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These 30 Shows Will Fill The ‘Schitt's Creek’ Void In Your Watchlist

These options have all the love, silliness, and family dysfunction you need.

by Jessica Wang
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Dan and Eugene Levy’s beloved series Schitt’s Creek wrapped its sixth and final season in 2020, forever leaving a wig-sized hole in viewers’ hearts. The stirring conclusion included all the feels: David (Dan Levy) and Patrick (Noah Reid) said “I do,” Alexis (Annie Murphy) embarked on a solo move to New York City, and Moira (Catherone O’Hara) and Johnny (Eugene Levy) hit the road to film the Sunrise Bay revival in California. Following the series’ end, we’ve compiled a list of 30 shows to watch to fill the Schitt’s Creek void. While the lack of delightful Schitt’s Creekisms — like Alexis’ “ew, David!” and Moira’s “bébé” — will sadly be absent, these TV alternatives run parallel to the themes of family, love, and a bit of dysfunction prevalent in the offbeat Canadian comedy.

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With Kim’s Convenience, for example, viewers get that same feel-good flair. The series follows a Korean Canadian family of four and their experiences while running a convenience store filled by eccentric patrons. With Shameless, the show’s patriarch and six children deal with familial dysfunction that recalls some of the clashes between the Roses. With One Day at a Time, the series’ central Cuban American family, led by an independent single mother, recalls the resilience of the Roses.

Like Schitt’s Creek, these 30 options put family — or, those who become family — front and center in hilarious and insightful ways. From comedies to dramas to everything in between, these shows all have the heart (and silliness) that we fell for in Schitt's Creek.

1. Arrested Development

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Much like the Roses, the Bluths — an eccentric and wealthy bunch — find their lives turned upside down when patriarch George Bluth Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor) is sent to prison for fraud. George's son Michael (Jason Bateman) is then left to contend with the family real estate business amid the fallout from his father's incarceration. Remember: There's always money in the banana stand. The series is currently streaming on Netflix.

2. Kim’s Convenience

This endearing Canadian sitcom follows the Kims, a Korean Canadian family of four — patriarch Appa (Paul Sun-Hyung Lee), matriarch Umma (Jean Yoon), photography student Janet (Andrea Bang), and Handy Car Rental employee Jung (Simu Liu) — dealing with life's oddities while running a convenience store in Toronto. If you loved the quirky locals of Schitt's Creek, you'll love the eccentric patrons of Kim's Convenience. The series is currently streaming on Netflix.

3. Grace & Frankie

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. That's it. That's the pitch. At the center of this offbeat comedy are Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin), two women who form an unlikely bond when their husbands decide to leave them — for each other. With an all-star cast that includes Sam Waterston and Michael Sheen, fans will recognize the heart and humor that also reside within the world of Schitt's Creek. The series is currently streaming on Netflix.

4. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

In this madcap series from Tina Fey, Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) must relearn how to navigate the world after she's rescued from cult captivity, having spent 15 years living in an underground bunker. With help from her roommate Titus (Tituss Burgess) and employer Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski), Kimmy experiences a rebirth that can be paralleled to the Roses' character evolutions. The series is currently streaming on Netflix.

5. Shameless

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Adapted from a British series of the same name, this Showtime series follows a dysfunctional family led by patriarch Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy). A single father of six, Frank’s alcoholism leaves his fiercely independent children to contend with life on their own in this unorthodox dramedy that provides a nuanced take on family. The series is currently streaming on Netflix.

6. Transparent

Transparent follows Maura Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor), a divorced parent of three who comes out as transgender to her adult children. Set against the backdrop of Los Angeles, more and more layers of family secrets are unraveled in this offbeat dramedy, that — like Schitt’s Creek —even occasionally veers into musical territory. The series is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

7. Atypical

This coming-of-age series follows Sam Gardner (Keir Gilchrist), a teen on the autism spectrum, as he navigates the murky waters of romance and high school. While Sam explores his own independence, his mother Elsa (Jennifer Jason Leigh), father Doug (Michael Rapaport), and sister Casey (Brigette Lundy-Paine) must contend with their own self-realizations in a series that explores coming into one’s own. The series is currently streaming on Netflix.

8. Raising Hope

Raising Hope follows Jimmy Chance (Lucas Neff), a 23-year-old who discovers he shares a child with a woman he had a one-night stand with — who also just so happens to be a convicted serial killer. Jimmy is left to raise their daughter, Hope, with help from his eccentric parents and grandmother in this sitcom that embraces the perplexing quirks of life, love, and family. The series is currently streaming on Hulu.

