Family Tree 1 Season 2013

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Series Premiere. Unemployed and unattached, Tom Chadwick is surprised when he's bequeathed an old chest of curios by a great-aunt. An old photo in the box yields some very intriguing and revealing information about one of Tom's ancestors.

Starring:
Chris O'Dowd, Tom Bennett
Runtime:
26 minutes
Original air date:
May 12, 2013

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Season 1
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Genres Comedy
Director Christopher Guest
Starring Chris O'Dowd, Tom Bennett
Supporting actors Nina Conti, Christopher Fairbank, Ben Farrow, Michael McKean, Lisa Palfrey, Jim Piddock, Natalie Walter, Philip Brodie, Olivia Chenery, James Greene, Gerard Horan, Meera Syal, Hugh O'Brien
Season year 2013
Network HBO
Producers Charlotte Ashby, Christopher Guest, Karen Murphy, Megan Murphy, Deborah Oppenheimer, Jim Piddock, Mario Stylianides
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Laugh out loud funny!
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All the characters are developed well and the acting is great.
Free to be Me
Quirky and very funny!
Liam Quinn

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The HBO series "Family Tree" is the latest endeavor by comic genius Christopher Guest (co-created with Jim Piddock, another terrific comedic actor). Guest has been in the business for decades as a writer, director and actor (shout out to Spinal Tap). For me, his artistic peak as a filmmaker came with his series of faux documentary features that began with 1996's "Waiting for Guffman" and carried on with 2000's "Best in Show," 2003's "A Mighty Wind," and 2006's "For Your Consideration." Guest's specialty in these films is that he really understands his subjects and has a genuine affection for them. Although absurd, they have an underlying tenderness and sweetness. He and his cast of largely improvisational performers (there is a somewhat regular stable) skewer topics such as amateur theater, dog shows, folk music, or the quest for Academy Award glory. Deadpan and droll, these features are both wickedly funny (especially Guffman and Show) and surprisingly truthful. Their humor stems from the fact that they treat their characters with respect and embrace the oddity inherent in the environments they inhabit. I mention this tone specifically, because if you have no idea what I'm talking about than "Family Tree" may confound your expectations somewhat.

Although moments in this eight part series are laugh out loud funny, the show's sense of humor can be understated as well. Chris O'Dowd plays a typical Londoner entering into an existential mid-life crisis. After losing his job and his girl, he becomes somewhat directionless. One day, he collects a strange box of remembrances left to him by a deceased Aunt he hardly knew. Upon poking through this rather meager collection, he finds an old photograph of (what he presumes) is his grandfather and this opens up an unexpected mission.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lori H. Gortner on March 29, 2014
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It is one of the funniest tv shows I've ever seen. I want season 2 NOW. Chris O'Dowd is charming and I love the deadpan humor.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Darr on June 13, 2014
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I wish this show had not been cancelled. It's quite hilarious with subtle dialogue and family dynamics - proving no special effects or crudeness necessary.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mary McGreevey on June 13, 2014
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Apparently this funny dig-up-your-farflung-relatives comedy was just cancelled after one season. I think that the producers may be making a mistake - could be a sleeper. Now that it's hit Amazon Prime, many like me will find it by accident or word of mouth.

It may be a tad slow moving in the beginning; certainly it may be hard to warm up to a fellow who's playing an unemployed, just-dumped Irish-accented Englishman. He's discouraged and he wants to wallow, as he reports to his best friend and to his sister.

Both his friend and his sister are part of the ongoing comedy throughout the show, since they're looney in their own ways. The sister is a bit of a depressive and always carries her monkey puppet with her on her hand, to make comments through ventriloquism about whatever subject's at hand. Using a lower "male" voice, this lifelike hand puppet says what its commander really thinks. I once had such a puppet myself to entertain a small nephew, and he was fascinated with its lifelike lips, so we could spend hours discussing what was wrong all around us, and especially I could tell him "directly" how annoying he was.

His old boyhood friend is goofy, works at a zoo (shovelling s***), always cheerful, telling dumb jokes, game for anything, full of life, acts like a kid on a holiday, and never tires of trying to pick up women in spite of very losing odds. This is exactly the best antidote to our main guy's lost and lonely demeanor.

Then there's his divorced father, always watching old sitcoms and laughing uproariously, with his dopey new girlfriend, the Moldavian Luba, who cooks nothing but "East European" sausages. She is poor in the English, and just plain inane.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anna Marie on June 28, 2014
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Family Tree is Christopher Guest humor at its best. If you laugh out loud at Best in Show, you'll be in stitches watching Family Tree. Chris O'Dowd does a wonderful job of playing sincere in a cast of crazy. Bea and Monk are hilarious and so are all of the other characters O'Dowd encounters in his quest to learn about his family tree. Very funny!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Megan Murphy-Porth on July 28, 2014
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This is one of my favorite shows right now. Although it is an English comedy, it combines sarcasm, dirty humor, and a little slapstick to appeal to an international audience. Chris O'Dowd is a comedic genius and he surrounds himself with other amazing actors. The cameos, throughout the show, really bring it home and make it even more accessible to Americans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cindyszy on June 5, 2014
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When I started watching this show I was seeking a comedy as was not disappointed. I loved this show & laughed during each episode. I really hope they make more. The characters are quirky, the story line is hysterical. Anyone who loves British comedy will enjoy this show. I recommend it highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By professor.scott on February 17, 2014
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I really liked this first season. It had an interesting premise and the quirky characters are a lot of fun. I wish the episodes were longer (22-28 minutes each). Hopefully in future seaons they won't run out of characters and they can stretch the episodes out a little longer.
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