Parenting comedy Breeders is returning for its third season, commissioned before the second instalment had even concluded.


Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard reprise their roles as Paul and Ally, a couple experiencing the highs and lows of parenthood.

Following its first season, a season 2 time jump allowed for “more complicated, emotional” storylines, according to co-creator Chris Addison (The Thick of It).

However, the third season will more or less pick up where the season two cliffhanger leaves off, series co-creator Simon Blackwell (Back) previously told

Read on for everything you need to know about Breeders season three.

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When is Breeders season 3 released?

In the US, Breeders season 3 premieres on Monday 9th May 2022 on FX, and will be available to stream on Hulu.

The series will also air on Sky in UK on an unconfirmed date.

What will Breeders season 3 be about?

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Breeders season two featured a major time jump, reuniting us with Paul (Martin Freeman) and Ally (Daisy Haggard), whose two children Ava (now played by Eve Prenelle) and Luke (now Alex Eastwood) are now aged 10 and 13 respectively.

“Pretty early on, we thought it would be a good idea to jump forward quite a substantial amount if we got to season two, partly because it’s the surprise of it for the viewers, and also because it would keep us on our toes and stop us getting into a rut and possibly repeating ourselves,” series co-writer Simon Blackwell exclusively tells

“It was an exciting thing for us, because we’re fundamentally writing a different second season, because the dynamics are so different between the parents and the kids.”

The time jump allowed for more grown-up storylines and challenges for the parents, including broken curfews, birthday parties, and veganism.

However, the third season of Breeders will pick up more or less where season two ends — meaning no immediate second time jump.

“I think we would owe it to the viewers to resolve what plays out at the end of season two,” says Blackwell. “So I think certainly, for some of the season, we would have Luke and Ava at the age they are in season two, just because we leave it on a cliffhanger that we need to resolve.

Who stars in Breeders season 3?

Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard will reprise their roles as Paul and Ally for a third time.

Meanwhile, following a "long" casting process to find their new Ava and Luke, the series creators of Breeders have no plans to recast the two characters again (at least not immediately).

“I think also because we realised as we went through this season how great Eve [Prenelle] and Alex [Eastwood] are as Ava and Luke, and it would be lunacy not to use actors that good again – we’d be mental not to use them, because they’re so good,” Blackwell says.

“Luke has some big emotional stuff in this season,” co-writer Chris Addison adds. “I want to see what we can get out of Eve. I feel like we can get something really special out of her and I feel Ava hasn’t challenged her quite yet. I really look forward to seeing what she does with that.”

Breeders season 3 trailer

You can watch the trailer for Breeders season 3 here.

The complete second series of Breeders is available on Sky One and streaming service NOW. All episodes are available on demand.

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