10 TV Sitcom Characters With Shockingly Dark Backstories

9. Twyla Sands - Schitt's Creek

Scrubs Doctor Cox
CBC Television

Twyla might not be a member of the Rose family, but she sure does capture the hearts of anyone and everyone watching Schitt's Creek. This loveable, air-headed waitress brings a breath of fresh air to the show and charms you with her upbeat energy, signature food creations and kind personality. But, damn, the girl's got a real screwed-up history.

Part of the character's humour comes from her constantly dropping disturbing family anecdotes without realising quite how tragic they are. She's got a father in prison, a mother who barely knows who she is (and is even involved in a cult), and a cousin who got trampled while performing in Riverdance. Somehow, that's only the tip of the iceberg. Yeah, you thought the Rose family had problems; try the Sands.

Her twisted past isn't even exclusive to family, as she's talked about other issues, such as her friendship with a sex worker, Trixie. Overall, it's clear to see that Twyla didn't have the most conventional upbringing, but you'd never tell from her cheery energy and emotional intelligence. What a role model she is!


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