Harry Dacosta (Adam Korson) is very much a bachelor with no intention of having kids any time soon, but thanks to his past endeavors in sperm donation, he receives a stark addition in his life: children.
Ok, so we've all seen our fair share of movies about sperm donations (see 2010's The Switch). However, the CW’s upcoming show “Seed,” which is about an unconventional yet endearing family who tries to figure out a way to deal with an unusual family dynamic, is giving audiences something new and hysterical.
When Harry finds out that he has not one, but two children—9-year-old Billy (William Ainscough) and 15-year-old Anastasia (Abby Ross)—he needs to figure out his place amongst them. Although reluctantly at first, he starts to establish himself in their lives, being the “cool” dad that both the kids were lacking. He may not be the best influence at times, but he attempts to pass on his own version of fatherly advice.
But, Harry does not need to impress just his new kids; he needs to impress their hesitant parents, who question his place with their children. To them, he is an outsider who knows nothing about child rearing. They try to find a way to get him out of their lives without upsetting their children, but until they do, they must put up with him.
All the while, Harry meets Rose (Carrie-Lynn Neales), a neurotic, baby-crazy woman, who initially rejects his advances but falls into the same trap as both Billy and Anastasia’s parents: she uses his sperm. Harry now faces the possibility of having another child. Instead of hiding behind the bar and doing whatever he pleases, Harry needs to figure out what he wants out of the whole situation and learn as fast as possible how to be a parent.
What is interesting about “Seed” is that it brings together three different family dynamics: Billy’s lesbian mothers Michelle (Amanda Brugel) and Zoey (Stephanie Anne Mills), Anastasia’s professional parents Dr. Janet (Laura de Carteret) and Jonathan (Matt Baram), and Harry's confusing relationship with Rose. Watching them come together to tackle this new type of household is both comedic and charming, with a nice blend of laughs and heart-warming moments.
This new show plays off its theatrical counterparts Starbuck (2011) and Delivery Man (2013), bringing a humorous approach to family life to the small screen. But unlike the films, “Seed” is able to focus more on a smaller family unit and how to cope with this unique issue.
“Seed” premiers Monday, July 14 at 9:30 p.m. ET on the CW.