|Billboard promoting Schitt's Creek this season|
Beautifully written, produced, directed, and acted, this quirky little show has become a major hit across the world since being picked up by Netflix (after a few years of decent success on CBC in Canada and Pop in the U.S.)
I've always been a hard sell when it comes to new television shows, perhaps particularly Canadian shows. The premise of this one - a rich family loses everything and is forced to relocate to a remote town they bought years ago as a joke - didn't especially intrigue me. But man, was I wrong about this one!!
After so much good word of mouth, I finally took the plunge alongside my partner watching the pilot episode just over a year ago courtesy of Netflix. We were absolutely hooked after the first episode. I was particularly intrigued by the pan-sexual / queer character of adult son David, played by the uber-talented Dan Levy, who created and wrote the show alongside his famous father Eugene who also plays patriarch Johnny Rose. The incredible and hilarious talents of Catherine O'Hara as matriarch Moira Rose and Annie Murphy as daughter Alexis Rose round out the beloved family. A wide array of characters played by superb actors surround them. In six seasons, the laugh-out-loud jokes have been abundant.
If you've got Netflix, I highly recommend you give it a shot as soon as possible. It is perfect TV binge material, particularly for these hard times. I'd describe each episode as 22 minutes of sublime joy!
The best part of the show for me has been its portrayal of the romance between son David and his handsome fiance Patrick, played by the adorable Noah Reid. The queer content has been so matter of fact, so nonchalant, it has been a wonderful breath of fresh air. The unconditional acceptance and support the couple has received from David's family has been one of this show's treasures. Another treasure has been the frequent sight in recent months of the giant billboards featuring the lovely same sex couple kissing (seen above.)
Do yourself a favour and watch Schitt's Creek in its entirety as soon as possible. (The sixth and final season is only still playing on CBC Gem or Pop, but it should show up on Netflix hopefully as soon as possible.) In the mean time, here is one of my favourite moments of the entire show: