We Love Schitt’s Creek So Much We Went To LA For It (015)
Sarah and Kim are back! They share their feelings on Schitt’s Creek—the funniest, cutest, sweetest show—and how it’s an excellent form of self-care in these tough times.
We’re back! We’re trying out a new format of shorter episodes focusing on one topic. We’re aiming for around 20 minutes each (but may get extra chatty sometimes and go long). Thanks for listening!
Schitt’s Creek! We love it and highly recommend it. In this episode, we share why (and are very good at not spoiling anything). We also chat about our recent Schitt’s Creek-related trip to Los Angeles.
Sarah: Hi, and welcome to Hey, Bestie! We’re best friends, Sarah and Kim, and we’re introverts who like to talk.
Kim: Over the summer it was really hot, so we took a break from podcasting because we could not record without running our air conditioner and it was just too hot, so we were busy trying to live.
S: Not die. So… we’re back!
K: Things were happening in our lives and we’re gonna get back into recording episodes and catch up on all that…things we’ve been working on, and things we’ve really liked.
This week were the midterm elections and I know we’re not alone in having a lot of anxiety over that and really struggling in general over the past couple of years with politics and the news cycle and just feeling generally on edge, on high alert, with all that stuff. So self-care has been going on continuously throughout the summer and we’re still really working on that.
That’s still something that’s a big priority for us and a major part of that has been a TV show—and TV watching in general. Sarah and I both really love TV so that’s always part of our self-care. One big show that’s been on a loop in both of our houses is Schitt’s Creek.
S: Yes, and that’s S-C-H-I-T-T-apostrophe-S.
K: You may have seen a lot on the internet about it because a lot of people are watching it. I’ve seen increasing news about it online recently, and blog posts, and a lot of people recommending it.
S: Yeah, it’s definitely picking up, I think.
K: Yeah, a lot of people think it’s a good thing to watch if you want to feel better, or if you just want to feel happy, or if you want to escape, because it is really good for that.
S: And to be honest, I scrolled passed it on Netflix, like, probably a zillion times. I would just see the name and thought, “who names a show that?” and it just didn’t jump out at me. Whatever image they were using just somehow didn’t grab me and I just keep on ignoring it and ignoring it, and it kept on recommending it.
K: Yeah, it wasn’t really obvious what it was about.
S: And then one day I just decided to try it because I was looking for some kind of series that had a few seasons to watch. And it’s amazing. It’s definitely my favorite TV discovery this year.
K: I don’t remember how many episodes before you told me about it… I think maybe three or four episodes in.
S: I think I was a little bit further, but I told you to start watching it and don’t quit until you’re three or four in.
S: The first one was a little shaky and I was wondering if I wanted to keep watching this and where it was going, but then by three or four I was totally, totally in.
K: Yeah, I had watched the first episode actually before that, like months earlier, and it didn’t grab me and I didn’t stick with it.
S: Yeah, it seems generally funny and, like, maybe enjoyable but the first episode is definitely just trying to set things up and it doesn’t let you see exactly where it’s going to go or how great it’ll end up being. So it’s a nice intro in explaining who the people are and what the show is trying to do, but it’s not quite at the place where it’s going to be yet, because there’s a big transition that happens and so that episode just doesn’t feel like all the other ones once you’re really into it.
K: Mm-hmm. And that’s part of the enjoyment of watching the show too. You have these moments we you’re like, “oh my gosh they’re turning that trope on its head they’re not going the direction with it that I thought that they were going initially.”
S: And also in the first episode you’re really confronted with the, like, Mega Rich family issue, which it didn’t necessarily feel like a great… I think one of the reasons I kept ignoring it was that I could tell they were supposed to be this super wealthy, maybe snobby-ish family, and it didn’t feel like a time I wanted to watch a bunch of rich people be clueless, but it really, really works. Maybe because they’re not rich anymore… which is not a spoiler.
K: Yeah, that’s a good point. The whole first episode is dedicated to them, like, losing… Yeah, it’s not a spoiler. It happens right away. You join them in the middle of them freaking out over losing their fortune. They’re mega, mega, mega rich and they have to move, and learn how to deal with not have anything, and not having their house, and they all seem very upset about it. And just very petty and rude and obnoxious.
S: And they’re clearly not a family that has been very close for the last several years or maybe ever.
S: So they’re all broke because the two adult children were relying on their parents for money, so when that’s gone it’s gone for them too. And they don’t really have their own lives going that can keep moving forward without their parents money, so they’re all four suddenly together and broke and have one destination, which is this town that they end up in which is where the show… the universe of the show, where it mostly takes place.
