Schitt’s Creek is amazing. It is such a special show. I was late to the party when it came to watching the show seeing as it has been on the air since 2015. I’ve been watching it win awards for years and people have been telling me to watch it for a very long time, but I just never thought it was for me. Since I have a lot of free time I’ve been just binging show after show and finally getting around to shows like this that have been on my radar for a long time. I wish I watched this show earlier and I was worried it wouldn't be up to the hype, but I was happily mistaken.
This show is a must-see. I watched it in just over a week. There are six seasons which can be a bit daunting to get into a new show, but there are only thirteen episodes per season and they are only twenty minutes each. Something I like about this show is that you don’t have to pay attention to every second of it you can have it on in the background or watch it while you do other things. This is where it reminds me of other shows like Modern Family or Friends in that respect.
The last few episodes of this show were so emotional and beautiful to watch. I think they did a good job setting up the directions each character was going in. It is kind of open ended and allows you to make your own conclusions for the characters. I love that they kept David in Schitt’s Creek with Patrick and that the Rose family is back on their feet and doing big things. I like that they learn to appreciate their time in Schitt’s Creek and the people they have met that have supported them the past few years. I think Johnny, Stevie, and Roland franchising the Rosebud motel is kind of like Johnny taking a piece of Schitt’s Creek with him. The final scene takes place and the motel which I find so fitting, seeing as this is where it all began. It usually takes a lot for me to cry at the end of a show and I definitely cried tears of joy.
It usually takes me a long time to get attached to a show and its characters. I started and finished this show in a little over a week and I was fully invested in the characters and their stories. The characters are so unique and well developed. The actors bring them to life, they feel so real and they are so so funny. You end up feeling so passionate about these characters and wanting them to get the happy ending they deserve. The right path that fits where the character is currently and where they should be moving towards in the future. For example in the last few episodes they talked about the possibility of David and Patrick having kids. Them staying in Schitts Creek and buying a house implies that David isn't done in Schitt's Creek and there is more story there. It is open ended, there are many different possibilities for the character.
The writing in the show is extremely clever. The characters are well written and it is so funny to watch. It brought me a lot of joy and comfort at times when I felt down. It is a great show for a rainy day. Daniel and Eugene Levy are very smart and funny people, and I love that this is a family project. One of my favourite aspects of the show is the costume design. It is absolutely incredible and unique compared to other shows like this. Every episode I'm excited to see Moira's outrageous outfits and what David’s sweaters say. I think the outfits say a lot about the characters. Moira carries herself with such confidence and doesn't put up with anyone. It is her way or the high way and this is expressed through her extensive wardrobe. The characters all have very distinct features of their outfits that you associate with their characters. Stevie has her plaid shirts, Johnny has his suits, David has his sweaters, and Moira has her wigs. It is all carefully and beautifully curated.
I really like the positive portrayal of Patrick and David’s relationship. They didn’t get political or show a lot of the usual hardship and prejudice that is typically shown on tv and in films when promoting issues LGBTQ people face. Here in Schitt’s Creek, a rural town, nobody cares that David is gay, everyone loves and supports him and his relationship with Patrick. I love that Schitt’s Creek shares a message just by being on the air. I think Schitt’s Creek does a good job of showcasing what society should look like. One of my favourite scenes is when Stevie is asking David about his sexuality and he says “I like the wine, not the label”. I like the approach of addressing these issues in society by simply providing an example of what life looks like when everyone accepts and loves each other. I think its an interesting and refreshing approach. I just find a lot of shows in an attempt to bring representation always show being gay as such a struggle and not normalized in society. This show has done a lot for these communities even in their personal lives like walking at the Pride Parade in Toronto.
As a Canadian who wants to go into the entertainment industry, I think Schitt’s Creek represents success in Canada and the future of the industry. This show is amazing and to see it do so well especially on Netflix, an American platform many years later is really cool. I’m really proud of this show and what it represents. I highly recommend this show and you should definitely go check it out. The second you are done with the show I also recommend watching the “Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: A Schitt’s Creek Farewell” because you will cry and understand how special this little show that could really is.