Type
Scripted
Premiered
Jan. 04, 2010
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
30 min.
Country
Canada
Network
CBC TV Network
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18 to Life (CA)

Teenage couple does the unthinkable in the name of love: they run off and get married at the tender age of 18. Their parents (also a nextdoor neighbors) are less than thrilled. As Tom and Jessie struggle to become man and wife in a world that still views them as kids, the tension between their families adds a dose of biting humour to their sweet love story.

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Michael Seater was born Michael Bruce Patrick Seater. He is an actor and director, best known for playing ...

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Tom Bellow
Cautious. A guy's guy. Likes life over-easy.

The quintessential Everyboy, Tom's the kind of guy who can chat up a jock and an emo-boy with equal aplomb. While he likes to think this is a sign of his well-rounded personality, the truth is Tom likes to be liked. Conflict doesn't sit well with him, so he's always done what it takes to please. Tom likes things straight, simple, and easy. For him, the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, and that's exactly what he walks.

Of course, such a journey can get a little dull. That's where Jessie comes in. See, Jessie taught Tom to see things differently. For her, it's not the destination that counts, it's the ride. Adventurous, driven, and unafraid to offend, Jessie pulled Tom to places he'd never been. At six, she dared him to eat a rotten egg. At fifteen, she dared him to ask the unattainable Becky White out. And while the egg thing didn't work out too well, snagging Becky was one of the most intensely satisfying moments of Tom's life.

With all their history, Tom never believed he'd think of Jessie like that. Yet one day after school they found themselves chatting about everything from the death of his pet gerbil to the origin of the universe, and something happened. And while Tom was surprised by the sudden passionate kiss, he was even more surprised how much he liked it. Being with Jessie felt so wrong and so right at the same time. The secrecy of their fling only intensified his feelings, and gave him an adrenaline high that never left. Soon Tom found himself taking risks he'd never taken before. So when Jessie challenged him to propose during a game of truth-or-dare, he didn't back down.

Though Tom fancies himself an incurable romantic, deep down he's plagued with doubt about the marriage. Maybe it's because in spite of having other girlfriends, Jessie's the first he went all the way with. Or maybe it's because the marriage is so impulsive, so spontaneous, so counter to his conservative Jewish upbringing. You see, Tom is his mother's son, and a part of him can't help but weigh every decision carefully. So maybe the real reason he married Jessie was to rebel. Or maybe it was the unlimited sex.

Tom's not sure university's for him, which is another way of saying he's got no clue where he's going. What's important for him right now is independence, which is why he'll take a series of jobs, including a doomed stint at Jessie's mom's NGO. The jobs are a necessary means of buying independence, but they will force Tom to make a difficult choice and drop out of university. Or was it an easy choice?



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02x05 - Overcooked
Season 2, Episode 05
01x03 - It's My Party
Season 1, Episode 03
01x05 - Baby Got Bank
Season 1, Episode 05
02x04 - I Do and I Don't
Season 2, Episode 04
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