K: And with that premise it would’ve been so easy for them to just make the show about this family losing everything and sort of a fish out of water thing and they’re in this town now with people who are so unlike them and learning how to deal with not having any money.
K: While that would be sort of funny, it would be very surface and something we’ve seen before and, like, “why would I keep watching this?” I think that’s why it’s kind of hard to get past the first couple of episodes too…
S: Yeah, you know I love fish out of water stories. I really, really love that. But something about the way that they write the show and the way the characters are played just takes it beyond that so it’s not just a trope-y thing where you can just predict everything that’s going to happen or be annoyed by them.
K: I think about halfway through the first season you start to realize the show is really about the growth of these people as a family and about them getting to know each other and to getting to know themselves outside of wealth and status.
S: Right. They’re changing individually and as a family unit. The way that their family operates changes a lot too and you watch all of that growth.
K: There’s four people in the family and they all have individual arcs that include tons of growth. The show is created by Dan Levy, and it stars Dan Levy and Eugene Levy (who is his real life father), Catherine O’Hara, and Annie Murphy are the Rose family.
S: And they’re all fantastic.
K: And they’re all so fantastic. The casting could not be better, and the writing for these characters, and the development for these characters… Dan Levy who has done a lot of Canadian TV. I think he was on Canadian MTV for a while. He was a VJ. Do they call it that still in Canada? Well it’s a video deejay, so I guess it’s still a VJ. I’m not sure how much writing he did for TV, but it is just so good… like he clearly knows the direction he wants to take the show and the characters and the way that he flushes everything out and teases out the storylines for all the characters and takes them on these full circle arcs and makes you feel like they’re real people even though in the first episode you feel so out of touch with them.
S: Yes, and speaking of the writing, I can’t think of a time when somebody on the show does something that I don’t think that the character would do. Like, every time… since I’m so into TV and stories and that kind of stuff, that kind of thing will jump out at me where it’s, like, okay this was obviously a convenient thing that the show needed to happen and so they made this character do this thing that just doesn’t make sense for them but they had to do it for whatever story they were trying to do and they couldn’t think of something better.
But I think on Schitt’s Creek, I can’t really… I’m sitting here scanning through all the episodes. I can’t think of anytime where somebody did something and I thought that doesn’t make sense for the character and it felt just like a vehicle for the story.
K: It’s a huge feat for the writing. They feel real.
S: Yeah, the ensemble is completely rounded out with people who have real personalities and real direction, and so they do what you expect them to do but not in a boring way where you’re just knowing what’s going to happen. It’s just that it never takes you out of the story, like, okay that was a dumb writing decision because that person wouldn’t have done that.
K: I think my favorite character is probably Stevie, who’s played by Emily Hampshire. She… You don’t even expect her to be as full a character as she is. In the beginning she seems like she’s going to be a side character who makes snarky remarks marks and it’s really funny.
S: Right. So whenever they lose all their money they end up in a motel in this town and she’s working at the front desk.
K: But they… you learn more about why she’s working there and how she feels about her life and the town, and she comes to grow into this fully formed person who, like, brought tears to my eyes in the last season a few times.
S: I think her character too is especially… I think the way she observes the family since she’s just meeting them too. When we just meet them, she’s just meeting them. And she meets them as we do, which is as mega rich people who are shocked to have lost everything they have and really clueless about how, I guess, the real world works. And so she ends up being kind of the lens for the audience to see… She’s close to them because she’s in the motel where they’re at, so she’s always around and they’re always around her at first. And her observations feel like a real person reacting to them.
K: Yeah, she knows that they’re ridiculous like we do.
K: Yeah, we love the show. So many people love this show. It has grown by word of mouth I think mostly in the US.
S: Yeah, it’s already four seasons in.
K: There are so many, like, mega fans. It’s on Netflix It’s streaming on Netflix. I think all five seasons? Four seasons are on Netflix now. And the trailer for the next season just came out, and they’re doing a holiday special.
S: Yeah, there’s a holiday special still this year, and then season five starts in January.
K: So you can catch up on Netflix, and…
S: Honestly whenever I started watching it three seasons were on Netflix and then four was still airing, so it was loading onto iTunes each week and I instantly started buying it as soon as I knew. It was like, I’m not waiting.
K: Yeah, I bought season four on iTunes. Definitely worth it.
S: I think season four is actually my favorite season too, which is amazing because, you know, usually shows on season four you’re like okay wrap this up I get it you’re just, like, making a lot of money now or something and you don’t want to stop but you’ve run out of things to do.
K: I think we could all use some happy crying, so season four of Schitt’s Creek is filled with happy crying.
