#CurrentlyWatching: Schitt’s Creek

The #CurrentlyWatching feature is back by popular demand. I haven’t tweaked it too much, because why change a winning formula? However, there will no longer be a “why you might not enjoy show XY”-section, simply for the reason that I can never think of why you shouldn’t watch something and in addition to that, I just hope that your own judgment while reading the post will give you a feel on whether you might like it or not. So, without further ado, let’s talk about today’s spotlighted show: Schitt’s Creek!

Schitt’s Creek (stylized Schitt$ Creek, but I am too lazy to do that throughout the entire post) is a Canadian sitcom created by Eugene Levy and his son, Dan Levy, and is currently in its 4th season. Those of you who know me very well, know that I struggle with keeping up with sitcoms/comedy shows, simply because my attention span is better built for the story arcs of dramas. Yet, I swear, I wouldn’t miss an episode of Schitt’s Creek for the world of me. It’s inappropriate as hell but always hilarious and refreshing.

The show centers around a family who loses their entire fortune and is forced to rebuild their life in their only remaining asset, a small town in the middle of nowhere. Naturally, their previous lifestyle and habits clash with the good-natured locals as they build their new home in the town’s motel.

In my opinion, this show flies a little under the radar and it’s such a shame. I only discovered it when I was in Canada last year and binged through all of the available episodes right away. In the beginning it reminded me of a German show called “Arme Millionäre” (which translates to “poor millionaires”) and I think that is why I first stuck with it, but Schitt’s Creek is more than capable to stand on its own.

One of my favorite parts about it all is the cast! Aside from the formidable main cast (I swear, Dan Levy is one of my favorite humans and the light of my life), there’s also a whole lot of secondary actors/actresses and cameos that I simply could squeal over for days. Just to name a few I was really excited to see, there’s Dustin Milligan, Tim Rozon, Noah Reid, Francois Arnaud and Steve Lund. As the seasons went on, I just knew that I wouldn’t be disappointed in whoever showed up next.

The chemistry is just off the charts and works on all available levels, be it the on-screen-marriage of Catharine O’Hara and Eugene Levy, the sibling rivalry of Alexis and David, the blossoming friendship of David and motel receptionist Stevie or whatever other possible combination you can think of. Especially that last one captured my heart though, and I would call their scenes together among my most precious each episode.

Another point of why I enjoy this show so much is the writing. While it can be full of crude and definitely partially offensive humour, it is also written extremely witty and with such heart. Initially, the Roses aren’t a very likable family and definitely not the relatable kind, but they do grow on you tremendously as they grow. This shows mostly in the scenes where the family allows themselves to actually form bonds with the citizens of Schitt’s Creek. Also, I wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t fascinated with the respective romantic pursuits of Alexis and David, which also lead to some of the more substantial character growth on their part.

Lastly, the mention of David leads me to my final and among most important points. David Rose is an openly pansexual character on TV and I am 100% here for that representation! Aside from the fact that pan characters are rare to begin with, I simply ADORED the unexcited and casual way they introduced his sexuality and treated it thereafter. While Schitt’s Creek as a whole is definitely always on the joking side, they never make fun of him (for that! We do laugh about David’s character in general a lot though) and I value that a lot.

I think that was more than enough information for now. I will just let that all sink in and hope that you know you can ask me anything you like in the comment section below!

Could I convince you to try Schitt’s Creek? Did you already watch it before this post? Let’s chat!

Also, you are welcome to suggest TV shows you would like me to write about or hear more of. I already have 3 more planned for now, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t check out the ones you suggest!