*Spoilers Ahead* Schitt’s Creek has never really been on my superfan radar. I’ve watched random episodes here and there, but usually had another series I was busy fangirling over at the time.
And then I moved to a small town.
Struggling to adjust to life on the farm, while grappling with a series of family crises to the point that I believed our move was cursed, I desperately needed mindless entertainment to take my mind off things… and that’s when I rediscovered the glorious celebration of life and love that is Schitt’s Creek.
The premise of this Emmy Award winning comedy gem from Canada is simple: The filthy rich Rose family – comprising video store tycoon Johnny Rose, his soap opera star wife Moira, and their two adult children David and Alexis – find themselves bankrupt and out on the street, and are forced to move to the only asset they have left: a one horse town called Schitt’s Creek, that Johnny once bought as a gag birthday gift for his son.
Completely out of touch with the realities of normal life, and living in a ramshackle motel, the 6-season series follows the misadventures of the four Roses as they navigate a more ordinary existence, away from the trappings of their former wealth.
Schitt’s Creek is as funny as it is heartwarming. Here are five reasons why you should change your Schitt’s Creek status from Watch List to Actively Watching.
1. Character Development
When we first meet the Roses they are out of touch, over the top, and ready to skip town at the first opportunity. But by Season 3 you are actively rooting for their happiness.
And let’s not forget the quirky residents of Schitt’s Creek – from motel clerk Stevie to Mayor Roland Schitt. You’ll love getting to know them as the seasons go by.
Each character is a fully rounded individual. Watch the post-series “Best Wishes, Warmest Regards” for insights into the lengths that show creators, father and son duo Eugene and Dan Levy (who play Johnny and David respectively) went to to develop each character before the cameras started rolling.
2. Embracing LGBTQ
Think of the majority of series and films with LGBTQ storylines and you’ll think of struggle and conflict. This doesn’t happen in Schitt’s Creek, and is the result of a deliberate decision made by the show’s creators to create a world of absolute acceptance, support and love.
In addition to David’s shenanigans throughout the series, Schitt’s Creek also produces one of the most beautiful relationships in TV history in the form of David and Patrick.
In fact, there are only a few occasions that sexuality is ever addressed in the series, including this iconic exchange between David and Stevie…
Stevie: So, just to be clear… I’m a red wine drinker.
David: That’s fine.
Stevie: Okay, cool. I only drink red wine. And up until last night, I was under the impression that you, too, only drank red wine. But I guess I was wrong?
David: I see where you’re going with this. Um, I do drink red wine. But I also drink white wine. And I’ve been known to sample the occasional rosé. And a couple summers back I tried a merlot that used to be a chardonnay, which got a bit complicated.
Stevie: Oh, so you’re just really open to *all* wines.
David: I like the wine and not the label. Does that make sense?
… and when Moira gets invited to Ronnie’s house for some political canvassing, and misunderstands what Ronnie means by her addressing a “key demographic”.
3. Moira Rose – Fashion, Wigs & An Outlandish Vocabulary
Moira Rose (played by Catharine O’Hara) is no ordinary mom; she can’t even remember her daughter Alexis’s second name. But all her shortcomings make her even more lovable, and whether you’re here for her screaming, outlandish vocabulary and obscure accent, her uniquely quirky fashion sense or her hysterical wig collection – there’s a Moira for every viewer. Over the course of six seasons, she’s come up with some pearls:
- “I’m positively bedeviled with meetings, et cetera.”
- “Alexis, don’t be ridiculous. That’s exactly the kind of paranoia that makes me weary of spending time with you.”
- “What you did was impulsive, capricious, and melodramatic… but it was also wrong.”
- “David, stop acting like a disgruntled pelican.”
- Alexis: “What’s your favourite season?”
- “Where is bébé’s chamber?”
4. David and Patrick
David and Patrick’s love story is one for the ages, and you are guaranteed to catch feelings during the course of seasons 3 – 6.
Of course, our David Rose had a variety of interesting conquests during the course of the series – including a rather complicated throuple – but from the moment they met to the final seconds of the very last episode, they will make you believe in true love.
5. Short Episodes
Let’s be real: It’s difficult to binge too many episodes of any series in one sitting. The great news is that each episode of Schitt’s Creek averages around 22 minutes, which means you can easily binge a season in one evening. Plus, short and punchy episodes are just the pockets of happiness one needs in this crazy world.
BONUS: Satisfying Series Ending
Guys – what is it with our favourite and most beloved series having the crappiest series ending? Dexter. Game of Thrones. How I Met Your Mother. The list goes on…
Schitt’s Creek has undoubtedly the perfectly most satisfying series conclusion. It wraps things up while leaving the offscreen continuation of the story up to the fans’ imagination. It leaves you wanting more, but in a good way. It’s perfect. Just perfect.