Family Tree

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  • 2013
  • 1 Season
  • 7.3  (3,482)

"Family Tree" debuted on HBO in 2013 featuring Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock, who also wrote many episodes that Guest directed, in a mockumentary, or fake documentary, about discovering their rather unique heritage. They lampoon British and American values in a family-friendly fashion that is fun for everybody. The program also stars talent like Ed Begley Jr., Fred Willard and Nina Conti, who steals the show. Following its first season of eight episodes on HBO that aired from May to July, 2013, the show that was filmed in Los Angeles and Great Britain aired on BBC. The 30-minute show is an off-beat comedy with numerous layers of comedy and a bizarre monkey puppet Conti employs who pops up in just the right places. It's the kind of show made for a DVR and several viewings to catch all the nuances. It's a thinking person's comedy, but so much fun you don't need to think too much to get the jokes. "Family Tree" works on many levels and entertains as well as amuses with its mix of laughter and warmth.

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Invitation to the Set
10. Invitation to the Set
April 29, 2013
Join 'Family Tree' creator Christopher Guest and the cast of his new HBO comedy series on the set in this featurette.
Trailer
9. Trailer
April 8, 2013
From Christopher Guest ('Best in Show') comes this comical HBO series about one man's quest to unearth his genealogy.
Cowboys
8. Cowboys
July 7, 2013
Tom and Ally meet Tom's distant cousin Melvin Schmelff, whose grandfather was Tumbleweed Tim, a famous silent-movie cowboy star.
Indians
7. Indians
June 30, 2013
Tom rents a classic convertible car and has lunch with Ally. Bea and Pete arrive to share Tom's last two weeks in America.
Civil War
6. Civil War
June 23, 2013
Tom's cousin Rick, an American Civil War enthusiast, assists Tom on his quest for knowledge about his great-great-grandfather Charles' involvement in the war.
Welcome To America
5. Welcome To America
June 16, 2013
Tom heads to the U.S. to visit his cousins, Al and Kitty Chadwick, in Los Angeles, in his quest to find out why his great-great-grandfather Charles left America for England, as well as to meet other family members.
Country Life
4. Country Life
June 9, 2013
Tom finally has a job interview. He also finds out he has cousins in both Derbyshire and California, and intends to visit and learn more about the Derbyshire branch of the family tree.
The Austerity Games
3. The Austerity Games
June 2, 2013
Tom delves deeper into the life of his grandfather William, and believes he may have competed in the 1948 London "Austerity Games," a far cry from those of 2012.
Treading the Boards
2. Treading the Boards
May 19, 2013
Tom and Pete head to the south coast of England, where Harry passed away many years prior. They encounter Sybil, an impossibly old woman who still lives next door to the house Harry lived in and remembers him from her childhood.
The Box
1. The Box
May 12, 2013
Tom Chadwich is shocked to receive an old chest of curios from his great-aunt Victoria after she passes away because he has no recollection of ever meeting her. Inside he discovers an old black-and-white photo that his father believes is Tom's great-grandfather, Harry.
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"Family Tree" debuted on HBO in 2013 featuring Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock, who also wrote many episodes that Guest directed, in a mockumentary, or fake documentary, about discovering their rather unique heritage. They lampoon British and American values in a family-friendly fashion that is fun for everybody.

The program also stars talent like Ed Begley Jr., Fred Willard and Nina Conti, who steals the show. Following its first season of eight episodes on HBO that aired from May to July, 2013, the show that was filmed in Los Angeles and Great Britain aired on BBC.

The 30-minute show is an off-beat comedy with numerous layers of comedy and a bizarre monkey puppet Conti employs who pops up in just the right places. It's the kind of show made for a DVR and several viewings to catch all the nuances. It's a thinking person's comedy, but so much fun you don't need to think too much to get the jokes. "Family Tree" works on many levels and entertains as well as amuses with its mix of laughter and warmth.

Family Tree is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (10 episodes). The series first aired on May 12, 2013.

Where to Watch Family Tree

Family Tree is available for streaming on the HBO website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Family Tree on demand at HBO Max, Hulu, HBO NOW, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    May 12, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (3,482)