Schitt’s Creek (Season 1) (2015)

“Schitt’s Creek” is one of those shows that people act like you enjoy kicking puppies if you even dare criticize it just a tiny bit, so I’ll ask this up front: Is it OK for me to suggest that this first season is pretty good, but that I don’t really see what all the fuss is about? I mean, sure, some of the lead cast members are terrific, and I’d watch them do just about anything: Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy and, especially, Dan Levy are each hilarious in just about episode, and they seem to be having a lot of fun playing the Roses. But there’s also an overabundance of supporting characters, and not many of them are particularly interesting, in particular Tim Rozon’s Mutt, who seems to wander in from an entirely different another show a few times per episode, and Chris Elliott’s tiresome and one-note Roland. That being said, there’s enough good will built throughout the season (not to mention its stellar late-run acclaim) to justify watching more (in particular thanks to the aforementioned trio of leading performances), even if there are definitely some pacing issues that need to be tightened up.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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