It appears that more Schitt’s Creek fans were nice than naughty. This holiday season, Santa will be bringing them an early Christmas present in the form of the first-ever Schitt’s Creek holiday special.
I had the pleasure of viewing an advanced press screener. I don’t want to give away too much of the plot lines, but I will say you should tune in. The episode takes us back in time and provides a glimpse of how the Rose family used to celebrate the holidays. Featuring both laugh-out-loud and touching moments to their days of a wealthy Christmas past, fans can entertainingly watch as the family is reminded of what matters most to them.
The Schitt’s Creek holiday special is set to air on Pop TV on December 19th. Season Five will begin airing on Wednesday, January 16th at 10/9 Central, also on Pop TV. Here is a preview:
Seasons one through four are currently available on Netflix for those who have yet to laugh at and with the lovable, funny and dysfunctional family. If you don’t yet know, the Roses were a super-rich family who were living over-the-top lives. Think Paris Hilton in her prime. One day they lost almost everything after being busted for tax-evasion. The family was allowed to keep only one asset, the rural town of Schitt’s Creek, which the father bought as a joke. With no other options, the family moved to the small town and into two adjoining motel rooms with the goal of trying to rebuild their lives.
Beyond being funny, the family’s predicament does shed some light on the question, “Does money buy happiness?” The show may lead you to believe the answer is no. I would even go a step further and say the Rose family (Johnny [Eugene Levy], Moira [Catherine O’Hara], David [Dan Levy] and Alexis [Annie Murphy]) is closer now that they are flat broke. Deep down they know they are living a better life without vast wealth. What do you think?
Happier without money?
Viewers can also witness the happiness that comes from spending time with loved ones. The main plot of the Christmas Special is Johnny wants to throw a last-minute holiday party for their friends in Schitt’s Creek. Unlike the holiday parties held during their wealthy years, this party would not include a gigantic Christmas tree, high-priced caterer, fabulous guest list or even star performers. They have found joy (even though they won’t admit it) from their more average joe type friends they are surrounded by in Schitt’s Creek.
Attending wealthy parties of Christmas past was always a chore, and ended with an intoxicated and medicated Moira and party-ghosting children who decided to jet off to foreign countries in search of something better. For patriarch Johnny, all he ever really wanted was to end the night surrounded by his family. Perhaps losing everything will help him get what he has always wanted.
Johnny dispensed some great advice for all of us, “Start looking forward not backwards.”
We also see that traditions are meant to broken. Something we can all likely benefit from knowing. How things were done are not necessarily how they should be done today and in the future. If everyone is miserable with a family tradition, change it, update it or just ditch it. As we see on this show, life is too short to deal with BS. You may be rich today and broke tomorrow.
So that brings me back to the question, “Can money buy happiness?” I think the whole Rose clan would agree that money sure does help. I picture Alexis responding, “Ewwwwww, David…………”
For more Schitt’s Creek fun, checkout Up Schitt’s Creek: A Hilarious Lesson on Tax Deductions.