Originally, I was going to pick a different show for S because, of course, lots of things start with S. (This is the problem with the A to Z Challenge: there’s an embarrassment of riches for some letters and a dearth of choices for others. But I digress.) However, I figured since I just put four Schitt’s Creek (Netflix) stickers on my laptop that came with the four Schitt’s Creek themed potholders I bought AND that I’m considering just going on ahead and making my whole kitchen Schitt’s Creek themed (I have my eye on an apron and a soap dispenser)…well, it might just be a good fit for the theme.
If you’re unfamiliar with the show, it’s a total riches to rags/fish out of water show. The Rose family loses all their money and find out the only property they have that can’t be seized is the town of Schitt’s Creek, which father Johnny bought for son David as a joke. Along the way, they learn to reconnect as a family.
Okay, so this show was getting a lot of hype from people I trust on Twitter, but I really only actually watched it because I got tricked into it when my friend was here visiting (pre-pandemic). She was all, “Let’s watch this show” and I believe it was her birthday so I acquiesced and thought it was just okay. The first few episodes are rough–lots of family squabbling and them being rude to the townspeople–but it was just interesting enough to keep me going. Also, I immediately got that even though the Roses think they’re better than the town and make fun of it, the show absolutely did not have that point of view.
Plus, just when I was thinking of giving up the show completely, in episode six (the episode I had decided would be my last), the show made it clear that David was extremely lonely and that the show was not going to be about terrible people behaving badly but about terrible people getting a growth arc. So I stuck with it, and I’m glad I did it because there is so much I like about it! Here are just a few of the things:
(This is a total rip-off of a previous post, btw, but I figured I didn’t want to mess with perfection. All GIFs from Giphy!)
2. David’s facial expressions
3. Bob’s little jog when he approaches somebody to talk
4. Alexis’s little bunny/fox hands
5. Jocelyn’s thinly veiled disdain for Moira
6. How much Ronnie hates Patrick
7. Stevie and Johnny’s relationship
I mean, I could go on.
I am a sucker for a good family story, and there is also an EXCELLENT friendship love story in here as well as a good queer love story and some good hetero love stories. Basically, love is love is love and it makes my heart happy.
Oh, and it’s funny, too.
I did wind up rewatching the show this pandemic because I kind of tricked my daughter into watching it (her entry point was the lice episode b/c she wanted to see how people treated lice but did not want to risk the annals of YouTube, which…girl, I don’t blame you), so I was waiting for her to catch up to the final season so we could watch that together. SHE NEVER DID, but I watched it as soon as she left, and it made my soul happy.
People recommend a lot of family dramas to me (okay, just the one–you know the one that they love because it makes them cry), but if you, like me, don’t want to cry and you, like me, prefer a half-hour show and ALSO if you, like me, still want the experience of a family drama, then I suggest checking this show out. I have also heard that it has some moments that made people cry, so if you’re a more sensitive soul then it also has that, too.
I sometimes randomly think of David on the Amish farm and laugh out loud to myself, so if that’s the kind of show you need to get you through the pandemic, Schitt’s Creek has you covered.
For this year’s A to Z Challenge, I have decided that I’m going to focus on comfort reads/watches as we enter our second (!) April in the pandemic. Tune in tomorrow to see what I choose for T!