TV review: Parental cringe comedy 'Breeders' starts strong on FX, then falters

Sunday, 01 March 2020 12:00 AM Written by 

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The pilot episode of FX’s new dark comedy “Breeders” (10 p.m. Monday) will be instantly relatable to anyone who’s ever parented young children. Even for those who’ve had the saint-like ability to restrain themselves from ever cursing in front of their kids, there are plenty or recognizable moments throughout.

“I would die for those kids but often I want to kill them,” says Paul (Martin Freeman, “Fargo”).

His wife, Allie (Daisy Haggard), confides in a co-worker, “Who is happy with two kids under 7?”

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The pilot situations are entirely recognizable for parents, particularly trying to get children to go to sleep and dealing with their fears. These scenarios play out in darkly hilarious ways.

But the series, inspired by an idea by Freeman and written by Simon Blackwell (“Veep”), may not be able to live up to the strong comedic beats found in the pilot.

Subsequent episodes draw focus away from Paul and Allie and their children and expand to include more attention on Paul’s elderly parents and the addition of actor Michael McKean as Allie’s unambitious American father. None of this is bad per se, just not as funny as what’s established in the premiere.

Episodes will be available via streaming on FX on Hulu the day after their linear premiere.

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