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18 to Life

Season 1 Episode 1

A Modest Proposal/Pilot

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 04, 2010 on CBC
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A Modest Proposal/Pilot
Tom and Jessie have been neighbors and in love with each other for years. Yet their parents and their friends remain skeptical that their love will last. So when Tom and Jessie step up and announce that they are getting married at just 18 years old, they are greeted with a fair share of disapproval. However, Tom and Jessie feel their love is truly genuine and plan to prove to their family and friends that love can conquer all.

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  • Solid pilot.

    A great start to this show. You have to wonder what comes next for this couple considering they're already married by the end, so this is a romantic comedy then? About a young married couple living their life? I'm not quite sure the show has found their angle yet but this pilot was good at introducing the characters and the two families, and the best friends. We also find out that Jessie (Stacey Farber) has slept with one of Tom's (Michael Seater) best friends: Carter. That could come in to play later on this season. We've got two amazing actors: Degrassi The Next Generation's Stacey Farber and Life With Derek's Michael Seater, that is probably what got most fans interested in this show. I was impressed by the first episode, and it has fresh humor yet it's not all cheap laughs. I have a good feeling about this show, and my senses are that this show will be sticking around for another season. Solid first episode, the possibilities are endless from here.moreless
  • Strong Pilot. This show is sticking around. (Spoilers)

    This pilot was very well done. We dive right into the truth and dare game that has serious consequences. Michael Seater and Stacey Farber are good cast choices and have chemistry on screen. And they're funny, playing real teens who have real parents and real friends. The story was done well and it did feel realistic. There were original jokes that combined a bunch of topics jumbled together. Granted those topics were not new, but it was fresh. The best part was when Tom and Jessie tell each other things on their mind before the said-wedding which leads to the suggestion of less dairy ingestion for Tom and a surprising confession from Jessie. The basic premise (marriage) may be similar to several other shows, but the pilot kept it original, clean, and quick-paced, comparable to other shows doing well right now on the major U.S. networks (e.g. The Big Bang Theory, Cougar Town, etc.). Anyways, I was pleasantly surprised - I very much enjoyed it. That doesn't happen very often when I'm watching CBC.moreless

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    • While in Montreal filming the series, Tiio Horn also picked up a role in "The Trotsky" (2009) which was also filming in Montreal. She appeared alongside fellow Canadian actor Jay Baruchel.

    • International Airdates:
      August 3, 2010 - CW Network, U.S.

    • ABC was supposed to be a partner in production, making it the first CBC-ABC joint project. However, ABC later dropped out of the project. CBC went ahead and aired the first season. The CW network in the U.S. signed on to air the show in July 2010 and the show first premiered in the U.S. on August 3, 2010.

    • Casting Notes: Kaniehtiio Horn is credited as Tiio Horn. Alain Goulem is credited as Al Goulem. Carl Alacchi is credited as a guest star for the pilot but then added as a recurring role in subsequent episodes.

    • This pilot was actually shot way back in 2008 and the remaining 12 episodes of the first season were shot in the summer of 2009. CBC has been developing this project for over 3 years.

    • Filming Locations: Montreal, Quebec, Canada.