Family Tree: Season 1

Family Tree: Season 1

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Emmy-winner Chris O'Dowd (State of the Union) leads this comedy series from Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock (Mascots) as a 30-year-old who's just lost his job, girlfriend, and sense of identity. More

However, when Tom Chadwick (O'Dowd) inherits a mysterious box of belongings from a great aunt he never met, Tom starts investigating his lineage and uncovers a whole world of unusual stories and characters, acquiring a growing sense of who he and his real family are.

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2013UK, USALucky Giant
Comedy

Episodes

EPISODE 1.1

The Box

Tom Chadwick and his sister Bea find out from their... More father that a great-aunt, Victoria, has died. An old picture in the box of things that she's left for Tom sends him on a search, accompanied by his pal Pete, to discover the identity of the man in the photograph.

EPISODE 1.2

Treading the Boards

Tom learns that his great-grandfather, Harry Chadwick, was an actor... More and visits Hove, where he performed. He and Pete decide to run a kind of race in honour of Harry's famous comic act.

EPISODE 1.3

The Austerity Games

After discovering grandfather William was on the GB team in... More the cash-poor 1948 Olympics, Tom hears about his and Victoria's athletic feats from a close friend she bequeathed her flat to; he learns that William and Victoria had a brother, Brian. Bea and Monkey try performing. His great-great-grandfather Charles, Tom finds, was born in the USA.

EPISODE 1.4

Country Life

Along with Bea, his father, and Luba, Tom visits his... More cousins in rural Derbyshire and learns why they have red hair. His American cousins in California invite him to visit.

EPISODE 1.5

Welcome to America

Tom stays in Glendale with his American cousins Al and... More Kitty Chadwick, who host an extended-family BBQ. Dave Chadwick, visiting from North Carolina, reveals a record of Charles Chadwick's departure for England on April 16, 1865.

EPISODE 1.6

Civil War

After learning that Charles had both Union and Confederate uniforms,... More Tom gets into some petty skirmishes during a Civil War re-enactment.

EPISODE 1.7

Indians

Tom, Bea, and Pete drive to Barstow, where they find... More that great-great-grandmother Rebecca was not Native American, as Tom had thought.

EPISODE 1.8

Cowboys

Tom learns more about his Jewish ancestor, Bea has a... More breakdown on the beach when she loses Monkey, and Tom has to say goodbye to Ally as his departure from LA approaches.

Family Tree: Season 1 | Reviews

81%54 reviews

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

O'Dowd's hangdog charm is a good match for the story.

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Salon

Salon

The results contain both fart jokes and erudition, but not so much heart.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

While the look, feel, and deadpan comedic sensibility of the series is reminiscent of Best In Show, Waiting For Guffman, and A Mighty Wind, Family Tree is its own beast.

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Variety

Variety

Family Tree bears rather disappointing fruit, so droll and dry as to be nearly taste-free, with only the occasional hint of bite.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Watch it, watch it, there's eight weeks of it. Hurrah!

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Christopher Guest has made you a TV series. Thank him.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

You don't have to know Brit-coms to love Family Tree... For once, the U.S. and the U.K. are not two nations separated by somewhat different senses of humor.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

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.

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Time Out

Time Out

It's difficult not to draw comparisons to the creator's previous comedy ventures...

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

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

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Family Tree: Season 1 | Release Details

Family Tree: Season 1 is available to stream in New Zealand now on Neon.