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Grab a Paddle: 5 Reasons You Need Schitt’s Creek in Your Life

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“I could not be more at one with nature. I do Coachella every year”

Wiser words have never been spoken, and if you can’t guess where these words of true wisdom stem from, then you are truly missing out.

Pop’s (Netflix if you bingeing) Schitt’s Creek may seem like a stereotype of a ’90s teen movie at first glance, even starring ’90s dad Eugene Levy, but it is anything but. Schitt’s Creek has seemingly taken the cult world by storm with its originality, witty humor, and refreshingly unique set of characters facing surprisingly real life issues that make you laugh and cry all at the same time.

But hey, why take the worlds word for it, when you can let me list down the top five reasons why you will fall in love with this comedy sensation.

1. The Characters

The Rose family (Eugene Levy, Dan Levy, Catherine O’Hara, and Annie Murphy) is truly a great comedy family for the history books. Not only do we have the sensational talent that is Catherine O’Hara, please just wait for the way she pronounces baby, you also have Eugene Levy putting in one hell of a performance, but his real life son Dan Levy stealing the limelight every time he appears on screen.

2. The Writing

Schitt’s Creek may appear to be another family screwball comedy on first glance, but when you actually sit down and watch you realize there is so much more to this hidden gem. The writing in the show is not only extremely clever, but the storylines are so heartfelt you occasionally forget you are watching a comedy at all. From storylines involving sexuality, family, and a wide variety of other real life topics, we are given a truly unique take on the everyday experience.

3. How They Handle Sexuality, Especially In The Form Of David

As in real life, not everything is so black and white, and Schitt’s Creek perfectly captures this by exploring each and every characters personal journey. This is showcased expertly in the character of David played by Dan Levy. David is pansexual, or as he likes to say, “I like the wine, but not the label.” This plot point for the show is anything but. There is no big oh my god moment, there is no comedy or jokes about his sexuality, it is just accepted and part of who he is. Schitt’s Creek may make light of many things, but not this, and that makes it, “simply the best.”

4. The Town of Schitt’s Creek

Another thing besides the characters that make this show so special is the town itself. With the amount of heart that is found here, you find yourself wishing to take a trip there and shake hands with the Mayor himself, Roland Schitt (say it out loud ladies and gentleman, you’re never too old to giggle at this joke). While the Rose’s find themselves to be fish out of water in the beginning, they come to find the charm in this small town, like we as the audience do. Just remember, when you see the sign to enter the town…don’t worry, it’s just his sister!

The Heart In It

I know I’ve mentioned this in my reasons before, but plain and simple, the real reason you want to watch this show is not just for the laughs, which you could also just watch it for that as laughs are guaranteed, but it is the heart that is found within this show. When Dan and Eugene Levy created this show, you knew heart would be found within it as this father and son comedy team worked really hard and cared about how this show was presented, but what it has developed into is so much more.

You watch for the characters, which you have come to love, you are invested in what happens to this small town, most importantly, you find yourself oddly nodding along to some things that happen in the show as you feel a common connection. This comedy is so much more than just a comedy; it is something that many people feel they need in their lives. Something to help them feel represented in a world where they may feel like outsiders as the Rose’s once were, something to make them smile when everything around them seems so dark, something to make you laugh and cry while scream singing Tina Turner’s “The Best” (you know why if you watch the show).

So grab a paddle, and some snacks, because I have a feeling you will be heading up Schitt’s Creek soon enough.

Laura Dengrove
Laura Dengrove
Hello! My name is Laura Dengrove. I am currently a Junior at Rutgers University, double majoring in Journalism/Media Studies and Cinema Studies. I am a film critic and interviewer by choice, professional Linda Belcher impersonator by birth.

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