HBO, Sundays, 10:30 Eastern
Family Tree is a half-hour comedy about a depressed, unemployed man, Tom Chadwick, who becomes obsessed with figuring out his ancestry after a romantic relationship ended badly for him. In this episode, Tom returns to his father’s town with his adult sister in tow, meets up with his best friend, and goes on a date with an idiot. This show is filmed in the documentary form and is partially improvised. It stars the cute cop from Bridesmaids.
We already like this show just because a main character has a monkey puppet that says everything this character can’t say but wants to say. She will be talking like a normal person, then her therapy monkey a shrink gave her as a child will make a snide remark on the side. It’s just fantastic. We are jealous that we didn’t think of it ourselves for the hypothetical TV show we are always making up in our heads. One day, world. One day.
We like the fake TV shows the characters seem to be watching. We also like Tom’s friend Pete and the story of how they met. Adorable. There is some odd and very British humor in this show, but we like it. It’s just the right length. The tone can be a bit too relaxed at times, but this show is sweet and funny, overall. It’s not necessarily laugh-out-loud funny, but it’s amusing and pleasant. We will be tuning back in for a while. We’ll let you know if it evolves into a must-watch.
Episode grade: B