If the worlds of 30 Rock and Schitt’s Creek collided, which characters would become best buds, and which characters would become frenemies?
Known for their always quirky, often cerebral, and delightfully irreverent humor, Schitt’s Creek and 30 Rock have become wildly popular television series known for ardent fan bases. Though one might focus on a once-wealthy family having to survive in a rural small town, and the other might chronicle the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of a variety show in New York City, they’re filled with enough over-the-top characters, screwball plots, and pithy dialogue to make the perfect cross-over.
Imagine if the Roses had never left New York City, and interacted with the TGS crew? Moira and Jenna would be up for the same parts in the same terrible soap operas. Johnny and Jack would talk shop over a game of golf, and Criss would bring Patrick his latest terrible business plan all about gourmet hotdogs. Depending on their personalities, these beloved characters would either have some of the most solid friendships, or become the most committed of enemies.
Would Work: David And Liz
There’s only one person who could appreciate David’s acerbic quips and neurotic personality, and that’s Liz Lemon, famous for her own pithy zingers in the writing room. Their sarcastic style would complement rather than complicate their dynamic (much like David and Stevie’s friendship on Schitt’s Creek), and who couldn’t see David and Liz curled up in their face masks and shame-eating night cheese?
Like David, Liz was a late bloomer, having a lot of transient relationships but no one who mattered until she was in her 30s. She would never judge David for not behaving like an “adult” yet because half the time she still didn’t know how to be one. She often used humor as a defense mechanism to protect herself, but maintained strong bonds when she felt comfortable enough being authentic.
Would Turn Ugly: Moira And Jenna
Two divas like Moira and Jenna might initially become friends for the sake of formality from one film and television star to another, but their inevitable jealousy over each other’s opportunities would drive a Jimmy Choo wedge between them.
Both women are known for being petty and self-absorbed, always more concerned about their own problems than any of their friends or family. Their melodramatic personalities, while hilarious for bystanders to witness together, would undoubtedly clash, and only become heightened as they competed for roles in B-movies.
Would Work: Alexis And Tracy
Alexis is used to hanging out with celebrities like Taylor Swift and Tom Brady, so becoming Tracy Jordan’s friend would be the most natural thing in the world. Tracy’s penchant for beautiful women notwithstanding, he would undoubtedly understand Alexis’s strange philosophies about the world.
Both Alexis and Tracy, while outwardly appearing superficial and unobservant, were capable of incredible insight. Their ideologies might have appeared illogical in the abstract, but on closer inspection were actually quite profound.
Would Turn Ugly: Stevie And Kenneth
Just like Stevie is the first face new customers see when they enter the lobby of the Rosebud Motel, Kenneth greets the eager visitors to NBC headquarters. The major difference is that one of them is a misanthrope wearing a permanent scowl, and the other is a ray of sunshine beaming with optimism.
No doubt Stevie would resent Kenneth’s attempts to be helpful about improving her customer service persona, and Kenneth wouldn’t take kindly to Stevie’s harsh remarks about his bumpkin small town upbringing, origins that would hit too close to home for the Budd who longed to leave Schitt’s Creek.
Would Work: Johnny And Jack
Aside from understanding the importance of a good suit, Johnny and Jack would undoubtedly bond over all things business. Johnny, no stranger to the entertainment industry, would see a compelling business partner in Jack, who’s able to be ruthless and aggressive where Johnny is not.
Jack would no doubt cotton to Johnny’s status as the head of the Rose Video Empire, which once allowed him to live in the sort of luxury in New York City that he could only dream of as a company man. Over a friendly game of golf, Jack might even be convinced to leave NBC and head Johnny’s Rosebud franchising operation on the East Coast.
Would Turn Ugly: Ray And Dr. Spaceman
Ray wants to be able to see to the needs of as many townsfolk as he can, so the jack-of-all-trades is Schitt’s Creek’s real estate agent, photographer, closet organizer, travel agent, Christmas tree salesman, and processor of business related documents like Rose Apothecary’s incorporation papers. Whenever anyone needs absolutely anything, out pops Ray.
In much the same way, Dr. Spaceman seems to be called upon whether TGS actors need a rabies shots or plastic surgery, and even when NBC needs someone to make infomercials. While the two affable professionals might initially get along, it’s clear that they’d be competitive. No doubt Ray has some medical training in his arsenal!
Would Work: Roland And Pete
Despite being the mayor of Schitt’s Creek and the person with the most pull in the community, Roland is approachable (if not lovably cringey), often being the one to grease the wheels behind the scenes whether for projects in town or for the Rose family. No doubt he’d be fascinated about how TGS functions, and find Pete’s job fascinating.
As one of the of the producers of TGS, Pete helps facilitate the work of the writer’s room and manages the actors, but he’s not afforded any respect despite having a position of authority. The only time Pete becomes comfortable with himself is when he decides to stop stressing about the show. Having a pal like Roland would definitely help him realize that he can be both a boss and a friend without sacrificing his needs.
Would Turn Ugly: Twyla And Hazel
Mild-mannered Twyla always makes sure that everyone feels welcome from the moment they open one of Cafe Tropical’s comically large menus. She tries to see to everyone’s needs, and whether they relate to cuisine or life in general, she tries to offer sensible advice with a smile. She’d initially find a lot to like in Hazel, the bubbly NBC page, until she discovered what lurked beneath the surface.
While Hazel might seem like the perfect pal for Twy, her penchant for using people for her own personal gain would bother the kind-hearted waitress (not to mention her picking on Kenneth). Twyla might seem a little scatter-brained sometimes but she isn’t stupid, and would eventually realize she was being taken advantage of.
Would Work: Ronnie And Frank
Whether she’s presiding over a problem in the Schitt’s Creek town council or singing in the Jazzagals, Ronnie always says exactly what’s on her mind. She has no time for superiority complexes and excess drama, making her a perfect pal for misanthropic Frank. Even though he’s prone to childish shenanigans, her posse consists of Roland and Bob, so she values people who can poke fun of themselves and those around them.
In the writer’s room, Frank is known for his candor and casual attitude, and just like Ronnie can’t stand the Roses, he detests spoiled actors like Jenna, and has a problem with condescending coworkers like Tupher. He’d much rather go for a beer with someone like Ronnie who keeps it real.
Would Turn Ugly: Patrick And Criss
Both the boyfriends of strong-willed, neurotic characters, Patrick and Criss would begin as fast friends with their love of guitar-playing, impromptu karaoke, and homespun business ventures. Unfortunately, one too many bad business proposals -albeit well-intentioned- would make Patrick wary of associating with someone who aspires to run a gourmet hot dog truck.
Rose Apothecary got off the ground because of Patrick’s business acumen and David’s sense of taste, and even then he had to go against David’s marketing ideas some of the time. Patrick wouldn’t waste his time on Criss’s business, even if David made constant GrubHub orders behind his back.
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