Schitt’s Creek and Queerness: 10 Queer Canadians on Its Impact


After six hilarious seasons, a few thousand wigs and innumerable utterances of “Ew, David!,” Schitt’s Creek finally ends its run on April 7.

The Canadian sitcom that started with a traditional fish-out-of-water premise grew into something much more profound, buoyed by witty writing, strong performances and an emotional honesty rare for the format. At a time when so many comedies are encouraged to be broadly appealing to a wide audience, the series revelled in being both specific and different, immediately differentiating itself from the pack of more forgettable Canadian TV shows and gaining an international following—and a few Emmy nominations—in the process.

Perhaps most significant in all of this has been the show’s treatment of sexuality. Dan Levy’s David Rose is noteworthy entirely because he isn’t—a queer character granted the permission to…

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