“Schitt’s Creek” embraces subtle comedy that makes show binge worthy

CBC+2020

CBC 2020

Sarah Mayer, Reporter

 

While scrolling through Netflix, searching for my next excuse to procrastinate, I came across the series, “Schitts Creek”, and boy is it binge-worthy. 

The series is about the wealthy Rose family, who discovers their business manager has gone missing, along with their fortune. The Rose’s lavish lifestyle goes downhill quickly when their possessions are reclaimed and they are forced to relocate into the dumpy town of Schitts Creek. They shift from mansion to motel room, and their struggles are guiltily hilarious to watch. 

“Schitts Creeks” subtle humor like “Parks and Rec” and “The Office”, has funny (and sometimes inappropriate) punchlines that make the viewer do a double-take. 

The reverse rags-to-riches plot allows great character development as the family progresses in social skills, getting to know one another and learning the value of hard work. When Moira and John are forced to live in much closer quarters than before they discover how little they know about their children, and can’t even bring themselves to say ‘I love you’ until the end of season two. 

Props to the cast for their comedic timing, which nowadays can be hard to come by. The awkward lifestyle transition brings out the unique personality in each of the family members. My favorite is David Rose. In his 30’s, David discovers the harsh realities of paying his own credit card bills. 

The Roses’ helplessness with everyday tasks is almost painful to watch, for example, none of them know how to cook and Moira discovers she never learned to make a bed.

The Rose’s don’t fit in with anyone in the town, which makes watching the interactions between them and the ‘regulars’ one of the highlights of the series. 

The Roses’ wealthy friends leave them high and dry, and much to their dismay, they have no other option but to make friends with the normal people. Although it takes a while for the family to accept that they have nothing, the town welcomes them with open hands.

Props to director Daniel Levy (who also plays David Rose) and cast, as the show has been awarded 9 Emmys. 

I am hopeful to see many more productions from the crew of “Schitts Creek”, with humor as ironic as its title. If you are looking for a lighthearted comedy with important lessons and emotions beneath the surface, Schitt’s Creek is the show for you.