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    Starring Martin Freeman & Daisy Haggard & Michael McKean
    Show Run & Head Written by Simon Blackwell
    Created by Simon Blackwell & Martin Freeman & Chris Addison
    Directed by Ben Palmer & Chris Addison
    Cinematography by Oli Russell & Mick Coulter
    10 Comedy Episodes of Twenty-Something Minutes Each
    Mondays at 10 in March & April on FX
    Breeders exposes the parental-paradox that it is possible, in the very same moment, to love your child to the horizon of the universe, while being apoplectically angry enough to want to send them there.”

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    Breeders was in my nomination predictions across the board, then I was dismayed by the trailer and dropped it.  I have seen half of the season now and it is back in my nomination predictions!  Embargo lifts Thursday at 9 a.m. Pacific. Executive producers Chris Addison and Martin Freeman are credited as co-creators (and Freeman gets an additional credit for having the “original idea”), but showrunner Simon Blackwell is the sole credited writer on the first three and last two episodes of the season, so I do not think that they get to share in a potential writing nomination. Addison is curiously directing the back five episodes of the season; co-executive producer Ben Palmer did the five that I have seen, but he has less name recognition, not being a DGA winner for Veep, so that might complicate their chances there. Michael McKean is one of only three series regulars, with the kids being billed as guests for every episode.  But McKean is also not in the pilot for example, so maybe he makes guest eligibility?  It might be moot even if he does though with FX successfully pushing guest-eligible series regular Zazie Beetz to a supporting nomination and supporting actor being so weak.  Lead actress is more competitive, which bodes poorly for Daisy Haggard with her lack of name recognition.

    So there has not been a single review posted anywhere in the day since the embargo lifted, which does not bode well for this generating buzz or interest. There is also no Wikipedia page. Anyway, I came to really enjoy this. As the trailer suggests, the pilot is boisterous and brazen, but I appreciated how it was a mini movie. It was also less sappy than I anticipated after the trailer and it went in some unexpected and humorous directions. The next couple of episodes are unmemorable, but the show seemed to be settling into an inoffensive hangout show (if something this raunchy can ever be called that), kind of like The Kominsky Method. Reminiscent of Review, the zaniness of the world might stand on its own and make for a solid comedy, but the show elevates to another level by the middle of the season with real-world stakes, which provide a depth that is sorely lacking in the other spiritual successor to Veep that is on right now (Avenue 5 on HBO). So I would like to see this do well at the Emmys and I hope that the critics agree with my assessment because this could easily just turn into a nonstarter.

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    Watched the first episode of this today and thought it was great. Freeman and Haggard are both so, so good. Perfect comedic timing and great chemistry. From the reviews I saw, it seems like the show comes into its own as the season progresses, but I genuinely liked the pilot and thought it started out great. I hope it finds an audience through Hulu.

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    That title, though.

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    Loved these first two episodes! Martin Freeman was hilarious in the pilot.

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    I liked the first episode. It was fun to watch and the performances were solid. I especially liked the directing. This show definitely has the potential.

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    Second episode was good too. If this apparently only gets better as it goes, then I’ll probably love this. Freeman and Haggard are both great, and the show has a lot of potential moving forward.

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    Looks like I’m the only person still watching this lol. It’s been good though! Haggard is the standout, imo. She’s so damn good here. But the show would fall apart without her and Freeman’s chemistry. They make it worth watching.

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    I’m still watching. I was surprised with this weeks episode. Was not expecting what happened. I agree that the main couple is the highlight. They need to add some friends or something to add to the mix

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    Watched the two-parter that will close the season. This show deserves more than it got from critics and in the ratings. I would love to see at least Martin Freeman sneak in with a nomination.

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    Watched the two-parter that will close the season. This show deserves more than it got from critics and in the ratings. I would love to see at least Martin Freeman sneak in with a nomination.

    This! I thought Haggard has been great as well. I would love if either of them were able to sneak in.

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    I love this show. I’m surprised at the ambivalence / lack of awareness. Those I know who have watched had an enthusiastic response. I hope it’ll gain momentum over time.

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    I love it too! I think Martin Freeman is hysterical. I lose it every time he curses at his kids.

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    This show is surprising me in how much I care about the characters. I’m very disappointed in how at least the critics have been treating it. The tone expertly mixes in real stakes with such wry humor.

    The first part of the finale is a powerhouse performance by Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard delivered a stronger one in episode 5.

    I hope this is the kinda show that will get Martin Freeman in for its first year and then explodes in emmy support in its next years in a similar vain to the Good Place and what Dead to Me is predicted to do

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    The finale was surprisingly very emotional. I didn’t realize I actually started caring about these characters over the last two months. Freeman and Haggard would both be worthy nominees, though it’s unlikely they’ll happen. But who knows, maybe Freeman could surprise given he’s a bigger name and the category is a bit open. Not expecting it though.

    I hope FX gives it another season. I was entertained throughout, but the latter half of the season, especially, was when they really started to find their groove. I’d be interested to see more of these characters, as well as just watching Freeman and Haggard bounce off of one another. They’ve got great chemistry.

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