9. Workin’ Moms

This Canadian sitcom follows four working mothers who form a strong friendship after meeting at a support group. Set in Toronto, Workin’ Moms was inspired by the experiences of creator and star Catherine Reitman, who stars as PR executive Kate Foster. The series offers a hilarious and modern take on attempting to balance motherhood, career, love, and life. The series is currently streaming on Netflix.

10. Parks & Recreation

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If you enjoyed the zany locals of Schitt’s Creek, you’ll enjoy the offbeat citizens of Pawnee, Indiana. Parks and Recreation follows the adventures of impassioned government employee Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) as she strives for the betterment of her town. With its ongoing gags and lovable characters, this comedy series possesses the same heart and humor that also reside within Schitt’s Creek. The series is currently streaming on Peacock.

11. The Good Place

Created by the same minds behind Parks and Recreation, The Good Place is an unorthodox series packed with themes of mortality and philosophy. It follows Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) after she dies and finds that she’s made it into the Good Place — only nothing is quite as it seems. What does it mean to be good? Who’s to say, but the evolution of our four afterlife heroes calls to mind the clever evolutions exhibited by the Roses. The series is currently streaming on Netflix.

12. Champions

From comedy connoisseur Mindy Kaling, Champions follows manchild Vince (Anders Holm), whose bachelor lifestyle is turned upside down when he discovers he has a 15-year-old son, Michael (Josie Totah), with his high school fling Priya (Kaling). With help from his brother Matthew (Andy Favreau), Vince must now contend with what it means to support a family. The series is currently streaming on Netflix.

13. Santa Clarita Diet

This horror-comedy follows Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and Joel (Timothy Olyphant), married realtors whose lives are upturned when Sheila undergoes a bizarre transformation into a zombie. The two must continue to navigate suburban life — including raising a teenage daughter and dealing with pesky neighbors — as they get to the root of the condition. Whether you lose your fortune and end up in a town you bought as a joke, or perhaps join the realm of the undead with cravings for human flesh, one thing’s for certain: Families have to stick together. The series is currently streaming on Netflix.

14. One Day at a Time

In this reboot of Norman Lear's 1975 sitcom of the same name, One Day a Time follows Penelope Alvarez (Justina Machado), an independent single mother raising two teens with help from her more traditional mother, Lydia (the legendary Rita Moreno), and her intrusive neighbor, Schneider (Todd Grinnell). A feel-good family sitcom, the series is strengthened by its narratives examining mental health, identity, and the immigrant experience. The first three seasons are currently streaming on Netflix. The fourth season is available to stream on Paramount+.

15. Everybody Hates Chris

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Based on the life of comedian Chris Rock, Everybody Hates Chris follows teen Chris (Tyler James Williams) as he navigates the ups and downs of life in 1980s Brooklyn, New York. Along with the misadventures of attending an all-white school, Chris must contend with his kooky family — composed of dad Julius (Terry Crews), mom Rochelle (Tichina Arnold), sister Tonya (Imani Hakim), and brother Drew (Tequan Richmond) — in this sitcom narrated by Rock himself. The series is currently streaming on CBS and Hulu.

16. Weeds

Jenji Kohan’s dark Showtime dramedy follows Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker), a widowed mother of two who begins selling marijuana in order to support her family. After her husband’s death leaves her in debt, Nancy enlists brother-in-law Andy (Justin Kirk) and pothead city councilman Doug (Kevin Nealon) for her new business venture in this hilarious take on suburban life. The series is currently available to purchase on Amazon Prime Video.

17. Community

This cult-favorite series follows Jeff Winger (Joel McHale), a lawyer forced to enroll at a community college after his degree is revoked. With the initial agenda of getting closer to a co-ed, Jeff forms a study group that results in an eclectic mix of students who go on to become close friends. This absurdist and inventive comedy features an ensemble cast with Gillian Jacobs, Donald Glover, Ken Jeong, Alison Brie, Chevy Chase, and Yvette Nicole Brown. The comedy is currently streaming on Hulu and Netflix.

18. 30 Rock

Based loosely on Tina Fey’s experiences on Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock follows Liz Lemon (Fey), the head writer of a sketch comedy series, as well as the show’s outlandish cast and crew. A satire of the entertainment biz, the zany characters (brought to life by TV veterans Tracy Morgan, Alec Baldwin, and Jane Krakowski) and humor run parallel to the oddities and warmth brought to life in Schitt’s Creek. The series is currently streaming on Peacock.

19. Veep

This political satire follows Vice President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) as she navigates the unpredictabilities of public office and her personal life. Along with her fellow eclectic and acid-tongued public servants, Selina finds that the role of VP isn’t quite as she expects it to be in this stellar comedy that also stars Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, and Matt Walsh. The series is currently streaming on HBO Max.

