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  • Actor-Inspired Element:
    • Catherine O'Hara suggested Moira's fashion be inspired by eccentric socialite Daphne Guinness and that Moira wear wigs to fit her mood, thus giving the show Moira's Wig Wall. O'Hara is said to choose the wigs for Moira's scenes herself. She also developed Moira's bizarre accent.
    • Patrick's famous Serenade Your Lover moment came about because actor Noah Reid, who arranged the Tina Turner cover himself after Daniel Levy wrote it into the script, is a musician himself. He also has a background in musical theatre, which inspired Patrick's community theatre storyline.
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    • Dan Levy wrote his own love of Mariah Carey into his character, who spends an evening of karaoke performing her catalog. Carey herself has tweeted about the show, in particular, the romantic line:
      Patrick: You're my Mariah Carey.
    • Annie Murphy developed Alexis's vocal fry and hand gestures after spending hours watching The Kardashians and other such celebrities on Youtube.
    • The show's Baseball Episode was inspired by Dan Levy having played in one of Noah Reid's amateur games as well as Noah Reid and Eugene Levy's love of the Toronto Blue Jays.
  • Actor-Shared Background:
    • Eugene Levy is Jewish, as is his character Johnny Rose.
    • Catherine O'Hara is Irish-Catholic, as is her character Moira Rose, but so is Levy's real-life wife Deborah Divine. Eugene Levy felt this would make O'Hara believable playing his real-life son's mother. She's also known Dan since he was a baby, given her long working relationship with his father.
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    • Daniel Levy is the real-life son of Eugene and his character David refers to himself as a "half-half situation" during the Christmas Episode when someone asks him if he is Jewish.
  • Adored by the Network: The CBC had a lot of faith in the show and made it a success in Canada early on, and in the US the fledgling Pop TV network really put its resources behind the show. Pop spent a significant portion of its small marketing budget on the show, frequently advertised the show on its reruns of better-known shows and replaced low-rated programs with reruns of the show.
  • Author Avatar: Dan Levy has said that David and Stevie both represent aspects of his own personality.
  • Big Name Fan: A number of famous people have expressed their love of the show. Kelly Clarkson openly fangirls when the cast appears on her show. Paula Abdul and Will Arnett both posted about their love of the show and appeared in the post-series documentary. Keith Urban tweeted creator Daniel Levy about his love of the show, and later his wife Nicole Kidman sought out the cast at an event so she could have pictures with them.
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  • Bonus Material: The show produces a series of online video extras. This includes the web-only series Inside Schitt's Creek which consists of in-character interviews with the cast, often about events that occurred in that week's episode. The show also releases behind the scenes interviews and bloopers.
  • The Cast Show Off: Dan Levy likes to write with the cast’s talents in mind.
    • Catherine O’Hara, Noah Reid, Eugene Levy, Sarah Levy, Jen Robertson and others all get to show off their vocal talents.
    • Additionally, Eugene Levy and Chris Elliott’s Odd Couple timing and their comic personas are built into their scenes, with Levy’s dad awkwardness and Elliott’s rude cluelessness on display.
    • Dan Levy's experience as a talk show host at MTV has led to him producing a promotional mini-talk show in which he interviews the cast members about the week's episode.
  • Creator Worship: Fans of the show like to follow Daniel Levy on social media, and the live events he does with the rest of the cast tend to sell out.
  • Directed by Cast Member: Dan Levy co-directed the Christmas Episode and the Season 5 Finale. He directed the premiere episode of Season 6 solo.
  • Dueling Works: In what was pure coincidence, the season finale of Season 5, which was called "Life is a Cabaret" and featured the Show Within a Show of Cabaret aired the same week as the premiere of the drama Fosse/Verdon which was also called "Life is a Cabaret" and portrayed the making of the film.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Annie Murphy is a natural brunette, but she dyed her hair blond to play Alexis.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: Schittheads
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: Dan and Eugene both wear heavy-framed eyewear in real life, but Johnny and David Rose do not, making it easy to distinguish between photos of the actors and their characters.
  • Growing the Beard: The show was always funny, but it gradually improved over the first and second season.
    • The series started off in the shadow of Arrested Development and the Roses are harsher and meaner in the first episodes because of it. When they soften but retain their edges, the show starts to find its own voice and blossoms.
    • When the first season romances between Alexis and Mutt and David and Stevie fizzle out, it leads to Character Development for Alexis and David. Alexis feels hurt for the first time, and David and Stevie settle into a deep friendship that becomes a core part of the show.
    • When the Rose parents crash the Barn Party to tell their children they love them, the scene nails the mixture of sharp humor with a touch of genuine sentimentality that makes the show great.
    • When Patrick arrives in town and becomes an Iconic Sequel Character, the ensemble feels complete since both Rose children then have love interests that force them to grow as people.
