Our Cup Runneth Over

To the creators and cast of Schitt’s Creek,

I would like to begin by first taking a moment to acknowledge and congratulate you all on the laundry-list of accolades you received at the Emmy Awards this year. It is no small feat to walk into a ceremony with 19 nominations and leave with 9 prizes, thereby breaking the Emmys record for most wins in a single season for a comedy. I doubt even the celebrated Moira Rose, whose idyllic aspirations rise even higher than the nails on her wig wall, could have dreamed of such ground-breaking success in any of her televised ventures, Sunrise Bay or otherwise.

I was lucky enough to come across your pilot episode in 2017 with my parents. As we watched the Rose’s larger-than-life world begin to fall around them, my mother and I exchanged a look- could our family, which regularly tried to count our blessings, invest ourselves in a show built on a premise of another family losing it all? But as the Rose’s settled into their new motel home and we began to settle in with them, I found myself warming up to the idea. When laughter erupted from all around the living room at Annie Murphy’s hilarious quip “You get murdered first for once,” I knew we were undeniably hooked. 

From that point forward, I spread the news of Schitt’s Creek around faster than a head lice infestation in a seedy motel (Ew, David.) Not a soul who knew me could go more than a few minutes without me singing the show’s praises; through it’s lovely quirkiness, light-hearted humor, and uniquely compelling narrative, it stood out against the line of reality television shows and mockumentary sitcoms that filled my Netflix queue. I found myself, with each successive episode, falling in love with David’s animated expressions, Alexis’ signature double limp wrists, and Moira’s titillating capitulation to the lifestyle of her newfound “podunk” town.

My desire for more was insatiable; episode by episode, season by season, I filled and drained my cup faster than David and Moira did taste-testing Herb Erlinger’s Famous Fruit Wine. But the joy I received was much more palatable. Perhaps that is why it took me so long to bring myself to watch the show’s final season. Nearly a month after it was released on Netflix, I couldn’t bring myself to watch the ending of a show my friends, family, and I had fallen in love with. In all my 24 years of life, I have never been good at facing endings. How does one say goodbye to something they have come to cherish?

While it was the humor that drew me in, there was a larger force at play within the narrative of Schitt’s Creek that I found myself becoming intimately connected to. For six short but wonderful seasons, I watched an emotionally-detached family endure hardship and come out stronger together. Then, through the power of a beautifully eclectic but ultimately accepting community, I watched that dynamic transform into something much greater: a family built and based in love. But even then, it was not enough– be it the actor’s incomparable performances or the show’s superior writing, I too felt like a member of that charming, back-water town. 

I smiled, contented, as the Rose family took to the dance floor at the season one finale. My heart swelled as Patrick serenaded David in “Open Mic” and I cheered at their engagement a season later. I had never wanted someone to realize their dreams more than I did watching Stevie belt out “Maybe This Time” in Moira’s production of Cabaret. And the sorrow I felt for Alexis and Ted as they said their goodbyes in Cafe Tropical remains with me even now. During each of these moments, I felt as if I were simply a local Schitt-head shopping the shelves of Rose Apothecary or yet another lonely heart seeking love during “Schitt’s Creek Singles Week”. It takes a very skilled group to foster an atmosphere of acceptance and community that extends beyond the screen.

But that is what makes your show so special: at its very core, Schitt’s Creek builds itself up on the foundations of love, community, and acceptance. Through the lens of the Rose family, it’s viewers are able to explore countless aspects of love: unbreakable familial bonds, finding true love in unexpected places, and even the harsh reality that sometimes the greatest act of love is letting someone go. The show’s final season, which I watched to completion only last night, plays in my mind on a continual loop. But it isn’t David’s wedding or Twyla’s secret fortune that continually brings a smile to my face. It is the fact that, after countless seasons of growth and experience, the last words spoken between the Roses at their departure are these: “I love you.”

While I, like countless others, would be content with 30 more seasons of David’s married life, Alexis’ New York Adventures, and David and Moira taking on California, I understand that all good things must, inevitably, come to an end. So thank you to all, from the writers to the actors to the guy who got the coffee, for contributing your time and energy into this project. If the 9 gold-winged awards were not enough to tip you off, Schitt’s Creek is truly a marvelous show whose message has touched countless lives. I am just one among many who came to understand themselves better through the love you managed to capture on-screen– as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I cannot express the gratitude I feel for your honest and pure portrayal of David’s journey.

So, with that being said, I wish you all the best of luck in any of your future endeavors. Although you may no longer find yourselves within the cozy confines of the Rosebud Motel, know that your time there has left a lasting impression on all those who were lucky enough to have seen it. No doubt it has left its mark on each of you as well; not in the gallons of wasted raw milk or the scars from wayward crow attacks but in the memories and community you managed to create through your work together. Thank you for your dedication and congratulations on reaping the fruits of your efforts: may they grow and blossom as beautifully as The Moira’s Rose’s Garden 4856. From now until my dying day, I will sing the praises of a little town called Schitt’s Creek, where everyone fits in.

Love,

Joseph


Schitt’s Creek is a Canadian television sitcom that aired on CBC Television from January 13, 2015 to April 7, 2020. It follows the lives of the formerly wealthy Rose family after they lose their fortune and are forced to relocate to Schitt’s Creek, a small town they purchased as a joke. Now forced to live in a motel, the family must adjust to life without money while redefining what it means to be a family. If you are interested in watching Schitt’s Creek, which has 80 wonderful episodes, the entirety of the show can be streamed off of Netflix, Hulu, YouTube TV, and Amazon Prime.

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