Schitt’s Creek is a wacky, sweet comedy with a spicy subversive streak. The very first scene of the current season revolves around the Rose family discovering son David Rose, deliciously played by Daniel Levy, in post-coital confusion as hunky Jake, played by the pass-out from his hotness Steve Lund, entering after a post-hump shower. The moment is very sexy, plus it embraces Schitt’s Creek new celebration of Pansexuality.
In the scene, the Rose family is far from uncomfortable with the situation, in fact, they are proud that David has landed such a hunk. There is now a running gag going about how the urbane David is less sexually uninhibited than the sexually fluid small town studs, and there are several. And then, out of all the characters on the show, the town’s hillbilly mayor, played by Chris Elliot says: “Well, you can’t tell your kids who to love!”
This attitude works so well with Schitt’s Creek’s references to classic Green Acres (1965-1971) and Newhart (1982-1990) fish-out-of-water comic contrivances. The greatest thing about Schitt’s Creek is that the satire shifts between the local rubes and the city interlopers, and both are gently ribbed and roasted.
Daniel Levy’s David offers up an offbeat sexual appeal. His character reads as gay in the first two seasons, where he tossed off bon mots with the skill of a drag queen.
Levy co-created and co-stars on Schitt’s Creek with his father, Eugene Levy, the award-winning actor and writer who has appeared in more than 60 films. Last summer he played Dory’s Dad in the Disney/Pixar hit, Finding Dory, opposite Ellen DeGeneres. That film grossed more than a $1 billion worldwide. Partnered with Christopher Guest, the senior Levy co-wrote and starred in Best In Show (2000), Waiting For Guffman (1997), For Your Consideration,(2006) and A Mighty Wind (2003).
Daniel Levy’s performance bounces between skittish and subdued. Not surprising, he grew up studying the brilliant Catherine O’Hara, and has learned the power of a simple eye movement, pause, or a nostril flare. He is a deft, brilliant comic actor. In real life, he is openly gay. Daniel’s character, David Rose, whose bitchiness and fashion fixation implied anything but straightness, finally came out as pansexual after dating a woman in the first two seasons. Levy:
“I hadn’t really seen pansexuality on TV before. It’s an exciting time to be in television. David has won people over… in a strange way, considering he’s not very likable on paper.”
Season three has brought some sex for David, and with his father, O’Hara and company are all pushing their performances to new loony heights.
Among the other hot dudes of Schitt’s Creek are Dustin Milligan as veterinarian Ted Mullens, the on-again-off-again love interest of David’s sexy goofy sister Alexis Rose (Annie Murphy), and Tim Rozon as Mutt Schitt, once the object of Alexis’ affection, who makes his living harvesting pine cones. Rozon may have the sexiest beard on television, and like Milligan, the show finds excuses for him to be frequently shirtless.
Tune in to Schitt’s Creek for the comic mayhem, and stay for the hotties and the man-on-man make out scenes. It airs on CBC in Canada, on POP in the USA. The first two seasons are currently streaming on Netflix.