Co-created by Eugene Levy and his son, Dan, Schitt’s Creek tells the story of a wealthy family that loses their entire fortune and is forced to rebuild their lives in the titular small town -- their only remaining asset. There, the Roses -- business magnate and patriarch Johnny (Eugene Levy), his wife and former soap actress, Moira (Catherine O’Hara), and their two privileged adult children, David (Dan Levy) and Alexis (Annie Murphy) -- adjusted to a simpler life and became permanent fixtures in a surprisingly accepting community where they managed to ingratiate themselves with newfound friends, relationships and business opportunities.
What started off as TV’s best-kept secret, with fans discovering and bingeing older seasons on Netflix, cemented itself as one of the best TV series of its time with overdue Emmy nominations in its fifth season. But then, at the height of its popularity, Dan and Eugene Levy announced Schitt’s Creek would be ending after six seasons.
“We are so grateful to have been given the time and creative freedom to tell this story in its totality, concluding with a final chapter that we had envisioned from the very beginning,” they said in a joint statement at the time. “It’s not lost on us what a rare privilege it is in this industry to get to decide when your show should take its final bow. We could never have dreamed that our fans would grow to love and care about these characters in the ways that you have.”
By then, the Pop TV series evolved from a fish-out-of-water concept about a group of unlikeable people into a tender, heartfelt look at how they can evolve in the face of perseverance and how their love for one another keeps them from falling behind. And there’s no better way to go out than on top.
“Dan didn't end this because he didn't like doing it, he ended it because he has so much respect for the characters and the story and the audience. He knew it was the right thing to do,” Emily Hampshire, who plays Rosebud motel owner and Rose family friend Stevie, tells ET.
“Not a lot of shows also get the luxury of knowing when they’re going to end -- you just get canceled -- and so to get to decide how you want to end this story is such a privilege,” she continues. “Dan knew what story he was going to tell with the whole show and he’s done it perfectly. It blows my mind that he knew from the beginning how it was going to end.”
That ending was seeing the Rose family splitting up for the first time since they were forced to reunite and spend time together in Schitt’s Creek. In episodes leading up to the finale, Johnny struck gold with franchising the Rosebud motel, meaning he would move back to Los Angeles while Stevie would travel around to open new locations. Meanwhile, Moira was back on top after the viral success of The Crows Have Eyes 3: The Crowening and was asked to return to L.A. to reprise her famed role on Sunrise Bay in a primetime reboot co-starring Nicole Kidman. And a newly single Alexis decided to forage a new path for herself in New York City, where she can expand her PR operations with the streaming platform, Interflix.