Looking for a good show to binge in the lead up to the holidays?
Have you watched Schitt’s Creek?
There are really only two acceptable answers to this question:
1. Yes! It’s fantastic, I should watch it again.
2. No, but I plan to!
There are so many wonderful things to say about this show: the fantastic writing, the impeccable costuming, the stellar casting, just to name a few.
Did I mention it’s predominantly Canadian-made? So proud! ❤️🇨🇦❤️
The humour is sometimes subtle, sometimes laugh out loud but almost always heart-warming. I get a kick out of the punny show title, which had some network censorship issues, and certain character names, too.
Roland Schitt. Fantastic name.
Throughout the series, the writers, led by Dan Levy, showcase themes of growth, inclusivity, love, and understanding. It truly is a world we should all aspire to, one where acceptance of difference is innate, not even remotely questioned.
The characters are over the top incredible, especially Moira Rose, the matriarch of the Rose family (portrayed by the wonderful Catherine O’Hara). Everything about Moira is almost other worldly, but her vocabulary in particular is an impressive feat of writing.
Moira is another example where, along with costuming and certain affectation choices, use of language informs character development (see another example of this in my blog post on TNG’s Data). Her way of speaking and vocabulary choice set her apart from the rest of the characters, underscoring her character’s feeling of displacement throughout the course of the series.
Nothing Moira says is simple or straight-forward. It usually takes the long way around, and as a viewer, you sometimes need a thesaurus to get the exact meaning (but the scene usually manages to infer the general gist). I imagine the writer’s room cracked many a thesaurus’ spine coming up with that dialogue. And had a lot of fun doing it!
However they managed it, the dialogue coupled with O’Hara’s delivery make Moira an unforgettably unique character.
On the whole, Schitt’s Creek is a true joy.
I may just go watch an episode or two right now, and you should too!
But before you do, check out my Services page—let me help proofread your writing to make it as eloquent as Moira’s!
Thank you for sharing this time together. See you again soon.
P.P.S. Seeing Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara onscreen together always warms my heart and tickles my funny-bone. They are such a wonderful pairing. If you haven’t seen them together before, check out A Mighty Wind or Best In Show.