Family Tree (2013– )

TV Series  -   -  Comedy
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 2,088 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 7 critic

Centers on 30-year-old Tom Chadwick who, after losing his job and his girlfriend, begins exploring his family heritage after inheriting a mysterious box from a great aunt he never met. ... See full summary »

0Check in

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 titles
created 15 Jan 2012
a list of 36 titles
created 05 Feb 2013
a list of 49 titles
created 02 Dec 2013
a list of 38 titles
created 11 months ago
a list of 28 titles
created 1 month ago

Related Items

Search for "Family Tree" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Family Tree (2013– )

Family Tree (2013– ) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Family Tree.

User Polls




1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Moone Boy (TV Series 2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Martin Moone is a young boy who relies on the help of his imaginary friend Sean to deal with the quandaries of life in a wacky small-town Irish family in the 1980's.

Stars: Chris O'Dowd, David Rawle, Deirdre O'Kane
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Three actors learn that their respective performances in the film "Home for Purim," a drama set in the mid-1940s American South, are generating award-season buzz.

Director: Christopher Guest
Stars: Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Christopher Guest
Documentary | Biography | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Internationally acclaimed ventriloquist Nina Conti, takes the bereaved puppets of her mentor and erstwhile lover Ken Campbell on a pilgrimage to 'Venthaven' the resting place for puppets of... See full summary »

Director: Nina Conti
Stars: Nina Conti, Jim Broadbent, Daisy Campbell
A Mighty Wind (2003)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Mockumentary captures the reunion of 1960s folk trio the Folksmen as they prepare for a show at The Town Hall to memorialize a recently deceased concert promoter.

Director: Christopher Guest
Stars: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Michael McKean
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An aspiring director and the marginally talented amateur cast of a hokey small-town Missouri musical production go overboard when they learn that someone from Broadway will be in attendance.

Director: Christopher Guest
Stars: Christopher Guest, Fred Willard, Catherine O'Hara
Enlightened (2011–2013)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A self-destructive woman who has a spiritual awakening becomes determined to live an enlightened life, creating havoc at home and work.

Stars: Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Sarah Burns
Best in Show (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A colorful array of characters competes at a national dog show.

Director: Christopher Guest
Stars: Fred Willard, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara
Hello Ladies (TV Series 2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A gawky Englishman comes to Los Angeles to find the woman of his dreams.

Stars: Stephen Merchant, Christine Woods, Nate Torrence
Angry Boys (TV Series 2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A mockumentary exploring the issues faced by young males in the 21st century - their influences, their pressures, their dreams and ambitions.

Stars: Chris Lilley, Deborah Jones, Greg Fairall
The Thick of It (TV Movie 2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A put-upon member of Congress is harassed by inept politicians. Based on the BBC series, "The Thick of It."

Director: Christopher Guest
Stars: Carrie Aizley, Priya Ayyar, Alex Borstein
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Stars: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer
D.O.A. (TV Movie 1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Christopher Guest
Stars: Christa Campbell, Thomas Garner, Christopher Guest


Series cast summary:
 Tom Chadwick (8 episodes, 2013)
 Pete Stupples (8 episodes, 2013)
 Bea Chadwick & Monkey / ... (8 episodes, 2013)
 Kitty Chadwick (5 episodes, 2013)
 Mr. Pfister (5 episodes, 2013)
 Al Chadwick (5 episodes, 2013)
 Keith Chadwick (4 episodes, 2013)
Lisa Palfrey ...
 Luba Chadwick (4 episodes, 2013)
Gerard Horan ...
 Sgt. Ray Biggins / ... (4 episodes, 2013)
 Rick Tillman (3 episodes, 2013)
 Julie Fenneman (3 episodes, 2013)
 Dave Chadwick / ... (3 episodes, 2013)
 Mike Morton (3 episodes, 2013)
 Ally Keele (3 episodes, 2013)
 Race Track Announcer / ... (2 episodes, 2013)
 Princess ('The Plantagenets') (2 episodes, 2013)
Sophie Abelson ...
 W.P.C. Sharon Bullivant / ... (2 episodes, 2013)
 Sherlock Holmes ('Sherlock Holmes: The New Frontier') (2 episodes, 2013)
 Dr. Watson ('Sherlock Holmes: The New Frontier') (2 episodes, 2013)
 Chitra ('There Goes the Neighborhood') / ... (2 episodes, 2013)
 P.C. Garry Dawson / ... (2 episodes, 2013)


Centers on 30-year-old Tom Chadwick who, after losing his job and his girlfriend, begins exploring his family heritage after inheriting a mysterious box from a great aunt he never met. Unsure of his identity, he uncovers a world of unusual stories and characters as well as a growing sense of who he and his real family are. Written by HBO

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Finding himself. One relative at a time.



Parents Guide:






Release Date:

12 May 2013 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A family tree that is easy to log off
10 September 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Christopher Guest is a legend in the world of mockumentaries beginning with the sublime 'This is Spinal Tap' and its continued with movies such as 'Best in Show.'

Not everyone gets the joke in this genre of comedy and some of its rather subtle. It helps that Guest has a bank of actors that he can rely on.

So with great fanfare the BBC unveiled Family Tree its own mock of genealogy shows such as 'Who do you think you are?' which has been successful for the Beeb.

Chris O'Dowd plays Tom very charmingly as he embarks on his roots which takes place both in the UK and the USA. The USA segment gives us the chance to encounter the Guest regulars such as Ed Begley Jr and Fred Willard.

The oddest character is his sister, Bea who carries with her Monk, a puppet monkey which allows her to state her feelings. Tom's best friend Pete accompanies him in his search and can best be described as a pillock.

Another Guest regular, Michael McKean plays Keith Chadwick, Tom's father who loves old British situation comedies and they are gently parodied in the early editions of the show. McKean and the comedies he watches are the real scene stealer's in the programme. In a way he parodies the characters in sitcoms such as The Royle Family.

What is amazing that McKean looks like a stalwart of British comedy and drama an actor whose face is familiar but you cannot put the name to it. So it was a shock when I told people that he is an American actor who has appeared in films such as 1941 and programmes like Star Trek:Voyager.

The problem with Family Tree I found was that it was just not that funny and when Tom's father was missing it lost a vital spark. The USA segment did not work and made the programme less funny. At times it was a humour free zone.

3 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Please HBO do not cancel this ahelene1
Tom and his Native American Roots le-fantome
What's the song that plays over the credits? gabeuhr
What's with the step-mom? tjenkins-747-597604
Fictional TV shows. FourKingTwenty
Episode 2 Was a Step Sideways, but Still Good... Indy7Solo
Discuss Family Tree (2013) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: