4 Comedies to Watch If You Already Miss ‘Schitt’s Creek’

updated May 8, 2020
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The “Schitt’s Creek” series finale aired a month ago (well, unless you only watch “Schitt’s Creek” on Netflix, in which case, you have so much to look forward to when season six becomes available), and I’m still in mourning. Over the course of six seasons this Canadian series about what happens when the ultra-rich Rose family lose everything and are forced to live in the motel of a town—the titular Schitt’s Creek—that they once bought as a birthday gag gift, has been equal parts hilarious and heart-warming. It deftly walked the line of being a sitcom filled with joy without ever letting itself get saccharine. It will be deeply missed. And yet there is hope! Although nothing can truly replace this show, there are other comedies out there that might ease the pain even just a little bit. 

Parks and Recreation

Although I’d be surprised to find a lot of “Schitt’s Creek” fans who haven’t already watched “Parks and Recreation,” I’d be remiss if I didn’t remind people how closely related these two comedies are. Like “Schitt’s Creek,” “Parks and Rec” is a silly, smart comedy with lots of heart. You’ll instantly fall in love with Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and her colleagues at the Parks and Rec department in Pawnee, Indiana. Speaking of Pawnee, if you love the small-town wacky vibe found in Schitt’s Creek, dare I say, “Parks” actually does that better? On top of all of this, if your favorite part of “Schitt’s Creek” was the rom-com feel it provided thanks to David (Dan Levy) and Patrick (Noah Reid) and Alexis (Annie Murphy) and Ted (Dustin Milligan), oh boy, just wait until Lelise meets Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott). If you thought you were done crying tears of joy over a sitcom, you were wrong.
Streaming on Netflix

The Other Two

Do you already miss David and Alexis arguing over who gets murdered first but also loving each other deeply? Let me introduce you to another set of siblings who aren’t living their best lives, don’t always get along, but share a deep affection for one another: Meet Cary and Brooke Dubek (Drew Tarver and Heléne York). Their teenage brother Chase (Case Walker) becomes a viral music sensation making them even more acutely aware of their failings as adults. They attempt to help Chase navigate his new-found fame while also trying to get their lives together. Usually it’s a disaster in the best way possible.
Streaming on the Comedy Central app and on demand

Derry Girls

Like “Schitt’s Creek,” “Derry Girls” is very much informed by its setting. This British comedy follows four high school girlfriends and one of their male cousins who all (yes, all) attend a girls Catholic school in Derry, Northern Ireland during the 1990s, at the tail end of The Troubles. The humor is much darker than “Schitt’s Creek,” but the working class town and it’s way of life feel familiar, and even when the girls are at odds as they get into irreverent teen shenanigans, you know they’re bound by their friendships. 
Streaming on Netflix

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

One of the charms of “Schitt’s Creek” is the fish-out-of-water framework. What TV character is more of a fish-out-of-water than Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) who moves to New York City after being held hostage in a cult for 15 years? Although she has a harrowing origin story, Kimmy is nothing if not positive, looking to find the joy in the world. Compared to “Schitt’s Creek,” “Kimmy Schmidt” slings jokes at you at an incredible speed, and its clever pop culture references are a thing to behold. Although the tone of the show is different, it’s always fun to watch someone try to figure out a world where they don’t completely feel at home in.
Streaming on Netflix