to her small hometown and help Maggie with the birth and upbringing of her daughter, even if it means going through the trauma of being around her cold mother (Jane Kaczmarek) and her estranged boyfriend (Keegan-Michael Key). Of course, I cried more than I laughed while watching this show (as any Schitt’s fan should know by now), but that’s part of what makes it so endearing.