The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) program Schitt's Creek is unique in that it shows a queer relationship (David and Patrick) in a society that does not project homophobia.
David and Patrick were not immediately perfect for each other, but in the trajectory of the show, they have learned about and cared for each other more than anybody ever thought possible.
This queer relationship in a society where relationships can be formed without judgment has apparently inspired fans across the world to come out, including one Scottish fan who reportedly left Dan Levy in tears.
Ellie watched the episode Meet The Parents before posting the video, in which Patrick comes out to his parents and experiences nothing but acceptance, and she felt inspired to come out to her own mother.
@SchittsCreek @olreid @danjlevy been thinking about this for a while. Thank you for helping me with that final step… https://t.co/gmPj4iC0Cy— love, ely (@love, ely) 1575917239.0
"I was watching it and Patrick has just come out, and I was like wow, I should do that. So I rewinded it and I watched him come out again, then I rewinded it again and I cried a little bit."
@rosebudbrewer @SchittsCreek @olreid @danjlevy baby yoda and I are very happy for you and sending you love and ligh… https://t.co/6ejg1ZrHNz— Deathany Frankelstein (@Deathany Frankelstein) 1575960727.0
@rosebudbrewer @SchittsCreek @olreid @danjlevy https://t.co/VTKUxl2FcJ— Lee 🏳️🌈✌🏻💗💜💙 (@Lee 🏳️🌈✌🏻💗💜💙) 1575917706.0
@rosebudbrewer @SchittsCreek @olreid @danjlevy So proud of you and excited for you. What an incredibly brave step y… https://t.co/mgi7TJdlHY— Kailey (@Kailey) 1575959210.0
Ellie, after the episode was over, swallowed her fears and marched to her mother to tell her she was gay.
Though Ellie's mother had her "suspicions," Ellie still "did that."
"I would not have been able to do this without Schitt's Creek, that show has helped me a lot.
Dan Levy (one of the head writers and also the actor who portrays 'David' in the show) himself saw the message and could not help but get emotional.
And so I cried. Sending you so. much. love. ❤️ https://t.co/h0zTdpWQOa— dan levy (@dan levy) 1575957359.0
And plenty of others also had to say how positively Schitt's Creek had influenced their spheres for the better.
@rosebudbrewer @SchittsCreek @olreid @danjlevy You're awesome! https://t.co/lzakAwMXgr— 🦀♋🌘Kristen Carter🌒♋🦀 (@🦀♋🌘Kristen Carter🌒♋🦀) 1575958229.0
@danjlevy So beautiful. I think that episode was also part of what gave me the courage to tell my husband of 15 years that I'm bi.— 💙Daina💚TeamMishap (@💙Daina💚TeamMishap) 1575957645.0
@danjlevy I don't think it's overstating things to say that at some level, you're saving lives. You, Dan. The rest… https://t.co/rBTcEVJQGA— Jack McDonald (@Jack McDonald) 1575958120.0
@danjlevy I mean. You have to think that every bit of it is worth it just for that. Just for the pride in this darl… https://t.co/3sDASLkoX8— MellyMed (@MellyMed) 1575973095.0
@danjlevy This is why representation matters. 💜 Thank you!— Coffee and Books 🌈🇨🇦🇺🇲 (@Coffee and Books 🌈🇨🇦🇺🇲) 1575958611.0
Noah Reid, who plays David's fiancé Patrick, also responded.
@rosebudbrewer This is the absolute best! Sending you big ❤️— Noah Reid (@Noah Reid) 1575999096.0
@danjlevy ellie 🥺🥰💗— maddison 🔭 (@maddison 🔭) 1575957376.0
@olreid @rosebudbrewer It really is the best. Congrats on everything, Ellie! 💕 https://t.co/oNEELxApq7— Noah Reid Source (@Noah Reid Source) 1576004787.0
@rosebudbrewer @SchittsCreek @olreid @danjlevy Love to you!!— kristin - #acrogirl (@kristin - #acrogirl) 1575957455.0
The final season of Schitt's Creek, season 6, premieres in Canada in early 2020. Predictions are it will be available on Netflix for US distribution by October 2020.
The end will hopefully see Patrick and David's wedding, and with that, more queer representation for the kids who need to see it to latch onto.