Review: Schitt’s Creek

Schitt's Creek TV show title opening.

Schitt’s Creek is the show you’ve either been constantly hearing about for like a year now, or the one you’ve never heard of. Either way, you should already be watching this Emmy-winning show. The mega-rich lose their millions and have to live in squalor – it’s an old concept, but with these fresh characters and an ungodly wardrobe budget, you won’t be able to resist.

Schitt's Creek David Rose is obsessed with this GIF.

Meet the Roses: Moira, the retired soap star, Johnny, her put-upon husband who got swindled by his business partner, their socialite daughter, Alexis, with enough travel stories to fill a very misguided atlas. And, of course, David. He is the true heart of it all, played by the series’ creator, Dan Levy. He is tragic, witty, and above all, an icon.

Funny David Rose (portrayed by Dan Levy) gif where he plans on popping a pill, crying a bit, and falling asleep early.

Watching these characters try to adjust to small-town life is a contrary delight. Alexis’s actress (Annie Murphy) should copyright that level of body language because seriously. It’s ridiculous. And it works. Her sibling relationship with David is so natural, with a level of mutual torment I can only aspire to.


Dad’s dead.

(Fear not, dear reader. Their dad wasn’t dead.)

Moira (Catherine O’Hara) was a difficult character for me to connect to – she is so outrageous, so absolutely out of the box that she will make you forget the concept, that she can almost be a caricature. This does make for some wildly funny moments, and it makes her more serious moments all the more appealing for it.

Johnny (Eugene Levy) is the enjoyable straight man, except for his eyebrows, which should have been nominated for their own Emmy at this point.

Moira and Johnny Rose looking absolutely put out by something, featuring Johnny Rose's massive eyebrows.

There is also a surprise addition in Season Three which just makes the show that more delightful. No spoilers, but if you get to the end of Season Two and think ‘Well, it’s nice, but I’m not sure I want more…’ You want more. Trust me.

A mysterious Schitt's Creek Character (Stevie) approves of another mysterious Schitt's Creek character, who is very nervously sitting in a diner booth.

Featuring the best pansexuality metaphor I’ve seen yet (although missing out on a joke that everyone thinks rosé is just for 21 year olds), this show is full of heart, laughter, and outrageous wigs.

Schitt’s Creek is, at its essence, about the Roses becoming better people. They start out shallow, conceited, and downright mean – but through self-improvement, self-acceptance, and genuine connections with the right people – they each have their own little transformation. It’s not as in your face as The Good Place, but it doesn’t need to be. It is ridiculous, oddly-dressed, inclusive happiness. What more can you ask for?

Schitt's Creek Alexis (Annie Murphy) offers you a bunch of yellow flowers. You should accept.

It’s simply the best.

But, Eleanor, I hear you ask. Is it gay?

David Rose is very smug and sure about something.

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