A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Juggling parenthood with every day adult life is a central theme. The challenges parents face when raising children, the inadequacies and frustrations they have about themselves as parents, and related issues are also central to the show.
Positive Role Models
Paul an Ally are overwhelmed, stressed, and frustrated, but love their children and want to protect them.
Violence & Scariness
Paul has a short temper, screams and curses a lot, and on occasion breaks things. Sometimes all of this is done in front of the children. A cut leads to some blood. A series of misunderstandings lead to fear of murder.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual content includes references to having sex, to discussing lack of desire. Conversations about conception, IVF, and related topics.
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The word "f--k" is used endlessly. "S--t," "damn," are also common.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Hard liquor, wine, and beer is consumed. Paul drinks and smokes to cope with his anxiety. Concerns are raised about alcoholism.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Breeders is an mature dark comedy about the many challenges that come with raising children while also trying to live life as well-adjusted adults. Tempers often flare, and cursing is extensive, especially "f--k" (and is sometimes aimed at children). There's some talk about sex and sexual desire, and drinking (hard liquor) and cigarette smoking is visible. The occasional injury leads to some blood, but there's nothing too gory.
Is It Any Good?
This painfully honest series uses dark humor to underscore what good parents face every day as they simultaneously love, and wish they could do away with, their children. From desperately trying to get their wide-awake kids to sleep, to pushing a teacher to declare that their offspring is gifted, Breeders points to the overwhelming task that parents, particularly working parents, face every day. The sense of inadequacy many feel as they make mistakes, and fail to be the benevolent mentors that educators, child care experts, and others expect them to be is frequently highlighted. It also addresses the complicated role grandparents can play in the overall experience whether they are doting (and sometimes questionable) childcare providers, or people who need to be taken in and, like their children, be taken care of.
What gets lost in all of this is the relationship between Paul and Ally, who often seem unable to hold on to who they were before having kids, or the reasons they got together in the first place. Perhaps this is more realistic than we'd like to admit, but it makes it a little difficult for viewers to appreciate the reasons why they should stay together beyond their children's well-being. Nonetheless, Breeders is unapologetic and non-judgmental as it paints an imperfect picture of what life with children can really be like, and a couple's every day struggles to cope with it.
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