You can take com­edy gold to the bank

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Brad Oswald

YOU know how it is with banks th­ese days — you keep mak­ing de­posits, but the rate of re­turn is so low that you feel like you’re not pro­duc­ing any pos­i­tive re­sults. Harry doesn’t have that prob­lem. Of course, that might have some­thing to do with the kind of bank­ing Harry does.

Harry, you see, is the cen­tral char­ac­ter in the new Ci­tytv com­edy se­ries Seed, and as a slacker/bar­tender/com­mit­ment-pho­bic bach­e­lor, he doesn’t have much need for the tra­di­tional char­ter banks. But as a seeker of easy money, he has been known to visit a sperm bank, where a cou­ple of self­fo­cused min­utes can pro­duce a mod­est but re­li­able pay­out.

Sim­ple. Fun, in a weird way. And no strings at­tached.

Un­til, that is, the ar­rival of the so­cial-me­dia age pro­duced a gen­er­a­tion of young­sters with the abil­ity to crack com­puter codes, the cu­rios­ity to seek out clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion and the will­ing­ness to share the in­for­ma­tion with cy­ber-friends.

Sud­denly, Harry finds him­self face to face with a curly-haired lad who bears a strik­ing re­sem­blance to his pre-ado­les­cent self and who claims Harry is his fa­ther.

“It’s me, Billy,” says the kid. “You’re my dad. You got my mom preg­nant.”

Harry, per­plexed, does a quick sort through his men­tal in­dex of one-night stands. “Oh, God. Can­cun?”

Billy is quick to cor­rect. “You gave my mom your frozen sperm.” Cue the spit-take. And the laugh. Seed springs from a some­what un­likely premise, but quickly es­tab­lishes it­self as a show with a good heart and a pretty sharp sense of hu­mour.

Key to the se­ries’ ap­peal is star Adam Kor­son, who in­fuses Harry with an in­fec­tious charm and more smarts than any­one — him­self in­cluded — gives him credit for. The sup­port­ing cast is solid and lik­able, but Seed stands no chance of tak­ing root in prime time if Kor­son can’t con­nect with view­ers. And he does.

Mon­day’s pi­lot in­tro­duces Harry to Billy (played with be­yond-his-years skill by Wil­liam Ain­scough), and then forces the bar­tender to re­turn the kid to his “real” par­ents, a les­bian cou­ple named Zoey and Michelle (Stephanie Anne Mills and Amanda Brugel). They, of course, are not thrilled to learn what Billy has been up to.

But there’s some­thing about Harry that charms them, too, and less­mil­i­tant Zoey sug­gests that per­haps a male in­flu­ence might help their son.

Be­fore any of that can be re­solved, how­ever, Harry re­turns to The Pour House, the bar that em­ploys him, and finds a teenage girl named Anas­ta­sia (Abby Ross) wait­ing to tell him — you guessed it — that she found out from a friend on the In­ter­net that he’s Donor XC-3000 — in other words, her fa­ther.

Harry es­corts her home, and finds that her par­ents are of the way-up­tight-het­ero va­ri­ety — Janet (Laura de Carteret), a psy­chol­o­gist and self-pro­claimed per­fect mother, and Jonathan (Matt Baram), a nerdy-loser lawyer whose in­se­cu­ri­ties far out­num­ber his manly at­tributes.

They, too, are shocked to learn their young­ster has sought out her bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther; af­ter meet­ing Harry, how­ever, they also con­clude that maybe there’s room for small-dose in­jec­tions of the donor dad in the daugh­ter’s life.

Ar­riv­ing late — or per­haps a bit early — in the re­pro­duc­tive ro­ta­tion is Rose (Car­rie-Lynn Neales), a fedup-with-men sin­gle woman who has de­cided to pur­sue part­ner-less par­ent­hood. One way or an­other, you just know Harry’s go­ing to be in­volved.

In ad­di­tion to the spot-on cast­ing of Kor­son and his sup­port­ing cast­mates, what makes Seed work is the man­ner in which it quickly cre­ates a com­mu­nity of characters who are lik­able, in­ter­est­ing and — de­spite all their in­cli­na­tions to the con­trary — in­ex­tri­ca­bly and amus­ingly con­nected.

Credit goes to se­ries cre­ator Joseph Raso for bring­ing this dys­func­tion­ally di­verse ex­panded fam­ily to life; no doubt ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Mark Far­rell ( This Hour Has 22 Min­utes, Cor­ner Gas), one of this coun­try’s best TV-com­edy minds, has had more than a lit­tle bit to do with turn­ing a promis­ing idea into a fully func­tion­ing and ap­peal­ingly funny se­ries.

Seed is one of those shows that pro­vides ev­i­dence that a sit­com’s premise and set­ting are purely sec­ondary con­sid­er­a­tions. If you of­fer view­ers per­son­able ac­tors play­ing in­ter­est­ing characters and recit­ing well-crafted., witty di­a­logue, you’ve given more than enough rea­son to tune in.

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