“Schitt’s Creek” took its final bow in April and just had a historic sweep at the Emmys, winning both best actor categories, both supporting actor categories and best comedy.
The Canadian comedy, created by Dan and Eugene Levy, focused on the uber-rich Rose family — Johnny, Moira and their adult children David and Alexis — that suddenly becomes broke and is forced to move to the small, neighborly town of Schitt’s Creek (which they own).
A brilliant, award-winning show that showcased a sharp, witty script with layered characters, it ended its run after six seasons of crisp, extravagant one-liners and a wealth of awkward-yet-heart-warming moments.
Back in April, before the finale aired, Sporting News checked in with some of the show’s biggest fans in the sports world on their favorite episode.
“Our Cup Runneth Over” (Season 1, Episode 1)
It was incredibly difficult to pick just one. However, after rewatching the series over the weekend I have to go all the way back to the beginning. Seeing who the Roses were on Day 1 and how the four main characters peeled through their hard exterior and selfish layers and blossomed by the penultimate episode makes you fall in love with them all over again, and on an even deeper level. Also, we first meet Moira’s wigs which are a character all on their own. — Jackie Spiegel (deputy editor for Sporting News Canada)
“Open Mic” (Season 4, Episode 6)
The best part of this episode is when Moira and David are standing at the back of the room bracing themselves for the embarrassment of Patrick singing … and then he starts and everything changes — David’s guard is down and Moira is fully aware of the love that Patrick has for him. This episode is when David and Moira really start to let go of the wall they’ve put up between themselves and the community. The comedy of Schitt’s Creek is unrivaled but it’s the love that really pushes this show over the top. — Chris Johnston (senior hockey writer for Sportsnet)
The addition of Noah Reis (Patrick Brewer) to the cast of “Schitt’s Creek” was a real turning point for this show, and Patrick and David’s developing relationship has been exciting and beautiful and, quite simply, the best. The “Open Mic” episode not only helps cement Rose Apothecary as a thriving local business, but grounds David’s life-changing affection for his business partner by way of Patrick’s astonishing cover of a Tina Turner classic. — Ian McLaren (host of Locked On Boston Bruins)
“Turkey Shoot” (Season 1, Episode 8)
In this episode, David shows Stevie (Budd) a weird bug in his hotel room that he said: “had a milky exoskeleton.” After googling it, he added that it would eat “chunks or your skin.” Stevie went to kill it, but it sped across the room and nobody caught it. That was the same opener for when Alexis met Ted for the first time: Ted warns Alexis about the smoothie she ordered, saying it would “run through her” and that it was deadly. Twyla comes back with the smoothie and says, “This one is a little less fruity, a little more something” — Alexis spits it out and mouths silently to Ted, “OMG.” They went on a date after that and, while the episode also included David on a turkey shoot, the small storylines were all hilarious and showed the understated charm of some key characters of the show. — Russ Cohen (author)
“Wine and Roses” (Season 1, Episode 6)
I just recently got into “Schitt’s Creek” and now I’m obsessed. My favorite episode so far is “Wine and Roses” from Season 1. Between Moira’s ridiculous breakdown and David seeing a veterinarian because he was having a “heart attack” I couldn’t stop laughing. That was the episode that had me hooked! — Alyssa Sconzo (assistant director of communications for Winthrop University Eagles)
“Meet the Parents” (Season 5, Episode 11)
Famous Soap Opera actress Gloria Gregson tells Moira that there is a freedom in letting go. This is a subtle, yet powerful line as it really encapsulates the journeys the characters (primarily Patrick & Moira) are going through in this episode. This episode was particularly salient because similar to Patrick, I had lived the heteronormative life before coming out to my parents. It’s such a confluence of emotions, where you’re caught between wanting to tell your parents but also terrified of how they may react. All the while David is the most supportive partner in this episode, trying to protect Patrick in his coming-out journey — as exemplified when David said he would be willing to be just Patrick’s business partner for the party and then later in the episode speaking to Patrick’s parents. There is a lot of content to unpack and for a 25-minute comedy — they made me laugh, cry and relate. — Katie Gardner (marketing director for the NWHL’s Boston Pride)
I would have to say my favorite episode had to be “Meet the Parents” in Season 5 when Patrick came out to his parents. I’ve never had to do that, but I could feel the apprehension Patrick felt. And I felt for him. It particularly struck me when he said, “My parents, they’re good people.” The entire issue was handled with such integrity and aplomb, hitting every single right note along the way. So much humanity, so much love, all the while making it feel like it was real and authentic. — Ken Campbell (senior writer at The Hockey News)