20. Modern Family

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This ABC comedy arrived on screens to massive fanfare in 2009 for good reason. Offering a contemporary take on the family sitcom, Modern Family follows three generations of the Pritchett family. The series explores the hijinks of patriarch Jay (TV veteran Ed O’Neill) and his new wife (Sofía Vergara), along with the respective families of his two adult children, Claire (Julie Bowen) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), who are raising children of their own. It’s currently streaming on Peacock and Hulu.

21. Dead to Me

Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini shine in this dark comedy about two women who form an impermeable bond after meeting at a grief support group. Jen (Applegate) is a recent widow, and Judy (Cardellini) is an enigmatic artist who has also experienced a loss of her own. The dry wit and humor in this smart and unpredictable series, which explores grief and friendship through a nuanced lens, recalls the dry humor that made us fall in love with Moira and David Rose. The series is currently streaming on Netflix.

22. New Girl

If you loved the feel-good antics of Schitt’s Creek, New Girl might be calling your name. A group of lovable guys sees their world change when bubbly teacher Jess (Zooey Deschanel) moves into their loft. The show provides countless new catchphrases to pick up, and you’ll find that Schmidt’s (Max Greenfield) one-of-a-kind mannerisms are almost as fun to mimic as Moira’s. New Girl is breezy to watch (and rewatch) with more than 140 episodes to enjoy. The series is currently streaming on Netflix.

23. Portlandia

Think about the oddest characters you’ve seen around Schitt’s Creek. Now double the weird, and dedicate a whole series of vignettes to their everyday lives around a small but lively city, and you’ve got Portlandia. Starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, this hilarious show features recurring characters and guest stars (Jeff Goldblum, among them). But its sketch format lends itself to standalone viewing, too. Either way, much like the town on Schitt’s Creek, Portlandia’s a place you want to keep coming back to. The series is currently streaming on Netflix.

24. Succession

Don’t watch Succession if you want any of the fluffy, fun heart of Schitt’s Creek. Do watch it, though, if you want to see another take on a very rich family and the ways the adult children still struggle with their stilted upbringing. This Emmy-winning series makes the Roses’ newfound freedom in Schitt’s Creek look even more appealing. The series is currently streaming on HBO Max.

25. Fleabag

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If you’re obsessed with the witty, playful back-and-forth of Schitt’s Creek’s iconic dialogue, you might want to check out Fleabag. Not only is it a hilarious, heartfelt show about a frequently fourth-wall-breaking woman (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) navigating guilt and dating, but Dan Levy himself is a huge fan, once tweeting that “Fleabag is so perfectly written I don’t quite know how to process it.” The series is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

26. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Schitt’s Creek showed us what happens when the ultra-wealthy join the regular world. But what about the other way around? In one of the most beloved fish-out-of-water sitcoms ever, Will (Will Smith) — the titular Fresh Prince of Bel-Air — leaves his home in Philly for his relatives’ mansion in California, befriending his David- and Alexis-esque cousins along the way. The show is currently streaming on HBO Max.

27. The Nanny

Like Fresh Prince, The Nanny is another show with an iconic theme song that breaks it all down for you. Effervescent Fran Fine (Fran Drescher) stumbles upon a life nannying for dashing widower Mr. Sheffield’s (Charles Shaughnessy) kids, and the lavish lifestyle isn’t the only thing she falls in love with along the way. Always sharply dressed, Fran would also inspire major closet envy from Alexis, Moira, and David. The series is currently streaming on HBO Max.

28. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Starring and co-created by Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend centers on a lawyer, Rebecca, who leaves her successful life in New York behind to follow a childhood crush to West Covina, California. Much like the Roses, Rebecca finds family and wonderful, lasting relationships in the unassuming locale. The circumstances that got her there are very different, sure. But this musical dramedy, that also focuses largely on Rebecca’s mental health journey, might have something in store for those who loved Schitt’s Creek’s character development and charming, kind-hearted ensemble. The series is currently streaming on Netflix.

29. Superstore

If you loved Schitt’s Creek’s assortment of zany and lovable townies, from sweet Twyla to oblivious Bob, you’ll find familiar shades of quirky antics in Cloud 9’s associates. There’s also plenty of romance and big, beautiful moments set against the backdrop of working in a big-box store. The series is currently streaming on Hulu.

30. Ted Lasso

For many people, this underdog story — starring Jason Sudeikis as an American college football coach who hops across the pond to lead an English soccer team — arrived at just the right time to satisfy post-Schitt’s Creek cravings for something sweet and hilarious. If you loved the abundant heart of the Roses, this award-winning show might be for you. The series is currently streaming on Apple TV+.

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