Five Reasons Why Schitt’s Creek Should Be Your New Comfort Show

Schitt’s Creek is a Canadian sitcom created by father-son duo Eugene and Dan Levy. The final season was added to Netflix in October. You may have heard of the show during the 2020 Emmy Awards when they cleaned the comedy category. They are the first show to ever do so, and it is well deserved. Here are five reasons why Schitt’s Creek deserved that Emmy win — and why you should add it to your list.

  1. 1. The storyline is extremely interesting

    Johnny Rose, a wealthy video-store mogul, has lost all of his money because of a bad business manager and is forced to move himself and his family to the town Schitt’s Creek, which he bought as a joke for his son David. The family is offered two rooms in the Schitt’s Creek hotel, a drastic change from the million-dollar mansion they used to live in. Following the Roses as they learn to deal with their situation is so interesting and hilarious, and the writing of the show is outstanding. Most viewers may not be able to relate to the storyline of the über-rich family turned poor, but the human struggles they face over the course of the show are something many can sympathize with.

  2. 2. It has a diverse cast of characters

    Johnny Rose is an encouraging and guiding spirit in the show. He and Moira’s relationship is something I love to watch because they balance each other out so perfectly. While Johnny still has his selfish moments and is not her complete opposite, the two are entertaining nonetheless. 

    Moira Rose is a former soap opera actress. She is melodramatic and does not take this fall from wealth well. Her ability to make everything about herself and still be a more complex character is why she is one of my favorites. Also, her collection of wigs is one of my favorite parts of the show.

    David Rose is the oldest child of the family. He has a dry sense of humor and does not do so well socially in contrast with his other family members. He has a great eye for aesthetic and fashion that has not been hurt by having to move to Schitt’s Creek. 

    Alexis Rose is the youngest. She is a party girl who is somewhat aloof and not used to staying in one place for long. Her bubbly personality and surprising street knowledge proves to be useful in Schitt’s Creek. Alexis and David’s relationship reminded me of my relationship with my younger brother. The older sibling feels like they led the way for the younger sibling, and the parents are less involved in the younger sibling's life. 

    Roland Schitt is the mayor of Schitt’s Creek. He gives off a “small town off the side of the road” energy with his mullet and old pickup truck. Roland is known for being a little bit too friendly with the Roses. He offered them the rooms at the Schitt’s Creek Inn and helped them adjust to small town living. One of Roland’s best qualities is his honesty. He always says what is on his mind, no matter what it might be. Although it isn’t always a great thing, it's a very admirable quality.

    Jocelyn Schitt is Roland’s wife and teacher at Schitt’s Creek High School. She carries herself as the first lady of the town. She is involved in a lot of activities in the town and is very sweet and devoted. 

    Stevie Budd is one of my favorite characters on the show. She works at the motel and spends a lot of time dealing with the Roses. She’s very introverted and sarcastic. Her and David’s mutual dislike for social interactions makes them really good friends. If you tend to be a little bit of a pessimist like myself, you will identify with Stevie.

  3. 3. It's easy to watch

    Have you ever started a show, realized how long it was, and decided not to finish it? That won’t be the case with Schitt’s Creek. With this show, you can sit in front of your TV or computer for hours and then realize you watched a season and a half. I never get bored watching it. I finished it about a week ago and started it right over when I finished.

  4. 4. There is minimal drama

    Personally, I prefer sitcoms and comedy to drama and suspense. Since we’ve been in quarantine, dealing with uncertainty is hard, and I don’t like too much of it in my shows because there’s enough of it already in real life. Being able to sit down and watch a show and know that nobody is going to die from a car accident or plane crash (unlike Grey’s Anatomy) is comforting in a time like this.

  5. 5. It makes you feel good

    The character development in this show is unbelievable. It is amazing to see the community take in people when they are the most vulnerable and support them despite their differences. When I finished the show, I almost cried, and I am not a person who cries at anything. The final season aired this year, but not because of a cancellation; they decided on their own that they wanted the show to end. Knowing that the end was intentional makes viewers feel accomplished.

I recommend Schitt’s Creek to anyone that loves sitcoms. If you want to binge-watch it, Thanksgiving or holiday break would be the perfect time. In fact, if you have enough time, you could finish it in less than two weeks. I found myself watching it so much that I had to slow myself down and savor the last season. In any case, I highly recommend that you add this show to your list.