With age comes the need for reflection. At certain points in life, we hit a milestone in our development that makes us look at all that we’ve been through, where we should be at this point, and what we could be doing to better ourselves and become more self-actualized individuals. It can be a liberating time of throwing caution to the wind and embracing all the goodness that life has to offer, but it can also be a time of paralyzing fear, of realizing that things aren’t going the way they should be and there’s no way to dig yourself out of the hole you’re in. On the series premiere of HBO’s upcoming mockumentary Family Tree, Tom Chadwick (Chris O’Dowd) has decided to use a series of life changes to catapult himself toward understanding himself, his family, and the mistakes those before him have made.
After losing his job and girlfriend in a short period of time, Tom is feeling lost and confused as to where he should take his life now. The 30-year-old gets a lucky break when a relative leaves a mysterious box to him in her will, a box full of items that will lead him on a quest to fill in what he doesn’t know about his family history. Through his time traveling to lands he’s never been and subjecting himself to activities he’s never tries, Tom hopes to find the piece of himself that seems to be missing and come to a better understanding about the man he is and the man he wants to be. But in his digging, will he stumble upon something that he might not want to know?
Aside from O’Dowd, Family Tree stars Tom Bennett (The Hunt For Tony Blair, Phoneshop) as Pete, Tom’s best friend, and Nina Conti (For Your Consideration, Her Master’s Voice) as Bea, Tom’s sister. The show will feature guest appearances from Carrie Aizley, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley, Jr., Maria Blasucci, Matt Griesser, Christopher Guest, Don Lake, Michael McKean, Lisa Palfrey, Jim Piddock, Kevin Pollak, Amy Seimetz, Meera Syal, Ashley Walters and Fred Willard.
Will you be watching Family Tree? What do you think Tom will find in his journey toward knowledge of his family? Is this actually going to help him move on from his recent setbacks or is this going to make him feel more lost regarding the direction his life is heading?