Breeders: Season 1

Breeders: Season 1

Breeders: Season 1

FX's Breeders exposes the parental-paradox that it is possible, in the very same moment, to love your child to the horizon of the universe, while being apoplectically angry enough to want to send them there.

2020Rating: 16USAFX
Comedy
EPISODE 1.1

No Sleep

The children won’t sleep – Paul and Ally thought these nights were over. Paul spends the night fighting his own anger and his children’s inability to go the f**k to sleep.

EPISODE 1.2

No Places

Luke's parents and the surprising arrival of Ally's estranged father cause Paul and Ally to scrutinize their hopes and dreams for Luke and Ava and discover how far they will go for the sake of... MORE their kids.

EPISODE 1.3

No Accident

Ally attempts to acclimatize to Michael's continued presence while Paul begins to question if his accident-prone son's frequent injuries might actually be his fault.

EPISODE 1.4

No Lies

Michael thrives in his new role as dad and granddad, but Paul and Ally can't adapt to his presence as easily as the children can. Luke's hunt for proof that Santa doesn't exist puts Paul's... MORE claim that he never lies to the test.

EPISODE 1.5

No Dad

Paul and Ally are thrilled that Sprout the family gerbil has finally died, but explaining loss to Luke and Ava is more difficult than they thought as grief manifests itself in mysterious ways and throws... MORE the family off course.

EPISODE 1.6

No Talking

In the wake of Michael’s death, the family stay with Darren at his country house, but Paul’s attempt to give Ally space by taking on kid duties and Darren’s fixation on work doesn’t help Ally... MORE find a chance to say goodbye.

EPISODE 1.7

No Exit

It’s half term and Luke is responsible for taking Lenny the class bear on an adventure. Lenny has been to Italy, Peru and beyond, but Paul can’t even manage to get the family and the... MORE godforsaken bear out of the house to the local park.

EPISODE 1.8

No Honeymoon

Paul attempts to focus on his upcoming wedding but is constantly thwarted by his family; Ally is distracted by work, Luke is misbehaving at school and Leah (Stella Gonet) doesn’t understand why they are even... MORE bothering to get married.

EPISODE 1.9

No Cure - Part 1

Family life is thrown off kilter as Ally spends her weekdays in Berlin and weekends in London. Paul, Luke and Ava try to muddle through without her, but the children aren’t sleeping again and it... MORE takes its toll on Paul.

EPISODE 1.10

No Cure - Part 2

Luke’s condition worsens and he is admitted to a specialist pediatric unit. As Paul, Ally and their parents desperately wait for news, stress and fear cause cracks to form within the family.

Breeders: Season 1 / Reviews

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

The credits for Breeders (Sky One) say “based on an original idea by Martin Freeman”, but I’m buggered if I know what it is.

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Variety

Variety

“Breeders” doesn’t necessarily need to find more fascinating things to say about parenting in order to work, but it would be more interesting, at least, to watch it try.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The death of a family pet, among other events, leads to an offbeat but earnest meditation on grief (and the bizarre forms it can take), making it clear that the writers are much more adept at exploring darkness with candor and a splash of whimsy than introducing hollow edge to the parenting sitcom.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Technically a comedy, but it hits so many pressure points so hard in such rapid succession that if you do laugh it will be through some quite considerable anxiety and pain. I mean that as a compliment.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

By Episodes 4 and 5, the selectively hidden parts of not just Paul and Ally’s relationship but their past individual histories do float to the surface. The question is if audiences will stick around long enough for those breadcrumbs to guide their way out of the cold.

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Collider

Collider

In each of the episodes screened for this review, we see that even when the relationship is tested, a strong foundation of love remains. Each episode feels like a slice of life, complete with laughs, tears, sarcasm, and life’s mundane chores and routines.

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Boston Globe

Boston Globe

It’s not easy for good people to raise good people. As “Breeders” has it, child-rearing is a process filled with failure and frustration and joy and humor, and it often leads to moments of great self-understanding.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Haggard and Freeman’s lightning-strike chemistry fuels their supersonic banter and warm, softer exchanges.

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