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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    1. The Box 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.

    TV-14 26min May 12, 2013
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    2. Treading the Boards An unforeseen aspect of Tom's great-grandfather Harry's life leads Tom and Pete to England. Their investigation takes them to a theater, where he and Pete wind up entering a very unique competition.

    TV-MA 28min May 19, 2013
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    3. The Austerity Games Tom digs deeper into the life of his grandfather William, who he suspects might have competed in the 1948 London 'Austerity Games.' Later, his great-aunt Victoria's friend Mildred sheds some light on why Victoria left Tom the chest of family curios.

    TV-MA 28min June 2, 2013
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    4. Country Life Tom learns the secret that separated two Chadwick brothers, and connects with his American kin. Tom, Bea, Keith, Luba and Monk drive up to the Derbyshire farm owned by their cousins from the North.

    TV-14 28min June 9, 2013
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    5. Welcome to America Tom heads to L.A. to stay with his American cousins, Al and Kitty Chadwick, and to find out why his great-great-grandfather Charles left for England a century earlier. Al invites two other cousins to a barbecue where drinks flow and inhibitions drop.

    TV-MA 27min June 16, 2013
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    6. Civil War Tom's cousin Rick, an American Civil War enthusiast, helps Tom find out more about his great-great-grandfather. A car accident leads Tom to meet a beautiful aspiring writer. Tom gamely participates in a Civil War re-enactment.

    TV-MA 28min June 23, 2013
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    7. Indians With the help of an American Indian chief and shaman, Tom investigates his Native-American roots. A phone call from Mr. Pfister in London, who has Tom's DNA results, tells him even more about his roots.

    TV-14 26min June 30, 2013
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    8. Cowboys Season One Finale. On their last day in California, Bea, Monk and Pete hit the beach while Tom meets a cousin whose grandfather was a silent-movie star. Later, Monk goes missing; and Ally pulls on Tom's heartstrings.

    TV-MA 27min July 7, 2013
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    9. Family Tree: Trailer From Christopher Guest ('Best in Show') comes this comical HBO series about one man's quest to unearth his genealogy.

    TV-PG 2min April 8, 2013
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    10. Family Tree: Invitation to the Set Join 'Family Tree' creator Christopher Guest and the cast of his new HBO comedy series on the set in this featurette.

    TV-14 3min April 29, 2013

Product Details

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
Executive Producer Charlotte Ashby
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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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8 of 8 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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3 of 3 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 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CERTAIN ADVERSE EVENTS on October 28, 2013
This series was so hilarious! Creator Christopher Guest is such a comic genius, and it so perfect he would take on the popular subject of searching for one's ancestry in "Family Tree." What a great ensemble cast! Every episode was brilliant, but, I did feel slighted if there was not some significant episode each week with the Monkey puppet. Too, too funny! Cannot wait for season 2!Certain Adverse Events
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book Enthusiast on June 17, 2014
1) I love Christopher Guest... usually (Home for Purim wasn't good though)
2) I really enjoy Chris O'Dowd's acting
3) I'm really into genealogy
4) I love British comedies and their sense of humor

So I was crushed to find out that this show, that I was highly interested in watching was just... unwatchable. Guilt made me last 3.5 episodes but I just couldn't go on. I read on Wikipedia that the series was cancelled by HBO back in January and I have to say that I'm not surprised.

For better Christopher Guest fare, most of his movies will do. My favorite is Waiting for Guffman. For better Chris O'Dowd fare, watch The IT Crowd, which is hilarious. For better genealogy fare, watch any of the series by Henry Louis Gates (although the conclusions that they reach very often stretch any credibility, but they are still very interesting and educational shows).
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