Breeders, a dark comedy TV series created for Hulu by Martin Freeman, Chris Addison, and Simon Blackwell, aired for the first time March 2, 2020. Not long after the first season aired, it renewed for a second season. The second season aired March 22, 2021. Not long after the second season aired, it renewed for a third season. The third season aired May 9, 2022. It announced in July of 2022 that there’s a fourth season coming.
Breeders follow the lives of parents and their desires. It explores the paradox that all parents have experienced in their lifetime. Which is the balance between them being 100% willing to die for their child because they love them so much. While also sometimes having a near-constant desire to take their life as well. This series follows Paul and Ally. Paul is a father and is discovering that he doesn’t know himself as well as the thought he did. Ally is the owner of a recording studio and runs it daily. She is a great mother and could parent in her sleep. While sometimes struggling with the everyday troubles of parenting their two kids Luke and Ava, they are also struggling with bills, their parent’s old age, and of course the struggles that come along with relationships.
In Breeders, Ally’s father randomly shows up at her doorstep unannounced, essentially making them take on another child most of the time. Though this child is full grown and comes with sass and their own opinion of how things are done. Paul’s parents however, are there to help out as much as they can, though the generational differences sometimes get in the way.
Since Breeders has aired, it has received manly positive reviews. Critics state that it is a fantastic mix of funny as well as sad moments. and the actors executed it in a great way.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds an 83% approval rating with an average rating of 6.8/10, based on 35 reviews. Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the first season a score of 65 out of 100 based on 13 critics.
Martin Freeman as Paul Worsley
Daisy Haggard as Ally Grant
Michael McKean as Michael
Stella Gonet as Leah
Joanna Bacon as Jackie
Alun Armstrong as Jim
Patrick Baladi as Darren
Tim Steed as Carl
George Wakeman (season 1) and Alex Eastwood (season 2) as Luke
Jayda Eyles (season 1) and Eve Prenelle (season 2) as Ava