15 Heartwarming Schitt's Creek Episodes For Families to Watch Together
Over the course of six seasons, we have watched the Rose family overcome their fall from extravagance. Although the family is just a little dysfunctional, they have slowly become a loving foursome (in their own way, of course).
Between Alexis's mysterious past life and the hilarious way she says "David," David's bold wardrobe choices and exasperated facial expressions, Johnny's bushy brows and well-tailored suits, and Moira's wigs and eccentric vocabulary, the Roses make the series so compelling to watch.
Now that the series has officially concluded, it's the perfect time to rewatch the most emotional and family-oriented episodes of the Rose's journey. Scroll ahead to see our 15 favorite Schitt's Creek episodes of all time to watch as a family.
Honeymoon (Season 1, Episode 10)
Schitt's Creek is one of the fews shows that has managed to describe pansexuality in a way that is appropriate to share in a family setting. In "Honeymoon" Stevie and David hook up (maybe skip through that with the kids). However, this confuses Stevie as she thought David was gay, causing her to openly ask him about his sexuality. This prompts David to explain his preferences through a metaphor: "I do drink red wine, but I also drink white wine. And I've been known to sample the occasional rosé. And a couple summers back I tried a merlot that used to be a chardonnay. I like the wine and not the label." The conversation is so simple, yet it can go a long way in helping to educate kids about pansexulaity.
Town for Sale (Season 1, Episode 13)
After Johnny gets a generous offer for Schitt's Creek, the Roses start to plan their return to New York City. At the same, Alexis and David realize how attached they have become to the town. "Town for Sale" really helps to exemplify the lesson that "home is where the heart is" with the Roses realizing that the community has become a home for healing for them.
Finding David (Season 2, Episode 1)
"Finding David" focuses on Johnny, Moria, and Alexis searching for David after he's been radio silent for a few days. When they finally find him, he is not-so-pleasantly living among the Amish. The episode highlights the importance of communications in building a positive family culture.
Family Dinner (Season 2, Episode 2)
During "Family Dinner," Moira and David attempt to cook a family enchilada recipe of dubious origin. Between Moira telling David to "fold in the cheese!" and the family enjoying a nice, home cooked dinner together, the episode is incredibly heartwarming and humorous. There are a lot of moments that can families can relate to.
Happy Anniversary (Season 2, Episode 13)
When Johnny and Moira go out to dinner for their anniversary dinner, they run into a couple they knew in their old life as well as Roland and Jocelyn. Not long into the dinner, their old friends start to mock Schitt's Creek, but Johnny and Moira stand up for the town. Later, Moira and Johnny crash Mutt's barn party, telling their kids that they are dancing as a family. It's all very sweet with the Rose family sticking together as a family and choosing their new family and friends over their old ones.
New Car (Season 3, Episode 3)
"New Car" is full of sentimental scenes of Stevie, featuring her relationship with both David and Johnny. The episode follows her handling her great-aunt affairs after her death. In a rare moment of sincerity, David reassures Stevie that she won't end up like her great-aunt. Moreover, after handling the arrangements, Stevie learns that her great-aunt was the sole owner of the motel, passing on the deed to her. In a rare moment of vulnerability, she admits that she can't run it on her own, prompting Johnny to offer to be business partners with her.
Driving Test (Season 3, Episode 4)
"Driving Test" showcases Alexis and David's roles as siblings to each other, reflecting sibling conflict and rivalry. In the episode, David has to retake his road test to renew his expired license so Alexis drives him to his driving test. Before the test, David is freaking out, but Alexis doesn't understanding his anxiety, causing them to get into a huge fight. After the test, they make up after talking about Alexis's wild adventures, and how David was always worried about her safety.
Grad Night (Season 3, Episode 13)
"Grad Night" marks a turning point in Moira and Alexis's relationship. Despite Alexis telling her family that she doesn't want them to attend her graduation, she is bummed when nobody is there to witness this big milestone in her life. But before the event's over, Moira appears on stage with the Jazzagals to perform "Baby I'm Yours," a song all about her love for Alexis. The touching scene emphasizes how far the mother-daughter duo has come, and how any broken relationship can be rebuilt over time.
Open Mic (Season 4, Episode 6)
"Open Mic" is by far one of the most wholesome and vulnerable episodes of the series. After Patrick and David host an open mic night at the apothecary, Patrick dedicates his acoustic cover of Tina Turner's "Simply the Best" to David. The performance brings David and Moira to tears with them both realizing how lucky David is to have Patrick love him immensely.
Singles Week (Season 4, Episode 12)
"Single Week" has so many heartwarming and extremely relatable scenes. It addresses the "I Love You" stigma in which David has trouble telling Patrick he loves him. The episode also focuses on big brother instincts with David sticking up for Alexis and offering some words of advice to Ted who is contemplating his relationship with Alexis. Then there's the fact that Ted attends Alexis's Singles Week event to declare his love for her. All of these scenes melt even the toughest hearts.
Merry Christmas, Johnny Rose (Season 4, Episode 13)
In the holiday special, Johnny suggests the family throw a lavish holiday celebration just like they used to. However, the plan quickly falls apart, disheartening Johnny. Not wanting to let him down, Moira and the kids rally the residents of Schitt's Creek to give Johnny the Christmas party he wanted. The episode really helps to stress the importance of family teamwork and attending family functions.
Love Letters (Season 5, Episode 2)
"Love Letters" is one episode that we're reminded just how perfect Moira and Johnny are for each other. When Moira finds handwritten love letters written to Johnny from a mystery woman, she tells everyone that Johnny has a mistress. Of course, it doesn't take long for him to reveal to Moira that she was the author of those racy letters. It's an incredibly sweet episode that often leaves all viewers oohing and awing, while shaking their heads in amusement.
Meet the Parents (Season 5, Episode 11)
It's no secret that Schitt's Creek is a LGBTQ+-friendly series. Seeking to normalize LGBTQ+ relationships, the fish-out-of-water show has become a role model for many queer families. "Meet the Parents" is one episode in particular that really resonated with the LGBTQ+ community with it covering Patrick coming out to his own parents in a very supportive and loving environment.
The Hike (Season 5, Episode 13)
One of the most soul-stirring episodes of the fifth season is "The Hike." Between David and Patrick getting engaged and Johnny heading to the hospital for a potential heart attack, it's hard not to cry — whether in joy over David and Patrick affirming their love for each other or distress over Moira and Stevie imaging a life without Johnny. No matter what, rest assured the tears will fall freely.
Happy Ending (Season 6, Episode 14)
Focusing on David and Patrick's wedding day, "Happy Ending" is full of emotional moments. The most heartening being when Moira and Jonny see Roland's parting gift: the town welcome sign. Once showing the Schitt's Creek founders, now the sign features the Rose family, giving the slogan "where everyone fits in" a whole new meaning, which helps to reinforce the idea that there are countless representative strong families.