It’s not uncommon for me to get really “in” to a TV show – actually it’s probably too common if I’m being honest…
Previous addictions include Glee (which has NOT aged well), Yonderland (which would be my specialist subject on Mastermind), Doctor Who (up to DT era, I’ve lost the love of it since), Buffy The Vampire Slayer (I <3 Spike) and waaaaaaaaay back in the day – SM:TV Live (don’t be a Jigglypuff…).
Lockdown, and Netflix and BritBox, have given me the opportunity to deep dive and binge my way through a few new things, and I even managed to watch ALL of Downton Abbey (including the film – does everyone else still miss Matthew?) But the total surprise of the selection? A little Canadian sitcom by the name of Schitt’s Creek.
There’s been a bit of hype recently as the final season dropped on US Netflix at the start of October (it’s been available in the UK since May), so I thought I’d give it a shufty. Netflix had suggested I watch it enough times, but I’ve struggled to enjoy North American sitcoms in the past, or fallen out of love with them very quickly (New Girl, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Glee…) so I’d not been tempted.
But oh my god, am I glad I gave this one a punt!
The Rose family lose all their many millions of dollars thanks to a dodgy business manager. They are left only with the clothes they can carry and, bizarrely, a small town with a funny name that Jonathan Rose bought his son David as a joke – Schitt’s Creek. The family are obnoxious, rude, completely out of touch with “real” life, and desperate to find a way out of living in a rundown Motel in the sleepy little town. Starring Eugene Levy (American Pie) and his real life son Dan Levy (who also writes the show) as Johnny and David, and Catherine O’Hara (Home Alone) and Anne Frances as Moira and Alexis.
The first season takes a bit of faith – David and his sister Alexis are bratty, entitled, and totally lacking in sympathy, but not completely unlikable, and Johnny and Moira are condescending and at times cruel, and turn their noses up at the kind actions of the eccentric locals. So why stick with it? Because their character arcs are wonderful – thanks to their situation and the people around them, they gradually start to realise the power of family, friendship and love – including love for themselves. And that goes for the residents of Schitt’s Creek too.
I don’t want to delve into spoilers here – I think I might do a rewatch and blog about the episodes upon a second viewing – but the way the programme handles everything with such a positive and happy attitude, especially LGBTQ+ relationships, makes it worth the watch. I can’t say I’ve watched a show that has made me feel like a better person afterwards for doing so, but that’s precisely what Schitt’s Creek has done.
Also, it’s worth watching just for Moira’s accent and fashion, David’s sweatshirts, Alexis saying David, and Johnny’s eyebrows. And did I mention it swept the Emmy’s this year, with all four Roses achieving Best Actor awards, as well as writing and director trophies?
All 6 seasons of Schitt’s Creek, plus a 45 minute documentary, are on Netflix now – they’re only 25 minute episodes, so give it a go. WARNING – you may never get Tina Turner or Mariah Carey out of your head by the end of it though. And I’d love to know what you think of it!
Best wishes to you. Warmest Regards.