S: Yes! Season four is so good and so, so sweet. Because you have watched those characters evolve so much. They’re still the same people they were, but they’ve definitely changed and grown, but they’re still people who lived a life before where they were super rich. They’ve got the old friends from their past that know of them as those people that come back to kind of haunt them in different ways. They’ve got this experience of now they’ve been in the town for a while, but they’re still not from the town and everyone else there is basically like has been there forever and so you still have all that playing together but by season four the show is just really fantastic.
K: Yeah, they’re learning to assimilate but by season four they’re kind of realizing this is our life now and it’s just really…
S: Yeah, they’re kind of trying to escape a lot of times before that, and I think by season four there’s less of the escape. They’re settling into different roles and they’re not constantly trying to find a way out by contacting an old friend to fly their private jet over or whatever.
K: Yeah, that wasn’t like a constant storyline either. It wasn’t like every episode there was some way for them to get out of the town. It only came up naturally when there was a real possibility.
S: Yeah, it would just pop up sometimes and they would get really excited. So it wasn’t like they were constantly trying to leave. That’s another thing I really like about the show is that the universe is so small, in the sense that so much of the show is just in this town. They very rarely leave it and if they do they’re, like, driving to a nearby town that’s a little bit bigger, I guess, or has some more stuff. Elmdale.
K: Shout out to Elmdale.
S: Shout out to Elmdale and the, what was that? Blouse Barn.
K: Yeah, if you need a blouse you have to go a town over.
S: Yeah, you gotta go… There are no blouses in Schitt’s Creek.
But the whole show—with very few exceptions in which they drive over to Elmdale, which I think is just supposed to be a slightly bigger town so they have some more stuff and probably, like, a hospital—is just in Schitt’s Creek. And so they’re in this tiny universe and you don’t even really know where it is. The show is Canadian, so you’re like is this supposed to be a little town in Canada? But then there are things that make you think no, it’s in the U.S. in upstate New York maybe.
K: Yeah, they’ve done a great job of making it anytown, anywhere.
S: Right, it’s just anytown. It doesn’t.. it’s not anything, it’s not anywhere, it just is, which is really cool because it’s not influenced by outside stuff, so nothing that’s happening on the outside, like the broader political spectrum or any of that stuff just doesn’t come up because they’re operating in this…
K: It’s really nice too. That’s why it’s such a perfect show for self-care. It’s so happy and so sweet and it has this aspect of just taking you into Schitt’s Creek and you…
S: Yeah, it feels real without bringing any of your real life stuff into it, because it just doesn’t address anything outside of their immediate space, which is cool.
K: That’s such a special thing for a show to do as well. I feel like Parks & Rec did that. When Parks & Rec was on, they would make political references obviously because Leslie was a huge political…
S: They were in the government and she was into it.
K: Yeah, she was into politics. But other than that you just kind of felt like you were with these people.
S: In this special place.
K: Yeah, and it is a very small town so you kind of expect when you meet all of these small town people who haven’t really left that they’re all going to be very close minded or have a lot of the general stereotypes that you would think about a small town and people who maybe aren’t as worldly or educated as you would think they would be. But something that Sarah brought up last time we chatted about it is that this town isn’t like that at all and that many of the townspeople defy stereotypes and your initial impression of them which makes it an interesting watch.
K: And also something really sweet that sort of does ironically tie back into our political climate now which is talking about like being open-minded and looking at the humanity of people and judging people by what they do and what they say, and not just generally where they live, their general background, or where they may have come from.
S: Right, I actually… so Dan Levy is gay and his character on the show is pansexual. And I read an interview with him since he’s the Creator and writer of the show and then also on the show that, um, he made a really deliberate decision to make it where homophobia doesn’t exist in this universe. So while you’re in this small town and he shows up there and you know that he’s pansexual which they address in the show…
K: Pretty early on. I think it’s in the first season.
S: …with his parents and some townspeople, and then of course he’s in relationships over time and all that, so it comes up. But there’s just never any… Actually when I first started watching it I would kind of hold my breath when that kind of stuff would come up because you’d be waiting for that moment where you would think like someone in the town is going to say something or do something that’s rude to him and then it just never comes. And then you just actually start to notice that people are really positive and there’s no…it’s not like they’re not saying that homophobic thing they want to say, they’re just completely accepting of his relationship whether it’s with a man or a woman. It’s just, like, a non-issue which is really, really nice thing to see.
K: And it doesn’t feel unrealistic. It feels possibly like maybe a future that we’re not in yet but, um, maybe…
S: Yeah there are little glimpses about the town where you think oh I didn’t know a town… someone in that tiny of a town—like seriously so tiny, they have one diner and no store for a while, there’s just nothing there. There are things that come up that make you just think like oh you wouldn’t think someone in that small of a town would know that, do that, think that, feel that, whatever and so is that just extends into not being a place where homophobia exists which is really nice.
