“I’m going to die with or without you,” Susan (Daniel Levy) tells Andrew (Charles Berling) in the opening minutes of the second season of Schitt’s Creek, the irreverent series created by Eugene Levy and his son Daniel Levy.
As the trio perseveres through the minutiae of everyday life—dealing with social media fans, international jetsetting, and the same-sex romance in the making—it’s easy to be swept away by the quirkiness of the eponymous fictitious town of Schitt’s Creek, which is based on the Levy family home in Canada.
My afternoon reading, as Susan cringes at Andrew’s female Viagra-obsessed collaborator—“j-loves” her—is treated with appropriate tongue-in-cheek gravity. Then, I give it another read in a crowded café, where I realize how genuinely sweet and witty the show really is—minus the guffaws that used to come with the following descriptor, “Adult Contemporary Comedy.”
Good news: In addition to setting up a fourth season, the show is celebrating its sophomore season with a beautifully illustrated coffee table book, compiled and published by HarperCollins. The glossy 224-page book features more than 100 full-page photos, documenting the shenanigans of pop star twins Geraldine and Sandra, horny shopkeepers, and actor Victor Garber (with Benjamin Bratt, the book’s other photo star) as he tours the Quebec City film festival to promote his film When The Game Stands Tall. The book covers every aspect of life in the fictitious town, from local politics to the show’s graphics team, from sets and costumes to characters and hilariously named characters like Freedom Townsend and Cockroach.
Without doubt, this is the book for a pot of java on a scorching day, or for a decidedly kindhearted book club on a July afternoon. And with the release of Schitt’s Creek: A Season of Life, we hope that the show’s legions of fans will be inspired to visit a bit closer to home, and be charmed by Schitt’s Creek, as well.