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Sunday September 19th

Column: This year has been a wild, Schitty ride

<p>Brooke Dougherty writes for the opinion desk at The Daily Tar Heel.&nbsp;</p>
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Brooke Dougherty writes for the opinion desk at The Daily Tar Heel. 

Judging by my social media feed, I wasn’t the only one who decided to dress up as Moira Rose this year for Halloween. 

Like a lot of others, I didn’t start watching Schitt’s Creek until recently, and I was immediately hooked. I started wondering what exactly it was about the show and characters that made it so lovable.

Schitt’s Creek is a beloved Canadian sitcom that ran from 2015 to 2020. However, the final season of the show wasn’t available on Netflix until October, causing a surge in quarantine binging sessions. I mean, what’s more Schitt’s Creek than being stuck inside with a bottle of wine and a face mask?

At the start of the show, the once-wealthy Rose family loses all of their assets and must move to a small town in order to regroup and start over. All at once, they are plucked from the large social environment that they are used to and forced into a dramatic isolation that is unlike anything they have ever known. 

There’s something familiar and comforting about a family who comes face-to-face with life-altering circumstances, reevaluating who they are and what they find important in life. 

Watching the first season, it became clear that the family had never spent this much time together and had to learn how to be comfortable in each other’s company. Throughout the course of the show, each character acclimates to their situation by making the best of things and using it as an opportunity to grow. 

Let’s be real: we’re all a bunch of disgruntled pelicans right now. The past year has been a wild, Schitty ride, but there is something undeniably comforting and relatable about this show. These times are unprecedented for all of us. So much is left up in the air — much like when the Rose family first moved to Schitt’s Creek, not knowing what the next day would bring. 

We’ve been cut off from our normal social circles, our lives have been uprooted and we have to pick up the pieces in order to move forward. We are reminded of what is most important in our lives: friendship, family, memories.

What matters most will become clear as we continue to reevaluate who we are and what we hold most dear. 

So, as we enter the holiday season, we must remember that human beings are resilient, and we are capable of getting through this. As you go home to your family, remember what is most important, in spite of it all, and cherish the time you have with those you love.

And if you haven’t seen this show, I recommend you grab a bottle of wine, support your local Café Tropical by ordering food to go and push play. It won’t be long before you’ve started to pronounce ‘Covid’ the way Moira pronounces David, like the rest of us.  


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