Canadian TV gets no love. Just read this TV Squad article about how Canadian television sucks. The article makes a lot of good points. (Does anyone remember Getting Along Famously?) But sometimes, a charming little show comes along and manages to break the Canadian curse. 18 to Life is about two childhood sweethearts, Tom (played by Michael Seater) and Jessie (played by Stacey Farber) who decide to get married at age 18, much to the dismay of their parents. Hilarity ensues. Read on for 10 good reasons to watch the show.

 

10. The wacky premise
It’s fun to see Tom and Jessie struggle with their parents over their decision to marry. It’s even more fun to watch their parents try to cope with the situation.

9. The fun, jaunty score
Ned Bouhalassa adds a sense of levity to the proceedings with his fun score. It’s almost as if the music underscores the absurdity of it all.

8. Weird references to things that don’t actually exist
No, Sudsy and Jake is not an actual TV show. But the cast of 18 to Life will make you believe that it is.

7. Fun friends
Tom and Jessie’s best friends are Carter (played by Jesse Rath) and Ava (played by Erin Agostino). They’re always providing advice to the newlyweds. More often than not, the advice is terrible and leads to several misunderstandings. Yet Tom and Jessie keep coming back for more.

6. It’s Canadian primetime television, so it can be pretty crude
Canadian censors tend to be more lax than American ones. (In Canada, you can say “shit” and show the middle finger during primetime.) That gives 18 to Life a bit more freedom in its subject matter. An hilariously disgusting scene in which a circumcision is described in excruciating detail is particularly notable.

5. The family’s antics
Tom’s parents are Judith (played by Ellen David) and Ben (played by Peter Keleghan). Jessie’s parents are Tara (played by Angela Asher) and Phil (played by Al Goulem). Tom’s parents are more strait-laced than the hippies who raised Jessie, leading to weird conflicts between the in-laws. The two families frequently square off. Did I mention that they’re nextdoor neighbours? That doesn’t help matters.

4. The refugee
For some unexplained reason, Jessie’s family has taken in a refugee. The comical character appears at the most random times, adding to the absurdity.

3. Hilarity
18 to Life is gut-bustingly hilarious. Seriously, I’ve almost lost bladder control watching a couple of episodes.

2. People love rooting for young love
I think that romance is overrated, but people seem to like it for some weird reason. If you’re a romantic sap, you’re going to love this series.

1. Peter Friggin’ Keleghan
Maybe you know him as Alan Roy from Made in Canada. Maybe you know him as Jim Walcott from The Newsroom. Maybe you know him as Ranger Gord from The Red Green Show. In any case, if you’re Canadian, you know that Peter Keleghan is an unstoppable force. He steals every scene that he’s in and can make someone laugh just by making a weird facial expression. I would honestly just watch Keleghan farting into a microphone for an hour; he’s that awesome.

Here’s a promo:

Season 2 is slated to air in January on CBC. For now, if you’re American viewer who missed it the first time around, you can catch season 1 at 9 PM on Tuesdays on the CW.

Next up: I make the case for Cougar Town.

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