Oh, Canada! Schitt's Creek, the not-so-little comedy series out of Toronto, made history at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday evening, taking home nine total wins.
The mostly virtual ceremony, broadcast on ABC and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, saw the sitcom sweep all of the major comedy awards en route to setting multiple records with its nine total wins. The statue count bested the previous record of eight, set by Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (twice). Schitt's Creek, a Pop TV original series, sees its cast and crew celebrating its sendoff after six seasons and 80 episodes in the greatest way imaginable and in good humor, to boot. Upon receiving the news that the underdog series earned 15 nominations, series co-creator and co-star Daniel Levy told Entertainment Weekly, "It obviously feels very Schitt's Creek to get a bunch of award recognitions and not be able to actually go to the awards."
The broadcast started the night off with the show's clean sweep of the comedy awards starting with a win for Rose family matriarch portrayer Catherine O'Hara for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. This is O'Hara's first acting Emmy and second overall. She won back in 1982 for her writing work on Canadian sketch comedy show, Second City Television, or SCTV.
Next was patriarch Eugene Levy's turn, also picking up his first acting win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. He, too, previously won for his writing on SCTV, winning back-to-back statues in 1982 and 1983.
The Rose Family siblings were next, with first time winners Daniel Levy and Annie Murphy overjoyed at sharing in the victories with their beloved castmates and crew family after picking up wins for Outstanding Supporting Actor and Outstanding Supporting Actress. The tight-knit team behind the program gathered for a shared, socially distanced party in Toronto.
The father and son co-creators finished the sweep by accepting the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. The genuine excitement was palpable as the cast beamed with pride and cheered each other on as the announcements kept coming. Said comedy legend Eugene Levy of the experience working on the show,
As a dad, getting to work on camera for six years with both my kids, Daniel and Sarah, is such a joy and I couldn't be prouder," he said. "And that brings me to my multi-Emmy-nominated partner, Daniel Levy, who took our show that we came up with and brilliantly guided it to this little Emmy party tonight, so thank you, son.
They hyphenate talent Daniel Levy also picked up wins for best writing and best directing, becoming the first person to win an award in all four major disciplines in a single year. Schitt's Creek is the first series to win all seven major Emmy awards in a single year. The seven awards presented on Sunday join its previous Creative Emmy Wins earlier this week for contemporary costumes and casting.
The show may have wrapped its run, but there's a reason the series' buzz has been growing by leaps and bounds. The Canadian import is a satirical look at the Rose family who, after suddenly finding themselves broke when patriarch video-store magnate Johnny Rose has his empire ripped away from him, are forced to leave their disconnected, pampered lives to regroup in the small town of Schitt's Creek which Johnny previously purchased as a joke gift for his son David.