  • Harpo Does Something Funny: The dialogue on the show is tightly scripted, but other elements are often developed by the actors.
    • Daniel Levy wrote that Patrick serenades David with a cover of Tina Turner's "Simply the Best" and it's surprisingly beautiful. Noah Reid arranged the song himself and performed it.
    • Catherine O'Hara arranged the music for The Number.
    • Annie Murphy wrote Alexis's single "A Little Bit Alexis" with the band Hollerado, and she choreographed Alexis's dance moves based on videos by Paris Hilton and Britney Spears.
  • Incestuous Casting: There's an in-joke about this in Season 5. David says he's not "dying to play" spin the bottle with his sister Alexis sitting in the circle. Twyla is also sitting in the circle, and she is played by Dan Levy's real-life sister.
  • International Coproduction: Is a joint production between Canada's CBC and America's Pop TV.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Catherine O'Hara is a highly talented singer and actor, but she plays Moira Rose who is a mediocre singer and actor.
  • Meme Acknowledgment: To the delight of Daniel Levy, Mariah Carey has retweeted memes featuring the line "You're my Mariah Carey."
  • Only So Many Canadian Actors: Emily Hampshire, Annie Murphy, and Noah Reid have all appeared on multiple Canadian series, and the majority of the cast is Canadian. Dan Levy has appeared on Degrassi, as have many of the show's regulars and guest stars.
  • Periphery Demographic: Written from a liberal, queer perspective, the show attracts a surprising number of conservative fans.
  • Playing Against Type: Eugene Levy is known for playing nebbishy dads and other nerds, and his romantic confidence is often played for laughs. Former Business mogul Johnny Rose, however, is suave, competent and women seem to find him genuinely attractive.
  • Playing Gertrude: Jenn Robertson (Jocelyn) is only five years older than Tim Rozon, who plays her son, Mutt.
  • Queer Character, Queer Actor: Daniel Levy is gay and plays pansexual David on the show.
  • Real-Life Relative: Eugene and Daniel Levy play father and son, while Eugene's daughter Sarah plays Twyla Sands.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Tim Rozon, who plays Mutt, got the starring role of Doc Holliday on Wynonna Earp which is why Mutt leaves town in Season 2 and only returns once for a guest appearance in Season 4.
    • Dustin Milligan, who plays Ted, was one of the contestants on the Secret Celebrity Edition of RuPaul's Drag Race.
  • Running Gag: Stephen Colbert finds the fact that he can't say the name of the show without also showing a Commercial Pop-Up on screen with the name and its spelling very amusing. When Dan or Eugene Levy and/or Catherine O'Hara appear on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Colbert tends to do this multiple times to comic effect.
  • Separated-at-Birth Casting: Annie Murphy resembles Catherine O’Hara enough that people have thought they were actually related.
  • Sleeper Hit: While it started strong in its native Canada, American critics dismissed the show as an Arrested Development knockoff and few viewers found it on the new and obscure Pop TV (which had begun life as the scrolling listings channel on cable systems). However, those that watched tended to really like it. When the show's first three seasons were released on Netflix in 2017, the show started to catch on through strong word of mouth. Dan Levy has expressed surprise and gratitude that in its fifth season, the show is more popular than ever.
  • Star-Making Role: Dan Levy, Emily Hampshire, Annie Murphy, Tim Rozon, Dustin Milligan, and Noah Reid have all done very well since being cast as the younger generation.
  • Those Two Actors: Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara have starred in multiple projects together over four decades, often playing husband and wife. This includes SCTV, Schitt's Creek, Over the Hedge and multiple films as part of Christopher Guest's Production Posse. It certainly brings Reality Subtext to Johnny and Moira's long and happy marriage.
  • Written by Cast Member: Dan Levy is the Showrunner and writes most of the episodes.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Chris Elliott's (Roland Schitt) daughter Abby Elliott played Alexis in the pilot but was unavailable when the show went to series.
    • Sarah Levy played Twyla more like Stevie and in the pilot, with a much more nerdy and introverted personality. The character seems to have been split into the familiar sunny Twyla with Stevie being the glum introvert.
    • When Annie Murphy, a natural brunette, auditioned for Alexis, Eugene Levy balked given he had Abby Elliot's light hair in his mind. Dan Levy then had her audition for Stevie but he also took her to a salon to get her hair dyed. Murphy has said she's grateful the dye job worked out as she could not have played Stevie as well as Emily Hampshire.
    • Eugene Levy originally suggested his old friend Victor Garber to play Artie, Alexis's Season 6 suitor, but Dan Levy wanted him for the part of Clifton Sparks, a part which he played hilariously.
    • Dan Levy's original idea for the series finale was a double wedding for David & Patrick and Alexis & Ted.

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