The 2020 Emmys took place in Los Angeles overnight and its success stories are a reflection of what we turned to for comfort during lockdown.
Comedy seriesran for six years and its final season arrived on Netflix just as the world had turned upside-down. Like countless others last March, I rewound back to season one when the formerly-rich Rose family found themselves living in an odd little town with a big heart.
Father and son Eugene and Daniel Levy play father and son Johnny and David Rose, the former CEO of a video rental chain and the son for whom he jokingly bought an entire small town called Schitt's Creek for his birthday years earlier. Their family is rounded out by Annie Murphy as spoiled socialite sister Alexis and Catherine O’Hara as wife and mother Moira Rose, an eccentric ex-soap-star with a vocabulary to die for.
The Rose family, through constantly bickering with each other and initially hostile towards the people of Schitt’s Creek, can only grow on you. As a viewer, you smile when Patrick sings to David in public, laugh when you hear ‘A Little Bit Alexis’, feel like a proud parent as Stevie treads the boards in Cabaret and sob like a baby when a happy couple says ‘I do’.
The Roses came far from the disillusioned foursome who landed into a grotty hotel in a town they thought nothing off. Schitt’s Creek opened its heart to the Roses and we opened our hearts to.
The show was a salve for our sore spirits when lockdown forced us away from loved ones and social settings. The values it is widely known for were all the most evident when we were searching for humanity and hope among our Netflix lists: acceptance, love and community.
received a glowing send-off at the Emmys, winning all seven awards it was nominated for and setting a new record in doing so. It is a fitting farewell to an obscure Canadian show that grew to become loved by millions around the world. It is a perfect happy ending.
Like, another show admired for its comedy, colour and community triumphed at the Emmys. won six awards, including outstanding competition program for the third consecutive year.
is another show that we turned to during the pandemic. Its positivity, glamour, glitter and sass was a welcome reprieve from daily briefings and constant anxiety. The show’s 12th season aired between February and May this year and it brightened up a gloomy spring.
, however, was not unaffected by Covid-19. While the majority of the show was filmed months in advance, the cast reunion and the live finale had to be rethought. Instead, we were presented with a virtual slumber party from the queens’ homes ahead of a virtual grand finale.
Sure, it was just another Zoom chat in its essence, but we didn’t know how much we needed to see RuPaul appear wearing the world’s strangest face mask.
RuPaul needs to speak to the manager because this covid-19 mask she ordered is not covering her mouth OR nose pic.twitter.com/zgqsh0iwkI— James Barr (@imjamesbarr) May 30, 2020
Is Ru moonlighting as a wrestler? Was there a mix-up when ordering a designer mask for the pandemic? So many unanswered questions.
soon took its place with season five arriving just one month after the main show sashayed away.
This year’schanged the existing format, forcing weekly winners to compete in a lipsynch battle against a guest ‘Lip Sync Assassin’ from a previous season. If the queen was deemed the winner, she would earn $10k. If the Assassin were to outperform her, she would walk away with nothing. The stakes were higher than their heels and the All Star queens rose to the challenge.
At its core,is about accepting people for who they are, showcasing love in all its forms and celebrating the beauty in life, from glamour to personalities.
The fact thatand received nod after nod at the Emmys this year is a joy, but no surprise. They both did what good television is supposed to do: entertain, educate and elevate.
Here’s hoping next year’s Snatch Game includes a verbose, vino-filled Moira Rose. She’s a winner, baby.