K: Mm-hmm. It’s a lot of empathy in this town. It’s just a really great, well told story.
S: And also, as a huge fan of seeing how relationships in love stories are portrayed in things in books and TV and movies. Season four has…takes us to my favorite couple on TV. Like, no doubt about it.
K: If you’ve seen our Instagram feeds you know already who this couple is.
S: Yeah, every time I roll around to watching the show again and get to some of the parts with them, it’s like my Instagram Story mentions it, my Instagram feed… It’s everywhere because I love them so much.
K: It’s so perfect. They’re love story is so perfect and natural and wonderful. And part of it for me is that the payoff watching the people in the Rose family be happy is so huge like every person in the family when they hit that moment where they sort of realize how far they’ve come and who they are now and they sort of accept themselves and are able to find joy in this town that they previously that was completely impossible it brings you so much joy as a viewer. It’s just been done so well that you’ve gone in this journey with them and the payoff is so big. It just feels really great and I just…I have faith that no matter where the show goes or how many seasons it has that the characters will continue to grow in positive ways and face challenges and, um, continue giving us those big payoffs. Even Catherine O’Hara.
S: Oh, gosh, she’s fantastic on there.
K: It’s ridiculous.
S: She has this unidentifiable accent where, I guess, it’s rich lady trying to sound fancy and culture, but it’s, like, not a real accent that you should have and she’s so good at it.
K: It’s the greatest performance on TV and she should have four Emmys now.
S: Right. She really, really should. She’s sooo good at it.
K: She’s really fantastic.
S: Oh and also the clothes and the costuming.
K: Oh my gosh, the wigs!
S: Yeah, she has a very large wig collection. David’s clothes are pretty elaborate and specific… He has a very specific look.
K: Even if nothing else we’ve said resonates with you, watch it just for her performance and you will not be disappointed.
S: Oh gosh, she’s so good.
K: So good.
S: So, so, so, so, so good.
K: And we saw this wonderful, wonderful cast in person in October (note: it was actually September) in Los Angeles. We took a trip there. Specifically, honestly, for this event.
S: We literally love the show so much that we went there for this event. So, I saw on Dan Levy’s Instagram, he mentioned they were going to do a Night with Schitt’s Creek thing in LA, and of course I noticed when the tickets were going to go on sale and I went and set a reminder. And then I messaged Kim, and I was like, “so this is weird…” because it’s seriously an event that costs, like, $60 or something. It’s not like it was some super expensive thing that you would normally travel for I don’t think…
K: When we had talked before I told Sarah that if anything ever comes up about Schitt’s Creek doing any kind of event, we’re there.
S: We should go! And so it was their first one and it was in LA and we were definitely not the only people that had traveled there because Dan Levy mentioned that from the stage, “we’re hearing that there are people from other states…” because people were sending him stuff on Instagram.
K: And if you follow The Home Edit (on Instagram), they were there.
S: They were there! We saw them.
K: They’re huge Schitt’s Creek super fans too.
S: Yeah, of course they were there. I also realized afterward that Tom Lenk was there and he was just, like, directly to our right somewhere.
K: Oh, really? I didn’t know that.
S: He was sitting behind them a little bit and for sure right near where we were. Because he’s also a big fan.
K: There are a lot of super fans out there like us.
S: So, we traveled all the way to LA… We didn’t just go there and back that day. We made a little trip out of it and did some other stuff, but the absolute exact reason we were there was to go to the Schitt’s Creek event and it was amazing, and… We got to hear the Moira accent in person.
K: Which was fantastic. Unforgettable. And we got to see Eugene Levy dote on Dan Levy like a dad..
S: Yeah, such a dad. Helping his son run his little event.
K: …and Dan Levy got embarrassed. It was so cute. He was clearly so, so proud. He kept singing his praises about the writing and the casting and…
S: Yeah, he was making sure he got his credit, so he couldn’t downplay how much of it is him. Making sure everyone knew it was his son making it happen.
K: It was really sweet.
S: And then there’s also an open mic night in season four where a character plays a song and he played it for us on stage at this event, which was amazing.
K: Yeah, that was amazing.
S: So good.
K: Really good.
S: Now I’m just thinking about it… (laughing) So, anyway! What we’re saying is we love this show so much we went all the way from Texas to LA for it. We had an entire trip. We had to pay to stay somewhere, we had to get flights, we had to do all that stuff, and it was totally worth it.
K: So we hope that… if you love the show as much as we do, feel free to talk to us on Instagram or Twitter about it anytime. We are always up for talking about Schitt’s Creek.
S: Always! And if you haven’t watched it yet, I hope you hit play as soon as this stops basically.
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