Family Tree: Season 1 (2013)

Season 1
Family Tree

Critics Consensus

Family Tree starts slow, but eventually this mockumentary adds heart to the slapstick.



Critic Ratings: 52


Audience Score

User Ratings: 35
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Air date: May 12, 2013
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Newly single and unemployed Tom Chadwick (Chris O'Dowd) sets out to discover his lineage after inheriting a chest of curios from a deceased relative. The improvisational series is filled with the eccentric characters common to the films of Christopher Guest, who created the show with Jim Piddock, and appears in the cast along with Ed Begley Jr., Michael McKean and Bob Balaban.

Critic Reviews for Family Tree Season 1

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (27)

A sad, under-motivated nobody pointlessly - and not very credibly - indulging his random curiosity? It just didn't work.

Jun 14, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Family Tree may not measure up to the provocative or large scale fare crowding HBO's schedule - in fact, it feels deliberately homey and small - but its warmly pleasant to spend time with these characters.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Far from frivolous, Family Tree actually does its best work -- and has the most fun -- mucking about in the spongy space between our imagined best selves and our worst instincts.

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

The rumpled O'Dowd has morphed into an unlikely dreamboat with his charming turns in Bridesmaids and The Sapphires, so if he's on a single-camera, mockumentary journey co-created by Guest, we're there.

May 12, 2013 | Full Review…

This series won't change the world, or even the world of TV comedy, but it is an intriguing diversion.

May 10, 2013 | Full Review…

Compared to more aggressive American sitcoms, Family Tree putters along, but winningly.

May 12, 2013 | Full Review…

Family Tree is brilliantly improvised, unpredictable, and has the power to branch out and showcase the cream of international comedic talent along the way.

Mar 4, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Half the fun in watching the charmingly twee Family Tree is to see how many branches Tom is willing to climb to get his answers and just how many nuts he discovers up there.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Often poky, always charmingly whimsical and, from time to time, so astoundingly funny you seem to have shot into a distant stratosphere of pure comedy.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

The plot is silly but in a confident sort of way: what other comedy would feature a character who expresses her deeper feelings via a ventriloquist's dummy of a monkey?

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Family Tree: Season 1

  • Oct 30, 2014
    Disgusted that this wasn't renewed.
  • Jun 20, 2014
    Sad that there's not another season.
  • Jun 20, 2014
    I actually really enjoyed this series. Maybe it's the awkward humour or simply that Chris O'Dowd plays this type of character so well, but I truly enjoyed every episode. The droning on was not dull to me, but rather quite amusing as it poked fun at the quirks and mundanities of a typical person looking into their family history. Perfectly imperfect. Worth some good laughs.
  • Feb 16, 2014
    Christopher Guest is truly a comic genius. Witnessing the subtle, insightful human comedy he writes and directs makes one realize the emptiness of 90% of American, bang you over the head, smut filled attempt at comedy is less reality than unplanned real life. Casting is another of his strengths. The ability to use some of the same people over and over again and yet breath new life into imaginative, hilarious new characters to fit his everyday life scripts. Family Tree is a must see right bedside the likes of Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, Best in show and For your consideration, not to mention A Mighty wind , one of my all time favorites. Seek Family Tree out by all means. It is a treasure to be enjoyed time and time again each time discovering new, subtle bits of crazy , real everyday life. Ken K
  • Jan 30, 2014
    Liked the show a lot, Monkey was really funny, was hoping for another season but it unfortunately got cancelled

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