30-year-old Tom Chadwick is at an important crossroads in his life. Now that his girlfriend has left him and he’s out of a job, he doesn’t know where his life is going to go; all he knows is that he needs a change. That change comes when he’s left a box of family heirlooms from a relative he’s never met, sending him on a quest to dig even deeper into who his distant relatives were and how their choices have influenced who he came to be. Will this look into his family tree be the thing that inspires him to make proper changes in his life? Or is Tom going to realize that he might not have the power to alter the course of his life?
Listed below are the dates, times, titles, descriptions, and repeat information for the first four episodes of Family Tree.
SUNDAY, MAY 12 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) – “The Box”
Unemployed and unattached, Tom Chadwick (Chris O’Dowd) is surprised when he’s bequeathed an old chest of curios by his great-aunt Victoria, although he and his sister Bea (Nina Conti) can’t remember ever meeting her. He finds an old black-and-white photo in the chest that his father, Keith (Michael McKean), believes is Tom’s great-grandfather, Harry. With the help of Mr. Pfister (Jim Piddock), his avuncular neighbor, and Pete (Tom Bennett), an old school friend, Tom tracks down Neville St. Aubrey (Christopher Fairbank), a strange expert in the field of antique photos, who discovers intriguing and revealing information about Tom’s ancestor. Meanwhile, Pete tries to get Tom’s love life back on track by setting him up with a “model pretty” date. He’s just not sure what kind of model.
Other HBO playdates: May 12 (12:30 a.m.), 14 (10:30 p.m.), 15 (midnight), 16 (12:30 a.m.), 18 (11:30 p.m.) and 21 (9:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: May 13 (8:00 p.m.), 14 (11:30 p.m.), 15 (10:00 p.m.) and 19 (12:30 p.m.)
SUNDAY, MAY 19 (10:30-11:00 p.m.) – “Treading the Boards”
When Mr. Pfister discovers an unforeseen aspect of Tom’s great-grandfather Harry’s life, it leads Tom and Pete to the south coast of England, where Harry died many years before. They meet Sybil (Freda Barratt), an impossibly old woman who still lives next door to the house Harry lived in and remembers him from her childhood. Their investigation takes them to a regional theatre, where he and Pete learn more than they ever wanted to know about Harry’s life and loves from Rex (Hugh Sachs) and Mitch (Guy Siner), the two friendly gentlemen who run the theatre. It also inspires Tom and Pete to engage in a unique competition, but not before Pete has set Tom up on another extraordinary date.
Other HBO playdates: May 19 (12:30 a.m.), 21 (9:30 p.m.), 22 (midnight) and 23 (12:30 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: May 20 (8:00 p.m.), 21 (11:30 p.m.), 22 (9:30 p.m.) and 26 (1:05 p.m.)
SUNDAY, JUNE 2 (10:30-11:00 p.m.) – “The Austerity Games”
Bea and Monk audition to perform at a children’s birthday, while Tom starts digging deeper into the life of his grandfather William, who he suspects might have competed in the 1948 London “Austerity Games,” a far cry from those of 2012. After learning more about the games from Mr. Pfister, Tom visits his great-aunt Victoria’s friend Mildred (Barbara Bolton), who is able to shed some light on William’s former athletic prowess, and on why Victoria left Tom the chest of family curios. With Keith’s help, Tom and Pete visit the gym where Tom’s grandfather William trained for the Games, and meet some old-timers who actually knew him. While at the gym, Pete bravely accepts a challenge from a much younger timer. Bea and Monk perform their first professional gig at a wedding reception.
Other HBO playdates: June 2 (12:30 a.m.), 4 (10:30 p.m.), 5 (midnight) and 6 (12:30 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: June 3 (8:00 p.m.), 4 (11:30 p.m.), 5 (9:00 p.m.) and 9 (11:50 a.m.)
SUNDAY, JUNE 9 (10:30-11:00 p.m.) – “Country Life”
Tom finally has an interview for a job. He also discovers he has cousins in both Derbyshire and California, and makes a plan to visit and learn more about the Derbyshire branch of the family tree. Meanwhile, Pete has to perform a delicate “procedure” on an alpaca at the zoo. Tom, Bea, Keith, Luba (Lisa Palfrey) and Monk drive up to the Derbyshire farm owned by their cousins from the North. Tom is interested to find out if the grass is really greener in the country, and equally determined to get to the bottom of a dark family secret. Culture clashes notwithstanding, Tom gets his answers and some family truths are finally revealed. The family-tree plot thickens as he also hears from his American cousin, Al (Ed Begley, Jr.), on the trip. Pete’s life-affirming mission at the zoo proves to be a no less sticky venture.
Other HBO playdates: June 9 (12:30 a.m.), 11 (10:30 p.m.), 12 (midnight) and 13 (12:30 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: June 10 (9:00 p.m.), 11 (11:30 p.m.) and 12 (9:30 p.m.)
The series premiere of Family Tree airs Sunday, May 12th at 10:30 on HBO.