Breeders. Image shows from L to R: Paul (Martin Freeman), Jim (Alun Armstrong), Jackie (Joanna Bacon), Ally (Daisy Haggard). Copyright: Avalon Television
Breeders

Breeders

  • TV sitcom
  • Sky One / Sky Comedy
  • 2020 - 2022
  • 30 episodes (3 series)

Dark comedy starring Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard as stressed parents. Also features Alun Armstrong, Joanna Bacon, Alex Eastwood, Eve Prenelle, Patrick Baladi and more.

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Read a dark script from parenting comedy Breeders

Simon Blackwell explains the episode contains a "pivotal piece of action" around which the entire second season was built, something the co-creator says is a "gamble" but "very satisfying."

Deadline, 27th June 2021

All of life can be found in a good sitcom

Highbrow dramas and earnest documentaries are often held up as mirrors but shrewd historians know to look at comedy.

Libby Purves, The Times, 31st May 2021

North London's angriest misunderstood father returned in an immensely welcome second series of Breeders (Sky One), the pitch-perfect observational comedy that has Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard united in an ongoing war against - well, it, might be their children one moment, the school the next, overposh or overaccomplished or just snotty rival parents, but mainly it's just against Life, and a little bit against ageing. It manages a rare piece of straddling, between being very sweary - goodness but young Master Freeman likes his plosives and fricatives - and, just when you think you've got its measure, suddenly subtly tender.

There are great little thumb-portraits of entire personalities. For instance, Paul (Freeman) is in therapy early on for anger issues, and the therapist asks: "You put 'strategies' in inverted commas there?" "I did, yes. I find most of this stuff belongs in inverted commas, to be honest." And, from just that, you've got entirely the man. Struggling with love for and frustration with children, struggling not to be his own father, and with the older Luke's troubled school problems, the reasons for which we will have to wait; above all struggling not to care about the fact nothing can be exactly as it was when Luke and Ava were young. The children are, unlike in Motherland, often given centre stage, and in turn the performances from them, and Freeman and Haggard, are in dreadful peril of raising the whole thing beyond comedy to, actually, rather fiercely fine drama.

Euan Ferguson, The Observer, 30th May 2021

Breeders, season two review

An angry parenting comedy somewhere between amusing and bemusing.

Sean O'Grady, The Independent, 28th May 2021

Review: Friday Night Dinner, Breeders

"Two brothers come home on Friday night, things happen" was the simple premise for a cult sitcom. Admittedly those things included the father of the house running round shirtless shouting "S**t on it!" while trying to hide a dead fox but come on, we've all done that, haven't we?

Aidan Smith, The Scotsman, 28th May 2021

Breeders, season two, review

Under the weight of mindfulness and celebrities urging us to breath deeply, the potty-mouthed parenting series feels almost subversive.

Ed Power, The Telegraph, 27th May 2021

Martin Freeman's teenage obsessions

The Hobbit actor, who is back on TV in the sitcom Breeders, recalls sharp dressing on a budget, discovering Public Enemy and how Michael Caine got him into film.

Rich Pelley, The Guardian, 27th May 2021

Sky backs comedies

Sky has reiterated its commitment to comedy, as work resumes on several of its shows. A fourth series of Brassic is being written, Breeders looks set to return for a third series, and drafting is underway on a third series of Intelligence. Further episodes of The Reluctant Landlord were also in development before the coronavirus pandemic struck.

British Comedy Guide, 23rd May 2021

Daisy Haggard interview

The actor, 43, on hiding from her children in bed, hanging out with Matt LeBlanc and her love of Wotsits.

Michael Hogan, The Guardian, 22nd May 2021

Martin Freeman: Method acting is pretentious nonsense

Leave self-aggrandising, narcissistic melodrama to Hollywood or drama students, says star of Sherlock and The Office.

Anita Singh, The Telegraph, 19th May 2021

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