Review: ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Prepares to Say Goodbye in Season 6

Canadian sitcom Schitt’s Creek, which airs on Pop TV in the U.S., returns for its sixth and final season on Jan. 7, 2020. It’s clear from the first few episodes that change is in the air for the Rose family and their friends. Disclaimer, this review contains spoilers for season 6 of Schitt’s Creek.

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Where season 5 of ‘Schitt’s Creek’ left off

The fifth season of Schitt’s Creek planted the seeds for the show’s final season. Catherine O’Hara’s Moira revived her acting career with the low-budget Crows movie. Through this, she discovered her knack for screenwriting, and later directed a local production of Cabaret in Schitt’s Creek.

Johnny, played by the show’s co-creator Eugene Levy, missed his wife while she was in Bosnia filming the movie, but season 5 showed him throwing himself into running the Rosebud Motel. Midway through the season, the motel won a regional hospitality award.

Dan Levy, the show’s other co-creator, plays David, who undoubtedly grew the most throughout the series. David continued to work at Rose Apothecary with his boyfriend Patrick, played by Noah Reid. Towards the end of the season, the two became engaged.

Like David, Alexis, played by Annie Murphy, also matured. When her boyfriend earned a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to the Galapagos Islands, she realized everything Ted, played by Dustin Milligan, has done for her and their relationship. In an act of selflessness, Alexis decided to move with him.

Season 6 of ‘Schitt’s Creek’ is about change

Based on the first four episodes of the upcoming season, Schitt’s Creek is preparing to say farewell. While it’s been a known fact that season 6 will be the show’s last, it almost seems like the characters know it too. There’s a purposeful bittersweet tone in each episode, and it’s extremely effective.

Perhaps no one encapsulates that feeling of change better than Stevie, played by Emily Hampshire. Ever since Moira’s constant pep talks in season 5 and her starring role in Cabaret, Stevie longs for more. She’s stuck at a relatable crossroads, wondering what her next step should be and terrified she will make a mistake.

Will the Rose family ever leave Schitt’s Creek?

While Stevie is wondering if she should leave her small town just as Moira did years ago, the Rose family has finally found their footing. Eugene Levy plays Johnny with both a new confidence and panicked fear of failing again as he invests more into the motel business.

O’Hara remains the secret weapon of the show with her portrayal of Moira. In a streak of luck, Moira’s acting career is revived once more, and her hope of leaving Schitt’s Creek is renewed. However, her family might not share her wishes.

David and Patrick are in the craze of wedding planning while preparing to start their life together. With Rose Apothecary, it seems safe to assume the two will stick around in Schitt’s Creek for awhile. Alexis is bracing for her eventual journey to the Galapagos Islands to reunite with Ted, but once his research project ends their future is left unknown as well.

The show will be missed

Part of what makes Schitt’s Creek such a rewarding show to watch is the growth the characters have experienced in their new home. The Rose family actually became a family once they moved. They learned to combat their selfish tendencies while still staying true to who they are, and they found love in friends, partners, and themselves.

If the first four episodes are any inclination, the final season will be a bittersweet, intimate, and rewarding farewell. Whether the Rose family leaves or remains in Schitt’s Creek, the goodbye won’t be easy. It will however, be worth it, as there is truly no show like Schitt’s Creek.