Run, don’t walk to Pop TV’s “Schitt’s Creek,” airing 8 p.m. Wednesdays
A good comedy makes you laugh. But a great comedy makes you feel something more, and Pop TV’s Canadian import “Schitt’s Creek” has me feeling all kinds of things in its fourth season.
I could go on and on about just how unbelievably sharp and funny the tale of the high society Rose family’s descent from the penthouse to the titular middle-of-nowhere small town is week in and out. Like Catherine O’Hara’s superlative and fearless role as the bewigged and discernibly accented Moira. Or Anna Murphy’s surprisingly tender portrayal of Alexis’ venture to college and a real relationship. Or the whole incredibly colorful cast that populate this welcoming little town — of which more viewers should be aware, I might add.
But as the series approaches its season finale this month (it airs 8 p.m. Wednesdays), nothing is hitting the spot for me quite like the blossoming relationship between David (writer/co-creator Daniel Levy) and Patrick (Noah Reid). So much so that I dare say, in an age where every show has a ’ship or two, they are television’s best couple.
I had this realization a few episodes back when I was crying literal tears of joy as Patrick, a newly out gay man, sang an acoustic version of Tina Turner’s “Simply the Best” to a romantically jittery David in front of a crowd of their neighbors all tucked inside the business they started together.
To say it was a moving moment accentuated by everything we know about David is an understatement. As he fights the smile that slowly grows across his face, the walls he built with affluence, a bad dating track record and a family history of pushing real feelings down deeper begin to melt away. Even his normally detached mother, Moira, can’t look away from the gesture that has captivated her son. If you need a definition of a swoon-worthy moment, cue this up.
But a great TV relationship isn’t built in one moment. In the episodes that preceded and followed the performance (including a reprised lip sync of the song from David), the two proved to be perfect complements to one another. David is still hilariously high maintenance, demanding a level of leisure he can’t quite achieve in Schitt’s Creek. But Patrick checks his diva, playfully calling him out or blatantly telling him no, something the Rose family isn’t used to hearing.
He grounds David and challenges his entitlement (like their battle over where to put the toilet plungers in the store) — but in a loving way.
In turn, David’s big personality gives Patrick — an adult looking to give his all to someone — a person with whom he can come to terms with who he really is. David never forces him to rush things (except unintentionally), and rather acts as a supportive presence that gives Patrick the confidence to wear his heart on his sleeve.
Most importantly, Patrick feels like the right step for David and everything the show has taught us about him. His warmth and generosity informs David’s desire for maturity and growth — a personal journey which the simplicity of Schitt’s Creek has helped David realize.
Not for nothing, but it has also never made a big deal that these are two men falling in love, a wonderfully progressive approach.
Television often paints love as a series of huge moments that form a happy ending, but it’s the smaller moments that usually carry the biggest weight if delivered properly. Serenading your guy with a Tina Turner classic is definitely grand, but the smaller steps they’ve both taken toward each other is what has truly defined their relationship.
“Schitt’s Creek” remains one of TV’s best comedies, but this season, for me, it’s David and Patrick who are simply the best.