Some have compared the writing on Schitt’s Creek to 30 Rock, and that comparison is certainly merited. The script is filled with laugh-a-minute, tongue-in-cheek references and zingers to the point where it’s possible to be laughing at one and, in the process, miss another. Hey, that’s what repeat viewings are for!
Moira Rose, in general
Catherine O’Hara earned an Emmy nomination this year for her work on the show, and it’s not hard to figure out why. Moira is an image-obsessed, materialistic, (somewhat) bad mother to Alexis and David. Yet, as she progresses, she starts to—sometimes—put others’ needs before her own. She’s totally lovable in her own way, oddly enchanting in her aloofness and absurdity, and her outfits are incredible.
An honest look at relationships
Whether it’s Moira and Johnny, David and Patrick or Alexis and Ted, Schitt’s Creek excels at showing relationships as they really are; the highs, the lows, and everything in between. That doesn’t mean couples don’t fight, but the drama doesn’t feel contrived or done to “keep the characters interesting.”
David Rose is pansexual, and unlike many other programs that deal with sexual orientations outside of the “LG” part of LGBT, the show outwardly states that and even has David explain what that means to a confused friend. There isn’t much in terms of pansexual representation on TV today, so David is a landmark character in that regard. Also notable is his boyfriend, Patrick, who is gay, and the way their relationship takes center stage rather than being pushed aside.
The character development
By all accounts, the Roses should be unlikable and unsympathetic—they’re snobby former billionaires, after all. But while that aspect of their characters is something the first season of the show heavily leans on, later seasons show the Rose family playing an active role in the town, forming friendships and even enjoying small-town life. They realize the errors—yes, plural—of their ways and grow as people, and it’s hilarious to watch them slowly understand the world doesn’t revolve around them.
Going along with “character development,” it’s also heartwarming to watch the Roses start caring about each other and taking a real interest in each other’s lives. Siblings Alexis and David go from yelling and bickering on a constant basis (“You get murdered first for once, David!”) to understanding and comforting each other when life doesn’t go their way. It’s also touching to see Moira and Johnny start the show by admitting they don’t know much about their children to, well, actually starting to parent them and wanting to spend time with them.
The way the Rose family dresses echoes their former high-class status, with designer labels like Alexander McQueen, Prada, Givenchy and more. For fashion enthusiasts, Schitt’s Creek is worth watching just to drool over the main characters’ outfits.
“Ew, David!” “Fold in the cheese.” “The pedals make it move more!” “You’re my Mariah Carey.”
If these quotes don’t at least make you smile, do yourself a favor: Sit down, open Netflix and start watching Schitt’s Creek.
There are many reasons this splendid sitcom was nominated for four Emmys this year. To offer a brief overview, the show is about formerly wealthy people who lose everything and end up living in a tiny town called—you guessed it—Schitt’s Creek. It’s a program that abounds with well-written laughs, heart and haute couture, with nuanced character development that rivals many hour-long dramas.
With its fifth season now streaming on Netflix and the sixth and final batch of episodes airing next January, now’s the perfect time to invite Johnny (Eugene Levy), Moira (Catherine O'Hara), David (Daniel Levy) and Alexis Rose (Annie Murphy) into your life. Here are seven reasons we think you won’t regret it.