‘Schitt’s Creek’ Season 7: Is the Show Returning?

The good news for fans of Schitt’s Creek is that it has just been renewed for a sixth season. The bad news is that this will also be the final season.

The creators and stars of the series, Dan and Eugene Levy, said in a statement:

“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.”

Here’s how it came to this sad but, so say the creators, timely end.

The beginning of ‘Schitt’s Creek’

Annie Murphy 'Schitt's Creek'
Annie Murphy discusses Schitt’s Creek with the build series at Build Studio | Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic

The center of the show is the Rose family, who find themselves without a home or the means to support their lavish lifestyle after their business manager defrauds them.

Their only asset in the world is a town called Schitt’s Creek, which they bought for their son as a joke in the early 90s. To rebuild their lives, they move into two adjacent rooms in a shabby motel.

Of course, things don’t go the way they bargained for. The family stays there much longer than they intended –  and learns a lot about more themselves than they ever thought possible.

Eugene Levy, who plays the head of the family, is a familiar face to viewers who remember him either from SCTV, or as the hapless dad who witnesses his son getting intimate with baked goods in the American Pie series.

Daniel Levy, who plays one of the adult children, is Eugene’s real-life son.

The idea for the show appeared while Dan Levy watched reality TV.

“I had been watching some reality TV at the time and was concentrating on what would happen if one of these wealthy families would lose everything. Would the Kardashians still be the Kardashians without their money?”

Since the Kardashians were doing just fine keeping up with themselves, the Levys created the fictional family.

This ‘Creek’ flows into viewers’ hearts

The show first appeared in 2015 on the Pop cable channel, which is owned by CBS. Netflix also carries the full run of the series. Wherever it runs, it has found acclaim.

Bridget Read of Vogue said, “The show has fully come into its own, with a whole cast of Twin Peaks-meets-Christopher-Guest-universe characters that are as equally endearing.”

The Guest reference is no doubt intentional, considering Levy has starred in several of Guest’s improvisational movies, including A Mighty Wind and Best in Show.

Accolades for the show also include several Canadian awards and nominations, especially from the Canadian Screen Awards. It was also nominated for Best Comedy Series in 2018 by the Critics Choice Television Awards, and for Best Comedic Performance (Dan Levy) for MTV.

Why Schitt’s Creek will stop flowing

As sad as fans and the creators may be to bring the show to a close, there’s some comfort in that they are ending Schitt’s Creek on their own terms, rather than running the show into the ground. In fact, the plan has always been to end the show after Season 6.

Sarah Levy, the daughter of Eugene and sister of Dan, wrote on Instagram: “Even having known that 6 was the magic number for quite some time now still doesn’t make it any easier to digest. Here’s to a fantastic final season and thank you all for the undying support of this show.”

In response to the Levys’ farewell announcement, Netflix tweeted, “Thank you for this show, Dan. It’s truly a gift to the world.” 

The last season of the show will contain 14 episodes, and those are expected to air sometime next year.