Which comedy will you miss more: ‘The Good Place’ or ‘Schitt’s Creek’? | The Tylt
Which comedy will you miss more: ‘The Good Place’ or ‘Schitt’s Creek’?
You’re dead, but that’s just the beginning of the story. You awake in the paradise side of the afterlife only to realize you’re there by mistake. “The Good Place” took this concept and turned it into a hilarious examination of surprisingly complicated moral dilemmas. The show combined fantastic and surreal writing, sharp dialogue and great performances from core cast members Kristen Bell (Arizona trash bag Eleanor Shellstrop), Jameela Jamil (name-dropping socialite Tahani Al-Jamil), William Jackson Harper (eternally frustrated ethics professor Chidi Anagonye), Manny Jacinto (pre-successful DJ Jason Mendoza), Ted Danson (morally transient supernatural architect Michael) and D’arcy Carden (the heavenly AI Janet).
Unlike many supernatural shows, “The Good Place” really stuck the landing on its conclusion, satisfactorily wrapping up even the smallest threads of the plot. That doesn't mean we don't want more, though, does it?
Rich socialites are forced to live in a small town. A remake of "Green Acres"? Hardly. Where the aforementioned show stuck with the same schtick over and over, “Schitt’s Creek” relied on the Rose family’s subtle and consistent character growth to fuel the comedy. It was also a masterclass in acting when it comes to making characters feel like a believable family, even as they’re over the top and absurd. David (show co-creator Dan Levy) and his sister Alexis (Annie Murphy, not to be confused with actual Levy sibling, Sarah, who plays local waitress, Twyla) not only acted and spoke as if they were related, but their gestures resembled elements of their parents, polysyllabic Moira (the always perfect Catherine O’Hara) and Johnny (Eugene Levy, whose eyebrows are among Canada’s greatest contributions to art).
David Rose's sexuality was one of the show's gifts to viewers, not only because it was presented so positively, but also because it was an important aspect of David's character without being the only focus. Real representation is so much more fulfilling than mere token LGBT characters.