Forced to give up their outrageously lavish lifestyle after a fraudulent business deal, the wealthy Rose family’s only option is to move to their one remaining asset, a small town by the name of ‘Schitt’s Creek’ which was gifted as a joke to their only son David.
SCHITT’S CREEK (2015-2020) is a Canadian Series created by Daniel Levy (HAPPIEST SEASON (2020), and Eugene Levy (WAITING FOR GUFFMAN (1996), BEST IN SHOW (2000)). The hilariously awkward and perfectly over the top comedy started out as a niche CBC show but snowballed into an international success, receiving universal acclaim, and making history by becoming the first ever comedy show to win all seven comedy categories at this year’s Emmy Awards.
Much like the Rose family when they first move to the titular town, I never expected to fall in love with SCHITT’S CREEK when I first started watching it. I love Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara and was eager to see what they had come up with. From the very first episode both me and my sister were hooked. Every week, we would gather around my computer and tune in to another wonderfully cringey but enjoyable chapter in the lives of a rich family learning how to lead a middle class life.
The show is touching, surprising, and hilarious, with each member of the Rose family bringing their own outrageous style and sense of privilege that satirizes wealthy culture and observes it through a critical lens. I think that’s what is so wonderful about this series. It is funny and silly and a lot of the time exaggerated, but it also feels highly meaningful. Not only is it pointing out privilege and reflecting on it, it is also bringing to light what really matters in life: love. Throughout all 5 seasons of SCHITT’S CREEK, the Roses go from barely functional to a tight knit family unit that love each other to the core. Though the family themselves often avoid sentimentality, they all come to terms with it by the end.
In addition, the show has also been a leading light for the LGBTQ+ community. David, the son in the Rose family, is pansexual. While it is incredibly powerful that the show portrays a pansexual character (a sexuality that is often underrepresented), it also sticks out because the series’ portrayal of David is unaffected by his sexuality. David never experiences homophobia or any kind of hate or discrimination relating to his sexuality. This sends a powerful message that normalizes queerness and reinforces the belief that it does not have to be someone’s chief marker of identity. This is extremely important because many films or series with LGBTQ+ characters create an environment in which their sexuality or gender identity is their most important trait. It is something that changes their life dramatically and often negatively. Yet in this series, it is totally normal. In the words of David in season 1 who is trying to explain his sexuality to a friend, the show focuses on “the wine and not the label,” or rather the person rather than the label attached to that person.
This has had an incredible impact for many families because it has presented a world in which sexuality is not a big deal. Many people have even written to the creators of the show, thanking them for the representation and citing SCHITT’S CREEK as something that has helped them come out to their families and helped their relatives become more accepting.
Overall, SCHITT’S CREEK is an amazing watch. It is funny, theatrical, and perfectly poignant. It is something that I would highly recommend watching with family or friends but can also be enjoyed alone. Either way, with ‘kindest wishes and warmest regards’ it will certainly bring a smile to your face during this difficult time.