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Breeders

About the Show

Breeders, a new comedy series on FX starring Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard, explores the paradox that every parent knows but never admits: you would willingly die for your children, but quite often you also want to kill them.


Martin Freeman stars as "Paul,” a caring father discovering he’s not quite the man he thought he was. His partner in this impossibly steep parental climb is "Ally" (Daisy Haggard), who runs a recording studio, makes Paul laugh and has the ability to read a story to their children while she's technically asleep.


In this honest and uncompromising comedy Paul and Ally are juggling full-time careers, aging parents, a mortgage, upheavals in their relationship and the unenviable curveballs of parenting their young children, “Luke” (George Wakeman) and “Ava” (Jayda Eyles). When Ally’s estranged father “Michael” (Michael McKean) appears on their doorstep, the family essentially takes on a third child — but this one comes with baggage and opinions. Paul’s own parents, “Jackie” (Joanna Bacon) and “Jim” (Alun Armstrong), are on hand to help out, but their generation does parenting a little differently…


The 10-episode season is produced by FX Productions, Avalon Television and Sky Original Productions. Academy Award®-nominee and double Emmy® Award-winner Simon Blackwell (Veep, Back, Peep Show) is showrunner. Breeders is created by Blackwell, double Emmy Award and Directors Guild of America Award winner Chris Addison (Veep, The Thick of It, The Hustle) and Emmy and BAFTA®-winning Martin Freeman (Fargo, Sherlock, Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War, The Hobbit), who also stars alongside Daisy Haggard (Back to Life, Episodes, Black Mirror). Executive producers are Blackwell, Addison, Freeman, Richard Allen-Turner, Rob Aslett, David Martin, Jon Thoday and Michael Wiggs. Ben Palmer (Man Up, The Inbetweeners Movie, Back) is co-executive producer and Toby Welch (Catastrophe, The Tunnel, Skins) produces.

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Season 1
Season 1

Sn.1 Ep.10

"No Cure (Part 2)"

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No Cure (Part 2)

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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. An FX Original Series.

23 minutes • TV-MA • Aired 04/27

Sn.1 Ep.9

"No Cure (Part 1)"

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No Cure (Part 1)

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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 takes its toll on Paul. An FX Original Series.

23 minutes • TV-MA • Aired 04/20

Sn.1 Ep.8

"No Honeymoon"

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No Honeymoon

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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 doesn't understand why they are even bothering to get married. An FX Original Series.

25 minutes • TV-MA • Aired 04/13

Sn.1 Ep.7

"No Exit"

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No Exit

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It's half term and Luke is responsible for taking Lenny the class bear on an adventure. An FX Original Series.

22 minutes • TV-MA • Aired 04/06

Sn.1 Ep.6

"No Talking"

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No Talking

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In the wake of Michael's death, the family stay with Darren (Patrick Baladi) at his country house. An FX Original Series.

22 minutes • TV-MA • Aired 03/30

Sn.1 Ep.5

"No Dad"

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No Dad

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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 the family off course. An FX Original Series.

25 minutes • TV-MA • Aired 03/23

Sn.1 Ep.4

"No Lies"

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No Lies

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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. An FX Original Series.

25 minutes • TV-MA • Aired 03/16

Sn.1 Ep.3

"No Accident"

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No Accident

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Ally attempts to acclimatize to Michael's continued presence while Paul, suspected of intentionally hurting his mum, begins to question if his accident-prone son's frequent injuries might actually be his fault. An FX Original Series.

22 minutes • TV-MA • Aired 03/09

Sn.1 Ep.2

"No Places"

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No Places

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Luke's parents evening and the surprise arrival of Ally's estranged father (Michael McKean) cause Paul and Ally to examine their hopes and dreams for Luke and Ava. An FX Original Series.

26 minutes • TV-MA • Aired 03/02

Sn.1 Ep.1

"No Sleep"

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No Sleep

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The children won't sleep - Paul (Martin Freeman) and Ally (Daisy Haggard) 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. An FX Original Series.

27 minutes • TV-MA • Aired 03/02


  • “Hilarious….Buckle up, parents, because we're all about to take a ride on the parenting train into Relatable Town ”
    - PopSugar
  • “This comedy is sure to make you laugh while you’re nodding and thinking, ‘Yep. I can relate to that’”
    - Fansided
  • “an honest and hilarious assessment of modern parenthood”
    - The New Daily
  • “Each episode feels like a slice of life, complete with laughs, tears, sarcasm”
    - Collider
  • “Instantly relatable”
    - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette