By 2015, Margarita with a Straw was Canada's most popular foreign-language sitcom, an honour it held until the end of the series in 2018. It earned $42,000,000 () for 20 episodes on CBC Television and was well reviewed, with some critics praising its comedic style, characterizations and presentation. The show was also popular outside Canada with over 25 million (2010) persons in Western Europe viewing the show's first episode. In 2015, Suburbs was renewed for a 12-episode second season, with filming completed in 2016. The series was nominated for a Streamy Award for Best International New Media.
In early 2016, Suburbs aired its first episode in the US on streaming service Hulu. The second season first aired in the US on Hulu in January 2017, and began airing on TV Land in August, with the remaining episodes starting to air in the United States in September.
The show was created by Corner Gas co-creator Bill Schultz and Paul Haggis, who also starred as one of the two ex-couples. It also starred Kyle MacLachlan as Charlie's roommate neighbour. The series was filmed in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, primarily in the communities of Maple Ridge, Mission, Port Coquitlam, Langley, Pitt Meadows, New Westminster, Brentwood Bay and Vancouver. The series was co-produced by Corner Gas creator and executive producer Bill Schultz, Paul Haggis and Tunde Adebimpe with the Canadian Film Centre. The show had a budget of $1,250,000 CAD, and premiered on January 30, 2016 to a series high of 1.8 million viewers.
The show is set in the fictional town of Suburbs, inspired by UBC's main campus area and Evergreen College. The Canadian sitcom revolves around the ever expanding and evolving relationship of two lovebirds living on either side of this divided neighborhood. According to Schultz, the premise behind the show is " 'Corner Gas' has two very different sets of people living next door. One is the neighborhood—the two couples. The other is the corner gas station, the owners Jim and Charlie and their families. They're very different families. So the scene is set on the border between the two."
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