"It’s not just that Schitt’s Creek is funny—and it still very much is, somehow able to draw vast amounts of humor from its fish-out-of-water premise after all this time," says Gwen Inhat of the sixth and final season premiere. "But it’s the surprising bits of heart that emanate from the show that make it even more valuable, like Johnny’s growing paternal affection for his motel business partner Stevie (Emily Hampshire), which obviously means a lot to her, or Moira’s concern about what Roland’s wife Jocelyn (Jennifer Robertson) thinks about the Crows trailer (which itself makes the season a must-watch). Patrick has brought out sensitive sides of David that wouldn’t have even seemed possible at the start of the series. Not every plotline’s a winner, but Alexis adapting her party-girl skills to social media and wedding planning is an absolute hoot, as is a setup that involves Stevie and David competing for the same job. Even an initially awkward situation between Patrick and David gets amped up by going viral. The continued excellence of Schitt’s Creek makes it even more painful that this sweet, funny show will soon end. But the preparations for Patrick and David’s wedding and the renewed question of whether or not the Roses will stay put establish steady footing for the portions of season six that follow the episodes screened for critics. The family once greeted such an opportunity for escape with giddy enthusiasm; five seasons on, they know they’d be parting with so much more than a piece of real estate Johnny once bought for David as a joke. The feeling, from the other side of the screen, is mutual."
Eugene Levy praises his son for Schitt's Creek becoming a beacon for LGBTQ viewers: The elder Levy said that his son’s “sensibility has really carried the show into a lovely area of recognition, in terms of critical recognition, in terms of emotional recognition, what he’s done for the LGBTQ community.” Dan Levy adds: "I want to feel like I’m putting something out into the world that’s of consequence. It is a comedy, but there’s a bit of weight to it. In our own little way we’re taking a stand.”
Schitt's Creek has always been Stevie's story: "Five years ago, the bougie Rose family landed in a podunk town and moved into a motel, and the series seemingly functions under the premise that they'd do anything to get out," says Justin Kirkland. "But as the finale nears, the Roses are more adjusted than they've been in years. The only person who needs out of is the one character who was always bigger than the town that raised her. Schitt's Creek has always been about Stevie Budd, the flannel-wearing receptionist-turned-motel owner."