By Ethan Cannistra, Staff Writer
Schitt’s Creek tells the story of a rich family that has all of their assets taken away from them, except for a small town in the middle of nowhere called Schitt’s Creek. As a result of losing their home and all of their money, the family is forced to move into a motel located in the town. Throughout the show, the family must figure out a way to get back on their feet while also coming to appreciate their life in Schitt’s Creek.
The best aspect of Schitt’s Creek is the characters and, more specifically, all of the members of the Rose family: David, Moira, John and Alexis. All of the characters come off as very extreme and overdramatic, but this is a good thing. The family’s extreme personalities allow for great chemistry with the other characters in the town. The Rose family comes from a very privileged background when they are thrown into a middle-class rural town. The family does not know how to behave in this new environment or how to interact with the people in Schitt’s Creek. This dynamic can be specifically seen with the relationship between the Rose family and the mayor of the town, Roland Schitt. Throughout the series the posh Rose family is unsure of how to respond to Roland’s antics or his odd behavior.
The main reason all the characters come off as incredibly funny and endearing, despite all of their flaws, is the incredible cast in the show. Eugene Levy plays Johnny Rose and Daniel Levy plays David Rose. These two actors are father and son in real life and in the television show, allowing for great chemistry between the characters and for moments that could only be achieved between a real father and son. Annie Murphy plays Alexis Rose, David’s sister, and John’s daughter in the show. Murphy does a great job portraying Alexis as an eccentric character that is more than what meets the eye. Lastly, Catherine O’Hara portrays Moira Rose, John’s wife. She has great chemistry with the entire family, but she especially shines in her scenes with her on screen husband, Eugene Levy. Whenever the characters Johnny and Moira are on screen together, they feel like an old married couple—every scene with them is incredibly funny. The fact that the two actors have been working together for over thirty years can be clearly seen in their performances.
As the show goes on, the audience gets the chance to see the Rose family adapt to their new life in Schitt’s Creek. In the beginning of the series, all the family wants to do is leave the town and get back to their normal lives. However, as the show progresses, the family starts to form relationships with the people in Schitt’s Creek, and they come to appreciate the life that they are stuck in. Schitt’s Creek is more than a standard sitcom for this reason. While it is an incredibly funny show, it has a lot of character development. The audience sees the family turn from a group of entitled individuals that only care about themselves into people that realize the world does not revolve around them.
Overall, Schitt’s Creek is a feel-good show that everyone should watch, especially in 2020. Every episode is fun and will definitely make anybody smile. The show also has great characters that provide a lot of memorable moments throughout the series’ six seasons. The audience is able to get invested in the characters and feel emotional about their journey at several points throughout the series.