I tend to be very picky about my comedy, so for me sitcoms that I can actually watch are few and far between, and the ones I do watch always get compared to Arrested Development or Brit-coms like The IT Crowd. So I wasn’t necessarily worried about watching the new television series Seed, but I was fairly sure I wouldn’t care for it.
I’m very happy to report that I was mistaken on that.
It’s bright, smart and funny, dancing a tarantella furiously all over the line of political correctness. It allows us not only to laugh at the events and lines that litter the series like gold (from the blatant to the hidden; the Peanuts gag in episode 2 is still one of my favorite throwaway gags in recent television), but to see dialogue that reflects our own interactions with our friends.
As I write this only four episodes of the 13 episode first series (please pick it up for a second or more!) have aired, and each episode, the characters get stronger and stronger, all of them are far from perfect, and you can relate to every single one of them.
Created by Joseph Raso, the series follows Harry Dacosta (Adam Korson) a likeable, but adolescent-minded bartender who made a few deposits to the sperm bank. Through smarts and the necessity of plot, one of his sperm donor kids, Billy (William Ainscough) tracks him down at his place of employment The Pour House, run by Irene (Vanessa Matsui).
Billy is being raised by an interracial lesbian couple, Michelle (the lovely Amanda Brugel) and Zoey (Stephanie Mills). The dynamic of this family is brilliantly balanced, and comes across as completely real, these are two wonderful woman, raising an amazing kid.
Billy then helps Anastasia (Abby Ross) track down her donor dad (also Harry). Ana`s family is a little more conservative and uptight, with cold, analytical child psychologist Janet (Laura de Cateret) and jelly-spined lovable doofus Jonathan (Matt Baram) doing their best to raise a teen-aged daughter in today`s world.
Harry, inadvertently, gets dragged into both of these families’ lives, and becomes the glue that binds both groups together. Whether he likes it or not.
Throw into this bunch Rose (Carrie-Lynne Neales (as both Amanda Brugel and I heave a heady sigh 😉 ), a slightly odd, endearing and charming young woman who decides she wants to be a mother, and so ends up at the clinic, realizing a moment to late that the donor she’s using looks kind of familiar. Yup, Harry.
Getting all of that out-of-the-way in the first episode, allows the series to go ahead and develop these characters now that they are all together.
The interplay between all of the characters feels authentic and real, at least to me and my friends. We say similar things all the time.
It’s going to be interesting over the remaining 9 episodes of the first series to see how they all grow and develop, and if they haven’t all been signed for a season 2 and beyond, someone needs to get on that like now.
The entire cast is insanely likeable and watchable, both of the younger cast members, William and Abby inhabit their characters and bring them to life amazingly. One hears terrible tales about working with kids, animals and on water, yet both of them seem professional, and just as important completely at home in their screen alter-egos.
We’ve made no secret of our love for Amanda Brugel, she’s a genuine, and lovely soul, and watching her bring Michelle to life each week is a delight, and her by-play (biplay?) with Stephanie’s Zoey is so great. The two of them together make great mothers!
It’s a fine line that Laura and Matt walk in their roles as Ana’s parents. It could descend into parody, but they ground both of their characters in the reality of the series and that way make them real people. You can’t help but feel bad for Jonathan, who just wants to be the man of the house, and a cool dad, but it just can’t happen. Janet is smart, but can’t seem to relate to her daughter in any emotional way. These could be interesting subjects to explore as we get deeper into a multi-season series.
There’s also they will-they/won’t-they of Rose and Harry. Both characters are so endearing. quirky and engaging, and you can see a real spark between them, but do we really want to see them together? Adam imbues Harry with such a laid-back sense of ease that I would hang out in The Pour House and have a pint with him anytime.
And Rose, well… She’s just so… alright I’m crushing on her character. Carrie-Lynn makes Rose her own, and brings her to life with a quirky fire that makes you shake your head at some of Rose’s decisions but you still want everything to work out for her in the end, because you know her heart is in the right place.
Vanessa’s Irene is the wild card, she’s got a wicked edge, is dead sexy, and calls it like she sees it. She must be a real joy to play.
If you haven’t seen the episodes that have aired so far, please track them down and watch them! This is television that doesn’t take itself too seriously and has fun, and it wants you to join in on it.
And if you have watched it already, go back and watch and listen for all the throw aways you may have missed the first time around!
Seed airs on CityTV Monday nights! Check your local listings!!