Breeders | FX
The Instagram Parents are lying.
Breeders, the comedy series starring Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard, continues its bitter-sweet look at the struggles of modern parenthood.
Season 3 starts days after Season 2 ended, as the Worsley family reels from “Luke” (Alex Eastwood) punching his dad. “Paul” (Martin Freeman) has moved out and is staying at “Leah’s” (Stella Gonet) house. He should be lonely, but the simpler life has its appeal. Eventually, though, amends with Luke must be made. Meanwhile, “Ally” (Daisy Haggard) has her own problems – with work, her early menopause and her increasingly strained relationship with her newly adolescent daughter, “Ava” (Eve Prenelle). Gallows humor and large glasses of wine only go so far in quelling the angst…
The 10-episode season is produced by Avalon and FX Productions for FX Networks and Sky Originals. Academy Award®-nominee and double Emmy® Award-winner Simon Blackwell is showrunner. Breeders is created by Blackwell, double Emmy Award and Directors Guild of America Award winner Chris Addison and Emmy and BAFTA®-winning Martin Freeman, who also stars alongside Daisy Haggard. Executive producers are Blackwell, Addison, Freeman, Richard Allen-Turner, Rob Aslett, David Martin, Jon Thoday, Toby Welch and Michael Wiggs.
FX’s comedy Breeders explores the paradox that every parent knows but never admits: you’d happily die for your children, but quite often also want to kill them.
With Luke refusing to live with his dad, Paul is staying at honeymooning Leah’s house. Single-parent Ally begins to feel the strain, while a distressing event from the family’s past has a surprising present-day echo.
Ally fears she might lose her job and her mind, as the company collapses and her HRT meds become unavailable. Luke’s panic attack ends Paul’s leisurely life at Leah’s, while an increasingly isolated Ava faces a huge change.
A back injury leaves Paul high on Leah’s supply, as he raids her collection of heavy-duty painkillers. As Luke and his dad get closer, Ally and Ava drift further apart, and Ally looks for someone to blame.
Ally and Paul each learns the truth about a thing that has been terrifying them—for Ally, her job and for Paul, his MRI result. Ava and Luke both feel frozen out by the people they care most about.
An ambitious Ally sets out to save the company and throw a memorable birthday party for Ava, just as Paul, passed over for promotion yet again, wonders if he ever had any ambition to start with. Written by Simon Blackwell; directed by Chris Addison.
A devastated Paul is forced by his new boss to make funding cuts. After Ally’s attempt to impress Ava ends in humiliation, she tells Paul some home truths, just as Jackie realizes a terrible truth about a dying friend. Written by Oriane Messina and Fay Rusling; directed by Ollie Parsons.
After an apparent reconciliation with Ally, Paul’s rage returns with a vengeance when he realizes that Ava has done something that could ruin her life. Luke and Jacob reunite, but things are becoming more complicated. Written by Taylor Glenn; directed by Ollie Parsons.
Paul takes his parents on a day-trip to the countryside, to recreate a cherished memory. But the revelation of a number of secrets leaves all three of them reeling. Written by Simon Blackwell; directed by Ollie Parsons.
Jim and Jackie are both struggling under their new circumstances. Luke has to choose between Jacob and Ruby. At Alex’s 65th birthday party, Ally meets someone who makes her see Paul in a new light. Written by Simon Blackwell; directed by Ollie Parsons.
A furious argument between Paul and Ally is interrupted by Ava’s news about Jim. Luke is happier than ever, a newly confident Ava stands up to her dad, but Paul and Ally need to decide—is this it? Written by Simon Blackwell; directed by Ollie Parsons.