This review contains spoilers for the series finale of Schitt’s Creek, titled “Happy Ending.”
There is no better and no worse time for Schitt’s Creek to be ending. Given the current state of the world – and the seemingly constant cloud of anxiety we’re all living under – the final season of this wholesome Canadian comedy has been a balm to soothe even the most cynical soul, and while the show couldn’t possibly be going out on any more of a high, there’s no denying what a void it will leave as Johnny and Moira Rose drive off into the sunset, leaving the titular town and its eccentric characters in the rearview mirror.
The benefit of the show ending on its own terms is that co-creators and stars Daniel and Eugene Levy have been able to craft a meticulous and prolonged farewell over the course of Season 6, bringing the series full circle and allowing the Roses to bloom (sorry) into the people they always had the potential to be, while still keeping them unabashedly true to themselves.
The previous 13 episodes have cemented the character development we’ve been watching in our core four over the past six years, tying up the loose ends of Moira’s career resurgence, Alexis’ struggle for independence, Johnny’s shift in priorities, and David’s fear of commitment, to allow the series finale to serve as pure fan-service in the best way – a celebration of the bonds these people have forged, whether they’re family by blood or by choice.
While Schitt’s Creek has continually broken new ground in its portrayal of queer relationships, its true power is in treating the remarkable as unremarkable – so although there’s something undeniably powerful about the series culminating in David and Patrick’s wedding, to anyone who has watched and loved the show, really, they’re just David and Patrick, two humans we love and root for, so why shouldn’t they get the happiest of happy endings (complete with a literal happy ending) for the series finale?
Like any sitcom couple, their wedding day is beset by complications, but everything turns out just fine in the end, thank goodness, capped off with another welcome musical interlude or three (complete with callbacks to two of the show’s best needle drops – the Season 2 finale’s Rose family dance party to “Precious Love,” and Noah Reid’s game-changing serenade of “Simply the Best,” plus a nod to David and Patrick’s Mariah Carey-inspired “I love yous”) and a typically bonkers Moira Rose performance from the unparalleled Catherine O’Hara.
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Schitt’s Creek has always felt like a rare comedic gem because of the empathy it has for its characters, even at their most ridiculous – the characterization is every bit as important as the punchlines, evoking the same good-hearted spirit as Parks and Recreation – and in the finale more than ever, I’m struck by how much I just enjoy spending time with these people, who somehow never manage to be grating, even when they’re at their most self-centered. (Watching the post-finale documentary special, Best Wishes, Warmest Regards, it’s obvious that the cast feels the same – it’s easy to imagine just how many of those tears in the finale were real.)
You can’t help but wish for a supersized, hourlong finale to try to prolong the inevitable – to luxuriate in the absurdity of these characters for just a little longer – but in truth, the last three episodes have felt like a cohesive closing arc, only separated by the necessity of a weekly rollout. For those who will binge the entire season, it’s likely that this will feel like a perfectly formed send-off, so it seems silly to nitpick the finale for feeling too brief, too quick to leave us – but that doesn’t alter the bittersweet feeling that lingers as the credits roll, knowing that this is the last time we’re all going to be here like this, able to pop in and say hey to one of the most dysfunctional and lovable families to ever grace our screens. In the immortal words of Tina Turner, Schitt’s Creek was simply the best, and we were lucky that we got to visit, even if the stay was shorter than we might’ve wanted.
Source: IGN.com Schitt's Creek: Series Finale Review