Netflix keeps getting one wave of bad news after another. They’re losing subscribers, their stock market value is dropping, and they once again seem to be losing original series faster than they can replace them. And now, possibly the best show you can currently find on the streamer is on its way over to Hulu. The award-winning comedy Schitt’s Creek is leaving the home of Stranger Things and Squid Game to rub elbows with The Handmaid’s Tale and Only Murders in the Building.
As of October 2020, all six seasons of Schitt’s Creek were streaming on Netflix. Now Variety reports the hilarious sitcom will stream exclusively on Hulu starting October 3. In his announcement of the move, Hulu president Joe Earley said, “Based on the number of Schitt’s Creek GIFs we Slack every day, it’s no surprise that we are absolutely thrilled to welcome Johnny, Moira, Alexis, ‘Daviiid’ and the wonderfully unique residents of Schitt’s Creek to Hulu.”
In a way, any big move like this is a fitting one for Schitt’s Creek, considering it’s a series that starts with exactly that — a big move. Premiering on Canada’s CBC in 2015, Schitt’s Creek stars comedy great Eugene Levy as Johnny Rose, a former video chain store owner who finds himself nearly penniless after the IRS comes calling. Losing almost all of his assets, including his lavish home, Rose is forced to move to one of his few remaining holdings — the town of Schitt’s Creek, whose deed he forgot he held. Joining him is his wife Moira played by the absolute legend Catherine O’Hara, his son David played by Eugene Levy’s actual son Dan, and Johnny’s daughter Alexis played by Annie Murphy. To say that their transition from riches to rags is difficult doesn’t even come close to the truth. All four are used to the kind of wealth and status that means you never have to do anything for yourself, and when they find themselves living in a small town motel — where the mayor (Chris Elliott) steals their doors to get back at them for being rude — they are all utterly helpless.
In 2020, the final year of the show’s broadcast, Schitt’s Creek won more Primetime Emmy Awards than any other comedy in a single year. Along with other trophies, all four actors took home the awards for their respective categories — Eugene Levy and O’Hara for Best Actor and Best Actress, and Dan Levy and Murphy for the supporting categories. In total, the show snagged 9 Emmys, and was nominated for 6 others.
Schitt’s Creek was co-created by Eugene and Dan Levy, though it was the younger Levy who came up with the initial concept. According to him, Schitt’s Creek might not be over. It probably is, but the year the show ended, he said he was open to the idea of a Schitt’s Creek movie. Backstage at the Emmys, Levy said, “If there is an idea that pops into my head it has to be really freaking good because this is a nice way to say goodbye. Fingers crossed we get a nice idea popping into our head soon… I would love to work with these people again.”
For the time being, all six seasons of Schitt’s Creek are still streaming on Netflix. For invested fans not interested in a rewatch right now, there’s also the 44 minute documentary Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: A Schitt’s Creek Farewell. The Variety story does not mention whether or not Best Wishes will make the journey to Hulu along with the series.