Family Tree: Season 1
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Written and created by Christopher Guest, Family Tree is a documentary-style comedy series conceived and produced in the manner of Guest's feature films. The story revolves around the journey of the 30-year-old Tom Chadwick (Chris O'Dowd), an Englishman in his 30s who has few roots, little family, and a somewhat unsure sense of his purpose in life. Having recently lost his job and girlfriend, Tom inherits a mysterious box of belongings from a great-aunt he never met, triggering a passion to investigate his family lineage. As Tom's interest in genealogy grows, his life expands and evolves in unexpected directions, as he uncovers a world of unusual stories and characters in the U.K. and the U.S., as well a growing sense of who he is and who his real family are.]]>
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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.Read more ›
One can only wonder if Christopher Guest had a similar experience that inspired "Family Tree," which proves that Guest can make almost anything funny. Half quirky dramedy and half mockumentary, this smart little show follows a young man who gets his life together as he learns the stories of his ancestors... who, it turns out, are almost as weird as the kith and kin he has now.
Tom Chadwick (Chris O'Dowd) is depressed after the double-punch of being dumped by his job and his girlfriend, so the death of a great-aunt doesn't make much of an impression. But in the box of things she left him, he finds an unnamed picture of a Victorian officer, which he believes may be one of his ancestors. He's accompanied by his insane friend Pete (Tom Bennett) and sometimes his even more insane sister Bea (Nina Conti) who can only communicate via a foul-mouthed monkey hand puppet.
With the picture as his starting point, he begins to investigate the stories of his ancestors -- which involve the theatre, the Olympics, cousins on a farm, betrayal, hot-air balloons, sex and pantomime horses. Tom's quest even takes him over to the US, where he searches for a possible Native American ancestress, a guy who apparently fought for both sides in the Civil War, and some eccentric cousins from L.A.
Anyone familiar with Christopher Guest's movies will probably feel right at home in "Family Tree." It has Guest's usual approach -- a mockumentary where everybody acts and speaks in a very serious manner...Read more ›
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I loved this. Saw it on Amazon Prime and bought my Dad this set for Christmas. We peed our pants. So funny. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Claudette M Carlson
This is an amazing show. Fell in Love with it when it was on HBO. Sadly, and for unknown reasons, it only lasted one season. But the writing and the acting is great. Read morePublished 3 months ago by GPH
I'm a big Christopher Guest (have all of his "documentaries") and Chris O' Dowd fan. A very quirky series. I recommend it.Published 7 months ago by Linda ME
This is a genial mockumentary from Christopher Guest. He writes, directs, composes the music and appears in several of the American episodes. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Richard B. Schwartz
I'm a big Chris O'Dowd fan. This series doesn't disappoint. Alot of the Christopher Guest crowd have roles, and that gets to be annoying.Published 15 months ago by Stephen J. Heeney