It feels therapeutic to sit down at my desk for the first time in weeks. Between battling a bout with depression and watching the world fall apart, I have found it difficult to find the motivation to do anything but eat and shower. Still must keep yourself clean, you never know when you are going to be kidnapped by a large dinosaur creature and be saved by men who wonder around the sewers.
And more so, it feels therapeutic to sit down and write something that became a pillar of this online magazine: The Hall. The Hall started off to discuss which celebrity I was crushing on at the time, but just like life, you must escape the awkward gangly years and become something different. And that is when the series transitioned into more of a celebration of the individuals and characters that influence our lives and pop culture. I added about a year ago that shows and books could be added to the hall if someone wanted to do so, but as for myself, I planned to stay away from doing so. I felt the need to stick my guns and work with what brought me to the dance, even if I did just stay in the corner. But one show changed my entire mindset.
Of course, we will always love The Office and Parks and Rec, shows like those will stand the test of time, no matter what streaming platform they are on. But during the months of quarantine, I decided to give one show a try. And when I hear, “you need to see this show,” I tend to take the idea with a grain of salt. It is rare that I get hooked into a show let alone finish it. But for the first show to ever be inducted into The Hall, I am glad I took that advice. So, for the first time ever, I am inducting a show into The Hall. If you are ready, let us travel to a little town called Schitt’s Creek.
First, I am angry that it took me this long to check out this show. I remember seeing the ads and just kind of laughed it off when I noticed the show was on POP TV (formerly the TV Guide Channel) in the United States. And to me, that honestly kept me from watching. But all of that changed when a friend of mine started fawning over this show if it sent her $60 to her Cash App. And the seed was planted in my head. During quarantine, I thought the best thing to do is to watch some new stuff, and that is what I did. With Schitt’s Creek being one of the first shows I binged. I honestly wanted to hate it, but little did I know by the end of the 6th season, I would be balling my eyes out with my heart attached to every character. Yes, including the secondary characters.
The show follows the Rose family. The Rose’s lose their wealth and must move to their only remaining asset left after being defrauded, Schitt’s Creek. The family moves into this ran roadside motel which is eerily reminiscent to the Bate’s Motel. This is when we meet the sarcastic and quick-witted Stevie, the town’s mayor Roland and his wife, Jocelyn. And the rest you can say is television history.
At the beginning, you question if you can feel bad for this family. Moira, a soap opera actress, is pompous but pronounces the word Bayyyybayy (baby) in such a way, that it has entered my everyday vocab. Alexis is the typical rich daughter at the beginning and David is well, I am not sure there is a way to describe the David character. And Johnny is just trying to make everything work.
I am going to not give away spoilers because those who have not watched yet, or who have not watched the final season, but the journey these four characters take the audience on is something of legend. The storytelling, the humor, and twists that each member of the cast goes through is straight out of the pages of Shakespeare. Dan and Eugene Levy penned what is in my opinion the greatest television show of a generation.
It’s also very rare to feature an LGBTQ+ storyline in a television series and it not fall into over the top stereotypical humor, but this show proves that it’s possible write a love story that represents millions of people and still keep it funny.
And season 6 was the final season, which I am heartbroken the show must come to an end, but also, feel blessed to have lived in the same timeframe as such a show.
And let’s talk about this cast, comedy legends such as Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara reprise their onscreen chemistry from the Christopher Guest mockumentaries and SCTV, added with breakout stars Dan Levy, Emily Hampshire, and Annie Murphy, with a side of Chris Elliot, Dustin Milligan, Noah Reed, Sarah levy, Jennifer Robertson, and everyone that I am forgetting, because I could list this entire cast. It’s rare for a cast to gel but when they do, the show becomes magic. And this cast is going to be compared with the greats and it needs to be.
The ups and downs are arranged in such a way that it is symphony of episodes. Do yourself a favor, the next thing you need to sit down, and watch is Schitt’s Creek. It’s worth it.
That is why this is the first show inducted into The Hall. I am glad I gave this show a try. I became such a fan, that I preordered the Funko Pops and a t-shirt.