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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 Comedy series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (10 episodes). The series first aired on May 12, 2013. It has moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.4.

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, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, HBO NOW, Vudu, Google Play, iTunes online.

Sunday 10:30 PM et/pt on HBO
1 Season, 10 Episodes
May 12, 2013
Cast: Chris O'Dowd, Tom Bennett, Nina Conti, Carrie Aizley
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Family Tree Full Episode Guide

  • Join 'Family Tree' creator Christopher Guest and the cast of his new HBO comedy series on the set in this featurette.

  • From Christopher Guest ('Best in Show') comes this comical HBO series about one man's quest to unearth his genealogy.

  • Tom and Ally meet Tom's distant cousin Melvin Schmelff, whose grandfather was Tumbleweed Tim, a famous silent-movie cowboy star.

  • Tom rents a classic convertible car and has lunch with Ally. Bea and Pete arrive to share Tom's last two weeks in America.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Family Tree Video Clips & Extras

Family Tree Season 1: Episode 8 Clip #3 (HBO) Clip (00:46) Family Tree Season 1: Episode 8 Clip #1 (HBO) Clip (01:02) Family Tree Season 1: Recap #6 (HBO) Clip (00:36) Family Tree Season 1: Episode #7 Clip #1 (HBO) Clip (01:48) Family Tree Season 1: Episode #7 Clip #3 (HBO) Clip (00:45) Family Tree Season 1: Episode #6 Clip #4 (HBO) Clip (01:39) Family Tree Season 1: Episode #6 Clip #3 (HBO) Clip (00:52) Family Tree Season 1: Episode #6 Clip #2 (HBO) Clip (00:48)