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 its kind-hearted storytelling, stellar cast, and ability to make its audience laugh and cry at the same time. It’s common for feel-good shows to omit the humor in order to achieve their goals, but Schitt’s is different in that its bizarre, biting sense of humor remains constant over the course of the show’s six seasons. 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. So if you’re looking for a new sitcom about a dysfunctional family with three-dimensional LGBTQ+ characters, or just something that serves up smart, fast-paced comedy, we just might have the show for you.
Interested in seeing what else we recommend you check out? They’re in abundance here! More hand-picked recommendations based on your favorite shows are available if needed.
1. Ted Lasso
While there are some similarities in subject matter, the two films are often compared because they are the best and most recent examples of heartwarming comedies. All things considered, the comparison isn’t all that bad. Both shows feature characters who find themselves in strange situations after losing everything they own. Ted (Jason Sudeikis), an American college football coach who takes a job coaching a Premier League soccer team in England, moves to jolly ol’ London, England after he loses his job in the States.
Ted’s can-do attitude transforms the show’s most trying moments into its most heartwarming ones, even when it becomes clear that he is woefully underqualified for his new role. 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). It’s just a pleasant evening spent in front of the television! Streaming video is available via Apple TV+.
2. Workin’ Moms
Can’t get enough of the wit and witticisms of the Canadian people? Consider watching Workin’ Moms if you’re looking for a Canadian comedy that is still relatively unknown. It has quietly gained a following with each new season that is released on Netflix. Moms Kate (played by Catherine Reitman), Anne (Dani Kind), and Frankie (Juno Rinaldi) and the other parents in their Mommy and Me group are the focus of the show’s second season. 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 liked Schitt’s Creek. “It’s all about the money” You can see it on Netflix.
3. Arrested Development
If Schitt’s Creek’s rich people trying to fit in with the rest of us is what you’re missing, Arrested Development can help you make up for it. 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. The following video can be seen on Netflix:
4. 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. I know the word “zombie” scares you, but Santa Clarita Diet isn’t a show you should immediately dismiss because of that fear. I hear you, I see you.
Even though there is some too-campy-to-be-frightening blood, the film does not show us bloodbaths or braindead daywalkers being shot to death. Instead, it explores how to mine even the darkest situations for big laughs and how the most ridiculous circumstances can bring a family together. Although the zombie genre has been overdone, this film manages to breathe new life (sorry) into it by forcing the audience to consider issues they may not have previously considered, such as whether or not it’s okay for the zombie to eat a Nazi, given that Nazis are notoriously bad people. Despite the fact that it’s a lot more bizarre than Schitt’s Creek, it’s still well worth your while. The following video can be seen on Netflix:
5. 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.” While watching an episode about Nora’s dad (B.D Wong) accidentally posting a half-nude photo on Instagram, that brief exchange perfectly illustrates why Nora From Queens is such a unique and special little gem of an animated program. 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.
There are some hilarious episodes, such as when Grandma tells Nora the story of how she met and married her husband in the style of a Korean drama, but at its core, the story revolves around three people who love and trust each other no matter what. While David (Dan Levy) and Alexis were supported by their parents in Schitt’s, you will find comfort in the way Grandma constantly encourages Nora to keep going, even as she struggles to get her life together in Grandma’s story. [HBO Max subscribers: check this out]
6. 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. Schitt’s Creek’s compassion in developing David and Patrick’s (Noah Reid) arcs as fully realized queer men was a major reason why it touched so many people, and Please Like Meis an ideal show to watch if you’re looking for another one that shares that sensibility.
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). One of the series’ most notable features is the way it allows Josh to come out with little fanfare, his friends and family accepting him without a second thought. The series is lovably awkward, deeply moving, and completely lived in. It’s true that they’re a bunch of self-absorbed, codependent misfits, but they still serve as an effective support system. It’s possible Josh doesn’t have a clue where his adult life is going, but at least he has a strong support system. You can see it on Hulu.
7. Kim’s Convenience
Wow, the Canadians know how to write a good sitcom, don’t they? Kim’s Convenience, which follows a Korean-Canadian family who runs a convenience store, is a screwball comedy that works so well because of its observations on immigrant family life as well as the connections between its characters.
As a result, it’s heartwarming to watch Appa (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee), the traditional and stubborn patriarch, slowly begin to mend his relationship with his estranged son Jung (Simu Liu), or Janet (Andrea Bang), as a young, independent woman trying to pave her own way without upsetting her mother (Jean-Yung). It’s the kind of show that makes you want to wrap your arms around someone. The following video can be seen on Netflix:
8. Great News
For the most part, Great News asks a hypothetical question: What 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 of which were created by Tracey Wigfield and produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, both recognize that even in the face of tragedy, life can still be amusing. The following video can be seen on Netflix:
9. Playing House
Making House, the Jessica St. Clair-led comedy slated for cancellation way too soon, centers around childhood best friends Maggie (Parham) and Emma moving in together after Maggie discovers her husband has been cheating on her all through her pregnancy. They were childhood best friends back when they were kids.
With no second thoughts, Emma abandons her lucrative career in China to help Maggie give birth and raise her daughter in her small hometown. Emma is willing to endure the stress of being around her aloof mother (Jane Kaczmarek) and ex-boyfriend (Keegan-Michael Key) in order to be there for her friend, who is going through a difficult time. Although this show made me cry as often as it made me laugh (as any Schitt’s fan knows), that’s part of what makes it so compelling to watch.