Breeders (TV series)

Breeders is an American-British parental comedy television series created by Martin Freeman, Chris Addison and Simon Blackwell. The series follows two parents who struggle with parenthood and is partially based on Freeman's own experience as a parent. Freeman also plays the lead role in the series.

Breeders
Breeders Title Card.png
GenreComedy
Created by
Starring
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes15
Production
Executive producers
  • Martin Freeman
  • Chris Addison
  • Simon Blackwell
  • Richard Allen-Turner
  • Rob Aslett
  • David Martin
  • Jon Thoday
  • Michael Wiggs
  • Ben Palmer (co-exec. producer)
ProducerToby Welch
Running time30 minutes
Production companies
  • FXP
  • Avalon Television
  • Sky Original Productions
DistributorDisney-ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original network
Original releaseMarch 2, 2020 (2020-03-02) –
present (present)
External links
Website

The series premiered on March 2, 2020, on the American cable network FX, and on the British network Sky One on March 12, 2020.[1]

On May 18, 2020, the series was renewed for a second season which premiered on March 22, 2021.[2][3]

CastEdit

  • Martin Freeman as Paul Worsley, a father of two and Ally's partner
  • Daisy Haggard as Ally, a mother of two and Paul's partner
  • George Wakeman (season 1) and Alex Eastwood (season 2) as Luke, Paul and Ally's son
  • Jayda Eyles (season 1) and Eve Prenelle (season 2) as Ava, Paul and Ally's daughter
  • Michael McKean as Michael (season 1), Ally's estranged father
  • Stella Gonet as Leah, Ally's mother
  • Joanna Bacon as Jackie, Paul's mother
  • Alun Armstrong as Jim, Paul's father
  • Patrick Baladi as Darren, Paul and Ally's friend
  • Tim Steed as Carl, Paul and Ally's next-door neighbour

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110March 2, 2020 (2020-03-02)April 27, 2020 (2020-04-27)
210March 22, 2021 (2021-03-22)May 17, 2021 (2021-05-17)[4]

Season 1 (2020)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [4]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [4]U.S. viewers
(millions)
11"No Sleep"Chris AddisonSimon BlackwellMarch 2, 2020 (2020-03-02)0.328[5]
22"No Places"Ben PalmerSimon BlackwellMarch 2, 2020 (2020-03-02)0.212[5]
33"No Accident"Ben PalmerSimon BlackwellMarch 9, 2020 (2020-03-09)0.179[6]
44"No Lies"Ben PalmerBarunka O'ShaughnessyMarch 16, 2020 (2020-03-16)0.243[7]
55"No Dad"Ben PalmerOriane Messina & Fay RuslingMarch 23, 2020 (2020-03-23)0.188[8]
66"No Talking"Chris AddisonJamie BrittainMarch 30, 2020 (2020-03-30)0.298[9]
77"No Exit"Chris AddisonJamie BrittainApril 6, 2020 (2020-04-06)0.249[10]
88"No Honeymoon"Chris AddisonOriane Messina & Fay RuslingApril 13, 2020 (2020-04-13)0.144[11]
99"No Cure Part 1"Chris AddisonSimon BlackwellApril 20, 2020 (2020-04-20)0.278[12]
1010"No Cure Part 2"Chris AddisonSimon BlackwellApril 27, 2020 (2020-04-27)0.252[13]

Season 2 (2021)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [4]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [4]U.S. viewers
(millions)
111"No Surrender"Ben PalmerSimon BlackwellMarch 22, 2021 (2021-03-22)0.364[14]
122"No Fear"Ben PalmerOriane Messina & Fay RuslingMarch 22, 2021 (2021-03-22)0.256[14]
133"No Connection"Ben PalmerJamie BrittainMarch 29, 2021 (2021-03-29)0.195[15]
144"No Faith"Ben PalmerRebecca CallardApril 5, 2021 (2021-04-05)0.206[16]
155"No Baby"Ben PalmerJamie Brittain and Barunka O'ShaughnessyApril 12, 2021 (2021-04-12)0.160[17]
166"No Choice"[18]Ollie ParsonsFay RuslingApril 19, 2021 (2021-04-19)TBD
177"No Excuses"[19]Ollie ParsonsRebecca CallardApril 26, 2021 (2021-04-26)TBD
188"No Friends"[20]Ollie ParsonsSimon BlackwellMay 3, 2021 (2021-05-03)TBD
199"No Power Part I"[21]Ollie ParsonsSimon BlackwellMay 10, 2021 (2021-05-10)TBD

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

On March 7, 2018, it was announced that Avalon Television was developing a comedy series created by Martin Freeman. The series was originally a co-production between the BBC and FX, similar to the drama series Taboo.[22] A pilot was already filmed at the time of the announcement. On October 14, 2018, it was announced that FX and Sky (the latter replacing the BBC) had commissioned the series with ten half-hour episodes, with a series debut in 2020.[23] On January 20, 2020, FX announced that the series would premiere on March 2, 2020.[24]

On May 18, 2020, the series was renewed for a second season which premiered on March 22, 2021.[2][3]

CastingEdit

Alongside the series announcement, it was announced that Freeman would star in the series. Furthermore, Daisy Haggard and Michael Gambon were also cast in the series.[22] However, in April 2019, it was reported that Gambon left the series as he was having trouble memorising his lines due to memory loss issues.[25]

FilmingEdit

Filming for the second season had been delayed by sixteen weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the delay, filming for the second season began on September 1, 2020 in London,[26][27] and concluded production on December 18, 2020.[28]

ReleaseEdit

The series premiered on March 2, 2020 on FX. The series premiere coincided with the launch of FX on Hulu and therefore the series became the first FX series with episodes available on Hulu by the next day.[29] In Bulgaria and Poland, the series airs on HBO Europe.[30][31] The series is broadcast in Australia on Foxtel, via its broadcast network FOX One and on demand services.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Breeders". Sky UK. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
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  3. ^ a b "FX Sets Premiere Dates for Next Wave of Programming" (Press release). FX. February 5, 2021 – via The Futon Critic.
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  18. ^ "(#206) "No Choice"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  19. ^ "(#207) "No Excuses"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  20. ^ "(#208) "No Friends"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  21. ^ "(#209) "No Power Part I"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  22. ^ a b White, Peter (March 7, 2018). "Avalon Developing Martin Freeman Comedy 'Breeders' For BBC & FX". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  23. ^ White, Peter (October 14, 2018). "FX & Sky Team For Parenting Comedy 'Breeders' From 'Sherlock' Star Martin Freeman & 'Catastrophe' Producer Avalon". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
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  25. ^ Pearce, Tilly (April 21, 2019). "Sir Michael Gambon 'steps down from new sitcom after struggling with memory loss'". Metro. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
  26. ^ "Daisy Haggard on Instagram: "Filming has resumed on #breeders2 with me and my spanx pants and that bloke from Hardware.. @breedersfx @skytv"". Instagram. Retrieved September 2, 2020.
  27. ^ Bennett, Steve. "Filming resumes on series 2 of Breeders : News 2020 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". www.chortle.co.uk. Retrieved September 2, 2020.
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  30. ^ "Родители и деца І - 1". HBO Go (in Bulgarian). Retrieved April 14, 2020.
  31. ^ "Rodzice (Breeders) - sezon 1 - HBO GO". HBO Go (in Polish). Retrieved April 14, 2020.

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