2020 Emmys: Schitt’s Creek sweep makes sense in 2020


Within the first fifteen minutes of the 2020 Emmys, it became clear that “Schitt’s Creek” would own the night as, to the cast’s growing disbelief, it won all of the major comedy awards like no other show does. never had. And yet, with each new award, I couldn’t summon an ounce of surprise. Not much about 2020 has been predictable, but a show like ‘Schitt’s Creek’ winning an armful of awards now – a time so chaotic that Emmy winners received their awards from people in tuxedo suits for fear of breathing in a deadly virus. – makes perfect sense. “Schitt’s Creek” debuted in 2015 as a low-key and charming Canadian sitcom about rich people who lose everything, quickly grew into something much more nuanced and rewarding. After losing all their money and fleeing to a small rural town, the Roses – played by Catherine O’Hara, Annie Murphy, and co-creators Eugene and Daniel Levy – reluctantly settled into a life without bottomless bank accounts, and before you even realize it. was happening, learned to be better people. The Levys, Murphy and O’Hara – all Emmy winners after tonight – portrayed their characters with perfect comedic timing, but also with a deep sense of shared humanity that kept them from being the goofy caricatures they could have been.

And so the Roses become more caring, more grounded, more willing to push and push each other. They embraced their strengths and confronted their weaknesses. They loved more openly and without shame. And because of the way head writer Daniel Levy shaped the series, the Roses did it all in a city that was deliberately free from prejudice. When David (Daniel Levy) and Patrick (Noah Reid) tied the knot in the series finale after years of genuine dating, they did so without fear of anyone accepting them. The entirety of “Schitt’s Creek” takes place in a benign, hopeful fantasy world in which the jolts existed but the real villains not, where the possibility of rejection is extinguished in the absence of any real hostility. It’s a hot cover of a show that assures its audience that each episode will make them feel good in the end credits. Is it any wonder that this is the show that has gotten such a decisive approval this year, of all years?

In the five years since the beginning of “Schitt’s Creek,” the world has seemed to be turned upside down. This year alone has seen a whirlwind of political unrest, raging wildfires and a global pandemic of catastrophic proportions. Just picking up your phone becomes practice to prepare yourself for any new horror that awaits you in your notifications. And now, of course, many of us are going through it all without the comfort of others, sitting in our homes until further notice, waiting for a vaccine that may or may not come. Going from day to day can be overwhelming, demoralizing, and completely exhausting. “Schitt’s Creek” has been a delightful escape for years now, but in 2020 it seemed to become even more of a haven for viewers who would much rather live in the mellow world of “Schitt’s Creek” than their own. So yes, the absolute and total balayage breaks with tradition in a surprising way. But in the context of this not good, very bad year, watching the Emmys shower with this nice show about nice people being awarded makes as much sense as 2020 ever will be.


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