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Matt Reed
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Posted: 01 February 2020 at 11:44pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I've heard people sing the praises of this series since its debut in 2015.  Been meaning to watch for a long time, but only just got around to it this past week.  Nearly finished with Season 2 (the first five seasons stream on Netflix) and I've got to say that this is a gem.  As a long time SCTV fan from its earliest days, it's really a joy to watch Eugene Levy and Maureen O'Hara at the top of their game.  Not to be outdone, Dan Levy and Annie Murphy shine as their children.  The rest of the cast is filled out with standout comedic performances by Emily Hampshire (formerly of 12 MONKEYS), Chris Elliot (who has always worked for me only in small doses), Jennifer Robertson (as the wife of Elliot's character) and Sarah Levy (it really is a family affair!).  As the series progresses, the town is filled out with weird, quirky, terribly interesting and hilariously funny characters.  

If you watched a couple of episodes but bowed out, I'd say stick with it.  It's one of those rare series that is fully formed with the pilot, yet takes a minute to establish the ancillary characters and situations in order to create callbacks later in the series.  

We're burning through the seasons at a rapid pace, it's just that good.  Highly recommended.  
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John Byrne

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Posted: 02 February 2020 at 8:40am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I enjoyed the first season, but did not feel drawn back for more.
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Daniel Gillotte
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Posted: 23 March 2020 at 12:32pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I just started this and am loving it, too. They do a good job of showing people's (deep) foibles but in a way that isn't simply mockery. I appreciate that.
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Greg McPhee
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Posted: 24 March 2020 at 6:10am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I crack up at some of Eugene Levy's reactions to everything going on around him at the drop of the hat.

His performance is worth the show alone.
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Greg McPhee
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Posted: 01 April 2020 at 9:02am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Just finished Season 5.

Eagerly awaiting Season 6 dropping. One of the funniest shows in a long time.
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Matt Reed
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Posted: 01 April 2020 at 11:37am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

FYI the Paley Center for Media has been releasing many of their Q&A's for a limited time on their YouTube channel to help people cope.  This Friday, April 3, they are putting up their SHITT'S CREEK cast Q&A that took place between Seasons 1 & 2. Not sure if it's available internationally, but I sure hope so! Info here:

Paley Date Night
Enjoy the best comedies and dramas that highlight love and relationships, featuring your favorite stars on the Paley stage. Share these videos with somebody you love! 

Every Friday at 8pm ET / 5pm PT starting April 3 with
Schitt’s Creek PaleyLive LA
Spend some quality time with the Rose family, aka the show’s cast and creators at PaleyLive LA, as they prepared for the second season to premiere. They reflect on how Eugene and David Levy brought the show into existence, the fun they had making the first two seasons, and their shared interest in Pinterest.
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Greg McPhee
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Posted: 04 April 2020 at 9:01am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Thanks, Matt.

Did a You Tube search and there are a plethora of interviews with the cast. Another to add to the watch list.
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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 19 April 2020 at 8:19am | IP Logged | 8 post reply


Tried to give the first episode a watch... had to shut it off when Chris Elliott appeared.  

Can't put my finger on why exactly, but I've always found him tiresome, unfunny and a little too repulsive in his choices for a character's look.

I seriously do not like him!



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Matt Reed
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Posted: 19 April 2020 at 9:42am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

You're not alone, Shaun.  I can only take him in small doses and, even then, it can be tough.  That said, he's not the focus of the series.  He's more prominent in the pilot because, being a "Shitt" he's the mayor of "Shitt's Creek".  But his role in the series varies from bit player to stretches of nonexistence. Oh, he'll have a bigger role from time to time, but I think anyone would be missing out on a terrific series if they let a single performer ruin it for them.
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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 19 April 2020 at 10:09am | IP Logged | 10 post reply


Good to know, Matt... maybe I'll give it another try and perhaps fast-forward through any extended Elliott scenes.

(But man, he makes my skin crawl!  There are very, very few actors for which I have a genuine dislike, but he could be my Numero Uno.  He could a perfectly warm, charming guy in real life, but watching him on screen... *shudder* )



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Robin Taylor
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Posted: 19 April 2020 at 10:34am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

I just started this too and its become like a comfort food where I can put it on and just feel warm. It is very very Canadian (it was shot down the road from my uncle's place in Uxbridge On) .

Stevie is absolutely my favorite character and what I did about it is what I dig about Letterkenney. The characters rarely grow or change and if they do it is in inches not feet. I would normally check out of that but it is so easy to watch that is fine.

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Matt Reed
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Posted: 20 April 2020 at 11:31am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

As you progress in the series, Robin, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by the change in most of the main characters.  It's not huge, monumental change nor are they changes that are at odds with how they started out.  But the change is there and is accomplished in a totally natural and believable way.  It's one of the many joys you'll discover season to season.
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