David Rose is Johnny and Moira's too-cool-for-school, hipster son and the official owner of Schitt's Creek, having been gifted the town by his father Johnny as a joke on his birthday. He is a main character on Schitt's Creek.

Character Description

The self-described black sheep of the family, David tries to cope with his unexpected exile with trademark bitterness. But his sarcasm belies a deep knowledge of design and aesthetic, a craftsman’s eye for detail, and an impressive business acumen; all of which he must put to use as he strives to find a place for himself in Schitt’s Creek.


Having worked as a gallerist in New York City, David has curated many avant-garde exhibitions and performance art pieces, but has failed to cultivate many friends. Now, sharing a room with his sister Alexis at the Schitt's Creek Motel, he realizes that the friends he has made are giving him a very respectful amount of "space". David finds a kindred spirit in the motel's receptionist, Stevie Budd, who shares David's dry sense of humor and general distaste for other people. With Stevie's help, David is slowly readjusting to his life in Schitt's Creek, aside from a few obsessive-compulsive tendencies, occasional hypochondriac episodes, and slight but persisting fears of insects, germs, nature, plaid, and intimacy.

With the success of his store, David is able to focus a little more on his personal life, as his relationship with Patrick blossoms into something stable and serious. It’s uncharted territory for David, who finds he is ultimately willing to venture outside of his comfort zone for Patrick. David realizes this relationship requires just as much careful attention as the store, which proves to be tricky, since he is dating his co-worker.

By season five things are going so smoothly for David that he’s not sure how to cope, and he begins to project his own neuroses and fears onto the relationship, almost completely sabotaging a perfectly good thing. But David starts to realize that his stable relationship and career are the best things that have ever happened to him, and that Schitt’s Creek might actually be the home he’s always needed.


Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5


  • In the episode Moira's Nudes, we learn that David's birthday is 2 July 1983, after telling a Bank Teller that his PIN is his birthday (7-2-8-3).
  • David lost his virginity to Tilda Swinton[1].
  • David is pansexual.



  1. The Candidate
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