Family Tree: Season 1 (2013)


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


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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 (51) | 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…

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…

Filled with asides as funny as the main gags, a generous spirit and playful edge, Family Tree has planted some firm roots

Jun 14, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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