Thanks to a mixture of word of mouth during lockdown and its clean sweep at the Emmys, Schitt’s Creek has enjoyed an explosion in popularity in 2020. 

And for millions of us, it has been the binge-worthy boxset that has seen us through the dark times of the last 12 months. 

But what you might not have realised is that the Canadian sitcom – about a family of five forced to live in close proximity to each other under stressful circumstances – has basically epitomised all of our years in many, many ways… 

1. When someone mentioned the word “coronavirus” in January

2. And we slowly watched the virus make its way across Europe


3. It quickly became apparent that life was going to change


4. Panic buyers started stripping the shelves of loo roll and pasta


5. The prime minister when he announced the first lockdown


6. And us, when he told the nation that the UK would be over Covid in three months


7. When every concert, festival and live event was suddenly cancelled


8. And everyone suddenly became very invested in the story of Carole Baskin and Joe Exotic on Netflix


9. When we were forced to have our first Covid haircut


10. When we stood outside on our doorsteps every Thursday at 8pm


11. When the NHS put out a call for volunteers


12. Every time the government backtracked on a decision as they blundered their way through the pandemic


13. When Dominic Cummings turned up at Barnard Castle


14. And then gave the most half-arsed excuse for his little trip on live TV


15. When we were invited to our 157th Zoom quiz


16. Whenever anyone asked if you’d taken up a new hobby or learned something about yourself in lockdown


17. That one time we bothered to get changed out of our pyjamas and brush our hair


18. Every journalist in every one of Boris Johnson’s press conferences


19. When the government changed the Covid messaging from ‘Stay at home, save lives, protect the NHS’ to ‘Stay alert, control the virus, save lives’

20. When “Dishy Rishi” became a thing


21. When conspiracy theories started spreading on Facebook


22. When single people were allowed a support bubble and got their first hug in months


23. Before going in pursuit of…

24. When we emerged from the first lockdown


25. And we were finally allowed to see our friends and family again


26. The non-essential shops reopened


27. And the pubs. Oh, the pubs


28. And there was outrage at how busy ‘Super Saturday’ was


29. When Eat Out To Help Out was announced


30. What we subsequently ate for every meal for the whole month of August


31. And we could finally book a summer holiday


32. But then you had to self-isolate for two weeks when you got home


33. When the second wave hit


34. And the new tiering system was announced with all the rule variations


35. When Matt Hancock told us it was actually illegal to have sex with someone we didn’t live with

36. When we entered a second national lockdown


37. And the pubs and restaurants closed again


38. But we were distracted by the US election and the prospect of Trump being voted out


39. What the people of the United States told Trump on 7 November


40. But then he threatened not leave the White House


41. Seriously  


42. When several rich and famous types started breaking the rules

43. For a long time, it has felt like there was never going to be a way out


44. Because this is basically how we’ve all felt every night since March


45. But then the news of the vaccine was announced


46. And plans for the rollout began


47. But then the government announced Tier 4 and cancelled Christmas for millions and threw plans for millions of others into disarray


48. However, it’s important to remember there is now light at the end of the tunnel, and we must not forget just how far we’ve come


49. To think, what would 2019 us have made of it all?


50. Well done for making it through 2020, everyone!

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