Award’s Daily TV’s Jalal Haddad makes one final plea for Emmy® voters to finally embrace Schitt’s Creek, the best comedy on TV that you aren’t watching.
If we had a dollar for every time someone messaged us here at Awards Daily TV telling us we were right about Pop’s Schitt’s Creek from the beginning, we’d have enough money to buy our own small town six times over.
Schitt’s Creek is the funniest family comedy on TV.
For those who don’t know, it follows the formerly opulent but still out-of-touch Rose family as they navigate their lives in the small town father Johnny Rose (Eugene Levy) bought as a joke. For the past two years, the Pop TV standout comedy has been criminally ignored by voters. But hopefully after Netflix released it for streaming this year, the show receives broader exposure to audiences, especially members of the Television Academy.
It’s Basically the Schitt
Schitt’s Creek earned its place as one of the best comedies on TV because it represents a new kind of family comedy. Still, it somehow deep in its core holds the same values as any other sitcom on TV. The Rose family is the polar opposite of any “relatable” suburban family on TV. However, through traditional story lines like graduating high school (albeit 10 years later than one should) or buying a car, the Roses quickly became just as relatable as the Dunphy or Johnson families. On top of all this, Schitt’s Creek mastered the sentimental season finale through simple but incredibly rewarding moments that include a family dancing sequence or a first kiss.
On top of all that, Schitt’s Creek deserves credit for not making the townspeople of this rural town into the butt of the joke. Instead, audiences are able to laugh with, not at, characters like Roland and Jocelyn Schitt, Twyla, and my personal favorite Ronnie Lee. The Canadian Screen Awards (Canada’s answer to the Emmys) have singled out Emily Hampshire’s performance as motel owner Stevie for the past two years. We’d be rallying behind her too if she were submitted for consideration.
The Leads Are Also the Schitt
The entire cast deserves awards consideration but as Catherine O’Hara’s Moira Rose said “When one of us shines all of us shine. That is the meaning of an ensemble.” From the affected way Moira utters “David” to the standout episode of her putting on a Cockney accent to trick the car salesman into a good deal, O’Hara for three seasons in a row has given the best comedic performance on television. It’s criminal that she has yet to enter a category filled with other comedy legends like Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Lily Tomlin.
On top of O’Hara, the rest of the Rose clan has plenty of Emmy-worthy material in Season 3. Johnny Rose (Eugene Levy), the straight man of the family, helps Stevie keep up the motel. Alexis (Annie Murphy) finally receives her high school diploma and, in her free time, accidentally sets up rabbit-cams that double as soft core porn. Most importantly David (co-creator Daniel Levy) starts a new business while engaging in a failed throuple.
So Emmy voters, as you fill out your ballots, make sure you sit down and catch up on Schitt’s Creek. If you only have 30 minutes to spare skip straight to Episode 3, “New Car.” It’s the perfect example of why we love Catherine O’Hara. Hopefully then, you’ll understand why we won’t stop advocating for Schitt’s Creek until it received nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series as well as recognition for every eligible actor: Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, and Daniel Levy.
Until then check out the opening scene of Season 3 and find out why we unapologetically obsess over Pop’s Schitt’s Creek.